On the US West Coast roads

This year I was invited to an annual conference organized by the Loma society, specialised in the insurance industry. This invitation rewards those who have obtained one of their certifications. So last September I went to San Diego. During my trip, I took the opportunity to discover or rediscover some places on the West Coast. In my agenda there are some national parks, Las Vegas and San Diego. Five years later, I am back in Uncle Sam’s country!

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Pascal Le Boulanger

In France there are bakeries on every street corner. There are no less than 35,000, that is to say about one bakery for 1900 inhabitants. If we applied this ratio to the city of Quebec, that would give a total of 287 bakeries. But when you do a quick search on Google you realize that in reality there are only about thirty bakeries: we understand better why in Quebec the phrase “go get bread” does not always refer to baguette.

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3 of Quebec’s most beautiful routes

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Despite its 36 million inhabitants, Canada has a vast territory. Indeed the country ranks second in the world in terms of surface area, behind Russia.
Like Canada, the province of Quebec also benefits from an extensive geography, which could contain 3 times France. But when you want to explore the region, the task does not look so simple when you see all the kilometers you have to go through.
During my different trips in Quebec, I spent a lot of time on the roads. Some may be somewhat boring, like route 40 linking Quebec and Montreal. Others, on the other hand, are less monotonous and allow you to admire beautiful landscapes. I suggest that we review together 3 beautiful roads of Quebec.

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Autumn colors

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In Quebec autumns, one after another, are very similar. Every year at the end of the summer the days become less and less sunny and the temperatures alternate between freshness and heat. Gradually the trees are transforming and then put on their best outfits. In the streets, parks, forests, you can see the same phenomenon, and above all the same dominant color: a prominent red. That of the maple.

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5 ways to immigrate to Canada

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Each year, Canada welcomes to its territory several hundred thousand immigrants, like refugees, permanent residents, temporary workers or students, people who immigrate to Canada for different reasons.
Many French people decide to settle in Quebec because the French language is spoken there. This obviously makes the integration easier because there are already many changes: culture, climate, work, family, friends, social life. Sometimes these differences are too difficult to overcome, that is why about half of the French immigrants return to France after five years of life in Quebec. So if you plan to settle somewhere in Canada, it will be better if you are aware of the cultural differences that await you.
You have plans to move to Canada? This will require first that you obtain a visa. So here are five ways to help you to achieve this goal.

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Eggplant and ricotta rolls

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The aperitif is always a pleasant and festive moment. During happy hour you meet your friends, you are having a toast, having a drink, you nibble, you talk and you laugh. One drink, two drinks, three drinks and so on. And above all you never forget to have a toast, because obviously there is always something to celebrate!

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Nina Pizza Napolitaine

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It had been a while since I had wanted to go to Nina pizza napolitaine. The restaurant was part of my list of places to try but I never had the opportunity to go there.
The other day I was in the Saint-Roch district because I had planned to go to the Spot, an ephemeral bar set up this summer by students from Laval University. Unfortunately the rain had invited itself to the party, so I had to change my plans. By some happy coincidence, Nina’s pizzeria was not very far from where I was, on Saint-Joseph street. So my sidekick GG and I decided to go there.

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10 places to visit in New Brunswick and Gaspésie

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Last year my friends and I did the classic roadtrip of a tourist in Canada: Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Tadoussac. But Canada is also about nature, wilderness and wide-open spaces. And when you go to cities you do not necessarily see this aspect there. This is why some people, who do the classic trip in Canada, are disappointed not to discover more of that side. Since I moved to Quebec City, many people told me about beautiful areas in Canada: Gaspésie, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or the Magdalen Island, to give you some examples. The more I was listening to their stories, the more I wanted to discover these places. It was only a matter of time before I decided to go there.
This summer friends from Paris had planned to come to see me in Quebec City. Nothing was really planned but we would certainly have been to Toronto, Montreal and New York.
Unfortunately their trip had to be canceled because of a broken leg. My holidays were already planned in that period, so I had to find a solution. To go or not to go somewhere on vacations? That was the question.
On further consideration, it has been quite a while since I have taken some vacations, so I told myself that a little break would not do me any harm. So I decided to keep my initial vacation dates. Now I just had to find a destination. The Caribbean, the United States or Canada? That’s when I thought about all those people who had told me about all these beautiful places to discover in Canada, and that the best time to do that was during the summer. My choice was made, I will go to the east of Quebec, to New Brunswick and Gaspésie!
Aware that my friends of Quebec City were not on vacation at the same time as me, it is for that reason that I tried to find travel mates on social networks or by talking about it around me. It seemed so complicated to me: date issues, budget etc. Sometimes some people seemed motivated at first and ended up not answering me. Finally I decided to go alone for adventure, a first for me. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise.
Today I wanted to share with you, in 10 steps, my 8-day roadtrip in New Brunswick and Gaspésie, two beautiful regions of Canada.

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Shrimp and scallop pasta

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During my holidays I have travelled miles. Every day it was several hundred behind the wheel, plus a dozen during my hikes or excursions. Under these conditions to eat well became more complicated, and the evening fatigue took precedence over hunger. But strangely since I got back from vacation I only think about eating. Have all those hours of walking improved my appetite?
Today I had a craving for pasta, so you are going to Italy!

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Chocolats Favoris

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Chocolats favoris, it is more than 20 chocolate shops, spread everywhere throughout Quebec. Now the chocolate maker can even be found in Montreal, since the opening last month of a shop in Quartier des spectacles district. In addition to chocolates, the place offers 12 chocolate fondue flavors to coat your ice cream.

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The fever of Festival d’été de Québec

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Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) is the musical event of the year in Quebec City, one of the biggest in Canada. When I arrived in the city, everyone I met told me about it, each time with great enthusiasm. “You’ll see, the festival is fun!”, people told me incessantly. Others, however, were more nostalgic, and were remembering about the festival when the festival was free or almost, and looked somewhat like a village feast. It must be said that the festival has changed a lot since its founding in 1968. Since its creation the festival has grown over the years with more and more artists. More renowned also. Today there are hundreds of artists performing on ten stages.

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Tora-Ya Ramen

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Located in Saint-Roch district, the Tora-Ya Ramen restaurant, formerly known as Hosakaya Ramen, has recently been renamed as Tora-Ya Ramen. This change allows the restaurant to differentiate itself from its little brother, Hosakaya Sushi, located in Limoilou district.

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Queen pizza

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Today is Mother’s Day, what is more normal than thinking about your mom! This day is celebrated in France the last Sunday of May, while in Canada and in the United States the celebration is held the second Sunday of May. So what is the link with pizza? None. Just wanted to eat one. I also thought that I will feel less stupid when my family will ask me the question: “Is the pizza dough homemade?”.

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10 cultural differences between France and Quebec

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When you arrive in a new country you necessarily notice cultural differences between your new and your home country. And in Quebec, although French is spoken, there are lots of differences with France. In terms of language, for example, we can already see some changes – words and expressions that do not have the same meaning, adaptations in the grammar or in sentence structures, another accent – you may need a little bit of time to get used to it.

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Le Chic Shack

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A few months ago I was watching a show on TV that talked about the Chic Shack food truck, located on Île d’Orléans, which is about a 30-minute drive from Quebec. I was like: “Great, food trucks in Quebec!”. My joy was short-lived.

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Beef and vegetable stir fry

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At my parents’ house my mother spends a lot of time in the kitchen, while my father is playing guitar, organ or is singing karaoke. Classic for an Asian family you will tell me.

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Where to learn to ski in québec?

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Quebec City has the advantage of being close to several ski resorts – perfect for sliding sports lovers. Even if they do not have the sea, which is leading some to swim in the St. Lawrence River (this will give ideas to you Parisian friends perhaps?), Quebecers enjoy the snow through many activities (skiing, snowshoeing, skating…).

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Noctem Artisans Brasseurs

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A few months ago a new microbrewery opened in the Saint-Roch district. After the Korrigane, the Barberie, here is the Noctem. Things always come in threes. At the entrance you see a cat on the sign. There is also one on the door. Is there a cat hidden inside bar? I have to inspect the facilities to make sure of it.

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Green papaya salad

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The papaya salad is like a little story of my life. I have been eating this dish since I was a little boy, not to say baby: at family dinners, at weddings, even at Christmas. Okay I’m exaggerating a little bit but it’s almost that.

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3 road trips ideas in Canada

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As we all know all roads lead to Rome. In Canada they often lead to Quebec. The city is located in the center of the province, which is convenient for those who wish to discover the area. This is why Quebec is often part of stops of a trip to Canada. Its territory is huge and it is easy to get lost in it. Therefore, to help you find your way in this big space, I offer some ideas of travel itineraries.

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Les Sales Gosses

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The first time I had heard of the Sales Gosses restaurant, it was during an Iron Chef (cooking contest) which was organized last year during a wine fair. Since the show I always kept that name in mind because I thought it was funny name. And by dint of talking about the restaurant, one day my friends have finally cracked and decided to take me there for my birthday. Cramming is paying off after all. Long live to propaganda!

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Beef bourguignon

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Today, I was missing France. Indeed I was there recently for Christmas and New Year. It was the opportunity, like all of my colleagues like to say sometimes, to find again my beret, my striped jersey, my saucisson, cheese and my baguette under my arm. I have also met again the entire family and friends. Like a daydream somehow. And since I was missing France, today I decided to make a beef bourguignon!

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La Bête Bar Steakhouse

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Hidden somewhere in the building Delta 3 on Laurier boulevard, La Bête Bar-Steakhouse is a place for meat lovers. The beast found there is a classified AAA and Prime beef, the guarantee of high quality, which is defined by the marbling: the more important it is and the more tender and juicy the meat will be. Add to that an aging of 35 to 40 days in order to accentuate the flavor and tenderness, and you have all the ingredients to satisfy your carnivorous instincts. The place seemed to be like a mandatory stop for me and it was just a matter of time before I decided to go there!

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When autumn comes

autaumn3 (Copier)Autumn in Quebec is a season that does not last very long, indeed the cold arrives quickly. This is a period when temperatures drop suddenly and make us almost forget about the feeling of the sun on our skin. The trees are gradually emptied of their leaves. The days are becoming less sunny too. Summer is long gone.

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Salmon and cucumber maki

maki saumon concombreIn recent years Japanese restaurants are popping up all over France, and as in Europe they are popular in Canada. It seems that Quebec is following this trend: restaurateurs are taking advantage of this craze for Japanese cuisine and many chain restaurants have emerged.
Although we love to go to the restaurant it is also nice to be home sometimes. Or when you’re at home and you start feeling the sushi or maki urge, the simplest solution is to call the nearest the delivery man. But is it really difficult to make them yourself? You like Japanese food and you have time ? Well that’s perfect because today I offer you a maki workshop!

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Ciel! Bistro-Bar

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Rooftops appeared in New York and then gradually invaded the big cities of the world: London, Barcelona, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, and through Singapore … People go there to have a drink, to eat or even for parties. Nowadays there are many in France and I even had the opportunity to try a few in Paris last summer.
In Quebec you won’t have the chance to enjoy rooftops but you will a rotating restaurant instead, Ciel! Bistro-Bar, which offers a beautiful view of the city.

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10 questions an immigrant in Quebec City asks himself on his arrival

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The life of an immigrant is not a long quiet river. Indeed it is not easy to adapt when you arrive in another country, even less when you are part of a visible minority. My family has lived these moments in France, I lived them , I face them again here in Quebec.

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Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

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Hello, I’m back after 10 intense days at the Quebec City Summer Festival! Today we are going to the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier.

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Le Clocher Penché

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What can we possibly do on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? The idea of ​​a brunch seemed fair to me. With “the gang” (group of friends), we had decided to go in the Saint-Roch district to try the brunch of the Clocher Penché.

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How to survive the cold?

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Is it cold in Quebec City? This is the question people often ask me, but is it really a myth? Legend tells that the temperatures can go below -50 ° C. In 1816 there would have even been a year without summer!
Winter in Quebec City usually begins in November and ends around May, if it wants to. Winter is often feared and sometimes hated, winter is inevitable, winter is endless. When this period is close this feeling of fear arrives at the same time, and everyone tries as they can to survive the low temperatures. Here is a small survival guide that can be useful if you have to face the big cold!

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Patente Et Machin

IMG_6706 (Copier)The Saint-Sauveur district is located in lower Town of Quebec, close to the famous Saint-Roch neighbourhood. Renowned for its shops, the area has also many restaurants, including Patente and Machin. People are talking a lot about it and I was looking forward to try the place so we went there one night with friends for dinner!

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Lobster and its cream, melting potatoes and mashed cauliflower

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With the start of the lobster’s season I was curious to try the lobster from Quebec. It’s done now!

Here’s the recipe!

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Do you understand Quebec French?

Tetes-a-claquesWhen you arrive in Quebec and you speach French, you feel safe because the province is francophone. But even if you master the language of Molière it is difficult sometimes to understand a Quebecer. Here are some tips to help you tame the Quebec language!

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