Category: Marseille

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread


banana bread


  • 5 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1/2 cups honey
  • 6 T butter, at room temperature, plus a tiny bit more to grease your pans
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 2.5 cups white flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (or any nut you like)
  • 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 T vanilla extract

1, 2, 3

  1. Fold in dry ingredients to the wet; chocolate chips and walnuts last – don’t overwork
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 45-60 minutes
  3. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream with a splash of rum

Food for Thought

  • I let my bananas sit for nearly 2.5 weeks before using them; the skins were black all over and they were uber mushy, but I still found that my banana bread didn’t exude too much banana flavour… thoughts?

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What’s around Marseille?


As part of getting to know the Marseille area, the Welcoming Team scheduled a weekend trip to Aix-en-Provence and the Frioul Islands.

Aix is the cutest and quaintest little town I’ve ever been to – no wonder there were so many weddings! Kind of makes me wish I lived there instead (;

The Frioul Islands was a nice visit, stopping by the Chateau d’If (the prison of the Count of Monte Cristo) first before actually hitting the two islands via ferry.  We took the long route (i.e. looooong route) and eventually got to the beach to enjoy it until sunset.  If anyone ever plans on visiting, make sure you bring some snacks and vino!



Frioul Islands

*Photocred goes out to Emma and Natalie; thanks girls!

Bonjour, Mes Amis!

Sorry about being so terrible with keeping everyone posted!

It’s already been a week, and for the most part I’m all settled in besides some paperwork I have yet to complete (god damn the French).

I don’t officially start classes until the end of this month, so I’ve got a couple weeks of buffer time to familiarize myself with the city/school/meet everyone.  My res is like Saugeen on crack; the bunch here are insane!

Won’t bore you too much, but some trop cool places I’ve been to consist of Les Calanques, Le Vieux Port, and Notre Dame de la Garde – enjoy the pictures!

Tous, vous me manquez!

Les Calanques

– For the clearest and nearest turquoise waters

Trek down…

…40 minutes later

Getting ready to jump 😉

Le Vieux Port

– main harbour of Marseille

18th Century Carousel near the Port

Couldn’t resist!

Notre Dame de la Garde

– Basilica with one of the best views of Marseille

The Basilica from afar perched on a hill

View of Marseille from the Top (with the petit train we took up the hill)

The Basilica

Looking out onto The Mediterranean

* shout-out to everyone I pillaged photos from (Emma, Jorge, Vi, Cynthia, Rob); you’re the best!