Since having children our we’ve made the conscious choice to have more subdued (and frankly, uneventful) New Year’s Eve celebrations than we have in the past years. We’ve been content staying close to home and celebrating with family and friends in the comfort of our own home.
Until this year, when I had the brilliant idea to surprise my husband and celebrate New Years in Quebec City! For someone who despises the cold, this getaway was bittersweet for me-braving the cold for hours on end for days (and nights) yet doing so in such a breathtaking city and with my own personal agenda (a foodie-inspired getaway) as my driving force!
Getting ready to brave the cold – minus 17 degrees to be exact.
Stopping for a photos at the majestic Chateau Frontenac.
Quartier Petit Champlain; a quaint, picture-perfect neighbourhood comprised of narrow streets lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros.
Le Cochon dingue; a casual, bistro-style chain restaurant in Petit Champlain (where my husband had his first ever poutine!).
We almost gave up on our search for Cafe du monde restaurant after having roamed around aimlessly to find it (with the windshield temperature of minus 28!). It’s a good thing the delicious food was worth the frozen toes!
Appetizer: Escargots sauteed with peppers, spinach, and osso bucco.
Authentic cheese and meat plate with (over-sized) capers and ‘shrimp in a jar.’
Main: Baked salmon with a citrus dill sauce and rice.
Strolling through the quaint streets of Petit Champlain and stopping to admire one of the gorgeous murals.
Pouring some fresh maple syrup on ice…
and making ‘tire d’érable’ lollipops!
Pre-drinks and poses at our BnB before heading out for dinner at Café Sirocco!
Our last day, strolling through the downtown area before heading to Chateau Frontenac for a much-deserved massage!
Taking in the breathtaking view of winter in all it’s glory before walking through the Plains d’Abraham.