Monday, May 16, 2011

Knocking around Brittany

More photos of Brittany coming your way. 
You don't mind, do you?!

I love how this old Medieval house sags in the middle,
so making me wish I could see inside and walk the floors. 
Centuries of footsteps: children running, women cooking, animals pawing, mice scratching.
Imagine how many families have lived, loved, whispered in the night together here. 

And no trip to the coast is complete
without these slimy little delicacies, le plat des huitres
Not my thing but The Chef adores them. 

Now THIS is MY thing:
I cannot tell you why I hate liver and 
LOVE Foie Gras! 
(Obviously I try not to think about the making of it.)

Paired with a Sauterne (a sweet white wine from the Sauterne region) and confit d'oignon,
it is absolutely one of my favorite French special treats. 
(My sister's ex-French-mother-in-law makes it for us nearly every visit!) 
So while the restaurant version is never quite as good,
this one was served in a way I've never had it before. 

The confit d'oignon was cooked down with 
Carambar (a children's caramel candy).
It was a fantastic combination!
I actually brought some caramel home
so I can try it with our own confit d'oignon.

And the jokes on the back of the Carambar wrappers
must have rubbed off on the food 
because we giggled like little children while we ate.
could've been the wine. 

These photos are just a glimpse at what this poor body had to endure this last visit. 
Needless to say, this girl is making healthy, low-cal/low-fat choices for awhile
trying to get the body back
(before the 30th high school reunion this summer). Zut alors!

While we'd traveled to Mont St. Michel and St. Malo a couple of times in past years,
we'd never gone further or explored the Brittany area. 
I fell in love with the very short glimpse I got of Fougeres
(another Medieval city we saw only briefly at dusk
for a quick crepe dinner before driving back to Paris--
pictures next time) and cannot wait to go back 
and explore next visit. 

(All photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)


  1. Oh mon amie, these are marvelous photos and Northern France is the place for me. I always thought it was Provence and really, it is always in my heart, and so is the Southwest (Sarlat, Perigord...) but these towns here are so MEDIEVAL and magical! AND...thank you for coming by to visit!!!! YOU WOULD BE THE PERFECT PARIS PARTY LINK dearest!!! But you are not able to participate? You would be soooooo perfect for you have so many pictures and experience there. Let me ask you, WHERE AND OF WHAT is that last photo??????? I LOVE IT....I MUST KNOW THE NAME OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AND WHERE...SVP?

    Bises! Anita

  2. Hi Anita,
    I'm sorry to say I didn't get the name of the restaurant but it is located in Dinan, Brittany. I was simply enchanted with the window scene looking into the dining room that I didn't even look at the name of the place. Desole!

  3. You are GOOD. Sooooooo good. Your images are so evocative.


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