Picnic Day in Île d’Orléans

Picnic Day in Île d’Orléans

Just 15 minutes from downtown Québec City is located Île d'Orleans. The island has been described as the "microcosm of traditional Quebec" and as the "cradle of French civilization in North America." On a sunny Monday morning of October, Karine and I drove across the solo bridge, entering a land of farming and agriculture. We acquired provisions in [...]

Festival de la Galette Sarrasin

Festival de la Galette Sarrasin

Québécois love their poutine. But they also love their buckwheat. The buckwheat made its way to Québec during the first colonization, principally by the Bretons. During this time, the buckwheat flour was used to make crepes, and was accompanied with baked beans, molasses and a glass of p'tit caribou.  It became a popular meal rich in protein for lumberjacks [...]