Saturday was the day we did our loooong drive from Halifax to Quebec City – we spent over 10.5 hours in the car!!! But first we checked out the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. We planned our trip specifically so that we would be in Halifax on Saturday because Hayley said I just had to see this market.
And of course she was right – I was in heaven! There were local fruits and vegetables, freshly caught fish, handmade soaps, vegan truffles and energy bars, fresh artisan breads, ethnic food stands, arts and crafts, and more. It was amazing!
We browsed for an hour and left by 9:30 am to begin our road trip. Our first stop was in Moncton, New Brunswick for lunch because we wanted to go to the Tide and Boar – a gastropub that was featured on You Gotta Eat Here.
They are famous for their boar poutine, so my sister got an order and we all helped her eat it. It was so good – the boar was super tender and there were huge chunks of cheese curds in it!
For my main meal I got their black bean and date veggie burger with spicy mayo, as per the recommendation of our waitress. It was pretty good, but it didn’t really blow me away. The side salad was awesome though – it had roasted root vegetables, Parmesan cheese and a shallot dressing. It was also supposed to have granola in it, but they had to leave it off because of my allergies.
After lunch we got back on the road and drove. And drove. And drove some more. I spent a good chunk of the time catching up with good ol’ Alton Brown. His books are like a food geek’s dream – I love how they explain some of the science behind cooking.
8 hours and 760 km later (that’s not including the 250 km we drove in the morning!), we finally arrived in Quebec City. We checked into the Loews Hotel Le Concorde and then headed out on foot in Old Quebec in search of food. It’s been almost 10 years since I was last in Quebec and I forgot how much I love it there – it has such a European feel to it.
We finally decided to stop at Bello Ristorante. Even though we just had Italian the night before, this place looked really good! Also we were just happy to find a restaurant that could get us a table since it was almost 9 pm and the rest of the restaurants nearby were full.
This place was packed to though – and it had a great atmosphere! The servers were all bustling about, and were obviously very attentive and friendly to their tables. All the customers seemed to be really enjoying themselves too, which added to its good vibes.
Before the meal we were brought out bread with olive oil and balsamic, which was really good.
For my appetizer I had an arugula salad with fresh market vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and a white balsamic vinaigrette. It was simple, but tasted good.
My entree was gemelli pasta with mushrooms, truffles, arugula, white wine and pecorino cheese. I’m not sure if the pasta was made in house, but it tasted like it!
By the time we were done our meal it was past 10 so we just headed back to the hotel room and crashed – we were exhausted after such a long day in the car!
What is the furthest you’ve ever driven in one day?
Have you ever been to Quebec?