Category Archives: Quebec

Free Funk for All

There is something satisfying about turning a corner in a grid of unremarkable buildings—offices, laundromats, Chinese takeouts, utilitarian staples—when a mural pounces out of the greyness. Proud of its hiding spot? I doubt it; a mural is not meant to … Continue reading

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Winter: friend or foe? It depends on your latitude

For New Yorkers like me, the recent drop in temperature is a reminder to prepare for the mess of unshoveled sidewalks and grumpy faces that will reliably arrive in a few months. A couple winters ago, my wife and I … Continue reading

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From Indoor Campfires to Snow-bound Syrup: Wintertime Dining in Quebec City

My wife and I have tradition we follow each time we visit Quebec City: a picnic on the old city wall. Rillettes, a baguette of bread so fresh it is still steaming, onion confit, local chevre cheese, maybe some smoked … Continue reading

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Two Flippers in Every Pot

Poutine, smoked salmon, tourtieres (seasoned meat pies), and ice wine are some of the more well-known gastronomic specialties of Quebec. Yet way under the radar swims one of the province’s more obscure but historically important offerings: seal. Who would have … Continue reading

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Paint Frais: Street Art of Montreal

Familiar buildings, ever-morphing street art. That was my first impression upon returning to Montreal during a recent visit. Overlooking a small square favored by bums, I found this pair of raccoons chowing down on garbage represented by wildstyle graffiti tags. … Continue reading

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