Archive of ‘Quebec’ category

Snow & Stargazing at Mont-Mégantic Observatory

Quebec Dark Sky ReserveI have a very specific list of goals that I want to complete before I turn 30. Some are possibly unattainable. Others come together in very serendipitous ways. This is one of them.
I’ve been obsessed with going to the Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec ever since I came across it many years ago. I love the night sky, so the idea of going to a place with little to light pollution was very exciting to me!

The Mont-Mégantic Observatory in Quebec was officially declared a Dark Sky Reserve in 2007. Canada actually has 6 Dark Sky Preserve Areas, making it the country with the most in the world. Go Canada! (more…)

5 Romantic Things to Do in Montreal

Montreal is hands down, one of the most romantic cities in Canada. From the beautiful cobblestone streets in old Montreal, to the sexy glamour of St. Denis, Montreal has it all. It’s the perfect location if you’re looking to get away with from it all and perhaps find love, or maybe to relax with a special someone. Here are the most romantic spots in Montreal.

1. Stay at the Ritz Carlton & eat at Maison Boulud 1-DSCN0301Splurge on a private room in the brand new Ritz Carlton Hotel. When you aren’t lounging in your luxurious room, head down to the acclaimed Maison Boulud for a bite to eat.

1-DSCN0270 1-DSCN0281 Settle down in front of the fireplace and order from the menu that changes daily. With a focus on local produce and fresh food, you can’t go wrong with this Daniel Boulud spot.

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Montreal with the Nikon Coolpix P600

I’m on the hunt for a new camera, so I jumped at the chance to review the Nikon Coolpix P600.

1-IMG_20140928_173718019Pushing NIKKOR optics to new heights, the COOLPIX P600 boasts a 60x optical zoom from a wide-angle 24mm to an astonishing 1440mm (35mm equivalent) range, and can reach even further using Dynamic Fine Zoom*. Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization helps reduce the effects of camera shake, allowing users to capture clear photos from incredible distances. With built-in Wi-Fi2, users can easily share amazing photos with family and friends by transferring images to a compatible smartphone or tablet and uploading them to their social networks. (more…)

Seeing Montreal by Scooter with Dyad Cycles

I’m about to go on an e-bike tour with a group of travel writers and I have a confession to make: I kinda sorta can’t ride a bike. It stems from some lasting trauma of falling off a bike in grade four, and not getting back on until….about 2 years ago for a brief jaunt.

But here I am, at uber cool Dyad Cycles, about to go on a sightseeing tour of Montreal.

The tour group leader does ask, “Who can’t ride a bike? We can all ride bikes, right?” and I don’t say anything. Surely it would all come rushing back to me…right?

We suit up in helmets and gloves, and head outside to select our candy coloured electric scooters.

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Drinking Absinthe in Montreal

Tucked away in the Intercontinental Hotel in Montreal is the absinthe bar, Sarah B. In the plush private room (one of two that can be rented for special events) I’m about to have my first experience with the green fairy. Absinthe. Moulin Rouge and Amsterdam, but in Canada.

Once upon a time, absinthe used to be a banned substance, and there’s still a bit of mystery and illicitness that surrounds this drink.

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Dinner at Chez Borivage

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The restaurant attached to Le Grand Lodge is fantastic. I shouldn’t have been surprised, knowing that the restaurant (called Chez Borivage) has won a slew of awards for its food, including the Table d’Argent award. Chef David Ouellet turns out classic, authentic French dishes in this log-style restaurant.

We had the Table d’hôte menu . This $55 4 course meal has lots of options to choose from. You can also order a la cart.

Nothing kicks off a good meal like exceptionally good bread. This bread basket included really great olive rolls, as well as white rolls.

food6I couldn’t resist starting with this amazing French Onion soup ($8)! This soup had a thick layer of Gruyere cheese. Warning: It’s incredibly good, but really filling!

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First up, I had the Shredded Duck Confit Flavored with Coriander, Crispy Dumpling Style and Spicy Peanut Sauce ($13). Quite a mouthful for such an elegantly presented dish! These crispy wontons were filled with succulent shredded duck and had a really creative presentation. I loved the orchid!
food8My mom had the Smoked Duck breast, Spicy Mango Salsa on a Bed of Kale Salad with Honey and Soya Dressing ($12).

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New-York Strip Loin Angus with frites

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Amazing potatoes

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My Mom had the Pan Fried Scallops on a Nest of Shredded Braised Lamb

For the third course, I had the New-York Strip Loin Angus. It was well prepared and I had mine with a side of roasted potatoes. The sides were really great. The vegetables were unique and delicious, and the potatoes were crispy and served with onions.

With your steak, you were able to choose from three different types of au jus. Classic, Peppercorn or a spicy sausage one. We each ordered different ones, and they were so good. My favourite was the peppercorn one.

At this point, we were all incredibly full but managed to make room for dessert!

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Crème Brûlée perfumed with St-Eustache Lavender

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Crêpe Suzette with Chocolate and Grand Marnier

I chose to have the Crêpe Suzette with Chocolate and Grand Marnier and my Dad had the Crème Brûlée. Again, the presentation was just amazing. Look at that chocolate work! The desserts were good, but the best dessert was the one that my mother ordered.

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Pouding du Chômeur du Québec

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Our waiter, by the way, provided great service. He was really knowledgeable about the dishes and friendly. For this dish, we weren’t sure what it was so we asked him to explain.

Pouding du Chômeur du Québec literally translates to “Unemployment Pudding.” During the Great Depression, they needed to find a cheap dessert to give factory workers with their meal. They decided to serve a basic vanilla cake topped with maple syrup. (How very Quebec!)

This dessert was hands down, the best one. The cake was served warm and is baked in its little pot. The maple syrup provides a delicious glaze, and the Vanilla and Bourbon Ice Cream is the perfect finish.

All in all, it was an excellent meal, with artful presentation and the perfect place to go to get a taste of Quebec/French cuisine.

Chez Borivage is in Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant, 2396 Labelle Street, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

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