I'm enjoying my road trip and wanted to let you know of my experiences so far.
CHEZ ASHTON - poutine was good, but not excellent. I think I should have had a few more beers before indulging! I think the gravy was what disappointed me a little - it was too light. I prefer a heavier, more flavourful gravy on my poutine. 8 out of 10.
PUB ST-ALEXANDRE - absolutely loved the place and went there two nights in a row. They have Belgian cherry beer on tap (sadly, a little too much cherry, not enough beer flavour). The bartender, Jean, became our best friend and even drove us (on his day off) to Sucrerie Blouin on Ile d'Orleans. I am now a huge fan of Unibroue Ephemere beer (has cassis added to the beer - very delicious but not too fruity). Slightly expensive drinks, and smoking allowed, so 8 out of 10 overall. Didn't try any of their food, but the menu and other customers' plates looked good.
CASSE-CREPE BRETON - dry, crispy crepes filled with fresh fillings like asparagus, bacon, spinach and cheese. I would have prefered moister crepes or some kind of white sauce, even though I'm sure it's not authentic that way. Tried Granny's hot chocolate - very sweet and creamy. The hot chocolates at Choco-musee Erico were much better. Went back to Casse-Crepe Breton for brunch a couple of days later and had the chestnut crepe (I added fresh strawberries to the order). Big chunks of strawberry and a sweet chestnut cream. I know this was a slightly wierd combo but I really wanted to try both but didn't want to return a third time! 8 out of 10 overall (the service is dubious).
CHOCO-MUSEE ERICO - what a chocolate shop! 5 kinds of real hot chocolate, and all kinds of chocolate made fresh in the back, beside the little museum. Delicious chocolates including ingredients like pink peppercorn, lavender, tarragon, rosemary, chipotle, etc. The Erico (70% base) mug of hot chocolate for about $3 was quite bitter, but the Tanzanie (75% base) hot chocolate was very smooth. Several flavour additions are available for about 50 cents more - everything from marshmallows to spices. 9 out of 10 overall.
J.A. MOISON - wonderful old grocery store with excellent local cheeses, house-made sausages, dry goods, health food, etc. Tried the Kenogami and Escogriffe (Quebec cheeses) - wow! The lamb and veal merguez sausages were also spicy and excellent. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable. 10 out of 10.
More to come in my next report from the next Internet Cafe!
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