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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
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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!
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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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Bistro Gastronomy: Croque-Madame at Café Brasserie Patina in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day.

As promised in the presentation of Patina’s Croque-Monsieur I visited the establishment for lunch yesterday to sample their Croque-Madame!

But just as I was ordering lunch my eyes fell on the wine bottles on the counter… one was of a special interest to me!

Givry! My home town in Cote Chalonnaise in Bourgogne, France!
Do try it for its great reliabilty and light touch!

The Croque-Madame!

Great balance with plenty of local baby leaves and vegetables!

Topped with a beautiful egg fried to a perfect softness and seasoned with ground herbs!

The running egg yolk with the great bread, ham onions and Mornay sauce was a little sin!
Now, this is real bistro gastronomy!

PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 10:00~20:30 (last orders)
Holiday not decided yet
Non-smoking but for a small table away from the other patrons at the end of a long hall before the washroom

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Poached Egg, Smoked Salmon & Avocado Salad

When looking for a new idea, it is sometimes more practical to look at what is avalaible all year round like eggs, tomatoes, onions, avocado and so on!

Here is a simpel idea you can improvise on for great impression with simple ingredients!

Poached Egg, Smoked Salmon & Avocado salad!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people

-Eggs: 4
-Avocado: 2
-Smoked Salmon: 200 g
-French dressing: as appropriate
-Onion: 1
-Myoga ginger: 2
-Fresh dill: 4 sprigs
-Salt: as appropriate
-Pepper: as appropriate
-White wine vinegar: as appropriate

Sauce A):
-Mayonnaise: 60 g (make your own if possible)
-Ketchup: 15 g (try and make your own to impress your guests!)
-Milk: 1 tablespoon
-Brandy: 1/2 teaspoon
-Tabasco: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-in a pan pour water and add white wine vinegar and salt. Heat till just before boiling point. Break egg (one at a time will mean better results!) over the surface and poach. Help white to fold around the yolk. Once the yolk has started solidifying scoop the egg out delicately and transfer into a bowl of chilled clean water. Once the poached eggs have completely cooled down, delicately take them out and take as much humidity off as possible by placing them on top of a clean piece of kitchen paper.

-Peel the avocadoes. Cut them in half and discard the seed. Cut them in thin half moon slices and season them with French dressing.

-Slice the onion into very thin circles. Dropthem in cold water for a while, take them out and drain them thoroughly of all water. Do the same with the myoga ginger after having sliced it thin lengthwise.

-Sauce A):
Mix all ingredients and rectify with salt and pepper if deemed necessary.

-Like in the picture above, onto four individual plates mount the ingredients in the following order: Smoked salmon, sliced onion, sliced avocado, poached egg, sliced myoga ginger and dill. Pour an appropriate amount of sauce A) over the egg.

Enjoy!

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Celery Vichyssoise

It is celery high season in Shizuoka Prefecture which produces half of all celery cultivated in Japan.
Vichyssoise, a soup named after the city of Vichy in Central France was apparently created by Louis Diat, a Frenchman living in the United States.
There is a plethora of vichyssoises, be they hot, cold or chilled.
Here is a simple suggestion made with celery you can easily improvise on especially on quantities!

Celery Vichyssoise!

INGREDIENTS: For 4~ people

-Onion: 1/2 finely sliced
-Celery: 1 finely sliced
-Potato: 1 finely sliced
-Butter: as appropriate
-Chicken consomme soup (water: 500 cc/2 1/2 cuos + 2 chicken bouillon standard cubes)
-Milk: as appropriate
-Fresh cream: as appropriate
-Salt and pepper: to taste

RECIPE:

-In a all-purpose large enough pan, drop butter and melt before first dropping in the sliced onion you will fry over a medium fire until it becomes translucent. Add sliced celery and potato and fry gently, taking care that the colour does not change.

-When all butter has been wholly absorbed by the vegetables, add the chicken consomme and cook until the vegetables start disintegrating.

-Transfer the whole into a food mixer and process.

-Transfer into a large bowl set over a larger bowl containg ice to chill the soup. Add milk to thin it to your convenience. Check taste and rectify with appropriate amounts of salt and pepper. Leave inside refrigerator to chill the soup thoroughly.

-Add appropriate amount of fresh cream and stir before serving.
Top the soup with small celery leaves for better effect!

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