The Canadian Cheese Awards 2016

For the first time since its creation, the Canadian Cheese Awards are being held in the province of Quebec. As more imported European cheeses are about to make their way in Canada, it’s important that we to start promoting our own cheeses, especially those made by our country’s finest artisan cheese makers.

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Canada’s First Seaweed Gin

Canada’s very first seaweed-flavoured distilled dry gin features one of the most attractive flavour profiles I have tasted in a Canadian gin. The St-Laurent gin is made in Rimouski, Quebec and is flavoured with a variety of 20 seasonings including juniper, coriander, licorice, citrus and pepper.

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Delectable Chocolate in Quebec City

I can feel your chocolate desires all the way from here. Have you had a bad day? Are you longing for some sweet cocoa love? Betya don’t want paraffin or none of that cheap wax bite that disappoints the second it touches your lips. You want REAL DECANDENT CHOCOLATE! Here is where you’ll find through all prices, seasons and celebrations considered, the best chocolate available … Continue reading Delectable Chocolate in Quebec City

RIP Coop des Grands Rangs and La Luncheonette

**Update June, 2014 The location has re-opened under a new name: Fromagerie des Grondines et ses amis. They sell relatively the same local products and also cook grilled cheese sandwiches. This time they are baked by NOrmand Lefebvre and his team from the Cafée Crak Grill-Cheese, previsouly located on the corner of 18th street and the 1st avenue in Limoilou. Less than two years after … Continue reading RIP Coop des Grands Rangs and La Luncheonette

FOOD FEST: Festival des fromagers artisans

Because I love cheese. Who doesn’t when the best cheese in the world is made right here in this beautiful province.

We drove down to La Pocatière which is about 1h30 from Quebec City on the 20 eastbound, we then parked at a 30-minute walk from the site (the road was blocked by firefighter trucks) and waited in line for TWO HOURS before we could get a snippet of a piece of cheese. All I’ll say is that the organizers didn’t expect that many visitors: 22,500 people showed up during the two-day event vs 5,000 from the previous edition. Quebecois love cheese! But I found one exceptional piece of cheese. Continue reading “FOOD FEST: Festival des fromagers artisans”

Limoilou’s La Planque

MenuLa Planque is Quebec City’s newest enfant chéri. Located in the heart of Limoilou, La Planque opened in the fall of 2012. I helped out a friend recently and in return I was offered a gift certificate for the restaurant. “Can’t wait to read what you think”, she kindly said. Catherine, encore merci infiniment.

La Planque is described as a hiding place, a hideaway if you like, where one leaves behind life’s worries in exchange for comfort through food and drinks.  In my words, La Planque is a place where Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble takes essence.

The restaurant is set-up as a hallway (long rectangle) of three distinctive atmospheres, but with the same soundtrack (I will come back to it later). You are greeted to a bar and long black velvet drapes that hide any possibility of light to filter from the outside. At first, the velvet felt imposing, even somewhat oppressive, but the warmth of the rustic wooden tables (maple?) and Stevie Wonder blasting out of the speakers quickly took the feeling away. The velvet doesn’t show up anywhere else in the restaurant. Baby, it’s cold outside! Continue reading “Limoilou’s La Planque”