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Jul 7, 2010 11:40 AM

quebec trip ,what an albertian should bring back?

im going up to cross point qc,cambleton nb mid month and im wondering what they have that we in alberta like to bring back some cheese but not sure what kind yet.Anyone have any recs on stuff to bring back?anything and not sure this is the right place to post this ,but this is my usual board,and it seems to be logical.

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  1. Fois Gras
    Schwartz's smoked meat and smoked chicken
    Hard apple cider, or apple ice wine, both still and sparkling
    Le Riopelle de l'Isle cheese
    Maple syrup
    A tourtière
    Cheese curds

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    1. re: Scary Bill

      nice start,i forgot about schwarts,im hoping to find sugar pie as i cant find it in yyc.

      1. re: Scary Bill

        We don't have maple syrup here? What have I been pouring on my pancakes?

        Veal? Seriously?

        1. re: John Manzo

          I agree, you can get Maple Syrup here. What I can't find though in any sizable quantity is good Maple Butter (on found tiny jars every now and then), which I highly recommend bringing back in a good sized jar.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Quebec produces 90% of Canadian maple syrup, so yes it is worth looking into when in Quebec. I expect that there are premium grades of maple syrup (yes John, it does come in several grades, each with it's own recommended purpose) that may either not be available here or will be difficult to find. I am also not aware of any Alberta producers. Please tell me of them and I will buy some, as I do like to source locally whenever possible, so long as it is not a rip-off.

            Veal-yes absolutely. Quebec is one of the world's premier producers of white veal, and I have not yet run into it here, and if I did I am certain it would be well overpriced. The veal I have found here has been limited to veal chops and stewing veal, all red veal. No roasts, no bellies. oh, I have also found red osso bucco, but frozen, not fresh, and of course, overpriced, though I did buy it.
            If I am missing something John, please educate me.

        2. - St. Hubert products (sauce/gravy mixes, bbq sauces, etc), if you are a fan of their stuff...
          - Schwartz's spices - beef spice, chicken spice, french fry spice, etc. I love their beef spice on steaks...

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          1. re: miss.foodie

            You can find St Hubert mixes at the Quebec booth at CFM, tarte au sucre and I *think* maple buttter as well iirc.

            1. re: miss.foodie

              I second Schwart's spices! Love their steak spice. I think you can buy it here at select grocers but if you're there already in Montreal... may as well.

              1. re: foodkarma

                I don't think he's going to Montreal unless I misread the original post. Cross Point, QC is across the bay from Campbellton, NB, really far from Montreal.

                1. re: 23skidoo

                  great ideas guys .yep the destination is cross point but im driving down (lord give me strength)so its open season on stuff to bring back.

            2. If the selection of Liberte yogurt is better in Quebec then you should be able to find the Greek style that seems to be scarce here. Not a bring it home food but worth a try with some honey.

              1. I am shocked that no one has said bagels yet.
                (Even though Calgary's Montreal Bagels is a very good substitute.)

                Montreal Bagels
                8408 Elbow Dr SW #103, Calgary, AB T2V 1K7, CA

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                1. re: anonymoose

                  Montreal Bagels in Calgary is hardly a substitute! - That's the real deal, straight from the source. The only difference compared to montreal bagels in montreal is the atmosphere, which doesn't travel that well anyways ;)

                  Montreal Bagels
                  8408 Elbow Dr SW #103, Calgary, AB T2V 1K7, CA

                  1. re: marcopolo

                    I've got to disagree. Like Anonymoose said, it's best substitute we have. Yes, the baker's from Montreal. But unless they've started importing Montreal water and Quebec flour it'll never be the same.

                    Growing up in Montreal and then coming to this barren wasteland of Safeway "bagels" I was incredibly delighted to find Montreal Bagels. But I always look forward to the first fresh bagel from Fairmount's ovens when I return to Quebec.

                    Montreal Bagels
                    8408 Elbow Dr SW #103, Calgary, AB T2V 1K7, CA

                2. Raw milk cheese, legal in QC but not anywhere else in Canada AFAIK. I haven't seen it here but I could be corrected.

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                  1. re: hsk

                    I've had lots of Quebec raw milk cheese out west here. Might be worth looking for small producers not exporting to Alberta.

                    I'd also add beer. There are some fine breweries and 'microbrews' in Quebec. Some of it is available at better shops in Calgary, some of it is harder to find (it's also ridiculously cheaper there). Wine too might be an interesting product to look at. Most old world wine in Canada is purchased in Quebec, so the SAQ has a better selection of wines than most provinces.