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November 30, 2014

Salon de la Gastronomie Vannes 2014

Believe or not, this is a major event here, and after 3 years in the area finally went to it this morning. I guess to much to see and not enough time ::) . Talking of the Salon de la Gastronomie et des Arts Culinaires.

This year’s theme was Portugal and its wonderful culinary traditions. There a big stand from products from there especial the area of Sétubal, and singing Fado music all day long. The food is prepare on site and can be tasted on refine tables with white tablecloths. The event is held November 28-30,and Dec 1st. 5€ adult admission, and on the wonderful Parc Chorus of the Parc du Golfe, exposition expo Hall A.  Hours are from 10h to 19h with Dec 1 to 18H. There are over 100’s exposants and food to eat on site, also ,a cooking school of the Gulf of Morbihan.

You get here by car from expressway N165 take exit D779 Grand Champ go in the upper traffic circle direction le Port, Conleau, parc des Expositions, continue following this name and Conleau, and you hit the Parc du Golfe where the Chorus expo center is located.

You have set up mixing vendors from all over France, divided into drinks, meats and by meats, fish and seafood, sweets and candies, fruits and vegetables, non food items (such as tableware), other misc food items (such as spices, crêperies), organisms to help the needy, restauration, and cheeses.

The stands are made that you can walk in alleyways corridors with a big semi moon area in the back for music fado and bands, tables set up restaurant style.  Of course ,we grab our basque cheeses and cherry cakes, the Champagne for the end of year from Verzenay, near Reims ,Champagne Gdome pére et fils, and wines from our Neighbors in the Loire at St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Vignobles de la Rodaie, , and of course our plate combination for the raclette!!!

Enjoy the bounties of France, UNESCO world heritage inmaterial site for Gastronomy and Wines!!! Cheers

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November 17, 2014

A birthday is a birthday ,my twins are 21!

Well just a short entry to tell all, today is my identical twin boys 21st birthday. All hard work and we arrive at adulthood for real, not that 18 is not but to me 21 blackjack is the magic number.

We celebrated on Saturday last, as more time than a working day. Starting in the market or marché du samedi in Vannes. http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/activities/regional-markets

We got our wines and cheeses here, and our favorite Nicolas store, which is right in the middle of the Saturday market area of place du poids public; http://www.nicolas.com/fr/magasin/vannes/vannes-10-18-465.htm

We continue with a nice afternoon of bowling at Le Master parc du Golfe, http://www.lemasterbowling.fr/v2/index.html#

Continue on the tattoo place by the Cathedral Saint Pierre, at Buzz Tattoo 11 Rue Saint Guenhaêl, +33 2 97 42 69 21 for the dragon figurines in their arms to be done by early December in time for Christmas lol!!! I never went thru that but times changes and I am a modern men ::)

We came back to have our dinner, and the boys pick a funky chain restaurant we have try here and in St Nazaire as well; the Le Poivre Rouge. It is located behind the centre commercial E Leclerc and the Atlanville shopping zone, http://www.poivre-rouge.com/restaurant/vannes.php

Where we had our red wine and cuts of beef in several ways, at a family price. Who says you cannot eat good here at good prices? We have a bottle of  red Nîmes house wine, plenty of bread and butter, main dish of different cuts of beef ,and duck in espelette peppers, desserts and cafe gourmand dish (small cakes and ice cream with expresso coffee), and water. All for 22€ per person.

And we came home, happy and good. Ready for the the Holiday season. Cheers y’all ::)

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November 5, 2014

Some news from France XCIIII

On a cold, gray night in Bretagne, that is Brittany or even better Breizh, let’s talk about coffee and my favorites Paris haunts.

I took this idea because I came back just last week from Brazil,and visited a farm where the owner had coffee trees, and was able to roast some for me, well 4 kilos !!! that is about 9 lbs of coffee, and we just try it and well , it is delicious!!! So what about those places here that I used to go for that wonderful cup of coffee , expresso or café au lait, or capuccino or mokaccino ! And voilà Le Figaro had a piece on them so here it is.

It started out as a partnership and now there is one left. It also ,used to roast its own coffee and now takes it from abroad  such as Has Bean (England) and Koppi (Sweden) but the flavorful coffees and the service remains the same.  Télescope, 5 ,rue Villedo, 1er, open every day except Sundays from 8h30 to 18h (M-F) and 9h30 to 18h30 (Sat). http://www.telescopecafe.com/

KB Café Shop.  This used to be the  «Kooka Boora», just in the area of  South Pigalle with a big terrace by the roads of Trudaine/Martyrs. The roasted coffee comes from the la Brûlerie de Belleville,but also from abroad such as  Square Mile (England).  Also, serving Scones, granola ,and fruit juice.  53, avenue Trudaine  and 62, rue des Martyrs ( 9e). Tél. +33 01 56 92 12 41. open every day from  7h30 to 18h30 ( from 9h to 18h30 on the weekends).

Some others, La Caféothéque, 52, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 4e). http://www.lacafeotheque.com/

Café Coutume, 47, rue de Babylone, 7e,

Lockwood, 73, rue d’Aboukir, 2e,http://www.lockwoodparis.com/bar/

Fondation Café ,16, rue Dupetit-Thouars, 3e),

Fragments ,76, rue des Tournelles, 3e),

Loustic 40, rue Chapon, 3e) ,

and Boot Café,19, rue du Pont-aux-Choux,3e).  And of course,we ,also have the coffee roasting houses.  Belleville Brûlerie 10, rue Pradier, (19e) Tél. +33 09 83 75 60 80; and one near Paris, but close to my Versailles is Pfaff & Cie.  40, avenue de Poissy, Triel-sur-Seine (78). Tél. +33 01 39 74 82 69. simply awesome, missed it. http://cafe.cafes-pfaff.com/

Price for coffee in Paris is very disperse, you can have it at luxury places like Fouquet’s for 8€ or simple places likeFolies de Belleville for 1,50€. Café de laPaix 6€, Le Train Bleu 6,10€, Café Marly 5,50€ , and the Starbucks at 1,95€. However ,if you drink it at the counter you can lower these prices considerably and even get it for 1,30€ aroundRivoli, like the CaféL’Imperiale.

Some good ones near me are Brûlerie Alre, 8b, Rue Jean Marie Barré, 56400 Auray (for beans)  http://www.brulerie-dalre.com/La-Brulerie-d-Alre-_a_5_c_3.html  and the cafe le Petit Port, 7, Place St Sauveur,56400 Auray,http://www.lepetitport-brasserie.fr/

Brulerie Saint Patern 4 rue Saint Nicolas 56000 Vannes ; http://www.le-site-de.com/brulerie-saint-patern-vannes_94847.html

and a site in French listing all the coffee roasters or torréfacteurs in France part of the comité Français du Café, http://www.comitefrancaisducafe.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=82

and the Brooklyn Café right inAtlanville Vannes,one of my favorite haunts here and you can see me .http://www.atlanville.fr/brooklyn-cafe

So enjoy coffee, its great after a great meal or even in the middle of the day for a work break, great amongst friends because no alcohol so more politically correct drink. Have a cup tonite, I know I will soon and from Brazil ::)

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