LA CABANE À POMMES: How Do You Like Them Apples?

October 01, 2015  •  2 Comments

Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 654 times


 

Call it fate ... call it luck ... call it kismet - whatever you wanna call it, IT seems to have been on my side when I grabbed a Metro newspaper on the way to work one day - which I never do (grab the paper that is....I do have to go to work everyday), and on the corner of the front page, LA CABANE À POMMES catches my eye ... and my stomach. 

I mean, Cabane à pommes = APPLE SHACK. Think about that for a second. You got the Sugar Shack concept (which they also offer in the spring), but instead of maple themed ... it's apple themed. Why have I not heard of this before??? I quickly pull up the website for Domaine Labranche, scan the menu, forward to friends and by the time I get to the office, a reservation is made for 8 people that weekend. So glad we went - it seems like a 30-minute drive away (from Brossard, only a 45-minute drive from downtown Montreal) was enough travelling to keep me sane for another week!

 

PLAISIRS À TABLE
Owned and operated by the Desgroseilliers family for eight generations in Saint-Isidore-de-Laprairie, Domaine Labranche, believes strongly in the local food movement. The Apple Shack menu consists purely of ingredients sourced from their own farmlands, orchards and vineyards as well as from other local farms in the Montérégie

Served family-style, the lunch menu we had consisted of four courses. Everything was oh-so-delicious, and the favourites of our crew definitely were the braised pork with cider, the gigantic apple-cranberry BBQ turkey wings and the desserts - OMG - the desserts! Apple-cinnamon beignets, strawberry "ti-moune" and apple crisp with pecans and maple syrup

Did I forget to mention the ciders? They've got a decent wine list - all made by the domaine - but it's the liquors that won over the sweet-tooth and semi-alcoholic in me! We managed to go through a couple of bottles of their Sparkling Cider during lunch. After lunch, we were offered an informative tour of the domaine by their super friendly staff, followed by a tasting of their Labranche White Wine, Maple Liquor, Ice Cider and Fire Cider.

Enjoy the photos below, and hurry up and go - the Apple Shack menu is only on for another couple of weeks!

Domaine Labranche - 565, Rang Saint-Simon, Saint-Isidore, QuebecDomaine Labranche - 565, Rang Saint-Simon, Saint-Isidore, Quebec

Domaine Labranche - 565, Rang Saint-Simon, Saint-Isidore, Quebec


This must be even more gorgeous when the leaves change colourThis must be even more gorgeous when the leaves change colour

This must be even more gorgeous when the leaves change colour


Wind turbines can be viewed in every direction from Domaine Labranche - a great source of renewable energyWind turbines can be viewed in every direction from Domaine Labranche - a great source of renewable energy

Wind turbines can be viewed in every direction from Domaine Labranche - a great source of renewable energy


Bienvenue! Large on the outisde, but super cosy insideBienvenue! Large on the outisde, but super cosy inside

Bienvenue! Large on the outisde, but super cosy inside


Entrance area at Domaine LabrancheEntrance area at Domaine Labranche

Entrance area at Domaine Labranche


Carte des vins - very decently priced wines and liquorsCarte des vins - very decently priced wines and liquors

Carte des vins - very decently priced wines and liquors


"Please wait to be seated..." "Please wait to be seated..."

"Please wait to be seated..." 


One of the rooms at the Domaine - we took the last lunch seating and had this room all to ourselvesOne of the rooms at the Domaine - we took the last lunch seating and had this room all to ourselves

One of the rooms at the Domaine - we took the last lunch seating and had this room all to ourselves


Salad: Beans, corn, garlic dressing, shallots, mustardSalad: Beans, corn, garlic dressing, shallots, mustard

Salad: Beans, corn, garlic dressing, shallots, mustard


Carrots, celeriac, cranberries, sunflower seeds caramelized with maple syrup and creamy dressingCarrots, celeriac, cranberries, sunflower seeds caramelized with maple syrup and creamy dressing

Carrots, celeriac, cranberries, sunflower seeds caramelized with maple syrup and creamy dressing


A little bit of that Sparkling CiderA little bit of that Sparkling Cider

A little bit of that Sparkling Cider


Cream of cauliflower soup accompanied by garlic croutonsCream of cauliflower soup accompanied by garlic croutons

Cream of cauliflower soup accompanied by garlic croutons


Family-style serving - plenty of food for all!Family-style serving - plenty of food for all!

Family-style serving - plenty of food for all!


Seasonal veggiesSeasonal veggies

Seasonal veggies


Parsnip and celeriac pureeParsnip and celeriac puree

Parsnip and celeriac puree


Gigantic turkey wings, BBQ sauce with apples and cranberriesGigantic turkey wings, BBQ sauce with apples and cranberries

Gigantic turkey wings, BBQ sauce with apples and cranberries


These were gone pretty quickly!These were gone pretty quickly!

These were gone pretty quickly!


Dessert time!Dessert time!

Dessert time!


Apple and cinnamon beignets - these left the table pretty darn quickly too!Apple and cinnamon beignets - these left the table pretty darn quickly too!

Apple and cinnamon beignets - these left the table pretty darn quickly too!


Apple crisp with pecans and maple syrupApple crisp with pecans and maple syrup

Apple crisp with pecans and maple syrup


Strawberry “Ti-moune”Strawberry “Ti-moune”

Strawberry “Ti-moune”


​The apple orchard - still young, but eventually I believe you'll be able to go apple picking here too​The apple orchard - still young, but eventually I believe you'll be able to go apple picking here too

The apple orchard - still young, but eventually I believe you'll be able to go apple picking here too


Time for a walk in the vineyardsTime for a walk in the vineyards

Time for a walk in the vineyards


A little taste of the grapesA little taste of the grapes

A little taste of the grapes


Now...time to taste the cidersNow...time to taste the ciders

Now...time to taste the ciders


Waiting, not so patiently, for the tastings to beginWaiting, not so patiently, for the tastings to begin

Waiting, not so patiently, for the tastings to begin


Time for that tastingTime for that tasting

Time for that tasting


Bye-bye Domaine Labranche! We'll be back for the Sugar Shack in the spring!Bye-bye Domaine Labranche! We'll be back for the Sugar Shack in the spring!

Bye-bye Domaine Labranche! We'll be back for the Sugar Shack in the spring!


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Comments

TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE
It was delicious! Trying to see if anyone wants to go back there in the next couple of weeks. I've been dreaming of those turkey wings!
Lori(non-registered)
OMG!! Looks delicious! Now my stomach is growling. Great pics! Definitely makes me want to go. ☺
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