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This Sugar Shack Is Coming To St-Henri For Those Without Cars

All the maple without leaving the city

Terra Perma

Don’t have access to a car, or just can’t find the time to drive out of the city for a single meal of eggs, beans, and meat slathered in maple syrup, surrounded by screaming kids? Well, the fine folks at Terra Perma, a community of environmentally-minded entrepreneurs in the Laurentians, have got you covered.

The Cabane Urbaine will be setting up shop in the Café Rose de Lima space on Notre-Dame Street (the cafe having closed, re-opened, and is now closing again) for weekend cabane à sucre or sugar shack brunch service, starting March 18 and running through to the end of April.

You’ll pay a flat price for your sugar shack standards — eggs, maple-smoked bacon, fèves au lard, potatoes — all in more fancied-up formats than run of the mill sugar shacks, and you can gorge on as much as you like. There’s also maple tart and pancakes on the dessert side. For a few dollars extra there are a few add-ons like doughnuts, maple-smoked salmon, and maple-smoked meat.

There will also be craft beers from Les Brasseurs du Nord (the same company behind cheap-ish Quebec favourite Boréale), and a few cocktails focused on maple or herbs from Terra Perma’s land, put together by Alyssa Shahin.

If the idea of consuming sugar shack food without going to a maple farm seems horrifyingly unorthodox or unacceptable, there are mitigating factors here — Terra Perma does produce its own maple syrup, which is what will be used in Saint-Henri, and certain items on the menu are smoked using maple wood on Terra Perma’s farm in the boreal forest near Harrington, in the Laurentians.

Here’s a video with all the details on Terra Perma’s goods, with a fiddle-based folk soundtrack to boot — the full menu can be checked out on Cabane Urbaine’s site.