thoughts from New England

Bienvenue! March 27, 2006

Filed under: consume,food,Granby,Montreal,rachel ray,vacation — tim @ 10:36 am

holy crap! this is here in townWe are here in wonderful Granby, Quebec, celebrating our one-year anniversary. Granby is about an hour north of the Vermont border, and about 45 minutes east of Montreal. It's a quaint little town that is really a good mix of charming New England village and old-world European charm. We got here Saturday afternoon and first stopped at a supermarche and stocked up on some breads, cheeses, fruits and the like for a marvelous spread. We're staying in a nice hotel and just relaxing, enjoying some time away. Saturday night was fun as we swam in the pool, cruised around town and scoped out where we'd go Sunday. Yesterday we did some shopping in the quaint little downtown; we went to a wonderful bakery (Pain Pain – Une Boulangerie Artisanale) and got some cute baby clothes. Huzzah! Then in the afternoon, we went to the day spa located inside the hotel and got massages. C'est fantastique!

The camera has decided not to work properly and will not turn on, which is a major disappointment because the view from our room is a mountain view that is incroyable. And by incroyable I mean it's of a mini-golf place with a giant mountain on top of it with a bear eating a soft serve ice cream cone. C'est tres magnifique! This picture to the right is from someone's photojournal, but it's here in town on the main drag.

Speaking of magnifique, here in the Eastern Townships it's 90% French, 10% English. All the people only speak francais and my French skills…eh….n'est pas fantastique. Most of the time their English, even when poor, is 10 times better than my French. Case in point: yesterday in the spa we ran into a maid and she engaged us in full-on French conversation. She was talking about how it was cold outside but warm inside the spa; and she asked if we were staying here in the hotel. I said yes, and then she asked if we were staying one or two nights, to which I replied "petit dejeuner" (breakfast).

Yesterday evening we went to dinner at La Casa du Spaghetti (which really was a wonderful Italian restaurant) and then followed it up with a trip to Granby's microbrasserieLe Grimoire. Delicious!
Today we head towards Montreal and get some world-famous Montreal-style bagels at St. Viateur's — we first heard of these by watching $40 a Day With Rachel Ray where she tried some of these. What makes them different? The bagel is boiled in honey-infused water and then wood-fired ovens bake the bagels! We're also going to go to Ben's Deli (not the Ben's above) to get some viande fumée — smoked meat that's unique to Montreal. If you've never had it, it's like a corned beef but with different spices, and one of my favorites. We're definitely taking some home to eat later.

Tomorrow we conquer IKEA and head home. Weekend vacations are great!

Updated the SPINS page for the week.


3 Responses to “Bienvenue!”

  1. Lu Says:

    Ikea!!!!!!!!! I have always wanted to go there.

  2. Miketastic Says:

    I thought IKEA was more ubiquitous than it actually is, probably because there are 3 stores accessible to me, but there are only 202 stores worldwide (in 32 countries). That’s according to this article talking about how frugal the IKEA founder is, even though he’s the world’s 4th richest man.

  3. Miketastic Says:

    Also, your weekend getaway sounds awes. Send me some of the delish food! Or at least, eat some in my honor.

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