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January 10, 2020

Marche Victor Hugo-Toulouse!

And why not food in Toulouse, wonderful occitan cuisine rich and hearty for the soul of hte mountains and the Garonne. This is a place I have been coming in for years for drinks with friends, and family and for lunch and dinners as well as market and nearby stores shopping galore, this is Toulouse

I like to tell you more on the marché Victor Hugo at Place Victor Hugo in Toulouse.

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The Marché Victor-Hugo market is a covered market located in the center of the Place Victor-Hugo, in the Saint-Georges district, in sector 1 of Toulouse. It is one of the main Toulouse food markets. it once stood under a metal hall, dismantled and replaced by a concrete parking market.

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Before the opening of the rue d’Alsace-Lorraine, the current Place Victor-Hugo was called Place du Marché-au-Bois. There was a wood market, also known as an old-fashioned market. This market was a vast wooden hall, built in 1825 on the site of the old rampart Villeneuve destroyed. The square was completed in 1832. It received the name of Victor Hugo in 1885, on the occasion of a coronation of the poet by the Floral Games. The Victor-Hugo market was inaugurated on March 20, 1892 and opened on July 1, when the works were not completely finished. They are not completed until the following year.

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The Victor Hugo market is in the form of a large rectangular building, it consists of a central nave. The building rests on a basement of vaulted cellars. Four entrances are located on the gables of the central nave. Two canopies run along the side elevations, the building rests on cast iron pillars and is covered with a metal frame. The old metal hall is destroyed and replaced by the current parking market, inaugurated on October 17, 1959. It was then the city’s first parking market. Between 2017 and 2019, new renovation and upgrading work was undertaken, while the Place Victor-Hugo was itself rehabilitated.

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The city of Toulouse show you this grand opening with a video here: City of Toulouse on new project of place Victor Hugo

We do shop inside but also around the covered market and the great convenience of a Monop grocery store part of the Monoprix group. Location here: Monop grocery store at Pl Victor Hugo

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There is an excellent bakery pastry store with branches in other parts of Toulouse, this is the Le Fournil de Victor Hugo! This is my fav search page Yelp with info on the store here: Yelp on Le Fournil Victor Hugo

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And last we grab our regional wines such as Fronton here at Busquet’s Maison Busquets, more on the tourist office in French here: Tourist office of Toulouse on Maison Busquets wines etc

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You will be loaded with goodies of my belle France and lovely Toulouse all the very best. ah if cheese is your way than see Xavier fromagerie right there, no buy this time but worth the stop anytime. Here is their webpage for reference: Official Xavier fromagerie, cheeses

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As said, this is heaven territory and we stick to it for years, you will be delighted take it from me, diplomé in wines of France by SOPEXA food and wine from France. And the culinary delights of the Haute Garonne, Occitanie, and France!

And remember, happy travels good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

January 10, 2020

A souvenir lunch in Toulouse!

In my continuing saga with the pink city of Toulouse I bring you to eating out. And you are in for a good one here in my belle France of course. The culinary experts here is the cassoulet dish and even if imitators and competitors this one remains the only one unique.

The dish even has a page in the tourist office of Toulouse! We love it and I die for it; each time here must have one and where better than in our ritual place at Place Victor Hugo right above the market of same name, the restaurant Le Loubechem! A family tradition for years…

Of course, there are others, but this one is a family tradition of many years going back to the founders of the restaurant and my wife’s father’s family from the area.

We have been coming to Le Louchebem since 1994 when it opened and keep coming back!! The word Louchebem is the result of the deformation by jargon of the word butcher attested for the first time in 1876 in the form luchebem, was then used to indicate the jargon of louchébems or the butchers’ talk, in other words the slang of butchers from second half of the 19C. Louchébem remains known and used today in this professional universe.

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The Le Louchebem restaurant opened its doors in 1994, above the marché Victor Hugo market at Place Victor Hugo square. This traditional establishment is a family home that serves a restaurant and a butcher. It holds the title of Maître Restaurateur. The cuisine concocted here is prepared from fresh and carefully chosen products. The setting is picturesque, the atmosphere friendly, the service as professional as smiling. In other words, it is a good address for Toulouse residents as well as for passing visitors. You must absolutely taste the house specialties, as plentiful as delicious. An institution warmly recommended to all.

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Their official webpage is at : Le Louchebem Toulouse

The cassoulet is of occitan origins and is a specialty based on dry beans, generally white, and meat. Originally it was made from beans. The cassoulet takes its name from the enamelled terracotta casserole made in Issel. It is usually told that the place the origin is in the city of Castelnaudary, during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453).

During the siege of Castelnaudary by the English, the hungry besieged would have gathered all the food available (beans and meat), to make a gigantic stew or estofat, to reinvigorate the combatants. These could then drive out the English and liberate the city.

The question became nationalized around 1900 when the food critic Edmond Richardin launched a debate on this subject in the Parisian Gazette. Everyone then took sides for a region such as Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, and Toulouse, while by passing the existence of local versions like Villefranche-de-Lauragais, Narbonne, Montauban, Pau or Pamiers. To mediate this rivalry, Prosper Montagné ; a Languedocien gourmet who became a cook in Toulouse, uses a metaphor : “Cassoulet is the God of Occitan cuisine. A God in three people: God the Father who is the cassoulet of Castelnaudary, God the Son who is that of Carcassonne and the Holy Spirit, that of Toulouse. ” We of course, side with the version of Toulouse!

The Toulouse cassoulet contains duck confit and a Toulouse sausage, carrot and an onion spiked with cloves. It is sometimes covered with breadcrumbs, before going to the oven. The number of times it is necessary, during baking, to break the crust that forms on the surface of the dish, is the subject of great quarrels of experts told between six and eight times depending on the versions and the chef.

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The tourist office of Toulouse on the cassoulet: Tourist office of Touluse in English on the Cassoulet dish

Hope you can visit Toulouse and enjoy this institution by a wonderful picturesque quant neighborhood of Victor Hugo! Enjoy the Le Loubechem!!

Andn remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

January 5, 2020

Some news from France, CCXCVIII

Ok so here I am to talk to you about the latest news in France according to paris1972-versailles2003.com and always looking forward for you to enjoy it and I thank you. Here is the latest news

With 4,000 people a day since the start of the Christmas holidays, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (Maincy 77) celebrates Christmas event creates queues never seen before. which generated closings to the public last week around   16h for four days. More info here: https://vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/prepare-your-visit/

At Rambouillet (Yvelines 78) discover board games from the time of king Louis XV. The new exhibition of the Palace of the King of Rome in Rambouillet presents games that are several hundred years old. Some had to be restored; some details of the games of the goose are clues to life in the time of Louis XV and Louis XVI. More info here: http://www.rambouillet-tourism.com/en/see-the-sights/things-to-see/the-palace-of-the-king-of-rome.html

At Buchelay (Yvelines 78) one of my old stomping ground there is a new shopping center doing already wonders with customers approvals. The first 27 stores of “Mon Beau Buchelay” (my beautiful Buchelay) had opened just before the end-of-year holidays. A13 autoroute de Normandie direction Rouen/Caen from Paris but go in at sortie or exit 13. More info here: https://monbeaubuchelay.com/

The old Parisian barracks are getting a makeover for saving them and looking great. That of Reuilly allowed the creation of housing, located in the heart of the 12éme arrondissement of Paris, between rue de Reuilly, rue de Chaligny and boulevard Diderot, this 39,000 m2 complex that had housed up to 2,500 soldiers were no longer occupied except by a branch of the Armed Forces Information and Recruitment Center (Cirfa). Built in 1830 to accommodate the regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery on a site which had seen prosperity, on the initiative of Colbert, the Royal Ice Factory, it served as a base, during WWII, at the Wehrmacht and the French militia, before being reinvested by the army at the Liberation, then gradually deserted with the approach of the 21st century. In 2013, the State ceded the property to the City of Paris with the obligation, imposed by the local urban plan (PLU), to build at least 50% of social housing there. . More info here in French : http://casernedereuilly.parishabitat.fr/Pages/lhistoire.aspx

and that of Lourcine (13éme) has become a university annex. The Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Ilot Lourcine University, which represents a constructed area of 10,750 m² in which teaching and research spaces will be fitted out as well as a 2,000 m² library. More info here: https://www.pantheonsorbonne.fr/le-campus-port-royal

Head to the Chevreuse Valley (Yvelines 78 ), 45 minutes from Paris, for a weekend or more, in order to purify your body and calm your mind at the Hotel Le Barn. This completely restored 19C farmhouse, nestled in a 200 hectare park, has kept the spirit of a family home in the countryside. Had the pleasure of visit it on a business conference full of history, architecture just awesome for a longer stay. More info here : https://lebarnhotel.com/en/

And of course, could not leave without telling you of the French pastime of Gréves or strikes, which are continuing and just be alert on your travel plans. On Thursday January 9 there will be another big demonstration against the pension reform, where all professions are expected. The rest of January will see the strike in full swing, with in particular citizen actions organized by the CFDT union. Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, announced to Matignon (prime minister Edourard Philippe home) on December 20, “I’m telling you: it will go up very, very strong in January (…). And the CFDT, from January 6, will challenge parliamentarians, it will also have mobilization actions ”. It will be a blast in January, and I will be in Toulouse….

And while we have strikes, the public transport is modernizing.. In the night test on line 1 for almost a year, the MP14 metro is coming soon! It will carry more passengers for the extension of line 14. 120 meters long, this new train will be 24% larger than a normal metro, with 8 cars against 6 currently. Inside, the noise will be reduced by 40%, the seats will be more ergonomic and the lighting more economical. The equipment should meanwhile reduce the energy consumption of the trains by 20% and bring more comfort to passengers, with more places reserved for people with reduced mobility. While it was possible since September to buy a book ticket or carnet or a Navigo pass on certain smartphones, you can now buy a single ticket and weekend youth tickets. The renovated RER B trains (the one to CDG Paris!) will resume service on the line, which has more than a million daily passengers, but still no double-level trains. These modernized, larger and more luminous trains will already be a great improvement for the 980,000 daily users of line B!!, who suffer frequent incidents and difficult transport conditions (if you work here you know it). We will have to wait until 2025 for much larger trains, the MINGs, to considerably improve passenger comfort. Châtelet, Place de Clichy, Arts et Métiers stations will unveil their modernization this year. Thanks to renovated quays and corridors and refurbished reception rooms, to a recovery and ordering of all components, from floor to ceiling. These actions are accompanied by more legible and more complete signage – intermodal, tourist and urban – new seats, more suitable and more efficient lighting.  Well at least is not all doom!

And how about Paris losing inhabitants yes of course, I know it. Get out into the country side for a better life !!! These are the latest figures from INSEE (gov statistical office). According to the most recent census, Paris has 2,187,526 inhabitants, which represents a loss of 0.5% per year since 2011. An average of 11,000 inhabitants less each year, or -2.4% over five years . According to the census, it is the 15éme arrondissement the most popular, with 233,392 inhabitants. It is followed by the 20éme arrondissement with 195,814 inhabitants, the 18éme with 195,233 inhabitants and the 13éme, with 182,099 Parisians. The 1éme, 2éme and 4éme arrondissements very touristy districts….register the least number of residents with respectively: 16,266, 20,900 and 28,088 inhabitants. In all of Paris, only the 19éme   arrondissement has gained population, with a slight increase of 0.2% in its number of inhabitants, thanks in particular to housing programs set up by the government. The trend will continue in the next few years at least.

And something we take very seriously and enjoy the best in the world..yes!! According to the northern newspaper, la Voix du Nord   has done a count on the holidays of 2020, proposing that we only ask 25 days off to get… 60 days of vacation!!!!. Let’s start today, since by putting down its Thursday January 2 and Friday January 3, we were gaining 5 days of rest with the weekend. Now that you are well rested, you can wait until April when Monday the 13th is a public Holiday, you just have to ask 4 short days from 14 to 17 to get 9 days of vacation!   Fortunately for us, the month of May is very mild since it is full of public holidays, the 1st, the 8th and the 21st. You just have to ask 4 days, from May 4 to 7, then 4 other days from 18 to 22, and you will get the modest sum of 19 DAYS of vacation!!!. Or how to transform 8 days off into 3 weeks of pure happiness. In June, posing 4 days on 2, 3, 4 and 5 allows you to get 9 days of vacation since Monday 1st is a holiday. Same story in July, where we take advantage of July 14 to ask 4 more days and leave with 9. We must then do a little manoeuvre this Summer and work in August, but do not worry, November 11 being holidays, we can ask Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 to have 5 days of vacation. Until the Christmas holidays, when it’s bingo: Christmas falls on a Friday, so we ask the previous 4 days to have 9 days of vacation. In total, it’s 60 days that we take advantage of for only 25 days asked. And happy New Year 2020!!!!! Can’t wait lol!!

Some new restaurant to seek out in my eternal Paris and yours truly will be seeking them out especially with all those vacation days lol!

We no longer present the unique and prestigious double-starred chef Marc Veyrat, one foot in Paris, the other in Haute-Savoie. From January 2020, the grand chef will settle in the iconic La Fontaine Gaillon and will offer an iodized menu for the occasion. All in a chic Parisian decor. The generous terrace will be one of the most pleasant in Paris, and this “new” address thought above all in the continuity of a neighborhood institution. Le Fontaine Gaillon; 15, rue Gaillon – 2éme, Opening January 2020 . More info on NewTable here: https://fr.newtable.com/restaurant-la-fontaine-gaillon-by-marc-veyrat-5377.php

Mon Square, this is the crazy new trendy address in the 7éme arrondissement just across from Square Samuel Rousseau and Sainte-Clotilde Church. In its decor at the same time arty, vegetable and girly, we find pretty flowered fabrics which decorate the walls of the Green Room and the Pink Room, ceramic birds made by hand and a monumental ceramic tree overhanging the big central bar, but also a private Kiss room more commonly known as a “privatized lounge” all dressed in mirrors. On the plate, seasonal French cuisine that mixes classy brasserie chic with more original notes. Mon Square; 31, rue Saint-Dominique, 7éme; Opening January 2020 . More info here : https://www.monsquarerestaurant.com/

The mythical Passage des Panoramas has a new spot. With a colorful decor, this new address showcases cuisine with Italian influences. On the menu, chubby pizzas and more than generous pasta. On two floors, we are immersed in a pop and ultra colorful decor with terracotta floor tiles, walls in polished concrete or flanked with shiny neon lights, a gold pizza oven and plates with psychedelic designs. In the basement, the green course dinner Majorelle blue color is the perfect place for an exclusive evening in large tables. Zola is sharing, friendliness and generosity! Zola, 62, passage des Panoramas – 2éme; Opening January 2020 . More info on NewTable here : https://fr.newtable.com/restaurant-zola-5345.php

This old 16C institution has a new look! Olivier Flottes and Michel Boiron, already at the head of Gilberte and Huguette, promise a complete renaissance for the Le Petit Victor Hugo who sets out to conquer the coasts of the world with a real unusual “Maison Mer”. We will find all the iconic dishes of the world around fish, including King Crab, paellas, fish tacos, enchiladas, ceviches, multiple taramas, octopus chawarma, california rolls, poke bowls, fish tagines or noodles with shrimp. Designer Laura Gonzalez has struck again, and will end up astonishing the eye with lush vegetation, wave-shaped benches, a huge sunroof and even an incredible colorful rooftop . Le petit Victor Hugo; 143, avenue Victor Hugo , 16éme; Opening for April 2020. More info here : http://petitvictorhugo.com/fr/

 The Sir Winston is one of the oldest English pubs in Paris. In Spring, it will turn into a spicy table, halfway between the English pub and an Indian table, like an incredible home of the English colonies, decorated by the talented Laura Gonzalez. This new table will be open every day from breakfast to dinner, for a moment with friends, a business lunch or even a family Indian brunch on Sunday. Sir Winston will offer a sharing cuisine flavored with spices and signed by an Indian chef in a colorful setting. In the basement, there is an amazing speakeasy and ideal for sipping great cocktails . Sir Winston ; 5, rue de Presbourg ,16éme; Opening Spring 2020. More info here : https://www.sirwinston.fr/

 Cali Sisters, it’s the most anticipated new Californian restaurant of 2020. Behind this welcoming and comfortable new address, two sisters, Capucine and Juliette Vigand, passionate about this sunny region of the United States. Here you can eat all day long, good Californian cuisine, as delicious as it is healthy and above all at very affordable prices. This bohemian and vibrant restaurant located a stone’s throw from the Place de la Bourse will seat around 100 people and all the classics of Californian cuisine on its plates. Lemon and ricotta pancakes, casserole meatballs, smoked short rib and spiced roasted butternut squash, broccoli snacked with pesto or multicolored lemon carrots. Cali Sisters ; 17, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires , 2éme;   Opening March 2020. More info at l’hotellerie here : https://www.lhotellerie-restauration.fr/emploi/annonce.asp?n=_j_N5Nl

And lastly on the arts, Paris is eternal.

A repeat call for one of my favorites. Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614) is better known by the name of El Greco. Painter of Cretan origin, he stayed in Italy before settling in Spain in 1577. Last grand master of the Renaissance, he was also the first painter of the Spanish Golden Age. This retrospective, the first major French monographic exhibition dedicated to him, highlights his fiery and inventive work, rediscovered at the turn of the 19-20C by the avant-garde. Goes on until February 10, 2020. More info here: https://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/greco

See Nourrir Paris or feed Paris, between permanence and transfer; nourish Paris, a specific identity; feed Paris, a question of abundance; feed Paris, multiple challenges; Parisian supply; les Halles, belly of Paris; consume in Paris: so many themes to be discovered at the heart of an exhibition route that highlights food in the broad sense, and throughout history. The History Committee of the City of Paris devotes an exhibition to the Forney Library to the means of production and transport, enabling the great question posed by the inhabitants of the capital to be answered. Bibliothéque Forney at Hôtel de Sens 1 rue du Figuier 4éme; Métro : Pont Marie (line 7). More info here : https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71820/Bibliotheque-Forney

There you go we will always have Paris my dears. Enjoy it as we do

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

January 3, 2020

Oysters anyone? come to Sarzeau!

Ok so let’s talk about something we do eat a lot here and especially around the season to be merrier into New Year; they are all over here so lucky me because I love them. However, I have chosen one area that we have been going since moving to Bretagne and the Morbihan dept 56 back in 2011. The oysters of the Rhuys peninsula by the town of Sarzeau!

A bit on the area for orientation…

The Pointe de Bénance is in the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Sarzeau. Located on the Rhuys peninsula, the Pointe de Bénance extends along the north-south axis. It is approximately 450 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is located north of the village of Bénance. It faces many islands in the Gulf of Morbihan, the Île des Œufs is 1,200 meters in the north-west, Penn Bleï is located 2,500 meters in the north-east and Île aux Oiseaux is 2 600 meters in the east.

Some of the wonders of our sea to try here fresh and from the real source are these favorites and one must out of the many here, really all over!.

La Nursery du Golfe; Oyster farming at 9 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau.  The Nursery du Golfe is the ideal place to savor these iodized flavors while discovering the secrets of oyster making! From the production of phytoplankton to spat, the aquaculture farm reveals to the curious the different stages of the nursery of the “pearls” of the region. In season, the tables overlooking the Gulf of Morbihan invite you to taste aperitif plates, for lunch or during storytelling evenings. The opportunity to discover the new range of creative products that the farm now produces, “Spiru Breizh”, 100% marine spirulina in seawater! This one is our favorite here. More info: Nursery du Golfe at Sarzeau

EARL Benance Ets–Guillemette Michel ,Oyster farming at 4 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau. This one is straight producer right off the sea , smaller more family and just as good. A choice no webpage but  direct sale to individuals sublime: From Mondays to Fridays from 8h -12h and 13h30 to 17h. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 41 84 89.

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From our immersion in the area we have become quite knowledable on oysters (huîtres) which we love so let me give you a brief story on its cultivation.

The fertilization gives birth to a larva. For about twenty days, it evolves quietly in the water, gradually takes on the appearance of a “D” and acquires a kind of foot that will allow it to crawl to find the best place to settle. The larva becomes a spat, a baby oyster pampered particularly by oyster farmers for three years. The oyster will then go through all the breeding cycles before enthroned as queen on the seafood platters.

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On the Rhuys peninsula, the oyster farms are located on the foreshore, the strip of coastline that is discovered at low tide. The influence of the tides thus regularly and naturally provides the plankton necessary for the growth of oysters. Breeding is practiced in different ways. On the ground: the oysters are directly “sown” on the sandy soil. Or on raised metal tables: the oysters are then protected from predators in mesh pockets. Oyster farmers access their parks aboard their barge, and, like sea gardeners, tirelessly rake the shells deposited on the ground or turn their pockets over and over again to avoid the proliferation of algae, aerate the oysters to give them a good size and nice shape.

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The oyster then assumes its best attributes to be sold retail on the premises of farms or in markets. The oysters can then be kept for a short week, between 5 and 15 degrees in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, flat, the curved part of the shell at the bottom. However, it is better to buy your hamper the same day as the tasting! The explosion of flavors is guaranteed! Yes indeed and we are so lucky to have this possibility here!!!

Ok following the local ritual of walks , not yet into the forest park walks but along the coast is gorgeous ,and then have a bushel of oysters with muscadet white wine sublime!! Enjoy this walk please!!

Need to go by car and park at the parking start of Rue du Pont Févis, at the end of the Bénance cove. Then, start your walking! Come back towards the town of Sarzeau to pass the bottom of the cove and take the path which leaves on the left (walking trails are posted!). Magnificent meadows bordered by large trees spread out on the right side of the path which leads to the outbuildings and to the Château du Néret. Pass in front of the majestic porch of the castle (private) house, and follow the high walls along the path, reaching the crossroads of a path that starts on the left between two walls.

Continue opposite to the edge of the Château de Truscat (private). Decks have been installed to cross the wettest parts of this part of the circuit. Reach the gate of the castle and pass in front of this gate and continue the route by the path which turns your back on the houses of the village. Shortly after a fountain, the high enclosure wall disappears to leave the view over the sea (wonderful!). Here, you can already guess the overlapping of the land and the sea. Reach a crossroads with 4 perpendicular directions.

Turn left at right angles to reach the Truscat saltworks (old salt mines). Go around it then take the same path to return to the previous crossroads. Turn left, reach the village of Kerbodec. After passing the line of small houses, turn left to reach the coast. A wide alley ends facing the sea, and a landscaped path starts on its right side. By taking it, pass in front of the Château de Kergeorget,(private), a pretty castle planted slightly behind the coastline.

Continue on the coastal path to reach the crossroads of Duer. Extend opposite on the coastal path to reach Pointe de Duer. Turns south, then deviate somewhat from the coast to avoid the bird sanctuary. Join the coastal path and then go left to the observation tower which stands a little further. Return to the path and continue to the left, towards the village of Duer. At the crossroads, turn right and cross the village from side to side, to reach the seaside. Turn left, take the outward path.

After Kerbodec, ignore the path on the right which leads to the salt marshes (seen above), then go back to the gate of the Truscat castle. Continue along the stone wall, until you find the first crossroads past on the outward journey.Turn right to descend this path which leads to the sea. Here two possibilities:

Reach the starting point along the old dikes that separated the Gulf of marshes or tidal mill ponds that border it, but beware this passage is not always passable or convenient, turn back to return to the previous crossroads. Turn right and resume the outward journey to return to the parking lot at the end of cove of Bénance. A wonderful recommended walk indeed!!

Enjoy the oysters info Tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on oysters producers

City of Sarzeau tourist office: City of Sarzeau tourist office info

And you are all set for a wonderful sea nature and oysters of the Rhuys in Sarzeau a killer combination, recommended. Enjoy it, cheers!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2019

Little towns, little restaurants of the Morbihan!

Over time we have eaten in several towns all over France and lately all over Brittany and more precisely all over the Morbihan dept 56 our home. So I figure to put them all together in a post as souvenirs of past good times and future enjoyments. And just a good timing for the season to be merrier!!!

Therefore, in small comments let me tell you a bit on the little towns , little restaurants of my Morbihan. 

The créperie Le Fournil, at Ambon ,so much good things here you are bound never to make a mistake. They are feature in the dept tourist office and their site is under construction but believe me they are alive and kicking and very very good local stuff. Their official site is here : Tourist office of Morbihan on the Le Fournil

We were warmly welcome and sitted right away. We had front window seating facing the Church. We started with 100 Cl of Cider Brut Nicol from nearby Surzur, this is more than a bottle (75)::) We then ordered our galettes. I had a duo of bacon and Emmental cheese; others had complete bacon with soft eggs, super complete, montagnarde, twice. Then we had desserts, and I had the coupe antillaise with rum raisins ice cream and caramel sauce. We left as it is for 17.2€ per person. Delicious and a nice find, we will be back.

The Créperie Les Logoden, (breton for laughs) at 20, rue Albert Danet 56610 Arradon,  We had our lunch where the food was great with galette arradonaise with local breton sausages, cafe gourmand with expresso coffee and small pots of creme brulée,far breton, and apple crêpes, a 50cl house red wine(2/3 bottle), and similar faires for the gang all for 18,40€ per person!!! the service was a bit slow but this is a small town, once we got going the lady started talking more lol! To emphasize the food was fantastic, the welcome a bit cold.  More info: Tourist office of Morbihan on les Logoden

We found the Les Kerguelen at Baden just next to the Church St Pierre. The family was very nice homey, and they have a bar cafe on street level and the restaurant in upper level; very cozy. We had lunch with few people there and had the opportunity to exchange with the owner. We had an entrée all you can eat of salads of various kinds, patês, cold cuts, fish salads, and bread/butter. The main dish we had the parmintier du canard or duck ground beef in mashed potatoes, and also spaghetti carbonara for others; all wash down with a quart of red and rosé house wine which was good. Then , the dessert was a home made apple pie or white/dark chocolate fondue for some; a plate of cheeses which we took the goat cheese and the camembert very nice and soft. Finish with a expresso coffee all for 13,30€ per person!!! Just what the family was looking for and found! More info: City of Baden on Les Kerguelen

The restaurant is the Au Coq en Pâte, 20 route de Corn Er Hoët, Brech. We had different dishes and all very good quality price ratio,with a friendly talkative host/owners. I had the crusty wrap in Andouille Breton the local sausage from pork, green salad as entrée and then had the main dish on parmentier de haddock and codfish all wash down with a nice provence Rosé 50cl garafe and expresso coffee. 22.50€ per person good in the woods. More info here: http://www.aucoqenpate.fr/

We went by noonish by car to the Hostellerie Lion d’Or at Elven after recommendation from a work collegue who lives in town. The building dates from the 16C! It is wonderful country food , as the best in France. We started with lots of conversation  to be accompany by a good Saumur-Champigny red Les Longes . And more red wine… In all a great lunch to finish the week.  More of this recommended resto is on the city of Elven, here: City of Elven on the Restaurant Lion d’Or

One resto brought a bit of tears as it was frequent there with my dear late wife Martine and we love it, the Le Chat qui Pêche at the harbor area or Le Port at Etel. 2 Cours des Quais. This is a great site in French for the local area and resto has some extra photos: Ma ria on Le Chat qui Peche resto

At Grand Champ we passed by it all the time and finally time to try it. It has been recognized for several years by the Petit Futé , this is the Kreizhy Crep’s. A very nice and contemporary stop on the area of Landes de Lanvaux. The old building is adorned with a veil of modernity that suits it to delight. The cakes are made with a flour 100% black wheat IGP Breton, well garnished and perfectly tasty. The bar room offers sports entertainment evenings. Open all year. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10h30 to 13h30 Friday to Sunday from 10h30 to 13h30 and 19h to 21h30. Today we all took different galettes with mine Chévre chaud Miel Salade or hot goat cheese honey and green salad; the boys took from the Compléte, Compléte oignions, and Compléte bacon all wash down with a bottle of Cider brut de Rhuys artisan Nicol, and ended with expresso coffee and tea orange. all for 12€ perfect lunch and a nice friendly service by the couple owners. More in their Facebook page here: Facebook page of Kreizhy Crep’s

At Guidel Plage, the La Moule qui Saoûle, friendly service even late and we had our Grimbergen blonde beers with bretonne pizzas and moules à curry or mussels in curry sauce as well as a huge calzone , and expresso coffee to finish all for 16.60€ per person.::) More info here: La Moule qui saoule resto page

And ,also, the Brasserie Le Roof at Guidel Plage , invites you to a relaxing and refreshing break. On the large terrace, with breathtaking views of the sea and in the shade of the immense maritime pines propose, noon and evening, to enjoy in all conviviality and with the feet in the water the indispensable mussels-fries, the speciality of the house, but also grilled sardines,fish and chips , omelettes, cheeseburgers, mixed salads and ice creams.  And a nice Grimbergen brassin de printemps or spring brewing beer ! Open from 9h to 24h, seven days a week. A very pleasant place already couple times here all wonderful. More in their Facebook page here:  Facebook page of Bar resto Le Roof

We went to the Créperie Mouchoir du Poche 7, rue lafayette, La Gacilly , named as one of the cultural representation of the art in Bretagne, créperie gourmande and qualité tourisme. Off season closed Mondays and Wednesdays (like now) July and August open every day from 12h to 18h , and then from  19h to 22h, open Sundays afternoon all year. We made the right choice . We had galette sindar with filet mignon, potatoes, and salad ,an apero of druite, cider, pommeau eau de vie with calvado, and blackcurrant or creme de cassis, coffee, a bottle of kerizan cider, banana splits and similar menus for the rest of the family for 99€ for five persons. More info: Tourist office Morbihan on the creperie Mouchoir du poche

What we love to come and have lunch or dinner here is at the very friendly and good food/price ratio restaurant Le Yackam’s Bar Brasserie on the port below the promontory and on the Quai Saint Antoine at La Roche Bernard. Every time is different, as you can have the menu or the plat du jour daily dish with good wines or beers. Today we had all different dishes, me a codfish and chips platter with salad and a Tripel Karmeliet Belgian 8.4% beer from 1679! and  very nice and expresso coffee. My sons took different dishes and ice creams , same beers , and one try the Loburg Belgian beer 5.7% pilsner . All came in for 18€ per person which very good deal! The webpage for Yackam’s is here: The Yackam’s Bar Brasserie at La Roche Bernard

Oncle Scott (Uncle Scott) is an American Western inspired chain of 6 by a Frenchman who fell in love with the concepts while visiting the Tennessee,USA. The restaurant is nicely decorated with western, indian artifacts and the service is prompt and friendly. The food is awesome American style with lots of quantity for the plate , loads of it. I thought will be blown like a balloon lol! I had the big double stack of beef Cadillac burger with green salads, baked potatoes and French fries, down the hatch with good cold Sol Mexican beers , and a nice Pecan Addict dessert with you name it pecans and brownies in a vanilla caramel ice cream! A bit extra on the beers and the bill came out to 31,75€ per person. A great deal for lots of food on the table big quantities in fact you can easily share one burger!  We are planning to celebrate my twins bday next month here so if in the area drop me a note! The restaurant is at  Rue Gustave Zédé, Parc d’activité de Malebos; 56600 Lanester  Tél +33 (0) 2 90 61 24 91. General webpage here: Oncle Scott

Having already lunch we did the round tripper, going we stop at Bar Ty ma’lor at Corn er Houet, 1 rue du moustoir 56400 Ploemel . We had to stop we know the owners and had our cold beers just to get going on a sort of hot day. (the place is now gone, closed) Then, on the way back we stop at American’s  Snacks  , this is the same owners as the bakery next door at the foot of pont Lorois,by the before Passage-Neuf in Plouhinel. Plenty of hot dogs and good Corona beers while overlooking the bay. More info on their facebook page: Facebook page of American Snacks

It was time for lunch so we went to visit the Americans (from Chicago, IL) at Le Gorvello Café at the village of le Gorvello near Théix. We had our two rounds of Thor draft beers, platters of cold cuts and cheeses with bread and butter, chocolate cake in a raspberry sauce and expresso coffees all for 15.40€ per person. There is a miniature pool table and we had a couple of rounds, Dad winning of course ::) . Of course, they have now retired and there are new owners with a new name but same concept, Le Petit Café dans la Prairie, rooms are still rented as well, and this is the new webpage: LE Petit Cafe dans la Prairie at Le Gorvello

We set out to have lunch in our humble simple country French restaurant Les Trois Soleils, in Plescop just outside Vannes. This is a workers lunch place and real local foods and customs. We love it for the friendly country service, the good food and the good family ambiance. There is a menu formule set of second dish and dessert or first dish and second dish for 11,50€ including drink of beer, wine, sodas or water. Or the full whammy of entrée (first dish), plat (second dish), dessert ,and drink (beer, wine, sodas, water) all for 13,30€ which we split as each tastes in the family. I had the full swing !!! More info here: Bar Brasserie Les 3 Soleils Plescop

We stop at Plumelec on the Créperie Les Korrigans. In Breton, the korrigans were dwarfs who lived in the forest and perhaps going back to the meaning of Halloween. The créperie restaurant at Plumelec is a country setting full of little figurines or korrigans as well as portraits of them. The food is typical Breton and with many prices from local travel guides like the Le Routard, and name by the Brittany tourist house as part of the designation Créperies Gourmandes. The couple owners are fast and courteous and as the time went by more and more talkative. The food is excellent, we had a bottle of Colpo demi sec cider locally done, and the galette of Teuz with the local andouillette sausage and potatoes, and a crêpe of banana, with coconut ice cream, chocolate syrup and flakes of coconuts, express coffee and all came out to 19.72€ per person! More info here; Creperie Les Korrigans at Plumelec

The Au Bureau is at 69 Route de Nantes in Séné. Meals correct beautiful atmosphere value for money means a little expensive for a menu carte that remains unsurprising. Very good meal and  impeccable team of the restaurant. Thank you to them for the pleasure of coming back again a few more times. A  pub-restaurant where the pleasure is in the plate, but also in the room with its 5 giant screens for sports and various activities offered throughout the year. The place is festive, for all ages …The franchise is own by the former general Manager of the FC Lorient football/soccer team now in the French 2nd Division. Their official page is here (they refer as Vannes because capital and bigger town but it is in the town of Séné ok) : Official Au Bureau at Séné

We saw Theix’as Bar and finally stop in to a nice surprise. Fixed menu at 12,80€ all you can eat buffet entrée, main dish (mine was fish), dessert (mine créme brulée) , wash down with a nice cold Leffe blonde Belgian beer, nice price , good food, great friendly family service, will be back. Now webpage just an address: Le Theix’as Bar , Zone Artisanale Atlantheix , 56450 Theix-Noyalo. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 47 40 72.

We have a few others we like to mention such as the Au Coin du Feu, road D768, Camors 56330 just up the road from us, country setting in a Breton longére house and local products , the best! More info here: Restaurant Au Coin du Feu

We stop at Les Regates in Larmor Baden , the smaller cosier resto of La Voile Blanche complex up from the harbor exactly at 15 rue de Pen Lannic. We had our usual beers, and fish burgers! with the bay waters in your back is nice. More info : Facebook page of La Voile Blanche, Les Regates

One of my sons worked here nearby so we stop by for a visit and had our lunch with him here in the inland Morbihan home of the famous Lancelot brewery of Breton beers such as our favorite Duchesse Anne triplet but this is their café in town and we had our local beers and pizzas here on the main road leading to the bridge and the Canal Nantes Brest! The town was call Le Roc Saint André and now it is an agglomeration of Val d’Oust or valley of the oust river. More info here: Tourist office of Broceliande are on La Chaumiere of old le roc st andre

And there go there is more on the individual posts on the towns and visits in my blog but now you have unique local places to eat locally in the Morbihan 56 in one post. Hope you enjoy it and bon appétit!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

December 22, 2019

The markets of Graulhet and Lavaur!

And now I bring you back down to my dear late wife Martine’s family region where we still have family. Of course, we have been by here several times over the years and have plenty of posts in my blog, but as usual by quick road warrior me I have left out more on the some and especially the lovely markets of Graulhet and Lavaur in the Tarn dept 81 of the region of Occitanie.

Graulhet ,where we still have family like I said.  The town needs to be reach by car as there is no train station, and even this it is a bit off the A68 road connecting Toulouse to Albi and really link to Gaillac by the D964 road . Naturally, we come here by car always.

The main market here is on Sundays morning from 8h to 13h at Place de la République and Place du Jourdain. Then, there is smaller one on Thursdays from 8h to 13 at Place du Jourdain.

Graulhet

At Graulhet wednesday market my dear late wife Martine, she love it!

You have some information in the area tourist office here: Tourist office of the vineyards and bastides on the market at Graulhet

And why not a bit of history on the city again, in French. City of Graulhet on its history in French

Graulhet

Graulhet market looking down from esplanade

Then, we move on to Lavaur from where my dear late wife Martine’s  father was from. Of course, we have visited the place several time and written before in my blog on the town.

There are two weekly markets in Lavaur which take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays by Allées Jean-Jaurès.

The small Wednesday market is reserved for local producers, from 8h 12h

The bigger Saturday market is open to everyone from 7h to 13h: here you will find the works such as cold meats, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheeses, poultry, fruit and vegetables and other producers of seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also headgear, clothing and accessories, shoes, hardware, thrift stores, second hand booksellers and various peddlers.

It is the essential meeting of Wednesday and Saturday morning, on the boulevards which surround the old town. Hundreds of stalls offer you the opportunity to discover all the producers of the surrounding farms. However, it is also and above all an incomparable place of exchange not to be missed . Indeed not just the purchase of wonderful mother earth best products but the talk and ambiance of any town and here they talk, you are in Cathar country!!

A bit more on the markets: City of Lavaur on its markets

A quant visit to a nice architectural and historical building , the Halle aux Grains, now offering various cultural events throughout the year, including shows for young audiences and live shows, concerts.

The Halle aux Grains was built from 1879 to 1881. On the ground of the cooler ,a former underground ice warehouse. It was intended for the market for silkworm cocoons, which lacked space at the Old Market. It is hexadecagonal and offers a lot of space because it has no pillars. The fall of the silk trade in Vaurais, at the end of the 19C, confined it only to the sale of grains. The central lightning rod vane represents a winged dragon: was it to dissuade the granivores? Ha good question. It is located at Place Stalingrad

Lavaur

At the Halle aux Grains and my dear late wife Martine

City of Lavaur on things to see and do

There you go two simple towns in a wonderful region of my belle France very dear to me, memories forever. Hoping you too will see the enchantment and visit this Tarn department 81 of region of Occitanie (they are in old Midi-Pyrénées region).

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

December 21, 2019

The market at Guérande!

And I bring you another market this time in the dept 44 Loire-Atlantique in the region of Pays de la Loire but historically part of Bretagne! Let me tell you about the market in the fortified city of Guérande.

Right around the Church of Saint Aubin and the wonderful Halles (covered market)  you have a wonderful market and especially fish and seafood , and other local products on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8h to 13h and from April 1 to December 31 . The building is a nice covered market and the morning markets overflow into the place Saint Aubin, Place de la Psalette areas.

Guerande

This is the end of the run for the shopping groceries, but also more often for the enjoyment of the middle of the city on the terraces of the place Saint-Aubin. Guérande is in the capital of the territory of the presqu’île and you will have wonderful   territorial products, such as the selection or the languages of the producers of the marais or marshes, by way of the bio products. Often in Summers you can admire the artists or musicians who have a place there.

A bit of history of this wonderful market we go often as we have good friends there that unforttunatly soon will be leaving for Canada!

The first mention of the Halle of Guérande dates from 1400. Many said   from 1472, 1478 and 1681 allowed to locate the ancient halls with the current building. The revenue was share between the bishop and canons Guérande. It was done with passageways and courtyards from the 17C. The renovation takes place around 1686. It was the origin of the castle in stone that lasted until 1911.

The main façade on the central place Saint-Aubin has an envelope of more than a few laternes on the sloping pans. These two petite ports and their oculi surround a large size listening to the halves of the courtyard. The central nave raises, creating a volume of a basilica type but more narrow and to the simple right decorations host the justice palace in the upper floor.

If the halles belong still in 1790 to the bishop of Nantes, an order of the council of 1773 gives management to the town. Under the old regime (monarchy) the upper floor of the halle of Guérande was the seat of the jurisdiction of the bishops, priest, Cardinal, meeting and creamery or about   24 lords, in addition the Royal court of Guérande.

In 1853, the population, decided the halles needed change for reasons of hygiène,and a new halle is unveals,but the design is dark and uncomfortable. In 1862, the halles are renovated in a more regular way. In 1910, as for the aesthetic reasons as well as the hygene, the need for a new halles is impose. The halle is renew in 1912. A new update with the norm of the halle is done in 2005.

The place to look for info in French are

City of Guerande on the market

Tourist office La Baule Guerande on the market halle

There you go a nice place to be full of architecture and history, near the ocean and salt marshes as well as a wonderful covered market or halle of Guérande!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

December 21, 2019

The market at Fougéres!

And coming back at you again on the favorite pastime of the French, the marché or market days. This time I bring you to Fougéres, in the dept 35 of Ille et Vilaine again in my lovely Bretagne.

I have written plenty on Fougéres and especially its castle magnificent. Now let me tell you about something we do very often here , every week, the market. The best culinary expression of the best culinary country, France!

I like to tell you a bit about the Marché de Fougéres.

fougeres

The marché or market is held from 8h30 to 12h30, and until 13h in summers at the Place Aristide Briand, Rue Nationale and Place Jean Guéhenno (aka Place du Beffroi) It is held Saturday or on Thursdays mornings at the neighborhood of Cotterêts , a smaller market is held . Either one do not forget to try the traditional galette saucisse !

fougeres

Here, the particular geographical location of Ille-et-Vilaine, between sea and countryside, offers a variety of products. On the land side, enjoy the capon of Janzé, the andouille, the andouillette or even the pre-salted lamb from the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. On the sea side, discover Cancale oysters, scallops or Breton lobster. To discover culinary specialties and regional products, why not stroll through the market of Fougéres!

fougeres

Some additional information

City of Fougeres on the market

Tourist office of Fougeres on the markets

We have been a couple times to the big market by place du Beffroi and it is wonderful. Hope you enjoy the culinary wonders of my belle France , and especially of my lovely Bretagne.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

December 20, 2019

The market , Daytona Beach!

Ok so let’s swing around and go over the pond or ocean the Atlantic for memories of old that never fade away! As said we love the markets and this is not just a new found thing, we go way back as a family our first experience happened in Daytona Beach Florida USA

This is a sentimental post for us but will tell you a bit about the flea market at Daytona Beach.

Wow I read that the Daytona Flea Market is ranked one of the top five markets in the USA and top 10 in the world! The market boasts hundreds of vendors, a top notch farmer’s market, specialty stores, antiques, and two indoor shopping malls!!! It has grown indeed over the years

I have been coming here since living in nearby Ormond by the Sea and going to college in Daytona Beach, the city I got married and my oldest son was born at Halifax Hospital, and baptized at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Ormond by the Sea!  Memories galore of a wonderful place of fast speed and fast oh well everything in season. I have done some older post on this stories but not on the market.

My experiences here goes back to 1977! And ended in 2003 when I left Florida for France! Already a French citizen to brag lol! However, all my adult young history was base around here first alone, then with my parents, then with my wife and later my older boy and then visited with the whole gang before departing Florida. A one stop shopping and cultural experience recommended to all.

Hardly a photo left but here I am with my paternal grandfather of Tenerife!And my parents.

daytona beach flea pipo mima y abuelo manolo

The Daytona Flea Market is another that makes a proper event out of the market. At least once a month it offers either an arts and crafts fair or the Classic Car Cruise-In. Daytona Flea Market features stalls stretching over 3 miles and there is plenty of shopping to be had. It is worth getting to this market earlier on in the day, for ease of parking as well as sourcing the best items.

Note that Daytona Flea Market is not the place to hit for specific antiques, but instead is a haven for all things second-hand and curious. Sellers are there to clear their tables, so barter away for some awesome bargains! Located at 1425 Tomoka Farms Rd, Daytona Beach, FL and open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 9 am to 5pm or 9h to 17h year round.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Daytona flea Market

City of Daytona Beach on the flea market

Tourist office of Florida on the Daytona Flea Market

Hope you enjoy the post and do stop by! for me it is wonderful memories and thank for sharing them in my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

December 19, 2019

Merrier with Food and Wines!

Ok so much for creativity in names but as written several pieces in my blog on my other passion, and lastly on Champagne for the season to be merrier, why not wines. Ok still wines ok…

We have a strong tradition of pairing correctly food and wine or wine and food. Over the years it has been relax a bit due to modern trends, however, the old traits still remain very strong. I am on the old trails and wine is indeed a passion only surpass by food; and both are paired heaven falls on earth!

Let me give you of the so many choices some  ideas of my own as taken from various plublication on the subject here and choosing my favorites. Hope you enjoy it and help you choose not necessarily the same but the same matching idea!

Some of the combination I would suggest for a wonderful chic Christmas dinner and end of year. More power to you ! Enjoy it

The plain oysters go well with a Sèvre-et-Maine muscadet. For my part, I will choose the Château du Cléray, flagship of the Domaines Sauvion. This cuvée, coming from the sandy and loamy soils of the Pays Nantais, is first expressed by notes of green fruit (kiwi, apple), and more muted aromas of mint; on the palate, the structure is invigorating and refreshing. One of my all time favorite property know the owners and in laws and had plenty , enjoy it. More info : www.sauvion.fr

At the table or for the aperitif, with old-fashioned scallops. This white with a captivating nose flirts with exotic fruits. In the mouth, it is lively – very lemony – and gives a boost to the taste buds. Ideal with an iodized dish in sauce to counterbalance the oiliness. Cœur de Charmes Mâcon-Lugny, https://cave-lugny.com/boutique/produit/33/coeur-de-charmes.html

With a stir-fried veal dish. This cuvée is a real treat, an explosion of fresh fruit. Ultra delicious, it can be enjoyed around 10-12 ° C, at the table with white meats. Château La Genestière, Cuvée Château, Tavel 2018 right off the press try it in your area here is the 2017. http://www.chateau-genestiere.com/fr/produit/aop-tavel-rose/

One of my favorite dishes is an orange duck breast. This gamay – aged 16 months in concrete egg and barrels – is surprising. It is a cheerful blend of licorice and coffee, blackberry and spices. Domaine de la Pirolette, Le Carjot, Saint-Amour. Domaine de la Pirolette St Amour

With a foie gras toast .This sweet wine has a bewitching bouquet of honey, quince paste and roasted pears. The mouth is balanced. Its sweetness does not weigh down the palate. Château La Vieille Bergerie, Quercus, Monbazillac 2014, https://www.vieille-bergerie.fr/fr/catalogue_et_commandes.html?a=82

With sea shells seafood: Domaine Laporte, owned by the Bourgeois Family, cultivates 21 hectares organically. This Sancerre comes from a part call Le Rochoy – de Silex ( flint). Ultra mineral, it has a lemon zest present on the nose. The palate is more enveloping, and you can almost perceive the yellow flesh fruits. Le Rochoy, Laporte, Sancerre. https://www.laporte-sancerre.com/maison/le-rochoy.html

With a hare stew or a doe roast . The first Saint-Estèphe vineyard to have obtained the organic label, Château de Côme is renowned for its elegant wines. This cuvée – an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – proves it. Its intense color, its flavors of wild berries and its fine tannins give a lot of relief to its tasting. Château de Côme 2015, Saint-Estèphe. More here : https://www.chateaudecome.com/boutique/produits/chateau-de-come-2015/

With a Bucco Osso. 100% Cabernet Franc, from vines over 58 years old planted on the most beautiful plots of the estate, this wine has spent 18 months in half-muids. A bit austere with its tight tannins at the start, it only gains by flourishing on a traditional dish in sauce. Eclipse n ° 12, Frédéric Mabileau, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, as coming closer to this region more I enjoy their wines, house wine par excellence chez moi. Just out not in webpage yet! More here: http://www.fredericmabileau.com/?page_id=11

With calf’s sweetbreads. Peach, white flower, apricot … Evocations multiply with the aromatic reading of this champagne. Without forgetting its finesse which makes it a good companion for generous dishes. Champagne Devaux, Grande Réserve. Champagne Devaux

 Coming closer to home you can have a Muscadet Sévres et Maine Cuvée le fief du breil, Domaine de la Louvetrie 2010 of Joseph Landron. Sublime with our local oysters belon, a refined and saline wine. Domaines Landron domaine de la louvetrie

Château Montus XL, Vignobles Brumont Madiran 1998. Twenty years seems like the good age for Madiran, when the wood of the aging fades to become the support of delicate and floral perfumes and the mouth remains full and aromatically as complex. The name of XL refers to the new lightning of 600 liters that the ancestors of Alain Brumont bought to raise the best of great vintages. A tradition that is amply justified. https://www.brumont.fr/fr/vin/13/montus-xl

Château des Jacques, Champ de Cour, Moulin-à-vent 2005. (part of Maison Louis Jadot) The dress is not very evolved, the initially discreet nose opens to the air on very elegant raspberry scents, while the mouth impresses with its very fruity attack, its straight and full suite, whose scents continue for a long time . Raise like a burgundy, with a long maceration of grapes picked by hand, sorted and hand picked, this wine has completely digested its long aging in new barrels. Another proof that the Moulin à Vent terroir belongs to the greats of Burgundy. https://www.chateau-des-jacques.fr/fr/vin/25/champ-de-cour

Domaine Charles Joguet, Les Varennes du Grand Clos ,Chinon 2006. Scents of undergrowth without an ounce of green pepper, a marker of immature Cabernet Franc, this is the first pleasure offered by this 2006, which still turns out to be quite juvenile on the palate, with its round and fruity notes. The wine is clean, well built but not harsh, with a pleasantly smoky finish. This Sazilly terroir, on the left bank of the Vienne, planted between 1962 and 1976, confirms its aptitude for aging. Its peak will last several years. http://www.charlesjoguet.com/les-varennes-du-grand-clos

Louis Jadot,Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2007.Again one of my all time favorite producer met owner and tour his facilities on a personal touch. A sparkling fruit wine, which smells of wild strawberries and surprises with its delicacy of attack. The result is that of a pommard, powerful, structured and long. https://www.louisjadot.com/gamme/1885-pommard-rugiens

Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve, Cahors Les Laquets 2004. A still bluish robe, earthy notes that evolve very quickly towards a bright fruit and explode in the mouth. Tight texture, fullness and length. They are at 46700 Lacapelle-Cabanac open no webpage. Info here: Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve by vigneron d’exception

And when next in Paris do stop by to this combination of well known actors who will excel at their new innovative project.

Armed with their smartphones, customers who push the door of La Nouvelle Cave are invited to scan a QR code which allows them to obtain recommendations based on different entry keys: price, colors, region, wine pairings, etc. Once the choice has been made, the customer only has to go to the LED that will have lit, which will tell him/her where the chosen bottle is!

Playful and clever, especially for those in a hurry and for those who would hesitate to address the three wine merchants, present 6 days a week, from 10h to 20h., as well as on Sunday morning. Located on rue Turbigo, in the 3éme arrondissement of Paris, and inaugurated just last December 12, the new 140 m2 boutique dedicated to wines and spirits imagined by the Casino group and its e-commerce subsidiary Cdiscount looks like a UFO. The concept is aimed more at millennials (20-35 / 40 years old) than experienced amateurs looking for vintage wines (only around forty references). Pink ceiling, polished concrete on the ground, walls covered with metal pipes which descend on the walls like a large organ give this atypical space an air of never seen . The French news is here: Group Casino on La Nouvelle Cave

And there you go have a blast drink the wonderful wines of France, the very best always imitated but never surpassed. Even if all use the French ::)

And remember , happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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