Kitchen Tales With Mosser Glass

In celebration of brands doing big things, this spotlight feature is on Mosser Glass. Mosser Glass is a small family-owned American heritage brand, but their roots date back more than half a century—marrying fine craftsmanship in high-quality glassware designs.  

Today, family members still operate the company, keeping the family legacy well within the products produced without compromising on what their customers cherish the most, beautiful hand-pressed glassware.  Some of the products offered in the collection are even completely made from old moulds that have been around for decades from closed manufacturers or acquired from auctions.   

From the prepping station to family entertaining, there are glassware pieces that can be integrated with your tableware. This pestle and mortar are one of them! There are times when you really need one of these be it for blending certain spices, making a good guacamole, or family generational favourites. I used it to prepare spicy horsd'œuvres.  

This is an absolute kitchen essential when it comes to crushing herbs and spicesI also love getting hands-on in the kitchen when it comes to mixing spice blends, as it makes the experience all for the better if you're a fellow cook or entertaining enthusiast. 

Modern, Vintage, Sophistication 
Vintage had a sister called Contempo-Vintage. Okay, I might have made that one up, however, this is exactly what you'll find throughout the Mosser line. Classic design with fresh take on hues and modern usage.  

These gorgeous serving trays are versatile for casual or elegant table settings. What's more, the egg tray can be used for other foods aside from eggs. Use these marble colour trays in a spring tablescape with a palette like this oneThe marble colour effect and handmade veins embedded in the trays also give each style an edge.  

The Work Process: 
Ever wonder how their glassware is made? Here's the Mosser method: firstly, the pieces go through a high heating process (fired by natural gaswhere soda ash and silica sand are heightened to a melting point of 2500 F (1371 C) before a lower working temperature. Then, the cast-iron moulding process happens anywhere from one to three hours before production.  

Afterwards, the glass is pressed into the mould pattern, and then the piece is removed out of the mould. The next phase of the glass is the polishing stage. To provide a smooth finish and to create that beautifully lustrous aesthetic, most pieces go through a glazer, which fires the glass (essentially melting the outer layer). 

Finally, the glassware gets annealed, a slow coolingthree and one-half hours—processthis tempering stage makes fractures and shatters preventablePieces are checked and packed before heading out and sitting comfortably on shelves. There is such precision and technique in creating quality glassware.  

Guided tours are also on offer at the Mosser factory to get an up-close and personal experience. 

What do you think of these handmade pieces by Mosser Glass? 

The goodsMortar & Pestle Set 16 oz., and glass Egg Tray & Tidbit Tray-Courtesy of Mosser Glass. Shop the collection here or view more products from Mosser Glass here. *All opinions are honestly expressed and my own. 
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Holiday Guide: Québec

When planning holiday travelling, especially for fun extended weekend excursions sometimes thinking outside of the box can mean a quick flight, crossing the pond or selecting a familiar place to explore more. Spontaneous jaunts are exactly what we have been doing in the past six months or so. One stop that I am hoping to visit is Québec City. I've not spent too much time there but it is a memorable place.

Saturated with European influence, Québec is one of those places where people seem so content with life--a great place to book if you're seeking tropical alternatives, or if you're looking to digitally unplug and live in the present! Although we've run into local English speakers, most natives in the city are French-speaking and over half of the population of Montréal can speak both English and French, so it's an excellent opportunity to use that language app that I introduced you to four years ago.

The cradle of French civilisation in North America, Québec is the perfect destination for history lovers. Old Québec is a beautifully preserved historic city with marvellous blends of art, heritage, culture, and architecture. Minutes away from Old Québec is Québec City, with its own charm, gorgeous landscapes and exciting activities. Whether you have a few hours or several days to explore the city, I've put together some areas to put on your itinerary.

Public Art
If you're not into art in the least bit, we probably would not be good friends. Enlighten yourself! The arts improve the quality of life (for residents) and strengthen ties with local artists. From art exhibitions to Montréal's jazz festival, plenty of artful festivities are surrounding the area. Perhaps you would enjoy viewing Codex Populi, which has an angled flagpole measuring 23 metres high, and one of Québec City's tallest public work of art.

The City of Québec is also reaffirming its commitment to beautifying its public spaces using art through the 2025 Vision of Cultural Development (a new infrastructure plan). Each piece provides a unique photo opportunity and is a chance to find something that speaks to you on a more personal level.

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Scandinavian Baths
Relaxation is available all year long in Québec, with a visit to the Scandinavian Baths at the Nordic Spa. Even in the middle of winter, you can unwind in steamy spas, cool pools, and thermal waterfalls. The Nordic Spa sets itself apart from traditional spas by being outside, immersed in the beautiful, natural Canadian landscape. You can book a session at the award-winning Mont Tremblant Hotel.
Old Québec
Old Québec is ideal for history lovers. In 400 years, the city’s European architecture has been pristinely preserved. Walking through the charming historic neighbourhoods is taking a walk back in time. If you’re looking for even more of a history fix, venture to the Château Frontenac and see spellbinding views of the river from a real-life fairytale castle. Instagram worthy snapshots will likely commence; Île d’Orleans, the St. Lawrence River, the City of Levis, and Québec City’s Lower Town should not be missed!

Le Buffet de L’Antiquaire
Québec’s signature cuisine was developed by early settlers. It has deep roots in French tradition but has a lot of substance and nutrition due to needing to feed many mouths during harsh winters. Le Buffet de L’Antiquaire may be in a popular tourist zone in Québec, however, it pays homage to their traditional cuisine that sustained everyone through long winters. An affordable breakfast menu is available all day, and it's a small cosy place that is family-friendly.

Pasties and meat pies, stews, and humble dishes are served for lunch and dinner. Just like their grand-mère (grandmother) used to make them. You can be certain to eat heartily and be satisfied at some of Québec's favourite foodie spots.

Artillery Park
You won’t be greeted by characters in period costumes at any other park. Artillery Park features a collection of defensive buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries that are now of great strategic importance to the history of Québec City.

By the mid-18th century, the area was transformed into a garrison, and the British Royal Artillery Regiment's headquarters was founded there until 1871. Group tours in the buildings are available, in addition to speaking to characters dressed in costume about what life was like for residents of Artillery Park.

Have you been to Québec? What places are you planning to visit this year?

This post is sponsored. Visit Mont-Tremblant Hotels, 
Château Beauvallon to experience this amazing city. All opinions and content expressed are honestly expressed and my own.


3 Ways To Prep For Spring

If you’re stuck in a sluggish mood or don't exactly know how to transition into the new season, sometimes it’s best to give yourself a jolt of inspiration. When going with the flow isn't enough, the most helpful way to get myself motivated for the season is by shifts in my daily life be it fractional or major.

I am sharing a few ways to help inspire you for spring, most importantly, you can actually use these tips to transition into any new season.

 #1: Interiors: open to change 

I find that redecorating my interiors (even by the season) is a continuous inspiration—style revamps or minimal fabric/colour changes not only brightens your living spaces but lifts your mood instantly. Perhaps, experiment by blending diverse textiles for your pillows on a favourite chair or sofa. 

If you’re not that adventurous making simple changes, such as adding leafy plant in a corner space, a floral bouquet for coffee tables and vanity spaces, or monochromatic framed artcan make a huge difference.  

Carefully rearranging the furniture can help as well. I am always up for trying new things so the occasional slight move of furniture every so often allows me to view the room differently. Thus, small waves of inspiration usually follow immediately. 

#2: Culinary Influence 

I typically like to eat by the season, in that prep, organise fruits and vegetables, and use fresh herbs and produce straight from our garden according to what is seasonally harvested. I also freeze foods and dehydrate seasonal ingredients, which helps if you have a craving for certain foods during off-peak season. 

People always ask me, how do you have time to prep? I look at it differently, even though life is very busy when it comes to priorities we typically will find time for what is important. And, since I have to travel for business, it helps to be organised.

Sometimes the most exciting thing for me is creating foods for the upcoming season. I set aside time in the year to do fermenting, prepping, pickling, and preserving a handful of my favouritebe it preserved lemons, vegetables, or even fish. Preserving your favourite ingredients does have advantages: it's time-saving for food prep and also saves money (as pricing at times for some seasonal foods fluctuates). 

Even if you're not so savvy in the kitchen, try visiting a farm to table restaurant. We recently attended a large family-style dinner outside with friends, literally at a ranch and they served regional home-grown goods. It was a great restaurant alternative and a fun way to taste locally grown food. This will enliven your taste buds and have them ready to embrace the new season.  

#3: Nature made 

There’s nothing like a peaceful walk about amongst Mother Nature. My favourite is taking deep breaths and having moments of gratitude. Even by stepping outside and looking around, taking in the surrounding beauty can motivate you for the new season. 

Being encompassed by elements of nature is a very free way to get inspiredYou might be surprised what influences you, it could be the sound of the wind, birds chirping, ojust people watching.  

After the effects of the holiday season, I needed to creatively think of mood-boosting and motivational ideas for productivity. It was especially difficult at times when I'd work remotely but getting outdoors entirely gave me immediate inspiration. 

I hope you were inspired by these ideas. How are you getting ready for spring? 

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