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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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Café Babalú, Reykjavik

Café Babalú menu board

Café Babalú menu board

Next up on the culinary trip of Iceland, I’m going to take you to Café Babalú which we stumbled upon after visiting Hallgrímskirkja.

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavik, and at 73 meters, it’s the largest church in Iceland, and since it’s also built on a hill, it’s also visible from seemingly everywhere in the city. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson, and was commissioned in 1937. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson is said to have designed the church to resemble basalt lava flows in Iceland, and it took 38 years to complete!

A number of streets go up and down the hill to the church, and along Skólavörðustígur, we found Café Babalú while leaving the church with sore feet to head back to our hotel. The interior is eclectic and varied, and from the accent of the gentleman behind the counter who appeared to be the owner or manager, I’m pretty sure the person running the show is an American living in Iceland.

Ham and cheese crepe at Café Babalú

Ham and cheese crepe at Café Babalú

I had the ham & cheese crepe, while my companion had the spinach & cheese crepe (below). The menu wasn’t especially diverse or large, but there were enough little things on there that we had some choice. Honestly our tired feet played more of a role in choosing to have some lunch than our desire for culinary experiences. Soup, chili, lasagna, paninis, and savory crepes filled the food menu, cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, sweet crepes and apple crumble were on the dessert menu. Of course a standard fare of coffee drinks completed the menu, though we both opted for a glass of water instead.

The crepes were accompanied by a bit of salad with (Ranch?) dressing. Served warm, these were really quite delicious… I liked my ham & cheese better, but had a bite of my companion’s dish as well (of course!).  So see.. it’s not ALL fermented shark and thunderbread!

Spinach & cheese crepe at Café Babalú

Spinach & cheese crepe at Café Babalú

For dessert, we split a slice of carrot cake. It didn’t have the typical cream cheese icing we’re used to, and we both found the cake lacking in flavour and moisture compared to what we’re accustomed to. Of course, there was a lovely dollop of whipped unsweetened cream, which I came to adore at every opportunity during our trip to Iceland. It’s served with a lot of desserts, and it’s delicious!

Carrot cake from Café Babalú

Carrot cake from Café Babalú

I’ll leave you with another beautiful photo from Reykjavik – not too far from the cafe along the shoreline.
Could you imagine sights like these right in the city of Calgary?

Mountains across the water from the Reykjavik shoreline

Mountains across the water from the Reykjavik shoreline

Café Babalú
Skólavörðustígur 22, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 555 8845

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Out of town - Europe

 

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Iceland National Museum Café

Delicious meringue Skor cake at the café

Delicious meringue Skor cake at the café

My last post included the meringue cake from  the café at the Iceland National Museum – and although the cake was perhaps the most memorable part of the meal, it certainly wasn’t all we enjoyed. In keeping with my other posts from food in Iceland, I wanted to share with you a quick post about some of the other things we enjoyed there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Tea & Beverages

 

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Vancouver: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Looking at Downtown Vancouver from on Granville Island

Looking at Downtown Vancouver from on Granville Island

While in Vancouver I had to grab a quick lunch, so stopped at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’s bakery and cafe, Bistro 101 near Granville Island. They advertised a $7.95 soup and sandwich deal. Although they were all out of sandwiches when I went in, so instead I got a couple of bacon and onion (which weren’t very onion-y, thank goodness) mini quiches instead.

Mini quiche, coffee and soup for lunch

Mini quiche, coffee and soup for lunch

The soup was minestrone, and I got a cup of coffee (oh Vancouver, you do love your coffee!) as well. All in all, a good lunch for under $10.00!

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Tea shop in Vancouver

Tea shop in Vancouver

Before heading down to Granville Island I also stopped into a tea shop to meet up with a friend for a cup of tea. I didn’t have a chance to make any notes or take any photos though I’m afraid – my company was just too charming & distracted me!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Tea & Beverages

 

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