With a little over 1,000 inhabitants, the small village of Venise en Quebec boasts beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes and is only 45 minutes away from Montreal. This choice holiday destination is found on the banks of the Lake Champlain between the stunning region of the Eastern Townships and the state of Vermont. Here you will find visitors flocking to the village during the summer months for the endless beaches and campsites but Venise also gets a lot of love in the winter for the popular ice fishing spots found on the lake.
With a brand new month in front of us, we also have a brand new Universal Yums box to go through together. For the month of June, we headed off on a journey to Brazil, a South American country filled with sprawling citrus orchards, palm tree lined coasts, and huge bustling cities. As unique as this country is, the cuisine is even more unique pulling inspiration from Portuguese, African, Italian, and native influences to create food that is unlike anything else in the world. From spicy Brazilian peppers to sweet honey-infused bread, there are no limits to the different types of treats you can find in Brazil.
From city settings with skyscrapers reaching towards the sky and an abundance of cultures to smaller, quaint towns seemingly in the middle of nowhere but rich with history, Quebec truly has just about everything. June 24 is recognized as the national holiday of Quebec and is celebrated in a grand way throughout the province each year so in celebration of my hometown province, I’ve decided to put together a little list of some worthy places to visit in Quebec but instead of including the nicest towns to visit or something of the sorts, I’ve decided rather to show you some of the most unusual and unique places that can be visited in this beautiful province.
Another month, another box filled with yummy snacks from Universal Yums for us to try. This month we ventured all the way to the Philippines to indulge in snacks such as ube cookies, barbecue corn nuts, and cheese filled candies. This Southeast Asian country is home to over 7,000 islands and is often referred to as the ‘ring of fire’ due to the many volcanoes found in the country, 355 of them to be exact. When it comes to the Philippines, they have a strong cultural emphasis on food and their cuisine is truly unlike anything else. Filipino cuisine is influenced by Chinese, American, and Spanish traditions and also combines Eastern and Western ideas. So without further ado let’s hop right into what we’re all here for and get to trying these unique treats that await us.
The days are getting longer, the sun is setting later and later by the day, and it is officially hot enough to bust out all your summer clothes that have been in hiding all winter. With summer knocking on our doors, not only does this mean that the season of barbecues and late night bonfires is upon us but also the season of road trips. There’s nothing better during the summer months than packing up your car and bringing along a few friends to go explore a brand new place. I for one love road trips and have done quite a few since getting my driver’s license a few years back so for today’s blog post I’ve put together some of the most helpful tips that have come in handy to ensure that you will have the most stress free and enjoyable road trip ever this summer.
If you are from Quebec the name Coaticook probably sounds familiar to you. If you’re trying to remember where you’ve seen that name before, think back to the last time that you were browsing the aisles at your grocery store. That is because Coaticook is the name of one of the most famous ice cream brands in the province and can be found in virtually every grocery store in the area but did you know that besides ice cream, Coaticook is also known for being the home of North America’s longest suspended pedestrian bride. If you’re not too scared of heights or suffer from vertigo, the bridge can be visited through the Parc de la Gorge found in the center of Coaticook which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Eastern Townships region.
Barriqa Illena, corazon contento! This famous Spanish saying translates to ‘a full belly and a happy heart’ which is the goal for this month as our taste buds head off on a journey to Spain. From flamenco dancing, lively music, and colorful celebrations, Spain’s rich culture is characterized not only by these things but also by their distinct cuisine. The country is home to an abundance of traditional dishes including paella, gazpacho, chorizo, and one of their more popular ones, tapas. Tapas are small snacks and appetizers which come in a variety of different flavors and textures which is then combined to create a massive sampler style meal. This month’s Universal Yums box pulls inspiration from this very dish with snacks such as ham flavored chips and lemon cookies, there is sure to be something for just about everyone.