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Francophone language and culture – Finding an amazing meal in Québec Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Culture, Vocabulary

Sometimes the best things in life are surprises. The best meal I ever ate, was just such a surprise. Travelling through Québec on our way to viste la tante Rose, we found a marvelous meal, a wonderful souvenir (memory), and a story we still tell.

Acheminemement et entrée du site d’un bureau d’information touristique

Official Canadian Tourist Information Sign (for more info

All of these wonderful memories were brought back last week when ma tante Cécile (la soeur de ma belle-mère) (my aunt Cecile, my mother-in-law’s sister) shared the video below with me.

Finding your way

Just about every town in Québec seems to have a little local information bureau that will provide tips and tricks for visiting the local community. You can find these handy keepers of wonderful secrets by following the blue signs shown above.

While we were visiting Cabano (now part of Témiscouata -sur-le-Lac), la ville natale de ma belle-mère (my mother-in-law’s home town) the local bureau d’information touristique (tourist information office) sent us to a local art gallery.

Le meilleur repas de ma vieThe best meal of my life

It turned out that the ‘art gallery’ was:
1. Not just an art gallery … it was also an inn and a restaurant!
2. The art gallery/inn/restaurant was right across the street from the house de la mère de ma belle-mère (my mother-in-law’s mother’s house)!
3. This little ‘hidden gem’ is one of the most amazing dining experiences not only in Québec, by anywhere I have ever dined.

Not only did we enjoy an amazing 10 course meal of all produit du terroir  (locally grown produce) but we enjoyed ce repas unique (this unique meal) in a mid century modern dining room where it turns out mes oncles et mes tantes ont joué en tant qu’enfant (my uncles and aunts played as kids), and it all ended with a virtuoso piano serenade by the chef!

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About the Author: Tim Hildreth

Since my first trip to France at 16, I have been a passionate francophile. I love the language, food, music, art, people, and more that make France and la Francophonie in general such an amazing part of our global community. Having lived in France and studied the language and culture for over 35 years, it is my great pleasure to be able to share a little bit of my deep love with you through this blog.