We recently drove out to Nova Scotia and back for the ALECC conference at Cape Breton University (more on that wonderful conference in another post). This was my first extended road trip since becoming a vegan so I was very curious as to how things would all work out on that front. My VegOut app for my iPhone was incredibly handy, and there were only a few days on the trip where my meals were an odd-looking mish-mash of whatever animal-free products I could get my hands on.
The absolute, hands-down winner of the “best vegan meal on this road trip” award was a place called Noosphère in Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Quebec. Some stellar googling on the part of my travelling companion turned up this gem of a place along the shores of the St. Lawrence, about an hour and a half north of Quebec City. Noosphère is both a motel (adorably old-school in the most charming sort of way) and a restaurant that specializes in a Commensal-style vegetarian buffet. Again, I’m not wild on the buffet as a concept, but these veggie places have found a way to take the gross and the gluttonous out of buffet-style dining. In fact, it is the opposite, since your bill is determined by the weight of your plate people tend to take exactly what they can eat and it seems there is very little waste as compared to the gigantic portions served at some other restaurants.
Noosphère is, in short, a delight for the vegan traveller. (I have been referring to it as “vegan heaven” for the past few days!) It is set in a most beautiful part of Canada, the motel is very reasonable (less than $70/night), the staff is incredibly friendly, and the food has a home-cooked delicious quality to it. I am already planning my next road trip back to Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies! The vegan chocolate cake alone is worth the drive!!