In the Eastern Townships of Quebec, a visit to the Musée du Chocolat in Bromont is a must. As we live relatively close by, we ride there on our bikes to later work off what we have savoured. It is impossible to exercise constraint here.
Situated on the main street of the Vieux Village (Old Village), the Musée is a feast for the eyes from the moment you step through the door. A dazzling assortment of chocolate as well as other confectionaries from many parts of the world are available for purchase.
The museum itself is full of fanciful antique chocolate tins, magnificent chocolate carvings, and an impressive amount of information about the history of chocolate.
However, a visit to the Musée should start with a meal as it is dangerous to shop there on an empty stomach! The restaurant offers an impressive menu, but also a variety of daily specials, including quiches, pies, specialty salads, cakes… all home-made on the premises using fresh local ingredients. But on most occasions we cannot resist the temptation of breakfast, no matter the time of day, but specifically, the Eggs Benedict.
A mouth-watering perfectly poached egg that, when gently pierced, fountains its yolk over the delightfully salty ham and toasted English muffin to blend with a creamy, decadent Hollandaise. Replace the ham with smoked salmon, or asparagus, or any of the other dozen variations to choose from. Always heaven.
Satiated physically, intellectually and spiritually, it is time to say “Au revoir”. But, perhaps, a little something for the road?