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Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

I live just a few minutes from Asnelles, so it would be easy to go and talk to the producers there. I know that oysters are available from them all year, but many of the local restaurants don't have oysters on the menu all year.

Oysters during their milky stage do have their fans, just like some prefer their Camembert under ripe and still chalky in the middle. It's a matter of personal preference.

May 10, 2015
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Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

I trust well researched resources. :)

May 10, 2015
louloufrance in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Every website I'm reading says that summer oysters are "milky" due to the reproductive cycle, and firmer and tastier in the winter months.

May 10, 2015
louloufrance in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

I must have very different information. I understood that oysters spawn during the summer, so their texture isn't as firm and therefore not as interesting to eat.

May 10, 2015
louloufrance in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Sorry if I'm mistaken, I thought that due to the reproductive cycle of oysters, they weren't as succulent in the summer?
I don't see as many oysters available here in Normandy in the summer, just like I don't see mussels as readily available during the winter when they have to import them from Belgium, and are considered "inferior."

May 10, 2015
louloufrance in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Glad to have been of some help. You might want to check Chez Paulette's Facebook page for their hours on the day you will be in Bayeux, which you didn't mention in your original post.

Meuvaines has a population of 150. I'm not aware of any restaurants there, so your closest options are Bayeux, Asnelles or Arromanches.

I don't often eat raw oysters, so can't help you with a seafood place. There are plenty in Courseulles-sur-Mer and Port-en-Bessin, so I'm sure you could find some, depending on the time of year that you are coming to Normandy. If you're coming soon, then the season for oysters is pretty much over until September. They can be found, but aren't as good.

Have a great trip!

May 10, 2015
louloufrance in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Chez Paulette is a new tea salon in the center of Bayeux, across the street from the MAHB museum. All fresh and locally (usually organic) sourced ingredients and very good! They have salads, savory and sweet tarts and other desserts.
La Reine Mathilde does do sandwiches, crêpes, etc. Their menu is online.
There's also a crêperie not far from the Office of Tourism, le Triskell, that is good.
If La Rapière is over budget, then le Pommier will be as well.

May 08, 2015
louloufrance in France

Normandy Restaurants?

I live in Bayeux and recommend that you avoid Château de Sully and Château d'Audrieu. However I highly recommend Château la Chenevière near Port-en-Bessin and Le Manoir de la Drôme in Balleroy. Have a wonderful trip!

May 24, 2014
louloufrance in France

Languedoc, Luberon, Provence and Girona and Calella

I agree with you, John. Marseille is a dynamic, wonderful city! I have been there several times over the years and enjoyed every visit.

Mar 24, 2013
louloufrance in France

Eating in the Minervois?

I live about 20 minutes from Caunes and have a few restaurant recommendations for you.
Try Les Meulieres in la Livinière, Restaurant Chabbert in Fauzan, En Bonne Compagnie in Homps, Le Bel Minervois in Olonzac and l'Oustal de Citou in Citou.
Le Restaurant d'Alibert is good. "Correct" as we say in France. I would give it a try and you'll enjoy meeting Frederic, the Maître D.
Have a wonderful trip and hope you enjoy le Minervois!

Sep 30, 2011
louloufrance in France

Looking for dried big hominy...

Thank you!

Feb 17, 2011
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Looking for dried big hominy...

I'm coming to New Orleans in a couple of weeks and am looking to buy some bags of dried hominy kernels to make posole. The last few times I was there I looked in various grocery stores and never found any.
Can anyone recommend a store that sells it?
Thanks!

Feb 11, 2011
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Stay-at-Home Mom Arrested for Using Bouillon Cube

Brilliant!

Apr 01, 2010
louloufrance in Features

Canal du Midi between Castelnaudary and Homps/VVaison-la-Romaine

Definitely try Restaurant En Bonne Compagnie in Homps (www.in-good-company.com). Make sure to reserve.
Avoid La Peniche in Homps. Terrible place.

Unfortunately there aren't that many great restaurants along the Canal, so I would advise you do your own cooking and take advantage of take away dishes from local traiteurs and make your own picnics from vegetables, charcuterie and cheese from the markets.
The Saturday morning market in Carcassonne is wonderful and there's a great Tuesday morning market in Olonzac, just a couple of miles from Homps.
Have a wonderful trip!

Mar 28, 2010
louloufrance in France

Aveyron, France Chowhounds?

Not in the Aveyron, but have been living just south, in the Minervois region of the Languedoc for the last five years. My husband is from NYC.
Hope you've settled in nicely and that you're enjoying France!

www.chezlouloufrance.blogspot.com

Jan 15, 2008
louloufrance in France

Solo San Franciscan in Paris

I've heard that Spring is wonderful. The menu changes every night and the chef, Daniel Rose, has his own blog.
http://www.springparis.blogspot.com/
Have a good trip.

Dec 24, 2006
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