Rouen – best address for foodies

Living here for almost 2 years now, I think I need to share you my favorite places to eat in Rouen, all the places mentioned below were tested personally:

Poppy’s Fish & Chips 21 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

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This takeaway restaurant just opened in 2017, and they serve authentic english fish & chips with mashy peas and tartare sauce. Apparently the owner had spent couple years in England and worked at the English pub, I think that’s the reason why they know how to cook a proper fish & chips. If you don’t really like fishes, they also have fried chicken & chips, and it tastes amazing.

Le Comptoir des Halles – Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

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This place is one of my favorite place to eat fresh oyster without going to a fancy restaurant. We also call the place “bar a huitres”, which literally means “oyster bar”. It is located inside the Vieux Marché, so it is very easy to find. I used to come here after rush hour, so the place was less busy and I can enjoy my oyster and a glass of white wine quitely.

Hot dog Corner Rouen – 8 rue Croix Verte, 76000 Rouen

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Funny things, I found this hot dog shop by mistake when I was at Kebab shop nearby. My favorite menu is the classic American with mustard and fried shallots. What make the hot dog tastes amazing is because the owner makes the bun by herself. Not only the hot dog, you need to taste their milkshakes.  You can decide whether to eat your hot dog on the spot, in the restaurant, or take your menu home with you.

Ho Lamian – 243 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen

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If you want to eat homemade hand-drown chinesse noodles, this is the best place in town. Price is affordable for a good quality.

Le Pied de Poule – 16 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000 Rouen

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It is not very well located but finally I found not very fancy french restaurant in Rouen. Don’t be surprise if it looks pretty quite from the outside, I think it is simply because it is not located in popular area in Rouen. Yet, the food was delicious, the price was affordable, the decoration is also fine. I ordered the foie gras for starter, then mussels and chips for maincourse.

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Summer fresh juice

IMG_7247Summer is coming, so it’s a perfect time to make your own fresh juice and keep it on your fridge. There’s no rule of mixing various fruits or vegetables, but this one is my suggestion:

  • half of melon
  • 1 glass of pure carrot juice
  • half glass of fresh orange juice
  • juice of half lime

No need extra sugar.

Before you blend everything, make sure to keep all the ingredients in the fridge for couple hours. 🙂

Roast chicken – Jamie Oliver’s revisited recipes

Just bought a whole chicken and found Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I didn’t have all the ingredients as he had, but it was still delicious and perfect for Sunday dinner.
My ingredients:

  • Whole chicken (poulet fermiér)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A small bunch of thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Ground sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Potatoes (peeled)
  • Duck fat
  • Bisto gravy granule
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Methods:

Roast chicken recipes: click here

Roast potatoes: cut 4 medium potatoes into medium square. 20 minutes after you put the chicken in the oven,  you can start to boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain the water and put boiled potatoes into a tray, sprinkle some duck fat and put on to the oven for 45 minutes. Normally, it’s gonna be ready at the same time with your roast chicken.

Gravy: put 4 heaped teaspoons of Bisto granules into sauce pan, add 280 ml of boiling water, and some juice from the roast chicken. Stir vigorously and continually until you get smooth gravy.

Strike

Strike for more than a week in a row, c’est normal, c’est la France!

Yesterday, I finally knew how it feels to be a victim of the typical French strike (read: la grève). Since the labour law project (le projet de la loi El-Khomri) was announced on February 2016, strike is becoming a weekly basis in some French public services. But last week the situation was such a nightmare. Lots of private companies were doing strike as well (not mine). Even one of the town in France, Le Havre, was paralysed after they blocked access to get into town.

I’m OK with people doing strike as long as they do it properly and do not take other people’s right.  I mean, you can do strike in front of the government offices or kidnap and ask them with thousands questions (I’m kidding!) – I mean, meet them and talk or arrange a public debate until you get what you need. But, what did you get by blocking the main access to the town, burning tires, and vandalising the ATM machine?

If I were the ATM machine I would say: what’s wrong with you? I don’t even know about the labour law, I didn’t do anything wrong to you, I supply you money and you did this to me? Like really? 

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The worst thing is they currently block the access to the petrol refineries, which impact fuel shortages around the region. I heard from the news that last week people were queuing for hours to get the fuel, and some of them were queuing for nothing. I thought the strike would be over on Friday, because normally it just last for one day or two, but apparently they are still on going, because government still  didn’t change anything (typical).

Long story short, yesterday was my turn, my car finally needed the fuel, I went to the gas station near office, but I’ve got nothing. I was pretty desperate because all the nearest gas station were closed due to the shortage. My colleagues told me to go to the gas station on the toll road, which is it’s like more than 30 km away from where I was – if I found nothing there, I wouldn’t make it to find another or even to get home. Thankfully I found a mobile application to let me know where I might find some fuel around the town, at least it would be less gambling.

The gas station was on my way home, so just in case I won’t find anything, I will still survive to get home. But, when I got there, I needed to queue at least for half an hour. The gas station was pretty big, they have 8 lines, 3 of them are closed, 5 of them just have some of diesel, unleaded 95/E10, no more super unleaded. Well, I’m lucky enough, I still got my fuel!

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In the spirit of participating on today’s prompt – have you ever doing strike? If you did, why and what is all about? If not, would you participate on strike? why?

Me I think, never, it’s not because I don’t care or I don’t like walking too much (lol), but I believe that if you want to change something, you need to be the person who can change something; to be the person who can change something you need the power; to have the power, you need to be smart; to be smart, you need to learn and study; so at the end you can have access to the system and be the person who can change something or at least have influence to change something…