Posts tagged ‘Food and Wine’

June 23, 2022

French family restaurant Les Trois Soleils of Plescop !!

I saw this written in a piece of a previous post, and decided for the memories’ sake of my family to have it in my blog. After all, as said, my blog is a compilation of mine and my family’s history on this world. This is in quant lovely Plescop very near Vannes our capital city of my beautiful Morbihan dept 56, and lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France !

Over the years we came with the family here and the friendly welcome, good food ,and great prices made us return again. My dear late wife Martine love it. We have not been back since her passing but look forward to the sentimental trip again soon.

Our last memorable visit to Les Trois Soleils of Plescop was in early 2018. We passed by it every day and always remembered it, just not yet back.

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We went for lunch in our humble simple country French restaurant Les Trois Soleils, in Plescop just outside Vannes. This is a worker’s 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 in the family. I had the full swing !!!

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Their simple official Les Trois Soleils webpage: https://bar-brasserie-les-3-soleils-plescop.eatbu.com/?lang=fr#journals

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Les Trois Soleilshttps://restaurantguru.com/Les-Trois-Soleil-Restaurant-Plescop

The restaurant is a small shopping center call  Zone Commerciale Les Trois Soleils, along the road D779,in the village of Trehuinec,part of the city of Plescop.

There you go folks, I am happy finally a post in my blog on this sentimental nice simple country restaurant, Les Trois  Soleils of Plescop ! Memories forever !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

June 18, 2022

Father’s Day in my beautiful Morbihan, something to celebrate !!

Another Father’s Day in my beautiful Morbihan, lovely Bretagne and belle France.  I am still very lucky to have mine alive at 87,not so lucky with my Mom who passed away in 2007 and my wife in 2018. I take care of my Dad at home as he is on wheelchair.

Thanks to my boys who handle everything and more importantly paid for the meal we had a nice one with everybody except our dog Rex , he is not a father yet and stayed home. Maybe he was better, as the temperature today was 35C or 95F lol really hot as the curvature of Earth makes the sun hotter in our part of the world, so they tell me …

I  have voted in all French elections since 2003 but the one tomorrow the second round of the municipal elections I will skip and stay home. The turnouts are low and no blame as the candidates are well weak to put it mildly no choices only extremes. It looks out as the president will need to negotiate as will have no majority according to the polls. Typical deals behind doors and the life goes on as usual.

Tomorrow June 19 is the official Father’s Day too. However, we went out today as our new restaurant will be closed tomorrow.  We arrived at the Trattoria Italiana resto by 12h05 and had a front table seeing the street; shortly afterward the resto began to be full. This is a new restaurant in town in the spot where the now closed Steak & Shake resto was. Below the parking with elevator/lifts.

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The founding family of this chain hails from Gizzeria,a small village of the province of Catanzaro in the region of Calabria, Italy. It is a chain in France with several location, mostly in the ïle de France region. In Bretagne/Brittany it has one in Vannes and another at Cesson-Sévigny near Rennes. Also in Nantes.

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We went and had our diavolo , margharita, for the Dads with tiramisu caramel, water, lemonade Polara from Sicily for Dad, and I share a bottle of Chianti red with the boys. The only drawback was that with the heat outside ,the AC inside was not tops. The rest is a very nice concept good food and friendly service by all.

The official Trattoria Italiana restohttps://it-trattoria.com/nos-restaurants

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the Trattoriahttps://restaurantguru.com/IT-Italian-Trattoria-Vannes-Vannes

And there just wanted to have this day in my blog for memories’s sake. You have a wonderful Sunday and a great Father’s Day if celebrating it, and keep cool. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

June 15, 2022

The Church St Pierre , and more of Ploemeur !

So my road warrior tours in my beautiful Morbihan and many nice memories brought me back to Ploemeur. I have several posts on it in my blog, and also on the Church St Pierre. This is a much shorter posts as the text on history is on the other post ,just given you more pictures from today on this wonderful monument in city center, of course. Hope you enjoy this latest post on Ploemeur as I

Ploemeur is a town on the Atlantic coast bordering four cities: Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel and Quéven. (see posts) It has 17 km of coastline! On this range there are several beaches, without counting several coves. The way to the sea is a 13 km circuit linking the center of Ploemeur to the seaside. And of course a nice church

The Church of St. Pierre (St Peter) from 1037, renovated in the 13C, 16C, and again in the 18C. It is also, known as the Church of St Peter of the Links (or Liens)  . It comprises a nave of seven bays with aisles and a flat bedside choir. Between the nave and the choir, the triumphal arch, redone in third-point in the 16C, is supported by columns from the 11C to capitals decorated with windings, leaves and animals

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The city of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://www.ploemeur.com/visiter/patrimoine/les-chapelles/leglise-saint-pierre/

The parish of Ploemeur on St Peter’s Churchhttps://paroisses-ploemeur-larmorplage.fr/leglise-saint-pierre-ploemeur/

As this was already in my blog, will add here two spots very dear to us which we have come again and again, as the first time was with my dear late wife Martine, memories forever !!!

As said , we came here thinking of doing a paella , and what better way than to buy fresh ingredients from a coastal town on a reputable fish shop that everybody there seems to know each other!  This we did our fish whiting, shrimps, scallops, and clams!!! loaded home and it was sublime, of course , it was repeated several times ,but this time they were closed for vacation! The first store was  Aux  Délices de l’Océan ! The official webpage: https://www.poissonnerie-ploemeur.fr/#vos-magasins

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And again to complement, a bit over 50 meters from the fish store , we came to the another delicacy we cannot be without the chocolates so we shopped at Les Délices d’Anvers , stores at several places and known to us of very good Belgian chocolates (Anvers is the French way for Antwerpen, the Flemish). My dear late wife Martine loaded up here on our first visit and we have return again The typical 500 grams box and  sweet dry fruits;  delicious  as always The official webpage see Ploemeur:http://www.delicesdanvers.fr/magasins.php 

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There you go folks, another memorable visit to Ploemeur, by the Morbihan coast of many nice moments in my life The monument and stores above are a delight to visit, worth a detour Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

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

June 14, 2022

The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer !!!

Well to wrap this road warrior trip with the boys and Dad, I come to something we stop by if open or even passed by when closed. We love the markets in Bretagne and all over France. The markets of Clohars-Carnoët and Moëlan sur Mer are small but quant in city centers. Let me put them in my blog on this post and hope you enjoy them as I.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !
The halles or market is dedicated to the sale of all food products., Located at street Chemin du Presbytére, near the Mairie or city hall of Clohars-Carnoët.

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The markets here are : On Saturday morning on the above, also call Place de l’église all year round. In the summer season, you have on Tuesday at the end of the day, from 16h, place du Général de Gaulle. On Wednesday mornings (in summer), at Le Pouldu, in the parking lot of the tourist office, and on Sunday evening, from 18h30 to 22h (period mid-June / mid-September), in the rue des Grands sables.

In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made at the halle aux poissons of Doëlan (see post ) in Clohars-Carnoët.

The town of Clohars-Carnoët and its marketshttps://www.clohars-carnoet.fr/vivre-clohars/economie/marches-clohars/

The Quimperlé Terres Océand local tourist office on Clohars-Carnoët:  https://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en/discover/our-towns/clohars-carnoet/

The town of Moëlan-sur-Mer is in the department 29 of Finistère, in the lovely region of Bretagne.  I have,also, written several posts on the town, but got a quant picture of its new market and decided to add it to my blog, Hope you enjoy it and happy shopping !

The markets at Moëlan sur Mer are Tuesdays morning at Place de l’Eglise, around the parish Church St Melaine (see post). A much more modest market (only food products) takes place on Saturday morning in Kergroës, 500 meters from the ti Goudoul gîte.Both open from 8h to 13h.

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In the Pays de Quimperlé, direct sales of fish are made on the quays of Port du Bélon, in Moëlan-sur-Mer

The town of Moëlan sur Mer on its city center see markethttp://www.moelan-sur-mer.fr/photos/le-bourg

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Moëlan sur Merhttps://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en/discover/our-towns/moelan-sur-mer/

There you go folks, a nice ending to the latest road warrior trip of yours truly! The markets are wodnerful no matter where we go and shop on them; the very best of Brittany and France and the world! Hope you enjoy the post and the shopping!

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

June 13, 2022

The port of Bélon of the Bélon !

Riec-sur-Bélon and Moëlan sur Mer are towns in the Finistère Dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, and in the old Cornouaille (cornwall). Belon is the name of a river that the ancients called “Beln “. I have written before on the town, but need to tell you more about its wonderful port of Bélon, and plenty of oysters activity, the best in France and maybe more….

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The area is large for oysters here but for the flat oyster it is at Riec Sur Belon. A quiet town but a much better port, because it is by the Port du Belon across the estaury to fing the growers. 

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The Belon oyster is an oyster with a rounded shape with a firm flesh of white color. In this case, it is sometimes nutted with brown or grey colors. It can be eaten rather raw, rather hot, and is best known for its unique and distinctive hazelnut flavor.  The oyster aquaculture activity begins in the Belon estuary in the mid-19C by the Lord du Balay installed its first oyster park in 1857, the Solminihac family began this activity in 1864, the Cadoret family in 1872. Several renowned oyster growers are still in activity in Riec-sur-Bélon, including Thaëron House, Château de Bélon (Solminihac family) Anne de Bélon, Noblet establishments. We have,also, enjoy Chez Jacky where we have even take home oysters!

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Very typical, the port of Bélon on the Moëlan sur Mer side that is dominated by a mansion built between the 15C and 19C, from where the view of the ocean is breathtaking. In the direction of the ocean, you will discover the remains of Fort du Bélon which watch at the entrance to the estuary.

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From the bay of Kerfany, the port of Bélon can be discovered after entering the oyster-farming Bélon river , cradle of the flat oyster “la Belon”. The river flows between remarkable banks that many painters have immortalized. It is an excellent shelter for boats and there are all services nearby. Every day when the fishing boats arrive, a sale of seafood products is organized on the port stall. Many activities are practiced, from coastal fishing to the breeding of flat and cupped oysters through the discovery by boat of the Bélon and the Aven rivers.

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The town of Riec sur Belon on its heritagehttps://www.riecsurbelon.bzh/le-patrimoine-de-riec-sur-b%C3%A9lon

The Quimperlé Terres Océane local tourist office on Riec sur Belon :https://www.quimperle-terreoceane.com/en/discover/our-towns/riec-sur-belon/

The Château de Belon oystershttps://belon.bzh/huitrieres/

Chez Jackyhttps://www.chez-jacky.com/

There you go folks, another dandy in my lovely Bretagne, and so close to home ! A town to be revisited again and again by the coast, the beaches, the oysters!!! Enjoy Riec sur Belon!

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

June 11, 2022

The wonderful Le Boeuf à la Mode of Versailles !!!

In the my saga of Versailles told many times in my blog so no need to repeat again, just read on. I had written a post early on in my blogging on Restaurants of Versailles which turn out to be pretty popular! However, there is one restaurant we went a lot and more than the others,  that I like to emphasized in my blog. The one of lesser history but even better in my opinion. I like to tell you about the Le Boeuf à la Mode of Versailles !!!

Another less historical street but in my opinion a more family ambiance to eat out was and still is since 1999 Le Boeuf à la Mode on tranquil picturesque Rue au Pain around the Notre Dame market and behind the Carré aux Herbes pavillion (see posts).

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This is the Le Boeuf à la Mode, 4 Rue au Pain, of Versailles. A sublime cozy romantic, French traditional restaurant of old I like to seek and keep.  Very near tha palace on the marché Notre Dame area tuck away in rue au pain ,but well known.  You wont go wrong here for an evening in Versailles!

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This cosy brasserie of the 1930’s style with authentic décor serves traditional cuisine and beautiful quality. The establishment obtained the Master Restaurateur label in January 2013, and offers a menu that evolves according to the market and especially of the seasons. I repeat , you won’t go wrong here! France, and Versailles at its best!

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Despite its name, the menu offers a variety of dishes, from beef to fish to chicken and vegetables. In addition to the printed menu, the chalkboard lists daily specials, which take advantage of the market offerings.  We prefer to sit upstairs, in a charming old-world room that also gave us a view down to the bustling activity of the market.

A bit on Rue au pain which is on the south side of the Place du Marché Notre Dame. Some of the old section was before the rue des Fripiers. A baker’s street before , there is only one left today. Other remarkable buildings are at no 16, the Hôtellerie À l’enseigne de l’Écu de France in 1673 and at no 20, the Auberge à l’enseigne du Royal Vert galant in 1860.

The official Le Boeuf à la Modehttps://www.leboeufalamode-versailles.com/en/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Boeuf à la Modehttps://restaurantguru.com/Le-Boeuf-a-la-Mode-Versailles

There you go folks, another dandy memorable spot in my dear Versailles. So many family memories and even visiting friends brought here over the years, Le Boeuf à la Mode is unique, sublime , memories forever. Hope you enjoy the post as I, and do explore beautiful Versailles !!

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

June 11, 2022

The old Kanter/Colbert of Versailles !!!

In the my saga of Versailles told many times in my blog so no need to repeat again, just read on. I had written a post early in my blogging life on Restaurants of Versailles which turn out to be pretty popular! However, there is one restaurant we went a lot that I like to update and tell you about it just for the memories as it has closed too. The one of great history and good food, I like to tell you about the old Le Pavillon Colbert ,and former Maitre Kanter of Versailles.

We came here first as the Tavern of Maître Kanter, a chain of Alsacien type style restaurants. It was located at 5 Rue Colbert , a small side street left of the Château de Versailles in the Notre Dame district (my former).  In the old Colbert Hotel that Louis XIV built to his chief minister, the former residence of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the decor of the tavern is faithful to the tradition of the sign: purple, wood, mirrors, fountain and abundant shellfish pond. The location of this establishment makes you dream: to the right of the castle, near the Place d’Armes, the storefront dazzles the passers by its lights and its presence in this small counter-alley of the rue Colbert. This little street, cozy with great views over the parvis , and the great Choucroutes Lol!

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In the light of the Sun King, facing the sumptuous Chateau de Versailles, the Marquis de Villacerf opened the doors of his mansion and invites you to his table. Madam, Sir, welcome to the Le Pavillon Colbert or Colbert Pavilion. This 17C mansion owes its existence to the benevolence of Louis XIV who donated the site to his state councillor, Edouard Colbert de Villacerf. The latter built a pavilion, which he named Hôtel de Villacerf. Later Colbert Hotel and now Hotel de France!

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A place full of history since 1690. The lounges of the Hôtel de France combine: The Salon des Glaces (Ice salon) , which will enchant you with its warm colours, chandeliers and parquet of the period, the Salon Napoleon III, ideal for your sub-commissions or a private meal, the pretty Salon des Glaces or the salon Colbert. These salon are ready for rental for any occasion as the hotel also closed. All due to the pandemic and economics. 

For info, some of the other remarkable buildings on the Rue Colbert (known for short of Jean-Baptiste Colbert) are no. 1: Hotel de Grammont until 1809, at n ° 5: Hotel de Villacerf, property at the end of the 19C of Prince Roland Bonaparte (and now hotel de France and restaurant Pavillon Colbert), at N ° 7: Former hotel of Choiseul, then of Villeroy, which housed in 1870-71 the Prussian minister of War and its services. And No. 13: Current EDF, (electricity co of France) location of the former hotel of Aumont under the former regime , and home of Charles-Frédéric Nepveu, architect of the château under Louis-Philippe, at the end of his life.

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As this is a very famous area and very frequented by my family, with many trips to the tavern and later a couple times at the Pavillon I like to tell you a bit of history I like on Mr Colbert.

Mr Jean-Baptiste Colbert was a pupil of the Jesuits in Reims by 1634,  Clerk of a Notary as chaplain, then of a prosecutor , Commissioner of the troops in Nivernais by 1640, the Regiment of Tavanes by 1641, Clerk of Sublet de Noyer, Secretary of War, protected by Michel Le Tellier ( Brother-in-law of Saint-Pouange) by 1643, his special clerk by 1645, and patented councillor of State then Intendant of Cardinal Mazarin, Marquis of Seignelay by 1657 in the county of Auxerre, purchased in favor of his eldest son, Châteauneuf-sur-Cher and Blainville, Count of  Creully by 1682), Baron de Sceaux, Linières, Ormoy, etc., Lord of Torcy, Minister & Secretary of State of the King’s house from 1668, Marine & Commerce, from 1669, Intendant by 1662 and Comptroller-General of the King’s Finances, superintendent of Buildings, Arts & factories and purchases of France by 1664, Commander & Grand-treasurer of the orders of the King, Academician by 1667, he (inherits a fortune confiscated on an uncle Pussort passed to the enemy in 1647. Married in 1648 Marie Charron ,daughter of Jean-Jacques Charron , Lord of Menars, Grand-Bailiff of Blois, captain of the hunts of the county of Blois, and of Marie Begon. Together they had nine children.

 Mr. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Comptroller General of the Finances of Louis XIV was responsible for the development of trade, industry, the Royal Navy, the planning of Paris and the growth of sciences. In constant relationship with the king, he remains one of his best trusted men. As in charge of buildings,  he, also took care of Paris with the layout of numerous squares and the Tuileries garden. Attached to the sciences, Colbert was at the origin of the creation of the Academy of Sciences in 1666, as well as of the Observatoire de Paris the following year. Colbert will never be disgraced. He is one of the few men whose Louis XIV will always be sure.

His name gave the Colbertism, economic theory which implies dirigisme state and protectionism.  Responsible for the management of the finances of the state, Colbert writes in October 1659 a brief on alleged mismanagements of the superintendent of Finance Nicolas Fouquet, (see post Vaux le Vicomte) pointing out that less than 50% of the taxes collected would reach the king!. On September 5, 1661, the superintendent Fouquet, fallen in disgrace following the analyses of Colbert, was arrested in Nantes by D’Artagnan (famous muskeeteer-see post). Following this arrest, king Louis XIV abolished the office of Superintendent of Finance and decided to exercise it himself with the help of a council created on 15 September 1661 , called the Royal Council of Finance. He died in 1683 and was buried at Saint-Eustache Church (see post) in Paris. And where his legs are kept, while the remainder of his remains was transferred to the catacombs of Paris in 1787.  So a great historical street as well isn’t it! And we love it by there.

There you go folks, another dandy in my dear Versailles! We love it by here and walked it many times more. Hope you enjoy the post and do explore beautiful Versailles !! This is one of those memorable posts that even if the places are no longer there, will always remained in our hearts.Of course, no webpages.

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

June 10, 2022

The L’Orangerie du Château of Blois !

Again usually not mentioned this restaurant but looking back of my vault of pictures and memories found one memorable picture, Therefore, it should be in my blog ! Family memories on the restaurant we have visited in my belle France. I bring you to distinct places,and choices! In my road warrior ways around my belle France I have come to enjoy many restaurants of all sorts and price levels. The L ‘Orangerie du château of Blois is on a higher echelons and very good indeed! This is magical Blois in the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region.  Hope you enjoy it as I.

The L‘Orangerie du Château changes ownership In 2019, from Jean-Marc Molveaux to Kevin Gardien , This is after we visited the restaurant so my experiences are from the former chef only, However, the restaurant is exceptional, gourmet, historic and refined place, You can enjoy the terrace in summer, with a breathtaking view of the François I lodges of the Royal Castle of Blois, of the Church of St Vincent and of the Anne de Bretagne pavilion. (see posts).This is a 15C residence bordered by a superb garden , Between the large dining room decorated with wood paneling, the private sitting room more intimately, or the terrace with a view of the castle all is sublime setting.

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The L’Orangerie du Château is at,1 Avenue du Dr Jean Laigret, We came by car on the D956 or Quai Ulysse Besnard along the Loire river , and just by the Pont Mitterrand turn left away from the Loire and into Bd Daniel Dupuis or road D202, all out past the Gare or train station turn slightly right into Avenue du Dr Jean Laigret, past the parc des Lices ,the resto is on your left hand side and just to your right you see the castle of Blois.

The official L’Orangerie du Châteauhttps://www.orangerie-du-chateau.fr/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the L’Orangerie du Châteauhttps://restaurantguru.com/LOrangerie-du-Chateau-Blois

There you go folks, the fancy of my belle France, nobody does it better and it shows each year by the number of visitors. Hope you have enjoy this marvelous Loire . The L‘Orangerie du Château of Blois is a must indeed.

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

June 10, 2022

Le Triboulet restaurant of Blois !!

Again usually not do single post on a restaurant but looking back of my vault of pictures and memories realise this one was just brief mentioned in older post. I decided for memories’ sake to have it on its own post in my blog. Family memories on the restaurant we have visited in my belle France. I bring you to distinct places,and choices! In my road warrior ways around my belle France I have come to enjoy many restaurants of all sorts and price levels. The Le Triboulet of Blois is on a higher echelons and  very good indeed! This is magical Blois in the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region.  Hope you enjoy it as we did/do.

Le Triboulet, 18 place du Chateau, French traditional in a house warming cozy setting with wood stove and fireplace. Just across from castle with a great view. Great local cuisine and ,also, wonderful views over the Loire river from the terraces.

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Easy-to-find restaurant,in the parvis of the Castle of Blois (see post), overlooking the city, you can’t miss it! By choosing its name, the restaurant makes a nod to the madman of the king who officiated under the reigns of Louis XII and François I, Févrial better known as the Triboulet, the latter had costume to entertain the king with his good words. The cozy atmosphere is conferred by the narrowness of the room, by a decoration made of beams and exposed stones, and a pleasant fireplace to brave the cold of winter. The property offers a small but quality menu, traditional cuisine in an exceptional setting. During the summer, both terraces are very popular.

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The official Le Triboulet restohttp://www.letriboulet.com/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Triboulethttps://restaurantguru.com/Le-Triboulet-Blois

There you go folks, the fancy of my belle France, nobody does it better and it shows each year by the number of visitors. Hope you have enjoy this marvelous Loire . The Le Triboulet of Blois is a must indeed.

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

June 10, 2022

The former Taverne de Maître Kanter of St Gervais la Forêt!

Again, not too often I write about a restaurant alone unless is part of a trip. However, this is part of a nostalgic trip along the favorite spots of my family, and  I like to keep firmly in my blog, and hopefully you can enjoy too when traveling near Blois. I am updating this post with new text and added picture. I like to tell you a bit more on the Taverne de Maître Kanter!

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In the unmeasurable and wonderful gastronomic delights of my belle France we set out many times without any fix rdv or reservation just on our road warrior kind of living. On the road one gets hungry/thirsty and we need to stop to refill. While on the marvelous castle road of the D956 of the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region we came upon this restaurant we already knew as a chain and like it; so we stop by to eat. Always a pleasant experience of the Alsacien style of cooking and great beers!  Unfortunately, this restaurant as the chain has closed, but keep in my blog for the memories of always!!

A bit on the town on the road D956 that leads to our final destination of Blois on this particular trip.

The town of Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt  is located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 41 in the Centre Val de Loire region. A town bordering the south of Blois, Saint-Gervais is the crossroads of the four main roads of Sologne. Three of them have met since 1770 at the crossroads known as the Patte d’Oie (goose Paw ) such as Lamotte-Beuvron, Romorantin-Lanthenay and Contres. The fourth arrives along the Cosson river and joins the town from the north. The town is passed  from the south and west by the Russy forest which occupies most of the town’s territory. The neighboring towns are Blois to the north, Vineuil to the east, Mont-Près-Chambord and Cellettes to the south and Chailles to the west.

A bit of history tell us that the town was known as Saint-Gervais-des-Près for more than a thousand years (between the 8C and the French revolution), then Saint-Gervais-sur-Cosson, the town finally  took its current name of Saint Gervais la Forêt in 1918 to distinguish itself from the other 17 towns of the same name!.  It is a town of winemakers and meadows, renowned since the 18C for its cream, it took between 1794 and 1795 the name of Bonne-Crème and that of Gervais-sur-Cosson. From 1803 to 1828, Saint-Gervais was attached to the city of Blois.

A bit on things to see here if with more time are

The Pont Jacques Gabriel (D956) over the Cosson river, which dates back to 1771. The Priory, built in the 18C on the Cosson hillside for a prior of Saint-Solenne, faces the Loire Valley. It was the last resting place of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (better known as Houdini the magician) from 1851 until his death. From 1856, he made it an enchanted house in the garden from which he had installed his automatons (see my post on the museum in Blois). The castle, close to the priory, remains in the 19C, now inhabited by the  Warren’s family. It was built in 1842 on the site of the Juiverie (Jewry), formerly Le Vivier (Templar Commandary of the 12-13C).  The Church of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais has a 12C Romanesque tower, the only remnant of the old church burned down by the Huguenots in 1567. It was rebuilt, enlarged and built between the  16C and the 20C  (reconstruction in 2007 of a caquetoir (conversation chair) according to the plans and watercolours of the period).

The city of St Gervais la Forêt on its heritage: https://www.stgervais41.fr/vie-pratiqu/decouvrir-st-gervais/parcours-patrimoine

The Blois Chambord tourist office on the town of St Gervais la Forêt: https://www.bloischambord.co.uk/on-the-agenda/our-towns-villages/towns-and-villages/saint-gervais-la-foret-1541413

Our souvernir here is stopping off the road for dinner! The old La Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Tavern located at 515 Rue Georges Méliès 41350 Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt off the D956 road towards Blois coming from Cheverny on your left hand side. We later continue passing the Jacques Gabriel Bridge which goes over Loire river into  Blois

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The Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Taverrne;independant resto with wooded décor dedicated to Alsatian dishes, seafood and local specialties. It offers a multitude of flavors: seafood, traditional dishes, Alsatian specialties and gourmet salads… rediscover all the generosity of a traditional cuisine through the varied and quality menu. At Maîtrer Kanter, cooking was a simple value that must be accessible to all. You come and share warm and authentic moments with family, couples or friends. Always as said a very nice place of good quality/price ratio. Last I read, the Taverne de Maître Kanter were absorbed by the Groupe FLO several years back and then the FLO is under the Groupe Bertrand. However, most of the restaurants are now franchise independent outside the group as La Taverne.

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This is the new webpage for La Taverne on the same spot as the old Maître Kanter resto: https://www.la-taverne-blois.fr/

There you go folks, another memorable spot for my family in castle territory of my belle France on my road warrior trips. The chain even less and less it still a good one to come in we had in other towns over the years. Enjoy the old Maître Kanter, as not tried it under the new name  La Taverne! , Either way is a nice escape from while visiting Blois!

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

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