December 14, 2014

5 Things

Pont l'Evêque férmier

1) Pont-l'Evêque férmier


Looking up in the Passage Vendôme

2) Looking up in le passage Vendôme in Paris


Bayeux Market

3) "Very juicy" lemons


Bayeux Market

4) A surprising sight at the Bayeux market


Tarte fine. #paris

5) I'll take one of each, please


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December 11, 2014

A Métro Station Time Capsule

Métro Marcadet-Poissonniers

The Marcadet-Poissonniers Métro station on line 12 is currently undergoing some serious renovation. Walls have been taken down, revealing the original tiles, cool vintage ads, old métro maps and peeling signs.

It's like walking through a time capsule.

Marcadet Poissoniers Métro

Marcadet Poissoniers Métro

I took some photos a couple of weeks ago and returned on Tuesday to take some more, but in that short amount of time the most vivid, intact signs and ads, like these old Savora and Schneider publicités, had already disappeared, either torn down by workers or possibly by vandals.
For the most part, all that remains are tattered shreds of what was there two weeks ago.

The Marcadet-Poissonier Métro station (line 12) is like a time capsule right now. Walls have been removed during renovation and there some amazing old ads, flyers and maps that have been uncovered. #paris

Marcadet-Poissonniers Métro renovation

I wish something had been done to save them.

If you would like to catch a glimpse of what remains, you should head up to the 18th arrondissement as soon as you can. As of yesterday the old walls were still exposed,  but who knows for how much longer...

Marcadet Poissoniers Métro

Old #Paris #métro map uncovered in the Marcadet-Poissonniers station. (Hard to get a decent photo of the detail!)

Métro Marcadet-Poissonniers

Marcadet Poissoniers Métro

Marcadet-Poissonniers Métro renovation

Marcadet Poissoniers Métro



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December 6, 2014

P'tit Vache Affiné Au Pommeau

Bayeux Market

Every time I discover a new cheese my heart skips a beat.

After tasting over 221 French cheeses, my Fête du Fromage project reached a bit of a dead end. I rarely came across a cheese that I hadn't already tasted and in general my passion for writing about cheese waned.
So, I kind of gave up.

Then this morning I spotted a locally produced fromage de vache at the Bayeux market and my desire to share a new (to me) French cheese was rekindled.

Petit Vache Affiné Au Pommeau

Le P'tit Vache Affiné au Pommeau is a young, unpasteurized cow's milk cheese produced on a small farm near Villers-Bocage. It has been aged for a mere two weeks, during which its rind is washed daily in Pommeau, a fruity mixture of AOC Calvados and apple juice that is enjoyed locally as an apéritif.

The pâte has a very fine, crumbly texture and the flavor is sweet, lactic and mild, with stronger aromas and flavors on the rind. I expected it to pack more of a punch, so was pleasantly surprised by its softness.

I think it will make a delicious breakfast cheese, spread on a slice of toasted baguette. (Normandy salt butter optional)

Bayeux Market

Fromage 



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December 1, 2014

5 Things

Bayeux Market

1) So you don't confuse French endives with Belgian endives...


L'Auberge du Presbytère

2) Tartelette au Safran with orange flower water infused crème anglaise and topped with fresh grapefruit segments.
Mere words cannot describe how delicious this was.


Béziers door

3) The colors of Béziers


Le Languedoc

4) Intersect


Chocolate Almond Crêpe

5) Dark chocolate sauce and toasted almonds - a favorite!



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November 28, 2014

5 (Languedoc-Roussillon) Things

Le Languedoc

1) Heading out of the village


Le Languedoc

2) Canal boats


Le Languedoc

3) View toward the Pyrénées


Fountain

4) Leda and the swan fountain


Auberge du Presbytère

5) Terrace view



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