Category Archives: France

Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (8): La Naiade in Fougeres City!

Service: Very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall and excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Bistro-style salads, pizzas and crepes

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If ou have the chance to visit the extraordinarily picturesque city of Fougeres and its castle in Bretagne, there are a few places where you could enjoy a rest and unpretentious but tasty food. Jys avoid the obvious toursitic establishmente and try a small place like La Naiade where evrything is down to the right side with a small garden where I would avise you to sit away from the crowd!

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Wine and Bretagne cider!

It is a very reasonable place for a resort city especially at lunch.

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Ham and artichoke pizza!

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Very fresh vegetables!

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Duck magret confit salad!

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A well-balanced lunch, appetizing and tatsy!

Check their homepage!

LA NAIADE

9, Place du Theatre
35000 Fougeres
Tel.: 02.99.94.51.75
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (7): L’Amiral in Rennes City!

Service: Easy-going, friendly, smiling
Equipment & facilities: very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expemsive
Strong points: Great seafood and fish. Very generous portions. Great desserts. Excellent wine list.

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L’Amiral in Rennes, Bretagne, France, looks both like a restaurant and big bistro like the ones you can find in Paris, but the atmosphere is certainly more convivial than in the capital and far less snobbish, whatever the season and occasion.
We had a dinner for a special event and it was great fun!

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A small coupe of champagne with a few tidbits to start!

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A splendid Riesling by Dopff in Alsace!

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We started with a seafood dish of course as this is Bretagne!

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Splendid scampi!

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Look at these eggs!

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Not much difference with Japan!

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Fresh oysters, naturally!

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Black bass in white butter sauce!

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Venison and morel mushrooms!

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Plougastel strawberries soup!

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Splendid dessert assortment!

L’AMIRAL

Place de Bretagne, 35000, Rennes, France
Tel.: 0299350391
Open all year!
HOMEPAGE

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French Gastronomy: New Year Dinner at Pissenlit (2014) in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

Due to a double cold and flu we could have our New Year Dinner only last night at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Pissenlit, but it certainly was worth it!

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As the first starter we were served an organic Okura Daikon/大蔵大根 (all vegetables last night were organic and grown by Mr. Hiragaki at Kitayama Farm in Fujinomiya City) and marinated herring!

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From a different angle!

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Satoimo/taro root terrine!

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Seasoned with fresh cream and olive oil!

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The Missus’ first seafood dish with a marriage of the land and the sea!

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Kogamo Duck Ham and Poireau/French leek!

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Poele Ako Oyster and Kadaif/Angel hair and caviar!

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The kadaif imported from France!

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My own first seafood dish was another marriage of the land and the sea!

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Okura Daikon mounted with shirako/cod milt poele in meuniere style and decorated with rainbow trout caviar from Fujinomiya City!

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The second fish dish!

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The whole vegetable, stem, leaves and flowers, is called “Mibuna” in Japanese!

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The fish is madai/true seabream from the Suruga Bay, and poele on its skin.
The sauce is Homard lobster bisque!

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The Missus’ meat dish!

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Yusui To Pork Fillet and organic vegetables, all from Fujinomiya City!

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My meat dish!

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Ezo venison from Hokkaido and organic vegetables!

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Grey and Darjheeling Tea jelly before the dessert!

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Our dessert!

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Chilled Akihime Strawberry soup and its sorbet!

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And balsamico sauce!

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The mignardises served with the coffee are home-made chocolat almonds and Daigakuimo/Sweet potato!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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French Gastronomy: Cooking with Bros in Chalon Sur Saone, Bourgogne, Part 1

Bro’s Carbonara Tagliatelle!

During my (very short) holiday back home in Chalon Sur Saone, Bourgogne, neither the Missus or I had to worry about cooking!
We enjoyed our meals either at hotels, restaurants or in one of my two brothers’ homes!
My first brother is actually a professional chef whereas my second brother is a chef as a hobby (he goes as far as attending cooking school in spite of his vast experience!).

On the last day of our stay he cooked a “simple dinner” for the four of us, while we were enjoying (a) drink(s).
It was a pretty typical affair with many culinary influences.

Bro had an excellent idea for appetizers/tidbits to go with aperitifs and drinks while waiting for dinner to start.
Small round tomatoes first dipped in caramel sauce (just sugar, water and lemon brought to a boil and to a thin brown color before switching off the fire) and then coated with golden sesame seeds!
Interestingly enough they don’t seem to have black roasted sesame seeds in France…

The French, especially in Burgundy and Bresse, cannot spend a day without eating a big lettuce and vegetable salad every day!

So Bro served us an appetizer consisting of fresh local lettuce seasoned with his own dressing (had no time to check the recipe) and a “small” (we were taking the plane the following morning!) portion of his pork and pistacchio terrine out of a dish holding at leat 2 kg of it!

Bro loves his pasta and the Missus who is a pastaholic was certainly happy to learn that he makes all his own pasta!

He certainly has all the gear needed!
The pasta is first kneaded and left in the refrigerator for at least 3~4 hours before being prepared!

He used the kitchen table on which we ate later as a work table (after cleaning it, wiping it and sprinkled it with flour!)!

The streched pasta ready to be cut into smaller pieces and then passed through the machine to make tagliatelle!

Work made so easy!

The fresh tagliatelle ready to be boiled! Only 4 minutes!

The Tagliatelle Carbonara!
The sauce had been made the night before as it is easy to preserve and saved a lot of time!
Sorry, no recipe made available!

For dessert a fine apple tart made with thin pastry sheets, fresh apples and a minimum of sugar and spices!

To be continued…

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Tourism Off the Beaten Tracks in France: Chalon Sur Saone (June 2012) Part 1

Ancient houses, bars and cafes around Saint Vincent Square in front of Saint Vicent Cathedral.

In spite of being the second town in Bourgogne/Burgundy, France, Chalon sur Saone does not receive the acclaim it deserves. It is by far the oldest city of importance in Bourgogne as its river harbor and markets date back centuries before the Rommans invaded Gaul.
Did you know that it is also the birthplace of photography where Nicephore Niepce invented the first camera and took the first picture ever?
It is also the best protected gastronomic treasure of France. Just visit the Rue de Strasbourg with its 30+ restaurants in the Saint Laurent island surrounded by the Saone River and taste the great wines of the Cote Chalonnaise!
It being a very compact city it is so easy to discover at a leisurely pace.
Here are some photos taken during my trip back home (this is my hometown!)!

The gothic Saint Vincent Cathedral.

There are many ways and routes to visit the city.
But I always start with the old town located very near the Saone River and just wander round and round often retracing my steps back as many more opportunities for photography offer themselves!

Some of the well-preserved facades are over 600 hundred years old!

You will discover the latest fashions inside cute boutiques under the same facades!

No need to go and spend millions in Paris!
There you will find and buy what French ladies (and gentlemen!) really wear and at more attractive prices!
Chalon sur Saone and its suburbs house more than 100,000 souls and some major industries such as Areva and so on, meaning it is a major stop along the paris-Lyon-Marseille route where many businessmen form all over the world have to meet!

A old Burgundian roof out of nowhere…

A back street in the early afternoon…

Another back street…

A “trompe l’oeil” facade…

The oldest standing fully preserved building in town, a tower dating back to the early Middle Ages (over 1.000 years old)…

Oe can explore the back streets reserved for pedestrians for hidden shops and boutiques…

One can easily get a sore neck with all the photography subjects…

So many angles to shoot from…

Searching for gargoyles…

Such facades in “colombage” are all registered cultural assets and impossible to reproduce…

Come and sit at one of the cafe terraces around the Saint Vincent Square on a bright day…

People have been living there for the last 6 centuries…

There is still a Roman wall over 2,000 years old standing!

There are Irish Pubs for the thirsty!

if you want a quickand delicious fix you must try this baker!

Did you know that frog legs is a gastronomic specialty of the region?
But that’s for the next report!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery