|Customized poutine au poivre at Poutineville|
Bonjour! I'm back in the south, but I spent half of last week way up north in Quebec, my favorite province in Canada. I took a ladies trip with my mom and my grandmother (though everyone thought my grandma was my mother and my mom and I were sisters), which means we stayed in ritzy hotels and did lots of eating. What else is new?
For me, the best thing about Quebec is that everyone speaks French and the food is also heavily French inspired. I've been to Montreal before, an energetic city that is easily navigable. Showed my family the staples (poutine, foie gras, and bagels) and also had lots of French inspired seafood (dover sole meuniere, oysters mornay). It was all of our first times in Quebec City, which has the most charming architecture, giving it a small provincial town a la Beauty and the Beast vibe. For convenience, we did a lot of hotel dining, which came with endless smoked salmon, duck terrine, liver pate, and real Canadian bacon (very reminiscent of hong shao rou with maple syrup). Simply a wonderful weekend with lovely early autumnal views and feels.
|Up at Chalet du Mont Royal, Montreal behind me|
|Fresh bagels at St. Viateur in Mile End|
|Highlight: ricotta stuffed "strawberries" at Maison Boulud|
|Basilica Notre Dame in old Montreal|
|Duck patte atop crispy rice at the wildly inventive and solely locally sourced Légende|
|Chateau Frontenac of Quebec City|
|Breakfast buffet at Place Dufferin inside the Chateau Frontenac|
|Highlight of the meal: poached foie gras at Panache|
|Shrimp salad and arctic char at Restaurant Légende|
|Side walk cafeing at The Smith|
|Quebec City from a helicopter!|