Over Labor Day weekend, Andy and I rented a Prius and drove up to Montreal. Our favorite thing about the city was their quick and easy bike rental system. We signed up for 24 hours and were able to pick up and drop off bikes from hundreds of locations all over the city. When you only have a weekend to see a big city, this is a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.
One afternoon, we biked over to the famous Jean-Talon market where we met Aimée from Simple Bites and her lovely family. It was helpful to have a local guide who showed us where to find all the truly special loot. The market was full of gorgeous, fresh summer produce, but also speckled with cool weather delights. Our minds were already on autumn so we stocked up on things like warm donuts, organic apple ice cider, honeycrisp apples, and maple syrup. We bought mulling spices like star anise and sticks of cinnamon and gorgeous local cheeses we later devoured with big red wine. And, of course, we picked up three cans of maple syrup. When I got back home, I told mom we absolutely had to use it in something. We settled on granola – with apples and cinnamon, of course!
Maple Granola with Cranberries and Apples
Makes 1 quart