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Yummy meals in Quebec City

Montreal smoked meat for dinner from Café-boulangerie Paillard

Montreal smoked meat for dinner from Café-boulangerie Paillard

Before and after our St. Lawrence cruise, mum and I stayed in Quebec City. We had the chance to visit a BUNCH of different restaurants, cafes, and other places to try what the city had to offer – to fill our happy bellies!

Of course… while in Quebec, we had to enjoy Montreal Smoked Meat – the best place I had it from was Café-boulangerie Paillard which happened to be around the corner and across the street from our hotel. This place was ALWAYS packed which I think speaks really highly of how popular and tasty it is. I also had Montreal Smoked Meat from a fast food chain… and it was no where near as good as this!

Trois Garçons

Café-boulangerie Paillard was so popular, that although we planned to go there one morning for breakfast it was just TOO crowded and we wanted a slower pace, so we checked out Trois Garçons across the road instead. (Also super-close to our hotel)

Breakfast from Trois Garçons - eggs benedict for me!

Breakfast from Trois Garçons – eggs benedict for me!

 

We stayed at the Hôtel Manoir Victoria – a really nice hotel with a beautiful lobby and lovely rooms. The only challenge were the stairs to get into the hotel – a bit of a pain for my mum when her knee bothered her, especially with suitcases.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Out of town - Quebec

 

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Maple Syrup in Quebec

The host poured warm maple syrup onto shaved ice

The host poured warm maple syrup onto shaved ice (since there was no snow yet in October) and then rolled the sticky sweet onto a tongue depressor for a maple lollipop!

One of the little side trips we took while in Quebec was a trip to a little strange museum, and more importantly, a maple syrup farm! I actually have NEVER had ‘fresh’ maple syrup before this, so it was a special treat.

Maple trees near the sugar shack in Quebec, not far from Quebec City

Maple trees near the sugar shack in Quebec, not far from Quebec City

Did you know that Calgary has a maple syrup festival? In 2017 it took place at the beginning of March so we’ve missed it now… but it was held at Heritage Park. Check http://www.calgarymaplefest-eng.com/ for information about the festival, and if you’re interested, mark your calendars for next year! Of course, we don’t actually have maple trees here, so it won’t be fresh either, but still a sugar shack is a good thing!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Out of town - Quebec

 

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Old Quebec, Quebec City

Walking along the boardwalk connecting Plaines d'Abraham and Old Quebec

Walking along the boardwalk connecting Plaines d’Abraham and Old Quebec

We started our 2014 Royal Caribbean St. Lawrence River cruise in Quebec City. One of the popular tourist areas is Old Quebec on the shore.


There are a LOT of cafes and restaraunts in this area, but we found a lot of them quite complicated and expensive. We opted instead to pop into Bel-Gaufre and grabbed pre-made sandwiches, some veggies to snack on as we walked around, and two desserts. A date square for her and cheesecake for me.

The long walk up a fairly steep cobbled hill connecting Old Quebec and the city above.

The long walk up a fairly steep cobbled hill connecting Old Quebec and the city above.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2017 in Out of town - Quebec

 

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