Tucked away into a little corner of the Eastern Townships, is the Verger Champetre. Owned and operated by married couple Thèrese and Mario, the site consists of over 200 acres of farmland as well as multiple different orchards and gardens for visitors to explore. It is also one of the only places in Quebec that offers visitors the chance to walk with either a miniature horse or an alpaca along an interpretive trail. Along with that experience, there is an abundance of different activities to partake in and things to see, making the Verger Champetre the perfect nature lovers’ paradise.
Quebec City is one of my favorite cities to visit. Normally I’m not the type of person to enjoy going to the same place twice, I’d rather explore somewhere new each time, but with this town, it’s different. I fell in love with Quebec the first time I ever visited and I just keep getting drawn back here, not only for the adorable Old Quebec part of town with all the old buildings and the cobblestone streets but also for the stunning landscapes of places such as the Montmorency Falls. While the city is a beautiful place to visit regardless of the season, there’s something extra special about going in the winter with everything looking even more magical under a blanket of white snow.
With the holidays surrounding us in full force, this month with Universal Yums things will be a little different than usual. Normally we get the chance to try snacks from a different country every month but this time around, in celebration of the festive season, we will be trying goodies from 12 different countries. Ranging from champagne candy to mustard chips, these snacks are foods that are traditionally eaten during the holidays in their respective countries.
Home to colorful windmills blowing in the wind and winding canals surrounded by fields of brightly, colored tulips, the Netherlands is a beautiful country set in northwestern Europe. Over 17 million people call this country their home and because of this, is known as one of the most densely populated countries in the world. While it may be a popular place to live, it is also a popular place to visit with the country seeing hundreds of thousands of tourists each year most likely going to visit popular monuments and landmarks throughout the Netherlands such as the Keukenhof garden, the largest public flower garden in the world or the Anne Frank house, the home in which Anne and her family hid to escape the horrors of the Second World War. The most important thing about this country though, and the reason that we’re here right now, is their delicious food. In this month’s Universal Yums box, we will trying some extremely tasty snacks from chocolate stroopwafels, black licorice candy, and cheese and raspberry biscuits making for a unique range of options as unique as the country itself.
The home to the famous St Basil’s Cathedral, the inventors of Tetris, and the creators of the delicious snacks we get to try this month, Russia is home to almost 150 million people and is considered to be the world’s largest nation. Though this country has had its fair share of problems with countries such as the United States, this month we’ll only be scratching the surface of this complex country and rather exploring the positives that can be found rather than showcasing what’s already on the news. Aside from being the birthplace of multiple talented individuals each with their own unique story, Russia is also crawling with delicious and unique cuisine. From blackcurrant marshmallows and grapefruit chocolate to shish kabob chips and salmon flavored bread sticks, this month’s yums are as interesting and intriguing as the country they come from.
When work gets to be a bit too stressful and you feel like you haven’t been on a vacation in what seems like forever, getting away for a few days on the weekend or even during the week is the best thing you can do for yourself. To escape into the mountains and to be surrounded by the quietness of nature, Mont Tremblant is the place to go. Over the years, I’ve noticed that I’ve been falling more and more in love with my own province and surrounding areas and I’ve been wanting to explore more of Quebec so for my last week of vacation this year, we headed off to Mont Tremblant in the Laurentians. Mont Tremblant has literally everything you would ever need to have a relaxing and stress free outing, so to inspire you even further to give this cute village a chance, here are over twenty pictures to help you make the decision to visit.
From a famous ice cream brand that is found in virtually every grocery store throughout the province of Quebec to being the home of North America’s longest suspended bridge, Coaticook is a unique and adventure filled destination for your next road trip. The town is home to about 10,000 inhabitants and is found in the stunning region of the Eastern Townships bordering the U.S state of Vermont. Coaticook is not only a beautiful town, it is also the perfect mix of city and country to appeal to everybody’s tastes, with stunning, rural landscapes as well as a thriving city center dotted with quaint, little shops and restaurants.
Keep on reading to discover the best things to do and see and of course the best places to grab lunch or a cup of coffee in order to spend the perfect day right here in Coaticook.
Though there’s certainly a lot of confusion over whether Taiwan is an actual stand alone country, one thing’s for certain is that their food is both unique and delicious. Taiwan’s cuisine is an intriguing mix between Chinese and Japanese influence and delivers dishes such as smoked plums, peanut butter mochi, and five spice crackers. Starting in the 17th century all the way until the 19th century, Taiwan was considered to be an official part of China. In the late 1800’s however, the island was ceded to Japan and then given back to China again fifty years later. The issue still hasn’t been resolved to this day and there is still much confusion surrounding the status of Taiwan, with many nations including the United States recognizing Taiwan as a part of China while the people of Taiwan have different views and consider themselves their own separate country.
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.