Travel for Food
If I learned nothing else this summer, I learned a thing or two about French eating. Every morning started with breakfast, as I slowly found myself shifting my ways of cereal to a French “tartine” (fresh baguette, usually toasted, with butter [the best is from Brittany with large chunks of sea salt: above], and [creamy – mmmm] honey or jam), and tea.
Both lunch and dinner were the big meals of the day, especially by my simple American standards (I usually just have a sandwich for lunch). Eating was just as much about the food (all three courses, which almost always ended in cheese, and was followed by a dessert), as the ability to spend quality time together. There were many, many meals with at least 12 or more people wrapped around the table, taking in a bit of each course (and despite all the food, I never felt too full). And without fail, every meal was followed by a coffee (likely Nespresso), and a piece of a chocolate bar, as everyone must unwind a bit after a big meal.
Desserts weren’t always sweet – often fresh fruit, compotes, or yogurt (Saint Malo had its own yogurt). However, both Brittany with its Kouign-Amann (pictured above and made of butter and sugar) and Saint Tropez (below with the cake/custard Tropezienne) had their own special delicacies. Both received two thumbs up from me, and tasted better each time I had them.
August 31, 2010 at 4:18 am //
It’s past midnight here in Toronto…is it wrong that I’m hungry?? Love everything about Brittany – those fishermen’s shirts, butter, crepes, kouign amann, fleur de sel, oysters…truly a foodie’s paradise!
Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries
August 31, 2010 at 6:35 am //
This is a mean post before breakfast… :) Glad you had a yummy summer babe! ;)
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August 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm //
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August 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm //
Mean girl! I am now quite hungry. That sounds delightful.
August 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm //
That Tropezienne looks to die for. What a delicious post!!
August 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm //
I am hungry just looking at those photos.
August 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm //
Mmme, ca a l’air bon tout ca. Vive les repas qui durent des heures!
September 5, 2010 at 8:01 am //
I love the style of your shots! And your travel in Europe posts have definitely got me craving a little time on the Mediterranean… -X
September 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm //
I know very well the kouign-amann, as I am half bretonne (my mother side) :)
This cake is made of half butter (yes, yes, HALF), and flour, water & sugar.
If you like the butter for Bretagne, I suggest you should taste the butter from “Androuet” or “Cantin” (both famous fromageries in Paris).
It was a pleasure to meet you, yesterday :)
September 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm //
your blog makes me miss Paris SO MUCH! Thanks for sharing.