Chicory Almond Milk Latte

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

Hygge: “(pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. It simply requires being present and recognizing a moment that feels so sweet, cozy, charming, special or nice that you just have to name the moment." There is not one word in the English language for hygge but it is basically a combination of coziness, happiness, familiarity, comfort, kinship, and simpleness. 

Perfect for us wintery nations, I am surprised to only hear about this concept a few months ago. I am feeling very hygge-like during these cold months, really embracing my introversion and domestic side with lots of candles, blankets and warm mugs of tea. This drink is the coziest quilt and much needed right now. I'm having sleep problems currently. My nights go something like this:                                         Read until my eyes are closing. Turn off the light and suddenly my brain is wide awake contemplating every thought that's ever happened in the universe. Lie suspended in a half dream and half conscious state for what feels like somewhere between minutes and years. Decide that time is an illusion. Fall asleep for real, have an anxious dream. Wake up at 4 am for no reason. Toss and turn. Go to the bathroom. Get hungry. Eat some crackers. Do a breathing exercise for 20 minutes that claims will make you “fall asleep within 60 seconds". Sigh loudly. Thoughts begin to float around; harmless at first but graduate to higher levels of frustration from sleep deprivation.

“I wonder if I'm closer to my birth or death at this very moment?"                                                                         “Did I set my alarm? Let me check for the fifth time just to make sure."                                                            “...to fall asleep... you have to pretend to be asleep first..."                                                                                        “I now find George Bush goofy and sweet. Wtf?! That is what the world has come to."                                “Will I ever find a series of books I like more than Harry Potter?"                                                                  “Why can't we all love each other and get along?"                                                                                             “And why must I wait 3 years between seasons of Sherlock!? And then it's only 3 episodes which I binge watch and then I'm doomed to wait another 3 years!!"                                                                                “I always thought Belle from Beauty And The Beast was a strong female lead because she read books and didn't buy any of Gaston's ego-centric bullshit. But then she totally excuses all the beast's irate controlling behaviour. How is he even appealing to you Belle?! He's a dick and holding you captive! Stockholm syndrome much?! Just imagine THIS was a guy's reaction when you said no to dinner? He parkours the stairs, threatens her, then finishes by screaming that she should 'GO AHEAD AND STAAAARVE!!!'. Wow. Just wow."

My boyfriend choices growing up are really making sense now. Thank you Disney. 

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

I've been trying to start an evening ritual because it's supposed to help you fall asleep. One piece of that for me is having a warm drink. Chamomile tea, golden milk or maybe this coffee-like yet caffeine free beverage. I love to add hawaij, a yemeni spice mix I found out about from Molly Yeh in her new cookbook. It's all the best warm spices, heavy on the cardamom and ginger. She also has the recipe on her blog for these coffee doughnuts. If you want to make it mocha-like, add a teaspoon or two of cacao powder. I used Dandy Blend to make this drink because it's delicious (roasted chicory and dandelion powder) but you can use just chicory powder if you like. Bonus: chicory is good for you and so is dandelion.

Chicory has a very similar flavour to coffee so feel free to add a spoonful to your regular coffee or latte for a more earthy flavour. New Orleans is familiar with this concept of adding chicory to coffee from their French influence (read more about it here). Cafe Du Monde serves a delicious cafe au lait with chicory to enjoy alongside their famous beignets (dipping is a must). And anything New Orleans loves, I love. It is one of my favourite cities in the entire world and they do all things with a sense of pride and authenticity. 

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

Happy hygge life!


CHICORY ALMOND MILK LATTE

the magic 

inspiration:                  hygge                      

the feels:                     warming, frothy, + creamy 

eat with:                      toast, shortbread cookies,                                                              chai sugar cookies, gingersnaps, bowl of                                        popcorn

might like if you're into:         a good book, chai, spooning, comfy                                                   sweaters, hugs, meditation, big                                                         scarves, journaling, colouring books  

 

the science

makes one large mug or two small || time: 5 minutes

ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dandy Blend (you can substitute ground roasted chicory root and/or ground roasted dandelion root)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon to tablespoon honey, depending on personal taste
  • 1/8 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • optional: generous pinch of hawaij if you have it or just ground cardamom + cinnamon would work
  • mocha variation: add 1-2 teaspoons raw cacao powder

method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and place over medium heat. Whisk vigorously to create frothy creaminess. Pour into mug when hot and sprinkle with extra spices.

MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES

Le Dépanneur Café

Le Dépanneur Café

MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES || Cream + Honey
MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES || Cream + Honey
MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES || Cream + Honey
Alexandraplatz Bar

Alexandraplatz Bar

Alexandraplatz Bar

Alexandraplatz Bar

white chocolate + vanilla champignon 

white chocolate + vanilla champignon 

Boulangerie Guillaume

Boulangerie Guillaume

Coffee + croissants. One of the things I discovered from backpacking around Europe at 19, was that these two together are a small form of perfection in everyday life.

Coffee + croissants. One of the things I discovered from backpacking around Europe at 19, was that these two together are a small form of perfection in everyday life.

Parc Lahaie

Parc Lahaie

Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End

Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End

St-Viateur Bagels + allongés at Dispatch Coffee

St-Viateur Bagels + allongés at Dispatch Coffee

Well deserved cocktails at Bar Kabinet after a 6 hour bus ride.

Well deserved cocktails at Bar Kabinet after a 6 hour bus ride.

Tam-Tams – a weekly Sunday party at Mount Royal Park

Tam-Tams – a weekly Sunday party at Mount Royal Park

MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES || Cream + Honey
Picnic in the park, courtesy of Dinette Triple Crown.

Picnic in the park, courtesy of Dinette Triple Crown.

Hula hooping at a circus street festival on Rue St- Denis

Hula hooping at a circus street festival on Rue St- Denis

Pre-dinner cocktails at Restaurant Manitoba

Pre-dinner cocktails at Restaurant Manitoba

MONTREAL JE T'AIME || A GUIDE TO MY FAVOURITE PLACES || Cream + Honey
Ice cream at Kem Coba

Ice cream at Kem Coba

Practicing my back pedal, Bixi style || Mile Ex, Montreal 


Montreal Guide

Here are an array of places with good vibes and delicious food + drinks I stuffed my face with.

FOOD

Dinette Triple Crown || Mile Ex/Little Italy || Southern comfort food picnics! Order whatever you like and get it in one of their picnic baskets to take across the street to the park. Comes with cutlery, a picnic blanket, cups for wine (BYOB), sauces + large mason jar of water. My favourites: fried chicken, homemade iced tea, hush puppies and anything with the gravy ya'll.

Dispatch Coffee || Mile Ex || Delicious coffee + small pastries with a beautiful terrace in the quiet neighbourhood of Mile Ex. 

Restaurant Manitoba || Mile Ex || Plates of food made from the forests + riverbeds of Quebec. Everything is regional and done with immense care. Attentive service, beautiful food + drinks with an equally stunning atmosphere. Sat and ate at the bar while one of the chefs taught us about their cooking methods, Quebec sea creatures and obscure plants used in the dishes. Each plate is a thing of beauty.

Boulangerie Guillaume || Mile End || OMG! Bakeries are my candy stores and this is like being in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory for me. Bountiful breads, buns, pastries, croissants, sandwiches, coffees, and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries. Get one of everything. I mean it. But definitely make sure you get a few chocolate + vanilla champignons (little mushroom shaped brioche buns with white chocolate throughout the moist dough). Also the croissants. Always the croissants

Cafe Olimpico || Mile End || An Italian neighbourhood institution that has been around since the 1970s. Seems like all of Mile End goes here for coffee and chats on the terrace while eating bagels from St Viateur. Baristas are sassy as hell so know what you want before you reach the front.

Le Dépanneur Café || Mile End || Delicious grilled cheeses, sandwiches, massive salads, good coffee + fresh pressed juices. Very affordable with healthy options and the plates are piled high. Favourite fresh pressed juice: carrot–orange–pineapple. Bohemian vibe with live music from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Chill out couches with a big front window. 

Kem Coba || Mile End || Ice cream lovers unite! Lines can be long but the ice cream is worth it. Tried the cassis, Ontario peach, Vietnamese coffee and La dura (tastes like a mix between coconut + pistachio). All so yum. 

Taza Flores || Mile End || Tapas, wine, + lovely atmosphere. What more could you want?!

St. Viateur Bagel || Mile End || Montreal bagels people. Do it. Then do it again. And again right before you leave so you can bring a dozen back home to freeze. I'm an everything bagel girl but their rosemary also stole my heart. The sell cream cheese and lox in the shops because. you. must.         Forget the Philadelphia and get the Liberté. You won't regret it.

Olive & Gourmando || Old Montreal || One of the best breakfast/lunch/brunch spots. Everything is delicious, tons of homemade baked goods + breads with lots of healthy options.  Rustic + vibrant vibe. Favourite dishes: Housemade Salty Ricotta + The Majestic Hotdog. Do it

Foxy || Griffintown || The ambiance and food match its name being sexy as hell. This was one of our favourite dinners in Montreal. We loved every single dish we ordered here so basically just get anything and everything you can. Cocktails were lovely and service was even lovelier. Most things are cooked over/in fire which adds to the atmosphere and flavours. Savoured every single bite and sip here. 

Café Santropol || Le Plateau || Unless it's winter, you must sit on the terrace. Vibe= cute + cozy backyard with a pond and trees strewn with fairy lights. The perfect sandwich + salad type place where the food is healthy, afforable and plentiful. Tasty + interesting vegetarian options– veggie paté, coconut bacon, marinated tofu, carrot lox etc.

Au Kouign-Amann || Le Plateau || Massive kouign-amann that they cut into slices for sale. If you haven't tried kouign-amann, you are missing out on a pastry dream. Also, their croissants are puffs of heaven. Let's just say, I ate three for lunch one day. No regrets.

Patati Patata || Le Plateau || Poutines forever!!! The perfect combination of the right french fries, cheese curds + gravy. Plus mini burgers and mini blt's guys! 

Jean Talon Market || Little Italy || This is my happy place. Mostly outdoor market with an abundance of produce, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meat, seafood, maple syrup, honey + other farmers market goods. You can grab some ice cream, coffee, or oysters to snack on as you wander through this food lover's paradise. 

DRINKS

Alexandraplatz Bar || Mile Ex || My new favourite bar. Industrial building turned brewery/bar. Small cocktail menu with affordable prices + delicious beers made on site. The space is amazing– big open space with a rolled up garage door + large terrace. Great place to go with friends in a quiet neighbourhood. Night market + block party with DJs, food trucks + artisans once a month in the summer. Have the bicicletta cocktail and call it a day.

Bar Henrietta || Mile End || Romantic and charming interior + terrace. Perfect for a date with a friend, lover or even a good book. Amazing cocktails with little snack plates. Favourite drink: Cinq Etoiles!

Bar Kabinet || Mile End || Cocktails + tons of amaros with a nice terrace and small cozy interior. Moscow mules are a must. 

Casa Del Popolo || Mile End || Grungy local dive bar with live music every night + all vegetarian food menu. Secret back patio. 

Dieu Du Ciel || Mile End || Romantic beer bar + brewery with terrace and vibrant atmosphere. Delicious beers and you should probably just get here as early as possible because it gets full and stays that way. Try: the hibiscus beer! Tart + refreshing

The Sparrow || Mile End || Busy local bar with cheap drinks + good vibes. 

Bar Blizzarts || Le Plateau || Divey dance bar. Chill busy place with drinks and loud music of varying types depending on the night. Fridays is hip hop and rap if your heart desires (mine always does).