L’Affaire est Ketchup. The sentence is Québecois slang for “cool.” It is also the name of a a very popular restaurant in Québec City. Despite being so well-known, l’Affaire est Ketchup was a last minute additional to my Québec dining itinerary. I had read about it, but it seemed a little passé, over rated, past its prime, the like. I changed my mind on a whim on the day I left, after I saw it on Anthony Bourdain’s show while waiting for my flight. I decided then that I should at least try to make a reservation. I mean if its good enough for Anthony, its good enough for me. Very lucky for me, it was off-season and the restaurant had one 6:00 reservation for two people, but we had to be out by 7:45. Done.
You’re visiting a cold destination in the Winter?! We get that. A lot. We got it last January on our trip to Stockholm (read about that here), previously on Thanksgiving jaunts to Montréal and Toronto, and we got it again this year regarding our Thanksgiving getaway to Québec City! In short, we always try to go away over Thanksgiving because of the two free vacation days! Sometimes we take the whole week, others we just take the long weekend. This year we could only take the long weekend and decided on Québec City because we found fabulous, direct flight deals from JFK (about $200 less than I usually see)! And it was a great long weekend – even in the cold weather!
Québec City (or simply, Québec) is the capital of Québec, the large, French-speaking province in the Eastern part of Canada. Québec was founded in the early 1600s by Samuel de Champlain as a French settlement, and the Québec province is generally what people mean when they refer to “New France.” As a result of its French roots, French is the predominant language and the city maintains a very European feel. For example, Québec is the only walled city in North America north of Mexico and it is home to the famous “castle,” the Château Frontenac. In addition, the Old Town maintains many of its historic buildings – just like in Europe! Québec is a great city to visit if you are in need of a European fix without the expense and time of a European vacation.