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2.09.2016

471. Chinese New Year

CNY Dinner
I'm pretty behind on my "recent life" posts since I've just been focusing on the vacation posts these days. Here is a quick one of my Chinese New Year! The actual day was yesterday. I spent the day with my mom. The night before that I went back to my house for a dinner. Here are some photos from that night. As you can see there was a lot of food..(for 4 people)

Chinese New Year dinner
CNY red pockets
Red pocket money

blue point Himalayan cat
Himalayan cat
This is my cat Blueberry. Well he barely remembers me now since I haven't lived there for years. He's a blue point Himalayan. We got him when I was about 12 years old I think..now he's like 13 years old.

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2.06.2016

470. Quebec 2016 | Quebec City

Quebec City winter
Quebec City was less than an hour's drive away from our cabin, so we went on a quick trip there once day. Unfortunately it was the coldest day during our time there (like -25/30C) so we didn't stay for too long. The walled in part of the city is where we usually go (I've been to Quebec City a few times before but only during summer). It is so nice and magical there during winter. The style is very European. It's like a little village with old stone buildings and cobblestone streets. We went there for dinner, dessert, walked around a bit then drove around. As it was so cold, most of these photos were taken from inside the car. I wish we could've stayed longer and walked around more. I'd like to go back during the summer though!

Quebec City
Quebec City winter
spaghetti carbonara
Quebec crepe
Quebec City
Quebec City winter
Those blocks of snow might be for ice carvings.

Quebec City boardwalk
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Chateau Frontenac Quebec
Inside Chateau Frontenac. We parked here to went inside to have a look as well..

Chateau Frontenac Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac bar

Other Posts from this Trip:

Au Chalet en Bois Rond - Cabin Review
Dog Sledding
Snowmobiling and Trails
Fairmont Chateau Montebello
Aux Chantignoles - Restaurant Review

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1.30.2016

469. Quebec 2016 | Aux Chantignoles at Chateau Montebello

Chateau Montebello breakfast
Here was my breakfast at Le Chateau Montebello! I've mentioned this in the past that I LOVE hotel breakfasts (buffet style or even delivered to the room). Not because the food tastes good (I mean it does..) but I love the experience of it. I'm not quite sure how to explain it but you probably know what I mean. The breakfast we had here was delicious. There was a wide selection of food including the usual continental style items like bread, sausages, eggs, potatoes, beans etc as well as crepes, an omelette station, delicious oatmeal..and more.

The hotel's main restaurant is Aux Chantignoles where we had breakfast and dinner. It's pretty big in there, with several dining areas and very beautifully decorated throughout.

I'll start with breakfast:

Fairmont Montebello breakfast
Fairmont Montebello breakfast
Fairmont Montebello breakfest
I loved their oatmeal!

Aux Chantignoles restaurant
Here's a view of the restaurant. This is the part where you walk in but on the sides there were individual rooms as well. So we came for dinner that night shortly after checking in (which I posted about yesterday). We hadn't really planned to eat there at first but since there were no other options for food that night, we decided to have our dinner there. The restaurant/food really exceeded my expectations. I didn't think much of it at first (since I usually prefer going to actual non-hotel restaurants when travelling) but this one was really good.

There were a lot of unique things on the menu. It was one of those restaurants where you knew that whatever you ordered, it would most likely be good and nicely presented. So I had a really hard time choosing what I wanted since I wanted to try almost everything on there! By the way, here is the menu. A lot of different meats and French-Canadian dishes.

Aux Chantignoles amuse bouche
An amuse bouche to start.

Aux Chantignoles appetizer
I went for the Monk Fish and Shrimp Medallion appetizer (with parsley sponge, lobster sauce, ocean paper, and shellfish oil). This was delicious. I just didn't like the parsley sponge that much..it didn't have a strong taste to it but if you don't eat it first it gets all soggy by the end and tastes like wet bread lol. It makes it look cool though. I really liked the shrimp medallions.

Aux Chantignoles appetizer
My bf got the Wild Game Parmentier (with four spice sauce and fingerling potato chips). I had a taste of it and it was really good as well. It's a mixture of a lot of different meats, finely chopped up.

Aux Chantignoles sorbet
Then we had this sorbet. I think the term is Intermezzo..?

Aux Chantignoles veal
For the main course I had the Pappardelle Paste with Milk-Fed Veal (with sage and lemon cream sauce, spinach, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes). I don't think I ever ordered veal before. This was really good. I loved the sauce and the veal was tender and juicy. It was so filling though.

Aux Chantignoles deer
The Deer Wellington (with Saskatoonberry sauce, Jerusalem artichoke puree, and honey mushroom). I tried a bite of the deer as well. It was my first time eating deer. It tasted kind of like beef. I usually don't like gamey meat but this was really good.

Aux Chantignoles dessert
The dessert was buffet-style so we had a bit of everything. I wish they did actual dessert though. The options they had were just cakes, jello, pudding, fruits, etc.

It was overall a really nice and memorable meal/evening. I definitely recommend having dinner at the restaurant, even if you're not staying at the hotel!


Other Posts from this Trip:

Au Chalet en Bois Rond - Cabin Review
Dog Sledding
Snowmobiling & Trails
Le Chateau Montebello - Hotel Review
Quebec City


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