I know this might sound crazy, but I LOVE food. I know - strange coming from the crazy cheese lady... but I think I spend more time thinking about food than anything else.
So of course, when our schedule takes us away, one of the great adventures is to seek out exciting new places that involve.... you guessed it! Food.
This weekend I strategically arranged my schedule to take us out towards Québec City. I spent Friday afternoon/evening at Super Marché Avril in Lévis (which opened in May of 2015) and Saturday afternoon at Avril in Québec City which hasn't even been open a year yet. Both beautiful stores boast 20 000 square feet packed with healthy goodies, including Zengarry Fauxmages of course! I also discovered a stash of discontinued Gardein products amongst their stock. AND both stores host an on site Crudessance counter for all your raw vegan takeout needs!
On our way out to Lévis on Friday we stopped in Sainte-Hyacinthe and searched out a little vegan mecca called La Vie La Vie. Owned and operated by Joe Omobono and his family, this gem is a true labor of love and you can taste it in every bite.
It took Joe and his son 8 months to put this place together with their own hands. The delightfully modern industrial space is home to a vegan market, selling many vegan goodies that can't be found elsewhere in town, a take-out counter and a sit down restaurant.
This place is worth the trip and if it had been open on Sunday we would have stopped on our way home as well. The food is imaginative and intensely flavourful. AND you can even get a Fauxmage platter featuring some of Zengarry's Specialty flavours including Fauxmage Bleu and Pub Cheddar!
For lunch I enjoyed the Tex Mex Casserole with beans, corn and other veggies in a Mexican style sauce topped with melted 'cheese' and served with try-coloured nachos.
Francis ordered the 'meatloaf' in a vegetable ragout with carrots, edamame and mushrooms with herbs and maple syrup. We were both super impressed and the prices are incredibly reasonable.
Not surprisingly there was a very happy crowd here the whole time we were there. And Joe and his crew really make you feel like family.
After my demo on Friday night we had made reservations to eat at Le Soixante 5 in Lévis. It's housed in a beautiful space with exposed brick on one of the oldest streets in Lévis leading down to the water.
After a long day of travel and demoing, the impressive wine list was a welcome treat. Not that I am a connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination!
We ordered the Table d'hôte which was served with a choice of soup (corn and coriander bisque) or salad (kale with chickpeas). Francis ordered the Barley Risotto with Mushrooms which was wonderful and I went with the Fettucini de Mer with seaweed and King Oyster Mushrooms. Yum. Dessert was also included with the Table d'hôte. Unfortunately the romantic ambiance did not lend itself well to food photography.
We had to head home bright and early on Sunday, so unfortunatley we didn't have time to do any more food related exploring. That will have to wait until the next adventure. And I am hopeful that the choices will continue to grow. I have yet to find a vegan restaurant in Québec City, but one day I will. And I'll be sure to tell you all about it!!
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