Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec
Jul30

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the impeccable dinners, their Sunday brunch is amazing.  I often judge a restaurant by its salads and the winter salad that Charles and Jennifer serve...

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Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec
Jul17

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché Jean Talon in Montreal. Chef Nancy Hinton, a constant winner of the University of Guelph Innovation Gold Award, grew up in Quebec City and...

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Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
Nov12

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships (L’Estrie), this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it. I published then-Chef Roland Ménard’s recipe in 1990 for lamb tenderloin baked in phyllo pastry and served with a local honey/fresh mint sauce. It would be at home on any 2019 menu.  The salade ‘Estrienne’...

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Taverne Monkland, Montréal
Jul26

Taverne Monkland, Montréal

“This is what a ‘local’ looks like in Montreal.  Stylish, great food and very, very comfortable! Monkland Taverne has been an institution in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) since 1995 and the team of owners –  Josh Crowe, Barbara Irwin, Stephen Leslie, Boris Schweers and Donald Lovell  – have been focused on the great ingredients of Québec for years. They just get it!  Chef / owner Josh Crowe is as forward-thinking chef as any Food...

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Le Champlain @ Le Château Frontenac, Québec City
Jul21

Le Champlain @ Le Château Frontenac, Québec City

Le Château Frontenac has been one of the jewels of the Fairmont Hotel family (formerly Canadian Pacific)  since it was first opened in 1893. It was designed to be, in founder Sir William Van Horne’s words, “the most talked about hotel on this continent”. Sitting on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, its majestic towers still grace tourism guides and attract visitors from around the world.  Nestled in the heart of...

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