What a busy day! We had already visited the citadel in Quebec City and hiked to the top of Montmorency Falls. We then decided to cross the bridge onto Ile d’Orleans and do a loop around the island. Our first stop was to Domaine Steinbach, a cider house. The view from our walk to the entrance caught our eye! We were on the other side of the river from the falls!
There was a very small tasting fee and we were able to try many jellies, ciders, pates, and mustard. I ended up getting the one shown below. Super delicious!
This is my “I’m trying duck for the first time” face. It was in pate form, which reminded me of tuna fish and wet cat food combined. The taste wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t get over the texture.
We got to sample each of the ciders shown below. The woman doing our tasting described each one to us and was willing to answer any of our questions.
This is the mustard setup. I enjoyed the jelly and cider the most.
While we were doing the cider tasting, we learned the trees outside the cider house are the apple trees used to make the cider.
My favorite part of the cider house and tasting was that everything we tried was made on Ile d’Orleans. In fact, everything we tried while on the island was made there.
We stopped at a few more places before ending up at a fromagerie. This was one of my “to-do’s” for the trip because I love cheese!! Below is a picture of me about to try cheese coined “the first cheese in America.” Seriously though, they claim the first cheese made in America was made on Ile d’Orleans. They took the recipe and recreated it today for everyone to try. I expected it to taste strange, thinking maybe the first cheese made was a flop. However, it tasted like “normal” cheese to me! I certainly enjoyed it!
We stopped at a lookout point to see the river and we happened to see Quebec City in the distance. It had rained for most of our drive between the fromagerie and the bridge to leave the island, but when we got to the lookout, the rain stopped! It was a nice end to our exploring Ile d’Orleans!
We then set out for Tadoussac, which is where we were going whale watching! We saw this interesting church along the way.
The drive was extremely hilly, but the surrounding view changed as we got closer to Tadoussac. We went through cities, farmland, and forests.
The drive took us along the St. Lawrence river and every now and then we could see it from the road.
We stopped in Baie-Saint Paul for dinner at Le Saint Pub. The menu was full of food from the region, so I left my comfort zone behind and tried all new things! I got a Dominus Vobiscum Blanche to drink, which was a Belgian-style beer.
Continuing with the pate, we got a sampler of bread, meat, cheese, and pate from the region. This time, the pate was guinea fowl – another first! My favorite was the cheese and bread, still am not a pate fan, haha.
For my main dish, I got french onion soup with cheese made in the region. It was different from other onion soups I’ve had because of the cheese, but I still enjoyed it.
Our meal was in Baie – Saint Paul, which is the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil! I wish we had more time to walk around the town and the area, but our waitress was a typical french waitress and took forever to come back to the table to give us our check. We enjoyed our meal, but not the service. After dinner, we hopped back in the car and drove to our ferry to Tadoussac. You can read all about that and our whale watching adventure in my next post!
- Ile d’Orleans – If you’re interested in local food and drinks, this is a great stop. There’s one road that loops around the island and plenty of signs that explain what’s coming up next. We actually got a nice map at the first cider house we stopped at that showed where all the main places to stop were located.
- Domaine Steinbach – The best cider house we stopped at on the island. The tasting was inexpensive and we got to try a wide variety of jellies, ciders, pates, and mustard.
- Le Saint Pub – A great place to try food from the region. Mostly everything on the menu was locally grown or made! The service was a bit slow, but that could just be the typical french style restaurant.