Enjoy a Valentine’s Weekend & Festival J’aime Sainte-Adèle   You might still be able to enjoy a full weekend of entertainment, fine food, outdoor activities, and spa facilities in Sainte-Adele February 10, 11 & 12.   The Village of Ste. Adele offers the 2 nd three-day Valentine’s weekend with exceptional performances, gourmet workshops, winter activities and art to view in the street, on ice and quite a few galleries.  

Coming up into Ste. Adele, one can see the mural painted on the side of the Cinema Pine building which depicts the old train station.   It is part of the history of this village that first needed the train for transporting wood from the many sawmills in the area.   There are a few other murals around the village.

Music

Concerts are held at the Salle Augustin-Norbert-Morin, 258, boul. De Sainte-Adèle Tickets:   $40.

Fri., Feb., 10, 8 p.m. The opening concert is Vincenzo Thoma from Rome , Italy , is featured for the opening concert.   He will perform his own compositions and other classics such as Nessun Dorma, Miserere and O Sole Mio.

Sat., Feb., 11, 8 p.m. Marc-André Gauthier with his Stradivarius will play Brazilian, Portuguese Fado, Irish folk, classic film music and music by André Gagnon

Sun., Feb., 12, 2:30 p.m. Italian singer, Giorgia Fumanti , will close the festival with a program from her new lyrical pop, album.

Food Events

These sessions will be held at “École Hôtelière des Laurentides” *, 150, rue Lesage, Ste. Adèle, Tickets: $40.   * Laurentian Hospitality and Culinary School of Ste Adèle  

Sat., Feb., 11, 10 a.m. with Yannick Achim , Cheese master; followed at 2 p.m., by the award-winning Executive Chef Anne Desjardins of “L’eau à la bouche”  of Ste. Adele, (http://dev.leaualabouche.com/index_r.php) who will demonstrate the art of preparing smoked trout cultivated in Ste. Agathe.

Sun., Feb., 12 , 10 a.m., Jacque Orhon , master sommelier will fascinating you with frozen apple cider and honey wine; and at 2 p.m. Sébastien Houle , chef from Mont Tremblant, who will prepare lamb grown in Mont-Laurier.  

Other Events

Sat., Feb., 11, starting at 10 a.m. “Sainte-Adele on ice” , at Lac Rond outside hotel Chantecler, with ice skating, ice climbing, cross country ski, and snow shoeing.   A special exhibition on ice with Colombine Derouin’s photographs screened on an ice wall will take place at 5 p.m.   The evening continues with a “Grande Finale”, prize awards to the best ice climbers of the day, and white-night dancing with a D.J.   At 11 p.m., the party moves to the bar of Hotel Chantecler (1474, Ch. Chantecler, Sainte-Adele. www.lechantecler.com 1 888 916-1616)  with a performance by a surprise artist.    

More Suggestions (presented in alphabetical order):

Aspria – Auberge & Grill  Steak Aspria done in a special marinade of fine herbs, with Basmati rice, house fries, and salad as a Table d’hôtes ($25.95) which also includes a choice of soup, snails, artichoke hearts, fried eggplant, or fried zucchini, and coffee.   Aspria, Auberge & grill: 430, Ch. Pierre-Péladeau, Ste. Adèle. 450 229-6939 www.aubergeaspria.com .  

La Farandole If you wish to have a light luncheon or take an afternoon coffee and cake, La Farandole is both a pastry shop and Resto-Café.  The lunch menu includes, quiche with salad, soup and desert. There is a very good choice of French pastry.   La Farandole , 1089 boul. de Ste-Adèle, Ste. Adèle, (http://www.lafarandole.ca/patisserie....) open every day, Mon, Tue., Wed., Thur., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri., & Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

L'eau à la bouche  You can experience the fine cuisine of L’eau à la Bouche. A bit costly, a meal is about $75 per person (not including wine) but many visitors consider it a worthy culinary experience.   L’eau à la Bouche , 3003, boul. Sainte-Adèle, Sainte-Adèle, 450 229-2991 www.hotelspah2o.com.  

Sothai  Asian Food  (Thai, Szechuan , Vietnamese, and Cambodian).   There is a wine list, but you can also have Jasmin or Green tea with the meal. A few suggestions: Kiao Sothai - steamed Hunan dumplings in a creamy peanut sauce and sesame ($7). Beef Brochette marinated in lemongrass, tender, tasty cooked to perfection ($6). Spring Rolls stuffed with lettuce and fine rice noodles cooked (not fried) very mild. Chicken Curry in a creamy sauce with bamboo shoots green & red peppers, pineapple ($16).   Sothai , 173, rue Morin, Ste. Adele.   Opening hours:   Lunch: Wed., Thur., Fri., noon to 2 p.m., Dinner: Wed., to Sun., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.    Closed on Mon., - Tue.   450 229-2288 http://www.sothai.ca/  

Spago* – Resto-Café  - Spago’s cuisine is basically Italian.   It is a place with a jovial atmosphere.   The choices for daily specials (“Table d’hôtes”) are marked on blackboards.   Each of these meals comes with a choice of soup, a salad or Bruchetta. Linguini with vegetables, cherry tomatoes and white asparagus in olive oil, estragon & Basil over a tomato sauce ($16), and tea or coffee.   Deserts are Crème Caramel, Tiramisu and others ($6 - $8).   The restaurant has a large, mostly Italian wine selection displayed at the center of the restaurant.   Resto-Café Spago, 21, rue Morin, Ste. Adele, www.restaurantspago.com 450 229 0229.  

* Note: Spago is a name used by the restaurants of Wolfgang Puck the celebrity Austrian-American chef who is also connected to the film world and philanthropic efforts.  

Restaurant Tre Monti - Fine Italian Cuisine, at the Hotel Chantecler -  Sumptuous meals in its bright restaurant, bar or terrace overlooking the mountain and lake; while skiers speed downhill in front of the windows. Table d’hôte meals including soup and desert starting at $29.95. Sunday brunch($23.95) includes hot & cold buffet, desert tables, cheese, waffles, omelettes and meat slicing stations 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Tre Monti, Hotel Chantecler , 1474, chemin Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle.   Reservations: 1-888-916-1616 ext. 7606.   www.lechantecler.com.