You know that fuzzy feeling you get when something good happens to good people? I totally got that yesterday when I was watching Marysol in action during the first day of Edgar's opening. It's so great to see this long-time dream of hers finally become a reality. She deserves this café, and all it's success.
Tucked away on a little side street south of the entrance to the Gatineau Parkway, this treasure is home to delightful homemade baked goods, warming soups, teas and coffees, and satisfying sandwiches. Big bright windows light up the modest seating area, where you can sit back, sip your tea and watch as she prepares your meal with care. And in addition to the daily goodies offered, some frozen take-home dishes are available as well – very difficult to pass up once you've had a sampling of the fresh stuff.
On this particular occasion I started off with the chipotle chicken soup filled with black beans, corn, tomatoes, roasted peppers and cilantro. This combination of ingredients, along with a slight spice, provides an oasis of calm with every bite.
The best thing that happened to me that day however, was the Vietnamese sandwich. It is to-die-for. I want to eat this every day it's so good. Sweet and spicy marinated pork, so tender and yummy, fresh cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots and daïkon, all topped with a heavenly spicy mayo. A golden toasted baguette holds the whole thing together.
I wanted so badly to have dessert. But I was full. So two servings of apple and cranberry pie, two Edgar bars and two frozen pizza doughs came home with me. I had my heart set on one of her cinnamon brioche buns with raisins, bacon and orange glaze but she was sold out by the time I was ready for it. Oh well, next visit!!
Service was warm and oh-so-friendly. Prices extremely reasonable. And everything made from scratch. There's no doubt that this special spot will be a hit both with the locals in the neighbourhood, and anyone wanting a delicious coffee or scrumptious treat.
60 rue Bégin
Gatineau (Hull sector), Quebec