Monthly Archives: June 2014

Manoir de la Drôme

A mix of old stone and classic refinement, this restaurant, housed in a 17th century manor that was once home to the local blacksmith, offers an exemplary dining experience from the moment you walk through the door. The passionate owners, Denis and Christine Leclerc, have been serving exquisitely prepared, sophisticated, seasonal dishes for 30 years in the bright, spacious dining room overlooking the gardens. They offer an eclectic array of apéritifs, an extensive wine list and a sublime specialty of the house – a fricassee that combines sole fillets and local foie gras – it can be ordered either à la carte or as part of the €49 menu. 

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Le Vauban

Normandy cream and fresh seafood are the stars of the show at le Vauban, an old fashioned restaurant tucked away on a tiny street just up from the daily fish market. The owners, Dominique and Patricia Gancel, and their staff, will make you feel right at home as they show you to your table in one of the two cosy dining rooms. The food here is unpretentious and the servings are generous. Authentic Norman dishes such as homemade soupe de poisson topped with a healthy dollop of crème fraîche, local fish with beurre blanc, towering fresh seafood platters and poulet Vallée d’Auge are some of the highlights of the menu.

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Pâtisserie la Reine Mathilde

A lavish pastry case lines one wall of this delightful pâtisserie and tea salon located on the busy rue Saint Martin, in the center of Bayeux. The multicolored frescoes, painted clouds and gilded decor preserve the old world charm and are original to the shop, which opened in 1898. Special local pastries include la pomme d’Or (a rich chocolate mousse enrobed in dark chocolate with a heart of Calvados infused sponge cake), le pavé Bayeusain (buttery praline mousse sandwiched between delicate, thin layers of cake and wrapped in dark chocolate), and la tarte aux pommes Normande – quite possibly the best apple tart you will ever taste.

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Normandy Events Calendar

Normandy cow (photo: Jennifer Greco)

Normandy cow (photo: Jennifer Greco)

  • May 1: La Confrérie des Fins Gourmets de Longny-au-Perche are hosting a Fête de la Tripe where they share their appreciation for tripe, a local specialty. Highlights include cold tripe tasting and a four course lunch. (61 – Orne)

  • May 3 and 4: The 20th annual festival celebrating the AOC and AOP culinary heritage of Normandy, les Rencontres de Cambremer, takes place in the picturesque town of Cambremer in the Pays d’Auge.  Events include cooking classes for adults and children, culinary classes taught by an MOF fromager and a cider expert, and an AOC/AOP market where attendees can purchase local products. (14 – Calvados)
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    La Ferme de la Sapinière

    Brothers Michel and Philippe Legallois are the 6th generation cider producers at their family farm, located just one kilometer from Omaha beach. More than 30 apple varieties are cultivated for their cidre bouché, which is made without the addition of extra sugar, resulting in a style of cider that is meant to be enjoyed with a meal and not just as an apéritif. The brothers also produce AOC Pommeau and AOC Calvados, which they sell at their well stocked boutique alongside other local products such as andouille de Vire, caramels from Isigny-sur-Mer and confiture de lait. Visits to see the farm and the cider making equipment are possible all year long.

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    Cave Cidricole Lecornu

    Just up the street from the Bayeux cathedral is the home and “urban farm” of Christèle and François Lecornu, 3rd generation cider and Calvados producers. The couple have over 3,000 certified organic apple trees on 9 hectares just outside of Bayeux, but their old stone house in the center of town is where the action takes place – the ageing and tasting. Guests are invited to sample the refreshing, sparkling cider, oak barrel aged AOC Calvados and homemade apple apéritif in their comfortable, old-world tasting room.

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    Coopérative Isigny Sainte-Mère

    In 1932 a group of 42 farmers banded together and founded this dairy cooperative with a specific goal in mind – to promote and protect the unique terroir of mineral rich grazing pastures that surround the town of Isigny-sur-Mer. Camembert au lait cru, mimolette, pont l’évêque and AOC butter are a few of the products that bear the Isigny Sainte-Mère name, a name that is now well known all over the world. Around 40% of the dairy products produced here are exported to places as far away as Thailand, Mexico and Australia. It also holds the distinction of being the only producer of a recognized AOC crème fraîche, the AOC Crème d’Isigny. Attached to the cooperative is a boutique that is famous for its luscious homemade ice cream, available every summer.

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    La Fromagerie Graindorge

    Eugène Graindorge made his first livarot in 1910 and the rest, as they say, is history. Now in the capable hands of Thierry Graindorge, the 3rd generation fromager in the family, La Fromagerie Graindorge also produces pont l’évêque, camembert de Normandie, neufchâtel and le grain d’orge, all made using traditional methods. After a fire destroyed the fromagerie in 1999, a new facility was constructed, complete with a “Village Fromager,” which is both a museum and a place to view the cheese making and maturing process. Visits with an audio guide last about an hour.

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    Liza

    Practical information

    Address: 14 rue de la Banque, 75002
    Nearest transport: Bourse (3)
    Hours: Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only; Open Sunday for lunch only
    Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
    Telephone: 01 55 35 00 66
    Average price for lunch: 20-39€
    Average price for dinner: 40-59€
    Style of cuisine: Lebanese
    Website   Facebook   Book online

    Reviews of interest

    Figaroscope (2011) “Pour manger avec classe du bout des doigts, on n’a pas trouvé mieux que les mezze de cette table libanaise…”

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    Le Clos Y japanese restaurant in Paris photo via facebook | parisbymouth.com

    Le Clos Y

    Practical information

    Address27 avenue du Maine, 75015
    Nearest transport: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (4, 6, 12, 13)
    Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
    Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
    Telephone: 01 45 49 07 35
    Average price for lunch: 20-39€
    Average price for dinner: 60-100€
    Style of cuisine: Japanese
    Website   Facebook

    Photo courtesy of Le Clos Y’s Facebook page

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