This is one of my favorite things about living in Quebec. Every year when the snow melts the maple sap starts to run and the blessed people of Quebec go out and collect all that yummy sap and turn it into even yummier syrup! Then, these fabulous people host these incredible meals to celebrate this syrup that they have made. Pea soup, creton, beans, potatoes, bacon, ham, eggs and ‘les oreilles de Christ’, MAPLE TOFFEE! All drizzled in maple goodness. Maple is a Quebec staple.
My first experience with Cabane was in 2000, I went with Nadia, Lara and the Concordia Psychology department. We went to a giant Sugar Shack with space for about 300, they had an arcade, dance floor and I think I remember some ski-ball. It was quite the adventure and I figured it was something you had to do at least once.
Fast forward a few years and some of my new friends wanted to go somewhere for Cabane. I ask one of my favorite Francophone’s where to go and she sends me to a place I will try to visit annually for the rest of my life. Louise’s family has been going to the Cabane à sucre famille Éthier for years and I’m happy to continue the tradition with them and all the people I love.
Hears a taste:
Cabane à sucre famille Éthier.
There is no menu. You arrive. You eat. The only thing I (the celiac) can’t eat is the omelet (there is a touch of flour to make it giant and puffy) and dessert, but la Famille Éthier is always happy to fry up a couple of eggs for me and this year, for dessert, they poached an egg in maple syrup! Be jealous, it’s delicious. The last part of the meal is my favorite, you roll a popsicle stick across a bed of snow covered in hot maple syrup, it’s called: La Tire d’Érable.
A meal with bacon, pork rinds (the French call them Christ’s Ears), eggs and maple syrup is really hard to mess up, but this place is special because of the people who run it and the music and the love of maple syrup. Did I mention they refill the bowls? Did I mention that it’s bring your own wine? Wonderful.
This year, I went twice.
There are tons of Cabane in the Montreal area and throughout Quebec. I highly recommend any of the ones that fit less than 100 people, it’s a way more realistic and pleasant experience!
Click me! for the Quebec Tourist website to find your own favorite Cabane!
Another one of my favorite things about living in Quebec is living in the same city as Dayle:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAYLE!!!