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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.