Pleyben revisited for the chocolates and Easter.

Ok today we had a nice sunny day, and we took advantage to do a lot of errands all over.  There is work in the house as the masons are in doing our  open terrace,but we left them working lol!

The day was started by a pilgrimage trip to the historical and gastronomic little town of Pleyben, in the Finistére breton, we have been here before on my last post of october 11 ,2012. So many places to see , but this one is special so came back.  The tourist office handling this part of Brittany is at the main office for the region here ,http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-brittany/quintessential-brittany/pleyben-saint-thegonnec

We set out from home along the N165, to exit Pleyben road D765 Route Touristique, following easy signs for it we reach the city center in 1h30 time.

Once we got into town, we did a bit of stretching walk to go around the Chapelle de la Congregation, buy some baguettes at Boulangerie Loas,at the main square in town ,18 pl Charles de Gaulle. It was market day time so we indulge ourselves in doing our shopping of natural home country produce of terrines, pâtes, pork and veal meats, strawberries on the spot all at good prices and what we love about France the most, no industrial supermarket gimmicks just out with the farmer. Our main suppliers were the butcher , a couple of Giséle and Jean-Bernard Kergoat, who have their farm at “YUN MALGUEN” 29410 Plounéour-Ménez and do their work visiting several markets in the area. The other find was the cheese provider oh yes forgot to tell you we purchase goat cheese, crottin de chévre which my wife is doing tonite with toasted bread and honey! yummy. they are at the farm or ferme de Roc’h Conan same town as the butcher and do have a webpage , http://lafermederochconan.fr/  there are new cheeses coming up in April and we will be back.

We had eaten before at the Taverne La Blanche Hermine at 1 pl Charles de Gaulle opposite the calvary of Pleyben ,but now took photos of it; it is traditional breton cooking with a great breton ambiance. onion soup  or soupe aux oignons with some fricassée de boudin noir aux pommes et à l’andouille are delicious here. http://www.la-blanche-hermine.com/

However, trying to try everything as so far everything is delicious, we opted for a new one at the opposite end of the previous one, Créperie de l’Enclos, 51, Pl du Général de Gaulle,telephone +33 (0) 2 98 26 38 68.. It is a Gault & Millau 2 chefshats or toques, guide Pudlo (creperie of the year 2008) , Petit Futé, and Geo guide recipient awards. The owners serve us, led by Henri le Roux, and it was fantastic once again. The service, the ambiance very nice, the decoration with photos of the dishes from the menu is unique. The food was with a bottle of Rosé wine from Rocamadour, galettes Paysanne (ham, fresh cream, egg, tomatoes, and green lettuce), Rocamadour (goat cheese and miel), mine was Chichon (fry pork, espilette sauce, lettuce), Mandarine ( fresh goat cheese, bacon,chutney of mango and red onions) , then desserts were écossaise (chocolate and whiskey liquor), pêche melba, amandine (caramel, almonds flambée with Cointreau, and comportament bonheur ( peach, raspberry, mandarin , and caramel ice cream, coulis red fruits, and chantilly). Turn out to be about 20€ per person, good prices here. no webpage but you can read on them at Michelin, the place ::) http://restaurant.michelin.fr/restaurant/france/29190-pleyben/creperie-de-l-enclos/5gtish9

Of course, we took another peek at the Calvary of Pleyben suggest dating from the 1600’s and one of the top 3 in Brittany in preservation and decoration, the mayor’s office in French, http://www.mairiepleyben.fr/~tourisme/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=19

We,also, did went Inside the Church of Saint Germain de l’Auxerrois, which is part of the enclos or enclosure of the calvary  seen in the link above. The preservation is magnificent, and already discussed in my previous post on the town.

Finally, here , we visited our favorite regional chocolatier Michel Chatillon, right next to the Calvary. These are delicious home made chocolates with factory in the back which you can tour as well as tasting in the store. The store is packed full of wonders of the French and Breton gastronomy. These are what you come to France for , original, best quality, and made in France. I let you read thru it, but we love the Florentins, thin slices of chocolate brought to the court of the duchy of Brittany by Anne de Bretagne after conversing with Catherine de Médicis and her Florentian tastes. You,have the brick breton, and just wonderful chocolates, accessories , baskets, and nougats! Worth going there just for this. http://www.chatillon-chocolat.com/index.php?lng=gb

But our day was not over, we headed on this time the D785 road to connect closer to the N165 back to Vannes, where we needed to get some essential for the Young today like PS VIta game machines, and video games tapes, at FNAC and Micromania. Finally, getting some home Tools and gadgets for the house at Castorama Vannes.

http://www.fnac.com/Vannes/Fnac-Vannes/cl49/w-4

http://www.micromania.fr/magasin/100/vannes.html

http://magasins.castorama.fr/4211-castorama-vannes

and we arrive home a bit exhausted but happy and ready to attack this wonderful meal we are getting going, with great wines of Mme the Baronness Philippone de Rothschild of Bordeaux! Cheers and happy weekend.

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