The best way to get a glimpse of a foreign culture is through its food. So when I was in Quebec last month I joined a food tour run by Tours Voir Quebec. This three-hour tour took me to 7 different spots in town, where I discovered the culinary traditions of Quebec.
The tour started at the Visitor Centre where we met our very enthousiastic guide Jocelyne and the first place she took us was a restaurant called La Crémaillère. This restaurant has an Italian-French menu that features dishes made from local produce. According to Jocelyne it has won many awards and judging by the bruschetta topped with a mushroom and leek risotto, that was absolutely well-deserved.
The fourth stop was a grunchy bar just outside of Vieux Quebec in the Rue Saint Jean, called Ninkasi. Here we drank a glass of Blonde Chambly beer. Not much of a beer drinker myself, I actually enjoyed this white beer which is brewed the Belgian way. The brand logo is of a blonde girl which apparently was one of the girls the King of France sent over to Quebec to even out the male-female ratio in the New France.
The sixth place we went to was only a few doors down. It was a restaurant called Le Billig where they serve traditional pancakes Brittany style. We all had a ham and cheese pancake which went very well with the glass of cider it came with.
Our seventh and final stop was the Erico Musee du Chocolat which was also located on Rue Saint Jean. Here we played with the chocolate machines and learned about the origins of chocolate, but most of all we indulged in tasting dark and milk chocolates, which were all made by hand, one by one.
I was invited to take this complimentary tour with Tours Voir Quebec by Tourism Quebec.