Now that I’ve whined about my travel experience on my recent trip to Quebec City, I feel better so I’m happy to share some of the highlights; most importantly, a reunion of my travel gal pals.
Quebec is a lovely and picturesque city to visit but, with all due respect, there is a reason you don’t find Canadian restaurants in every corner of the world …
They don’t have much of a traditional cuisine and what I tasted I didn’t particularly like. Of course, everyone said we had to try poutine (fried potatoes with brown gravy and cheese curd). And we did. We ordered 2 side orders for a table of 11 people. It tasted pretty good at first, but it’s wrong on so many levels that I knew I wouldn’t eat it again.
I also heard about tortiere (beef meat pie). That, too, was disappointing, at least in the place I tried it. Sort of pot pie but without the vegetables and thickener. Just ok and I wouldn’t order that again either.
Like many of us, when I travel I like to try food that is unique to the region. I take no comfort in ordering something that is familiar or ‘safe’. Within my own personal set of parameters, I try to be adventurous.
Foie gras is a great regional specialty and I had it several times. This gorgeous dish was at the Hotel Ste-Anne, 32 Rue Ste Anne. It was foie gras on toast with caramelized onions, stewed figs, carrot preserve, fruits, and sauces. Each bite was heavenly.