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  • Leaving Caplan

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Our family left Caplan because the English bosses where my father worked thought 

    July 23, 2021

  • An ode to girls and women of all ages

    Mme Cora's letter |

    An ode to girls and women of all ages


    When I opened 

    July 16, 2021

  • Father’s Day, June 20

    Mme Cora's letter |

    My goodness, how time flies! My baby is 49 years old today. Yes, his sister is 52 and his brother 53. I am delighted to have them around 

    July 9, 2021

  • Scribe and messenger of love

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Twice I’ve walked through the Louvre in Paris to admire Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile up close; the Venus de 

    July 2, 2021

  • CREATIVITY, the theme of my life!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Here I am, well into my golden years, once again ruminating about this or that. And this morning in particular, I am trying to 

    June 23, 2021

  • Grandpa Frédéric, treasured memories from long ago 

    Mme Cora's letter |

    When Mom’s eczema affected her mood, the children left. Dad placed the two 

    June 18, 2021

  • A crow gifted me a feather! 

    Mme Cora's letter |

    This June is so beautiful that it makes me forget all the current miseries on Earth. Waking up with the sun, the first thing I do 

    June 11, 2021

  • Sorry for this sad story

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Peter Papathanassopoulos had assumed the role of pater familias after arriving in Canada in 1959. He washed the dying at the well-known Jewish 

    June 4, 2021

  • My final quarter century!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    On this morning of May 27, 2021 (my birthday), with the sun shining down with 

    May 28, 2021

  • My life: forever a rough draft!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I’ve picked up my pen hundreds of times to recreate a better life for myself on paper.

    I remember as a 

    May 20, 2021

  • Riviera Maya, margaritas and spicy guacamole!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    A large caravan of clouds crosses the sky this morning, pulling behind it the beautiful memory of 

    May 14, 2021

  • Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    8 Heaven’s Way
    The great yonder above

    Dearest Mom, you must be surprised to finally have word from me. 

    May 7, 2021

  • Family happiness amongst red shells

    Mme Cora's letter |

    As kids in the Gaspésie in 1953, we ate every day thanks to the sea, which provided us with fish, and grandfather Frederic, who 

    April 30, 2021

  • From diner cook to Founding President

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I am garrulous by nature, so journalists love to interview me. It was true in the past and still true today, though I may have a lot 

    April 23, 2021

  • Kiwi and my love for frogs

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Sometimes memories come to you out of the blue! This morning, I opened one eye with a frog croaking in my ear. Was I still dreaming 

    April 16, 2021

  • The date squares from Maurice’s wife!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Do you recall? Last October 8, I told you the story about the handsome Irishman who always 

    April 10, 2021

  • A great lesson in determination

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Over 60 years ago, I was a fine, young woman in her first year of college. I was studious and 

    April 3, 2021

  • The young President’s BBQ!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    This morning, dear reader, I feel like remembering the good ol’ days. A time when we would organize a lunch at the 

    March 26, 2021

  • Last night I had a dream!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I was sitting down in a vast dessert amusing myself like a child as I let the sand run between my fingers. Yet I was definitely old; the 

    March 19, 2021

  • A bear knocking at the door

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I often hop in my Mini Cooper in the morning and go for a spin. I fill the thermos with piping hot 

    March 12, 2021

  • A giant cometh with the storm!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Living on my small plot of countryside, I’m afraid I’ve become a wild weed kept alive by the nourishing, 

    March 5, 2021

  • The ability to be omnipresent

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I would love to have the ability to be omnipresent. A grand word that means “existing or being everywhere, especially 

    February 26, 2021

  • The unforgettable recipe of my success

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Early in our story, around the time when we had opened our seventh or eighth Quebec restaurant, the “belle province” began to 

    February 19, 2021

  • The soulmates’ odyssey

    Mme Cora's letter |

    (inspired by the Symposium by Plato, written in 380 BC)


    Ten years ago I was at 

    February 12, 2021

  • The road to franchising

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I’ve always known that ideas are constantly galloping towards us, trying to catch our eye as they pass by. A piece of wool that inspired me to 

    February 5, 2021

  • Trip to Paris

    Mme Cora's letter |

    We opened our first small Cora restaurant on May 27, 1987, the very day of my 40th birthday. 

    January 29, 2021

  • It’s never too late

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Most of us are currently in the grip of the hardest phase of confinement since it began, unable to 

    January 22, 2021

  • The famous New Year’s resolutions

    Mme Cora's letter |

    (written New year’s Day 2021)


    I started writing New 

    January 15, 2021

  • Crying until you say THANK YOU

    Mme Cora's letter |

    (written on Christmas morning)


    Is Christmas morning ever tough! I’m feeling sad and lonely as I sit 

    January 9, 2021

  • A magnificent white duck!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I woke up this morning with the distinct impression that I was holding a huge bouquet 

    January 1, 2021

  • Born under a full Sun!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    The other day I recalled my mother’s vague words that the day I was born the sun 

    December 26, 2020

  • A letter to Santa

    Mme Cora's letter |

       Santa Claus

       The North Pole

       HOH OHO



    Dear Santa,

    I am writing to you today not as a hopeful child 

    December 18, 2020

  • Four tall Christmas trees….

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Thirty-three years have passed and yet I still remember as if it were yesterday the excited energy 

    December 17, 2020

  • Curiosity: What an astonishing friend!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    A friend walking in my shadow, you say?


    December 4, 2020

  • Fear’s entrapment

    Mme Cora's letter |

    The countless dishes served, plates of beautifully cut fruit, the walls covered in whimsical drawings, 

    November 27, 2020

  • What exactly am I doing?

    Mme Cora's letter |

    What am I doing each time I serve you these little tales each Sunday morning that you 

    November 20, 2020

  • My future was drawn on a diner placemat!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    The children were right to encourage me to buy a second restaurant. They’re the ones 

    November 13, 2020

  • What a relief to have your head above water!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    After 24 months of handling the daily operations of our 

    November 5, 2020

  • October 30, 2020

  • Two incredible gifts in one fell swoop changed a cheerless life!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Like so many others, I experienced my share of hardship. That is, until I embraced my vocation as a 

    October 23, 2020

  • Our very first take-out breakfast!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    When I think about it, I realize just how far we have come in all areas of the business.


    One of the characters 

    October 16, 2020

  • Napoleon Hill was right!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    When I opened my first modest breakfast restaurant, I was focused solely on delighting our customers with amazing dishes. All day I would 

    October 8, 2020

  • The lofty origins of the 10 star omelette

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Yet another tale from our first tiny restaurant, located in front of a huge building that was 

    October 2, 2020

  • An angel taught me the value of ownership

    Mme Cora's letter |

    At the end of 1990, our three restaurants had begun to generate a buzz, thanks to our wonderful 

    September 25, 2020

  • Oh, caramel, the whole world loves you!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    And everyone wants to know what you’re made of.

    So, for Mesdames Johanne Sansfacon, Chantal Payant, Lynda Rhainds, 

    September 18, 2020

  • An idea born in the USA!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    The original idea for the Buckwheat blessing came from our American cousins. One day, long 

    September 11, 2020

  • Mademoiselle Mel was right!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    This letter is specially written for Mademoiselle Mel Carps, a loyal 

    September 2, 2020

  • Fruit magic!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    The story of the Fruit magic stretches all the way back to December 1990. We had acquired a third 

    August 29, 2020

  • You kept me from going mad

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Who are we without someone to talk to?


    Yes, just 

    August 22, 2020

  • The beautiful Raspberry 4 Lucie!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I love writing when there is a story to tell. Rummaging in my head, digging up some memory, dressing it up in original attire and presenting 

    August 14, 2020

  • Writing our own EPITAPH

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Has the dawn ever forgotten to bring us light each morning? Has the night ever failed to muffle the clanging of the city and the pots 

    August 7, 2020

  • Samira wake-up

    Mme Cora's letter |

    A loyal reader would like to know the story behind our SAMIRA WAKE-UP. It goes like this…


    One chilly morning, a dashing 

    July 30, 2020

  • Tuna melt

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I add a little celery!


    We had opened our very first Cora in May ’87 and it was an immediate hit. The weekends were especially 

    July 23, 2020

  • My amazing baby!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Autumn had just arrived, encumbering customers with heavier clothing, who now entered the diner looking for a wall hook or rack to 

    July 17, 2020

  • A beautiful love story

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I consider myself to be a mature, reasonable, prudent and patient woman. And yet, ever since the date for the reopening of restaurants was 

    July 10, 2020

  • Dearest Betty, thank you so much!

    Mme Cora's letter |


    Betty lived just across from our first restaurant, in a new, rather swishy-looking residential complex. Still in her 40s, she 

    July 4, 2020

  • It’s my birthday morning!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    My bedroom curtains suddenly start to flutter. The dawn’s rays, gently alighting on my cheek, announce that a new day has begun. I open my eyes, 

    June 26, 2020

  • June dandelions are blanketing my lawn!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Their return is a reminder that nature is constantly at work. The 

    June 19, 2020

  • My bucket list

    Mme Cora's letter |

    My last perm was 6 months ago and my curls are now limply dangling at the end of my long locks. So I rejoiced when, a few days ago, I put 

    June 12, 2020

  • The majestic Queen Elizabeth cake

    Mme Cora's letter |

    We were in our first restaurant, where each day, tens of good-looking chaps would sit at the counter 

    June 6, 2020

  • Between the lines my heart lies.

    Mme Cora's letter |

    As far back as I can remember, I have always written. The trigger that started it all was my fascination 

    May 30, 2020

  • ​​​​​​​1990’s harvest

    Mme Cora's letter |


    Bravo, Gigi!


    This morning another memory tugged at my mind – a wonderful story also begging to be let out and told again. It goes like this.

    May 27, 2020

  • While there’s life, there’s hope.

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Unstoppable Mother Nature is hard at work decorating the world in springtime beauty 

    May 23, 2020

  • Our love tastes like fudge.

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Offered with the simple desire to bring delight to others, the story of these delicious morsels of love goes back more than a quarter of a century. 

    May 20, 2020

  • Sachertorte

    Mme Cora's letter |

    “Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against

    May 16, 2020

  • The wonderful MIDI-DOLORÈS*

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I still rave about this incredibly flavourful sandwich that’s so easy to make with regular ingredients that can be found in 

    May 13, 2020

  • ​​​​​​​Happy Mother’s Day!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Wow, am I ever blessed to have such clever colleagues.

    Yesterday morning, a colleague 

    May 7, 2020

  • It was so beautiful out!

    Mme Cora's letter |

    It was so beautiful out!


    I didn’t cook today. It was simply too beautiful outside, almost like a 

    May 2, 2020

  • Wanting it all, all the time.

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Wanting it all, all the time.


    Am I the only one who misses dressing up in a chic outfit for an important occasion? The only one to 

    April 30, 2020

  • Thank you to all of you

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Talk about a life change. It’s 11:20 on a sunny, beautiful Monday morning and I’ve just gotten out of the 

    April 27, 2020

  • Homemade custard

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I will humbly admit it: my eyes are bigger than my stomach! It’s a little weakness I’ve long been aware of. At 

    April 22, 2020

  • Jack the Alligator

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I’ve have so much free time these days that I am beginning to feel nostalgic for my very first customers. I greet them in my mind’s 

    April 18, 2020

  • I’m doing fine now

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Thank goodness I watched Avatar again last evening. And yes, happily the good side won. Because after coming 

    April 10, 2020

  • My favourite breakfast

    Mme Cora's letter |

    I am often asked what my favourite breakfast is.

    Each time I 

    April 7, 2020

  • ​​​​​​​Twenty days

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Twenty days have already passed since I isolated myself in my Laurentian home, where I have lived for the 

    April 4, 2020

  • It's going to be ok

    Mme Cora's letter |

    Oh boy!

    Most of us are entering our third week of self-isolation, limiting 

    April 1, 2020



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