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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.  The official webpage is at

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 30, 2014

Christmas is coming, Paris is Christmas, so is France!


Needless to tell  you this is my favorite time of the year. Regardless of your religious inclination, the lights, actions, events, festive mood all around is magical. It seems the folks awaits this time to bring out their best. We enjoy every single season ,and for 10 years we were at Versailles with Paris as our background.

Now for the last 3 years we have been in the Morbihan, Brittany and as normal the country is more subdue. However, see next post and you will see it all begins here too.

For now, let me give some of my favorite places for goodies in Paris and some new ones,there is always time for new places to enjoy the Bounty of France.

The chocolates of the rive gauche or left bank will leave speechless if you try one of our favorites ;Jean-Charles Rochoux, he does marvels with creating chocolate expressions of Christmas or Noêl, this year is the bears in tune. You can get to him at 16 rue d’Assas,6éme Tél.: 01 42 84 29 45. webpage at

For artisanal confitures, those wonders of Jelly and jams, you must search, find, meet Catherine Manoël ,making wonderful confections in the Gard and then the Aube region and now store in Paris ,you know is good when you have Paul Bocuse as Customer !!! (and you know who is Paul Bocuse, one of the greatest chefs in the world); See it at Comptoirs des Confitures,  :The Paris store is represented at 13, rue d’Aligre, 12éme, at the Chocolaterie d’Aligre; Tél.: 01 43 40 34 45; webpage at

And of the new ice cream places found in Paris, coming from South Corsica, is that of Pierre Geronimi, and his L’Arbre de Café at 10, rue du Nil, 2éme. Tél.: 01 84 17 24 17; the flavors are out of this world and many innovative ones like the chatâigne ice cream ! webpage

These ones you can find at the La Grande Epicérie, 38 rue de Sévres,7éme, tel. 01 44 39 81 00.  Coming from Australia and New Zealand, resembles a kind of pickle which would be filled with small translucent beads to taste like candy, close enough to the grapefruit. William Ledeuil (Ze Kitchen Galerie, life) associates it with ginger in a carpaccio of saint-jacques, Olivier Roellinger scattered its oysters and Jean-Louis Nomicos proposes all new Franck pay-per-view (Vuitton Foundation) in the form of sea bream and carrots marinated, Lemon Basil citrus and caviar. Just wonderful goodies found of an all time favorite, webpage

And ,of course you need to eat at Poilâne Paris, this year the nice biscuit figurines of deers are the return. Get it at 8, rue du Cherche-Midi, 6éme. Tél.: 01 45 48 42 59; webpage

If you mingle your cooking with Italian specialties, from the Maison Fracassa,  you will find the goodies of Alessandra Pierini  at RAP, 4 , rue Fléchier, 9éme. Tél.: 01 42 80 09 91. not far to your left out of gare st lazare and then left at Fléchier;  webpage

For oysters we got some challengers where we live now, but back in Paris we had try the delicious oysters of the island of Mersea (Essex) Oysters Saint Honoré, result of an Oyster tradition over three centuries, are high for three years in deep waters, and then refined in the estuary, which gives them a subtle salt content. Generous, fleshy, firm and crisp: so authentic.  The place is a laberinth of goodies of all sorts and was closed to my business routes. You need to take a short metro ride to Terra Gourma at  79 rue Voltaire ,Levallois-Perret 92  webpage

For spices and oils one of the tops there is the Maison Thiercelin (since 1809) ,where even the vinagers are great from herbes from the mediterranean and Northern Africa. See them at 3, rue Charles-François-Dupuis, 3éme. Tél.: 01 44 78 96 74: webpage

And to close this culinary ride on a more American mode and Floridian to boot, why not Burger King! They are coming back in force, we were at the first one in train station or Gare St Lazare, and now more at la Villette, Alésia,  and the newest one from November 26th at  124, rue La Boétie,8éme. There are in already in other cities in France , at Créteil, Calais, Marseille, Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Reims,  and Beaune with hearsays that the first in Bretagne will be at Brest. Franchise in France part of the group Bertrand.  The site is Under construction here still, :however with the groupe Bertrand there are in good company having some of my favorites names such as La Gare, Angelina, Brasserie Lipp, Au Bureau, Charlie Birdy,as well handling the restaurant side of Au Printemps , Le Petit Pavillon and et Le Manége, in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Rest’o, Atmosphére, Biosphére in the La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and Palais de la découverte. Le Carré des Invalides, Inside the Musée de l’Armée – Invalides. The Le Café des Marronniers Inside the Jardin des Tuileries. The L’Atelier Renault Café in the dealer office first floor in the avenue des Champs Elysées. You are in good company

Enjoy the seasons to be merry,and an early Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal, and Joyeux Noêl to all.

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