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Preferred City Guide: QUÉBEC

by • January 31, 2014 • TravelComments (0)1907

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WINE AND DINE
Cuisine that showcases the terroir

Whatever feast you fancy, Québec’s restaurants are available to feed the heartiest of appetites. One thing you can always count on when visiting Québec, for business or pleasure, is the abundance of great food. And to accompany that, you will find some of the finest selections of French wines available outside of France, and definitely in Canada. So whether it is fancy, or rustic, bon apetit!

Located in the stellar small luxury inn Auberge Place D’Armes, is a well regarded gastronomic jewel of Vieux Québec. Set in the cozy front area of the historic old house in the heart of the action, a stone’s throw from the famous Place D’Armes, Pain Beni is an elegant and timeless restaurant that offers a creative and original menu. The dining room emphasizes the beautiful old building that houses the Auberge – stone and brick walls, large windows – everything on a grand historical scale, yet still cozy and warm especially in the winter. Featuring an original menu created by chef Simon Côté-Tremblay and his team, Restaurant Pain Béni offers delicious dishes prepared in a way that honours the land while

highlighting the excellence of regional products. Comfort food with a touch of avant-garde is Chef Côté-Tremblay’s signature. Insert PIC Q1D with this part @ 24, Rue Sainte-Anne call 866 333-9485 online painbeni.com or hotelsduvieuxquebec.com
Fresh off of its inclusion (again) in the Conde Nast Traveler “Best in the World” list, 4-star hotel Auberge Saint-Antoine is nestled amid the stone walls of a riverside warehouse in Québec’s basse-ville. Deluxe accommodations and superior service are one thing, but many confirm the Auberge’s main dining room, Panache, as an exceptional highlight. Offering intimacy and views of the river, the dining room dates back to the 19th century. Chef Louis Pacquelin, and his brigade de cuisine, revisit the classics while pioneering the use of local seasonal produce, sourced from their own organic garden on Île d’Orléans and local producers.

Answering the ‘call of the wine’, to complete such an exquisite feast, are Caviste Jean Moffet and Sommelier Benoit Troutier, a French national. Boasting a wine list with over 700 different labels, and ‘stellar cellar’ housing over 12,000 bottles from 14 countries (featuring France), this dynamic wine duo hold no punches when it comes to wine excellence.  @ 9, rue Saint-Antoine call 1-888-692-2211 online saint-antoine.com

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Art & Design
Masters on Stage
In Vieux Quebec, winter is special. Brisk walks thru the streets, footsteps across the crisp snow. Cold days, are followed by languid evenings in front of a warm fire, enjoying tarte au sirop d’érable and Caribou Luckily for visitors Quebec is blessed with some of the finest galleries and museums in Canada and North America, not including its historical ramparts, which provide visitors ample ways to stay cozy.

Until February 23, 2014, les Musée de la civilisation Quebec, with artistic direction from Jeannot Painchaud of Cirque Éloize fame, presents an original exhibition which features the life of the effervescent city of boulevards: Paris. Les Halles, the circus, cinema, theater, salons d’artistes, gardens, and world fairs are featured in Paris on Stage: 1889–1914. Featuring works of art from the creativity of Le Chat noir, the Moulin rouge, the Lumière brothers, Sarah Bernhardt, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Rodin, the exhibit allows visitors to explore an exciting journey to another era. It is topped off with its “pièce de résistance”: a detailed 360’ panorama of the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris from a spectacular simulated perch from the Eiffel Tower’s first level.
@ 85, rue Dalhousie (basse-ville) call 866 710-8031 onlne mcq.org/paris/en or quebecregion.com

William Samuel Paley (1901-1990), founder of the CBS television network, discovered the Impressionists and post-Impressionists while traveling in Europe in 1933. Serving on MoMA’s board for more than 50 years, he bequeathed his collection of more than 80 works to the museum. Until February 16, 2014, The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is Canada’s sole stop on the North American tour of the William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism. Featuring 62 select major works from: Cézanne, Bacon, Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Matisse, it presents a vivid panorama of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

@ Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, call 866.220.2150 online mnba.qc.ca or quebecregion.com

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