Desserts on the Camino de Santiago

After walking the majority of 482 miles across northern Spain, and 18 miles along the Atlantic coast, at an average of 10 miles a day, where all I really needed to do was eat, sleep, and walk, I had a lot of time to just think, reflect, and contemplate. So, you would think that I might have had the time to come up with some original, insightful revelations about the meaning of life. Or that I would have discovered some new valuable words of wisdom. Perhaps I could have come up with a deep, thought-provoking life lesson. Or a pioneering Continue Reading →

Chocolate Shops of Île d’Orléans

“If chocolate were bad, it would have lost its appeal a long time ago.” – Edouard de Pomiane, French doctor and gourmet Do you love chocolate as much as I do? Then you’re in luck when you visit Île d’Orléans, an island near Québec City, Canada! While you can get some fabulous desserts at restaurants throughout the island, just wait till you walk into the three sweet and delicious chocolate shops of Île d’Orléans.   Located in a 250 year old house, at one end of the island in the parish of Sainte-Pétronille, is the Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans. Making Continue Reading →

Authentic Hot Chocolate in Spain along the Camino de Santiago

Ok, I’ll admit it – I’m a chocoholic. In fact, in order to complement my vegetarian cuisine on my walk along the Camino de Santiago, I ate chocolate. Lots of chocolate. From chocolate croissants to chocolate ice cream. From chocolate bars to chocolate cakes (a few of which are pictured in that vegetarian blog). I even visited a chocolate museum along the way. And then there was the thick, rich, creamy, authentic hot chocolate. Not hot chocolate that is made by taking a few heaping tablespoons of a powder and stirring it into some warm milk. Not hot chocolate that Continue Reading →

Québec City: Érico Choco-Musée

Yes, there is a chocolate museum in Québec City! Yes, it is a place where there is endless delicious chocolate. My kind of place! Located on rue Saint-Jean, a short walk from Old Québec, and “your Québec City chocolate maker since 1988,” I visited this museum (and store!) three times. Yes, three! The first time I went to Érico Choco-Musée it was closed. But that didn’t matter. At least I became aware of its existence, and was able to drool over the window displays of items made out of chocolate. During my tour of Québec City, my wonderful guide, Sharon, Continue Reading →

Excerpts from Europe: “Gelato in Italy!”

Wow. I’m surprised that I didn’t gain weight while traveling in Italy during my Europe trip back in 2004. Because I scanned my journal and found around 30 entries where I talked about all the delicious gelato I ate!! It must have been all the walking, biking and hiking that kept me in shape. Here are some of those tasty gelato journal entries. Let me tell you though, that each gelato was definitely worth every bite… May 25 – Ancona – I had my first authentic Italian gelato at the train station! The signs were all in Italian of course, Continue Reading →