World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Quebec in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, May 5, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
This week, Anthony Bourdain bundles up - then bundles up again - to head to the Great White North where he finds nostalgia for the cuisine ancienne in the French-speaking province of Quebec.
Amid the snow, ice fishing, rogue hockey games and beaver snaring, he finds a deeply impassioned community, hell-bent on preserving their francophone identity that is culturally, spiritually and linguistically different from the rest of Canada.
Chef Martin Picard of Au Pied de Cochon, and David McMillan and Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef share their pride and affection for the old world charm of their beloved land and show Bourdain how they honor the tradition of the French table.
As McMillan says, "You always have to travel well and eat properly."
Dive into the food that Bourdain and guests enjoy in the episode:
This green, herbal liqueur, nicknamed the "elixir of long life," has been made by Carthusian monks in the French Alps since the 18th century. The formula for this centuries-old spirit, made from approximately 130 herbs, plants and flowers, is so prized that no one monk knows the whole recipe; three monks are responsible for three separate parts of the recipe.
Choucroute garnie, or "dressed sauerkraut," is a heaping platter of juniper-simmered sauerkraut, pork products and boiled potatoes. This hearty Alsatian dish is - in typical French fashion - meant to be served with a quality, whole-grain mustard. It's a meaty dose of comfort food for the frigid days of the Canadian winter.
Époisses de Bourgogne
Warning: This cheese is intensely stinky. What it has in odor, though, it matches in flavor. This French raw cow's milk cheese is intensely creamy with complex, salty and meaty flavors. Scoop it on a baguette and prepare to be knocked over.
This classic, show-stopping rectangular cake alternates layers of hazelnut and almond meringue between chocolate buttercream. Fernand Point, chef of the legendary La Pyramide in Vienne, France, is credited with the creation and popularization of this ornate, multi-layered dessert.
Homard à la Parisienne
This dish gained traction via the Dinner of Three Emperors at Café Anglais in Paris, France, in 1867. The creation, by Adolphe Dugléré, features cold, boiled lobster served in its shell alongside vegetables in a creamy, mayonnaise-like dressing. The lobster is elaborately sliced; presentation is everything.
Lièvre à la royale
A wild hare (the "lièvre" part) is deboned and typically cooked in a jus of red wine, shallots, garlic, thyme and its own blood. The cooked hare is then set atop potato purée before the red wine-blood sauce is spooned over it. The whole dish is then lavishly garnished with slabs of seared foie gras and a shaving of black truffles. It's a rather royal affair, indeed.
Maple snow taffy
Also referred to as maple toffee or "sugar on snow," maple syrup is heated then poured over packed snow or shaved ice. As the hot syrup drizzles down the snow, it hardens into a chewy, taffy-like consistency before being twisted onto a wooden Popsicle stick for sucking and chewing. Sweet!
Oeufs en gelée
This vintage dish of poached eggs in aspic (a clear gelatin) is a cold buffet classic.
Mild, sweet Dover sole is pan-fried in brown butter. In old-school establishments, the fish is typically sautéed and filleted tableside. Serve with lemon wedges and let the delicate flakes melt in your mouth.
This is Quebec's version of a savory, stick-to-your-ribs meat pie. Minced, spiced meat is covered and baked into a flaky, buttery crust. The dish is named such because it was originally made with tourte, or passenger pigeon, which has since become extinct. Nowadays, most variations of tourtière use ground pork and are typically served during the winter holidays. Eat, drink and be meaty!
Hungry for more? Explore Anthony Bourdain's favorite places to visit in Quebec:
Restaurant Le Continental
26 Rue Saint Louis
Québec City, Canada
L’Affaire est Ketchup
46 Rue Saint-Joseph Est
Quebec City, Canada
M Sur Masson
2876 Rue Masson
34 Avenue Fairmount Ouest
Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon
11382 Rang de la Fresnière
St-Benoît de Mirabel, Québec
2501 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Previously on Parts Unknown:
Colombian cuisine – from aguardiente to viche
The ever-changing flavor of L.A.'s Koreatown
Fall in love with Myanmar's cuisine
I want to try Chartreuse, I like Anthony Bourdain. I think he has a great show.
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Lest you condemn all Quebecois as a "Nation" of primitive beaver-eaters, you should note that beaver is also eaten in parts of the US southeast.
Insert your own punch lines below...
BTW, if anyone actually watched the show, it was made VERY CLEAR that this show was about Quebec, not Canada...no more than his show on Korea Town in Los Angeles would be titled "United States". The issue is with the people who gave the episode its title. I've eaten at Le Pied de Cochon. The menu is deliciously rustic-visit the website-but be warned, if you have "issues" with foie gras, best to eat elsewhere.
Why do you insist and making it seem like Canada is some frost enclave "bundle up and bundle up again???" There are 4 distinct seasons just like many other states in America. Quebec being so close to New York share the same climate. As far as the dishes Bourdain showcases here they are not very representative of Quebec cuisine but rather plays on French cuisine.
Agree with you whole heartedly. Montreal and Quebec City are wonderful cities very European in flavor and he captured none of that -in fact stereotypes the US has of Canada were reinforced. Since I am a vegan I thought the emphasis on meat throughout the show repugnant and the killing of the beaver absolutely disgusting. And his two pals were not very representative of Canada either. The giggling going around a recently killed beaver was repellent. These must the very few people in Canada that have ever eaten beaver. Hopefully they cancel this dreadful show soon.
What did Bourdain expect to learn about Canada or it's cuisine, by hooking up with only 2 guys in Quebec, who eat Faux Gras and Black Truffles with every single meal. It looks like Bourdain spends about 10 minutes planning his shows, just enough time to find a local guide and book his flight.
What a waste!
Why does CNN even bother with this stuff. Stick to the NEWS.
Exactly and if you have done little research can you not find two companions that are more interesting than those two. Also the people of Montreal and Quebec are beautiful and far more interesting than what you find in the US. Its almost as if he did not want to show anyone how spectacular Canada really is. Remember Brokeback Mountain -that was not the US -that was Canada.
I disagree with you and BrianC for that matter. I believe you shouldn't take this article or the show so personally offensive. The only thing that is somewhat misleading is the title of this article. Bourdain does in this article specify that he only spent time in Quebec and that it is quite "different than the rest of Canada". Furthermore, both Martin Picard and David McMillan are VERY interesting individuals with a long list of credentials. They by no means say this food is representative of the entire province of Quebec. It was mainly about how Martin and David specifically "honor the tradition of the French table". I personally like Bourdain's show and he's just one reason why I'd like to revisit Montreal in particular. Heck, if I ever ran into Bourdain I think he'd be fun to have a few beers with while enjoying some good local food. So to sum up my comment, have a beer and chill man.
I have more interesting conversations with my cat than these gentlemen did, I find him irritating and totally comfortable with the suffering of animals in order that he gets to stuff his face. And what is a show like this doing on CNN It should be on the Food Network. Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and you would never know it. For your information Quebec has fours seasons just like the US and I have met a Canadian who ate beaver, Its similar to a Canadian going to the US and eating your eagle. It was ignorant and totally insensitive. NO wonder the US gets into so many wars by error. I betcha Bush thought Sunni meant sunny.
the shame of you people all over the world LEAVE QUEBEC ALONE! U LOSERS
Odd that he forgot Schwartz's [a.k.a. Celine Dion Hebrew Deli as her hubby owns a chunk of the place], Reuben's, Moishe's, "steamies" in general, and Joe Beef [recently voted the top restaurant in Canada].
Finally, add sugar shacks, poutine, ....
Joe Beef's owners were featured guests of this episode.
Anytime, anywhere when Quebec gets in the limelight, haters will show up and talk politics. it is kind of sad to see this. You don't see any Quebecers bash on Vancouver or Calgary. Two cities that are getting their fare share of press lately. Two wonderfull cities if yo uask me. Mr. Bourdain as a love affair with Montreal and Québec and they have been in every single one of his shows.
Like the saying goes, Haters gonna hate!
Misleading title.. It should be called O Quebec..Bourdain has solely concentrated on Quebec forgetting the rest of Canada.. Not expected from a Chef and travel journalist of his stature..
For the average Quebecois a gourmet meal is May West and Pepsi....definitely not a cultured society.
lol I don't know anyone who eat May West (Do they even make those anymore?) and I only know one person who drinks Pepsi, so I don't know where the heck you got that idea.
I'm sorry that you have no idea what you are talking about. You are allowed your opinion but please, check your facts before you come on a major site like this and make some bashing. It's unethical, racist and a major lack of etiquette.
I'm sorry you feel this way.
Nice to be a racist, eh?
I am an English Canadian and Quebec is far more cultured than the other nine provinces combined.
Mr Bourdain is french. He had to show some love, swallow some poutine...
He's American, his father si french, mother American.
And was born ignorant and remains that way.
Let us not fight on the issues of separatism here. Quebec might or might not be better off as an independent nation. Hard to predict such improbable scenario. The majority of us do feel like a part of Canada, and this is how it will be for a very long time. As a quebecois, I can attest that we love poutine and I do sometimes eat beaver stew, when a poor animal gets caught by mistake in one of my uncle's traps. It's delicious. But te statement that we "just like the French" enjoy shaving black truffles over our dishes made me laugh. I never saw a black truffle in my life ) And, one more thing, the marjolaine cake is delicious, but I only ate it once, as a child.
Well eating beaver stew is much better than wearing beaver pelt.
It's too bad that when it come time to review or visit Canada, US based reporters hit the French speaking province and call it a day. As if we all want and speak french and abide by that culture. I enjoy this guy's show, but if he was serious about taking a look at food... Our food is really not that much different that the US based diets. Although I don't think we have as much fat intake as our US neighbors. Living directly across the river from Detroit, I visit there often. I also spent many many months in Spokane WA. If I had to call it, seriously, trying not to be biased, our food is better.
The cheese, butter, bread, meats (just to name a few) are severely lacking flavor in the US.. It's just a fact.
Next time, go border to border. Take the best every place has to offer.
If you want to make an interesting TV show about food in Canada, you go to Quebec.
Also applies to general culture, music, cinema, television, etc.
The english Canadian identity is deeply influence by the U.S.
There are a lot of nice things to discover and experience in Canada but the french enclave is a lot more original and differs tremendously from the rest of North-America.
It's not better, it's unique.
To Serge L. who complained about Quebec NOT begin part of Canada, I wish it were true. I wish I could cut Quebec loose and kick it to the ocean and that why you become your own nation, with your own money, your own health care system, your own everything and not use Canada for anything. You want to be left alone than go, Quebec is like a spolied child, they want to be nation yet hold mommy and daddys hand (Canada) for help.
So proud of their French heritage and their need to preserve their culture and language that they ran the Canadien's head coach Randy Cunneyworth out of town because he couldn't speak French. Remember that one? What an embarrassment.
Do not mention Canada when talking about Quebec. Quebec and Canada are two separate nations. Quebec is a proud french nation struggling for it's independence since it was invaded and captured by the english. Long live a free and independant Quebec!
Now why does it have to turn into nastiness? This is an article about food and for some reason the comments have turn into Quebec against Canada. Can't we just unite and get along? Canada is such a beautiful and diverse country.
Nastiness? There was no nastiness. But you must understand that many Quebecois feel offended when Quebec is associated with Canada...as if Quebec belonged to Canada. Never forget Quebec was invaded and freedom stolen.
Oh please! Get over it! That was centuries ago. And Aboriginals where here long before us, so they are the ones who truly have something to complain about.
Invaded? Freedom stolen? You're free to leave any time; the rest of us will be happy to hold the door for you.
Oh please get over it?.......are you serious? That is shameful. This is a fiight for our children and culture. You obviously do not care about the Quebecois and it's culture. And your statement about the aboriginals was nonsense. They do not have the same type of valid claim.
They do not have the same type of valid claim? They were here before us! You're obviously here just to stir trouble, so I am not going to waste more time engaging you. Goodbye!
You can leave Serge, just remember to only take the land you came in with. Leave what you took from the Aboriginals who want to stay in Canada (I believe that leaves you with Quebec City and half of Montreal). Have fun trying to power your province without the James Bay Hydroelectric dam that you built on native land and then flooded out a good portion of their land.
Beautiful and diverse country, yes I agree,. But no Canadian wants to really spend time there it seems. They are always "just back from the US, or in the US or are planning to go to south of the border soon". I am from Vancouver and my ex wife actually vacations in Bellingham! It has some strip malls, McDonalds and the other usual American joints. Almost like she's ahamed of her country. Absolutely disgusting!
I would like to spend time there!!!!
Dumb Frog....Parle vous french fries?
Offensive but funny.
You're just Poutine him on...
Go back to your fried Oreos, will ya?
I have many friends that were born in Quebec and would say otherwise about your statement. Although, most of them did move to western Canada where it is much nicer
Long live a free and independent Quebec – I agree; now please hurry. It would be appreciated if you could put more emphasis on the independent part.
Serge, t'es un dinosaure. Tes commentaires prouvent que t'es retardé. Il n'y a plus personne qui veut la séparation. Tu es figé dans les années 60. On est au 21e siècle mon vieux. Vas t'en dans un trou à Chibougamou pis reste là. Nous on vit dans le présent, ie ouvert sur la planète, pauvre con.
Exactly Pierre! Thank you! That's what I said in many other posts. Most Quebeckers DO NOT want independance, and comments like the ones made by Serge perpetuated the misconception that Quebec, as a whole, wants to separate.
You don't even know your own history. France gave up New France (Quebec) as compensation to the English. The french valued its colonies in the Carribean over New France because of the sugar plantations. Quebec had no value to them.
Stop trying to rewrite history as if you were somehow occupied against your will because your take on the situation is just quebecois bullshit.
I personally would be very sad if Quebec left Canada.T he mixture of the two cultures makes us very unique. Also financially I do not think the two separation would be good for either.
Serge L – when Quebec can survive without the equalizattion payments from the rest of Canada amounting to billions of dollars since the inception of the Program which is when Quebec had its' hands out; when Quebec can pay off its' own debt; when Quebec can survive without any financial or resource ties to the rest of Canada; when Quebec can assume its own Monetary, Postal, Armed Forces, Border Control, Banking Systems; when Quebec can purchase from the Federal Government the land and structures that belong to them; when Quebec can negotiate rights with the Native People for the land belonging to them; when those in Government pushing for Separation give citizens the true fiscal picture of the cost and who will bear this cost before a vote; and, most importantly when the majority of Quebec/Canadian citizens vote to a clear question of total separation (no friends with benefits) then and only then can Quebec perhaps call itself a nation, albeit a rather poor nation. Keep dreaming Serge, even the majority of Francophones don't want Separation as they know a good thing when they have it.
What's with all this French cr&p? Gives Canadians a bad name making it sound French. Considering they are a minority in the country then why not celebrate the culinary dishes of the Eskimos, Indians, etc...you know...the aboriginal people? How about celebrating real Canadian food as it is celebrated west of Kaybek? What a short sighted and biased article.
Coming from an eighth generation Canuck!
I don't know what the anglo-Canadians are complaining about
Bourdain coming to Québec for food is absolutely normal and will greatly benefit the rest of Canada.
It would have been a total disater to go anywhere else... If you want to experience a unique cukture and taste in Canada, Québec is the only viable destination.
That's just not true. (And I'm from Quebec) Each province has something original and fantastic to offer.
True Sonia, but Canada should not be mentioned when talking about Quebec. They are two separate nations living side by side. Quebec is not Canada. Quebec is a french nation.
Well I sure don't consider myself French. French people are from France. I'm a francophone Quebecker and Canadian. I am not French and Quebec is not French either.
Quebec does not belong to Canada....it pretty much functions independantly now and will soon gain total independance as many other nations did. The wrongs of the past will be corrected... and Quebec will gain the freedom that was stolen from them.
This is just getting ridiculous. Very FEW people in Quebec want independance. It's comments like yours that give all the rest of us Quebeckers a bad name.
Sonia, sorry you can not possibly be french and have that attitude. If you are it's shameful. Quebecois are french, what are you even talking about? That comment was bizarre.
Sonia, Independance is extremely important for the survival of Quebec. We absolutely do not give Quebec a bad name. That statement is ridiculous. We are fighting for our people, language, and culture. We are fighting for our children and all future generations. It is the Quebecois who will determine the destiny of an independant Quebec and no one else. If you are truly Quebecois which I have my doubts...you should be ashamed. My huge family and all Quebecois I know dream if the day when we finally have our freedom and the wrongs of the military invasion corrected. You should be supporting this. It is the moral thing to do for your people and your children.
Absolutely. Canada is a mixture of many cultures and people from all over the world. But the French..................ahhhh...something so romantic about the French.
@ Serge, your thoughts and views are antiquated and damaging. Sadly, you are perpetuating the French Canadian stereotype for all readers to see: Arrogance, narrow mindedness and selfish to an extreme that borders being jingoistic.
It's amazing that so many ppl commenting here skipped the first paragraph that says Bourdain only visited Quebec.
Then label it "oh Quebec: french Canadian cuisine".. Not 'Oh Canada'
was planning on watching this tomorrow, now that I am glad to see this article so I know to watch something better.
No mention of poutine? I can't take this report seriously.
Canadian and Americans should visit their neighbour's entire country more to sample all the local and regional food. There will be some food cooked the same with different ingredients and other food that will be unique to a certain area.
DO NOT send a clueless American to Quebec to advertise the results as typical Canadian.. Is North Dakota the same as ALABAMA... This guy should go where Lou Dobbs went ,wherever that is.
Really......there is more variety in the foods of Canada, vs just the province of Quebec....albeit as good as it is.....US travelers visit Canada more than any other people in the world simply because of the close relationship and as we do thier country and several shows on Canadian cuisine would do some justice to the millions who come here and are looking for something differant or just simply down home good food with a twist.....it endless......bourdain has one of the most entertaining informative shows on the boob tube and we wish this show great success.
Eric you hit the nail on the head.
And he is your father right. I find him rather dull and the patter between himself and his 'typical' Canadian buddies inane. The cruelty that is happening around him so that he can stuff his face escapes him completely.
i'm from Quebec but and i think it's not cool that he just when to Quebec because im sure that in other place in Canada they have good food. And he didn't talk about the poutine, jos.louis and smoked meat but he ate beaver... sorry but i dont think a lot of people ate beaver. And the food in Canada is not verry different that the food in USA.
sorry for the mistake... im french
You are so right Marie and the people of Quebec are very sophisticated and beautiful and hip and far more interesting than what you might see on the streets of any American city. Absolutely disgusting that this is what he came up with. And what is a show like this doing on CNN anyway. CNN how about doing some real investigative reporting instead.
When I first read the title of the article, I thought, "Two words that do not go together are "Canadian" and "cuisine." Then I see all of the meals are from Quebec the French part of the country- like someone else posted the rest of the country was settled by the English, and we all know how "cuisine" English food is.
From the pics provided, I see there is no mention of Montreal Smoked Meat, Fairmount Bagels, Joe Louis' & Pepsi, hot dogs steamé or toasté, tarte aux sucre or tortierres!
Anthony doesn't come to Montreal to eat the text book smoke meat, Fairmount Bagels etc... He comes to expose the high end – unique adventurous foodie places that tourists probably never hear of during a "layover."
Bourdain has been to Montreal before and eaten the bagels and the smoked meat. he is friends with the chefs he features in this episode, and focuses primarily on them. he has also done Toronto and Vancouver on other shows. Canada is a huge country and not one that could be done in one episode... for my part, I'd like to see him come to the maritimes.
what about the great timmis
How can there be an article about Canadian food without a mention of poutine? Come AWN!!!
(I'd think Tim Horton's coffee would deserve a mention, too.)
Obviously you have not tasted REAL coffee in Italy or Turkey or France or Greece. Starbucks, Tim Hortons etc need to take a lesson on how to make coffee.
C'mon, Bourdain- Poutine. By not mentioning it, Bourdain neglects one of the great, delicious heart-attack-in-a-box dishes of Canada. And especially those from the Smoke's Poutinerie chain, which has more (inauthentic, but delicious) variations than you can shake a stick at. My favorite- besides the classic fries, cheese curds, and veloute gravy- is Smoke's 'Montreal Poutine" which adds slices of Montreal Smoked Meat (another Canadian classic) and a squirt of mustard.
Anthony probably has a great time in Montreal, but his choices don't reflect what most people think are typical or "in". He should hang around with some normal French people too, who would give him a straight bill of goods. And for sure, Montreal is not Canada. It's not even Quebec!
Would rather watch those Canadians making food from Epic Meal Time than this fancy crap!
the closest thing to canadian food one can get is in quebec the rest is usa . so I totally get bourdain's qualification. glad i'm no longer in canada wasting my life away for those who haven't left ... get out.
What's your point troll?
You have got to be kidding ! I live in Waterloo County, Ontario & we are famous for "Food That Really Schmecks", which draws large numbers of visitors especially during our "Oktoberfest", the largest one in north America. A local cookbook author gave her recipe collection of the area this name and it has been a successful seller for decades across Canada and beyond for decades!!!!
sounds wonderful, my kids and I are taking the summer to travel the US Canada border and I can't wait to try some of the food mentioned
We're glad that you left. Please stay away.
This is not an "Oh Canada" article– it's an "Oh Quebec" article. Somebody at CNN thought they were so clever to call it that but ah ha– it was out of pure ignorance because only food from one region of our country made up the article!!!
I agree with you completely! This gives a very skewed idea as to what Canada is all about, this is what Quebec is about. I would have been fine if they had made it seem like Anthony Bourdain was actually going to be throughout Canada and not to one province that is VERY different than the rest of the country. To really get a taste of Canada, you need to go to the Maritimes for their lobster, fish & chips, go to the Prairies of their unbelievable beef and fish, go to B.C. for their multiple fruit orchards and all they bring and amazing salmon and other fish from Vancouver. This is only a part of what Canada is. Not just poutine and tortiere.
For the record, ketchup chips are sold in America..although I prefer the pickle flavor!
Herr's does sell ketchup chips in the U.S., but I would hope that the taste is different in Canada, since the Herr's I've gotten down here tastes like U.S. ketchup - which is vile to me - and not at all like Canadian ketchup. Hopefully, it's a bit more like Lay's ketchup chips, which is only sold in Canada, and tastes like Canadian ketchup.
Lays Ketchup chips are sold in the U.S. too...I've purchased and eaten them!
Ah, my bad. Looks like they are available in the U.S., but just extremely hard to find. Point being, though, that you're dealing with two different flavors of ketchup. And the Herr's ketchup chips I've found all over the place down this way taste like U.S. ketchup, not Canadian.
Ketchup tastes different in the States? Maybe my palate is not sophisticated enough, but I buy Heinz ketchup here in Quebec, and to me, it tastes the same as the Heinz I've had in the States. I never noticed a difference.
You said it Sonia... As long as you stick with Heinz!
Ketchup does taste different in different countries, I fell in love with Grace Ketchup while visiting Jamaica and even had someone pick up a few bottles on their vacation for me.
I had read that ketchup in the early days of America used to be different from household to household, now (at least in the US) it is dominated by big food makers, a little sad
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