O Canada

Just got back from an amazing trip to Quebec with my mom to celebrate a certain – ahem –  milestone birthday I have coming up next month. We drove from Millbrook to Montreal, where we stayed at the Hotel Nelligan (not the Hotel Nelson, pictured), accidentally crashed an art opening, had a fabulous lunch at Olive & Gourmando (if you’re in the area, definitely check it out – delish breads, inventive salads, mellow atmosphere) and a fun dinner at Holder (would have gone to L’Express, but it was closed).

The next day we hit Quebec, unpacking our bags for three nights at the wonderful Hotel Dominion 1912, a beautiful and modern boutique hotel in the old city. We got plenty of exercise climbing up and down the steps – 350! – to the walled city, where we cruised around the narrow streets, dropped by the Musee de Beaux Arts and the Plains of Abraham, then hit Saint Jean and its famed epiceries (picking up quite a few food goodies). We ate ice cream at the chocolate store at the Musee du Chocolat (strawberry black pepper was our fave), then cruised over to Saint Roch before ending our day at the food market, where we bought foie gras (I know, I know), which seems to be on every menu in town. On our way home we stopped at L’Artisan et son Pays and loaded up on Quebec cheese (Le Secret de Meurice – which we first tried during dinner at Toast, a fantastic restaurant I highly recommend – is my hands-down favorite; my mom loves 14 Arpent).

On the drive home, we stopped in Lake Placid, which just happened to be hosting their annual film festival. We checked out a great panel discussion on women in film moderated by Russell Banks and headlined by Parker Posey (Love him! Love her!) before heading home. My mom and I hadn’t traveled together since college, and I must say we had a ball. Thanks, Mom; I’ll go a travelin’ with you any day!

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