Bean Pots at La Binerie, Kazabazua

This is from a wonderful Sunday I spent driving through Quebec with Gerry O specifically to go to La Binerie (beanery) in Kazabazua.

La Binerie has been making sand baked beans is the same way for generations… with a new little Haitian twist courtesy of marriage.

The bean pots are filled with beans to be baked, topped with parchment paper, lidded and buried in hot sand and fire for hours.

The Fire Pit at La Binerie Kazabazua

The result was, by far, the best baked beans I have ever had.

Feves Au Lard indeed!

Complex flavours, not too sweet, not too thick… and just that perfect amount of smokiness. Occasionally there was a tough bean, and there was certainly some fat at the bottom of the plate… but YUM!!!! YUM! Burp!

$4.75 Each

A plate filled with beans for $4.75 – with bread and butter (she handed us a pony-tail loaf), gherkin pickles, vinegared onions (so good w/ the beans), extra brown sugar to sprinkle on if we wanted and mustard… for those who want to ruin their beans.  No-nonsense just good food.

Boy oh boy. YUM!  Burp!

The entire experience was right on the edge of that patronizing version of “charming”.

The Woman In Charge
Luckily, we all were so interested in the process, the food and the story that we didn’t walk away feeling like we were cultural tourist in our own country.

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Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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