A weekend at the Ritz Carlton Montreal…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal

When I was asked to spend a weekend in Montreal at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, I immediately said YES!!! I mean it’s one of the best known luxury hotels in the world, so how could I decline this amazing opportunity, right?!

When I arrived in Montreal via porter airlines, a black luxury car was waiting to take me directly to my weekend destination, the Ritz Carlton Montreal. Before stepping foot in the hotel, I was greeted with warm smiles by the bell boys, as they were conveniently carrying my luggage inside the hotel! When I walked in, it immediately gave off a warm cozy feeling, that showcased a lot of history and charm. It made me feel like I was taken back to when it first opened in the early 1900’s, with a modern twist to it!

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Signature King

Once I was settled in my Signature Room I was given a tour, where I saw a jaw-dropping aqua coloured salt-water pool, with floor to ceiling windows on the rooftop, a fitness room (in case you want to maintain a fit lifestyle), a flower shop – Yes, you heard that right… a flower shop (Gentleman, take note!), a gorgeous round staircase, St. James Spa (ooh la la!), and my favourite spot at the hotel, the palm court – which offered afternoon tea, and their recently launched Dom Perignon Champagne bar. It was just too beautiful not to spend my time in there and take a million pics!


I mean nothing beats breakfast in bed,right?! Yum!



The Ritz Carlton Hotel was kind to set up a fun tour with a guide in Old Port Montreal, where I learned so much about the cities go-to spots, their best bakeries and cafes, their cool Boat Spa on the river, and the most important, their history.

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The Dom Perignon Champagne Bar offers signature cocktails, spirits and wine, as well as other champagnes by the glass, such as Verve Clicquot, Moet and Ruinhart. However, you can order Dom Perignon Brut Vintage 2004 and Brut Rose 2002 by the glass, ranging from $26 to $99. You can also get signature cocktails such as Cosmos, Martinis, Mojitos (which I love!) that range from $16 to $25. If you’re feeling like a glass of white or red wine, they go for under $20 a glass.



I had an amazing treatment at the St. James Spa, which lasted 4 hrs! I started off sitting peacefully in their dimmed lounge area in a robe while I sipped on tea. Shortly after, I was taken to a private room where they started the relaxing Body Care treatment called “The Ritz Carlton Montreal Maple Sugar Experience” – let me tell you, you need to do this treatment because, not only was my body fully exfoliated, I also smelled like delicious Maple Sugar! After the Body Care treatment, I was then given another relaxing treatment, but for my face, which was called the “Advanced Facial with Oxygen Blast”. By the time I was done with the spa, I was on cloud 9!



The Maison Boulud restaurant was a big hit for both a quick bite at the bar, or in their upscale dining area, as well as their garden and terrace (which are both open in summer). The French culinary traditional restaurant focuses on local produce and artisanal Quebecois products that will keep you coming back for more of their tasty meals!

What I found very intriguing while staying at the Ritz Carlton that I will remember was: Their friendly staff that quickly learned my name, and would greet me saying “Good morning Ms. Wilder!”, their signature scent of ginger white tea diffused through their vents, towel warmers, the heated bathroom floor, and getting served regular coffee to my room when I requested a wakeup call. It’s the little details that matter the most to me when I want to enjoy my time away at a luxury hotel, and I would totally recommend staying at the Ritz Carlton Montreal.


The Ritz-Carlton Montreal in collaboration with Pfaff McLaren will also be hosting Montreal’s most eventual Grand Prix party on Friday, June 10th (click here for tickets!)







Fermented vegan proteins+ Lemon Poppy Seed Bites

Looking for a quick and delicious snack? These tasty lemon poppy seed bites are great for those always on the go, and ideal to fuel your body post workout for energy and muscle repair. I like to make mine with fermented vegan proteins+ because it’s the first and only fully fermented vegan protein on the market that doesn’t make you feel bloated!
GH fvp+ Lemon Poppy Seed Bites

Here’s how to make them at home…


  • 1 scoop fermented vegan proteins+ vanilla
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 lemon squeezed, and zest grated
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • ½ c coconut flour
  • ¼ c ground almonds
  • ¼ c ground pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk



  • ¼ c coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds



  • Place almonds and pumpkin seeds in food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground. Place in separate bowl off to the side.
  • Add coconut flour, flax seed, fermented vegan proteins+ and lemon zest to food processor and pulse quickly to thoroughly mix ingredients.
  • Add in maple syrup, lemon juice, almond butter and almond milk. Pulse until doughy texture is achieved.
  • Mix in ground almonds, ground pumpkin seeds, and poppy seeds by hand and roll into bite size portions.
  • In separate bowl combine coconut and poppy seeds. Roll each bite in mixture to coat as desired.
  • Makes approximately 1 dozen. They freeze well and taste great when thawed.

Voila! Enjoy super tasty, extra healthy lemon poppy seed bites made with fermented Vegan proteins+, which you can enjoy guilt free!


fermented vegan proteins+ is the first and only complete fermented vegan protein from seven plant-based sources, providing advanced digestive support, and maximum nutrient absorption – without the bloat. With 20g of dietary protein per serving, fermented vegan proteins+ supports optimal digestive health and primes the gut for other health promoting ingredients. Genuine Health’s unique, artisanal fermentation process unlocks vitamins, minerals, amino acids and carbohydrates for optimal absorption by the body by removing anti-nutrients and amplifying nutritional potency. The difference between good health and great health lies in the amplifying power of fermentation! For more information visit, http://www.genuinehealth.com/store/fermented-vegan-proteins#.

The travel bug

When the cooler temperatures start, I immediately start thinking about booking the next flight out to the next hot destination. It’s something that most of us are guilty of, right?!


When I actually follow through with my wishful thinking, I get extremely excited! There’s nothing better than clicking on that “book now” button for that next flight out of town… Especially if it’s a hot one! I was recently introduced to the Capital One Aspire Travel World Elite MasterCard, which can help Canadians reach their travel goals even faster. This is perfect timing during the expensive holiday season.


It’s super easy to accumulate travel rewards miles with the Aspire Travel World Elite MasterCard. Cardholders earn 2 reward miles for every $1 spent on all purchases, which is pretty amazing! Better yet, did you know that there are no minimum redemption requirements with the card? Yes, you heard that right! Cardholders can now redeem their travel points down to the cent in value. Only looking to redeem a small portion of your reward miles? Well, the Aspire Travel World Elite and Aspire Travel Platinum MasterCards offer that to their cardholders as well, meaning you can redeem as many or as few reward miles that you want towards your next dream vacation!


And just because it’s a travel rewards card, doesn’t mean your miles can only be redeemed for travelling. Cardholders can redeem their miles for other travel-related expenses like taxis and limos to the airport as well as airline fees, plus gift cards and cash to use on fun excursions like: snorkeling, horseback riding and zip lining through the jungle – which are things that I’ve been wanting to do for years!


It’s super easy to redeem reward miles! Once you have accumulated the amount of reward miles you need, all you have to do is log into your personal online account, click the redeem button for the full or partial amount of the charge and your account will be credited accordingly.

There’s nothing better than having a convenient, and easy-to-use travel rewards card to help make your travel dreams a reality!

Where’s your next travel destination? Let me know in the comments below or by using #C1Aspire on social media.

This post was sponsored by Capital One Canada.





My 3-day Cedar Juice cleanse!

IMG_1975 2I was recently challenged to do a 3-day juice cleanse, which was accompanied by my long-time friend, and Certified Nutritional Practioner, Kristina Restagno. It was our first time juice cleansing for three days straight without any solid food at all! We had been talking about embarking on this journey for some time and coincidentally Cedar Juice put us up to the test. View Post