First Sunday Brunch in Rouen

In the name of being a truly committed food traveler, my weekend restaurant / tea shops / brunches plans are almost booked at least until mid March. Believe me, it’s not that easy as you need to start making plans, reservation, and most important is having a rubber tummy. I even ended up canceling my Sunday outing in the afternoon, as I could barely move after having the brunch. Well, it’s kinda my fault, may be I shouldn’t have heavy dinner the night before, knowing that I would have brunch in the next morning. Wondering what I had at my first Sunday brunch? Here’s the story..

So, I booked it at this local cafe, le Déli Cat (click on best address for foodies – part 2 for more stories about this address).

This cat is Picasso, she likes butter.

It is good to note that most of the time, you need to make reservation for brunch, as you need at least 2 hours to be served. I went there around 11 am, and of course without having any prior breakfast at home.

Price of brunch : 20€ / person

This is what I got:

Tartines (breads) with butter and choice of jams.

You can ask for refill if you want too.

Hot and cold drinks

You can ask refill or try different hot drink as much as you like. Hot drink choices : hot chocolate, coffee, latte, cappuccino and teas.

Cold drink served once. You can have homemade vitamins juices.

Fruit salads

Served with raspberry sauce and crumble of spéculos.

Tartine of salmon and avocado, served with scrambled eggs

If you don’t like salmon and avocado, you can have tartine with ham and vegetables. Or if you don’t like both of them, you might ask customs meal.

Panna cota for dessert

You can have a classic panna cota with raspberry sauce, or if you don’t like it as I do. You can ask them to replace it with dark chocolate syrup.

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Beef pie

Been caught posting on my instagram @treesinthebackyard since last week. I’ve almost forgot to keep you update with my latest easy breezy recipe | beef pie.

As I still have some left over mashed potatoes and I don’t really want to throw it away. I decided to make a pie with. My recipe is originally inspired by English shepherd pie, but the problem is I don’t really like eating lamb. Long story short, I decided to replace the lamb with minced beef.

Ingredients for Mashed potatoes

5 medium potatoes | milk | cream | salt | pepper | nutmeg powder | butter

Method for Mashed potatoes

Pealed potatoes and cut into small pieces |Bring a pot of salted water to a boil | Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm for about 15 minutes | drain.

Put the boiled potatoes into large bowl | Add some butter, milk, cream, and crushed it with potato masher until smooth | seasoned with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg powder | Set aside.

Ingredients for Beef Pie

500 gr of minced beef | 200 gr fresh peas | 2 medium carrots | brown mushroom | 1 onion | 1 garlic | 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce | mashed potatoes | olive oil | salt and pepper.

Method for Beef Pie

Before preparing the beef, boiled peas and carrot in a hot water, drain and set aside | Chop brown mushroom, onion and garlic, set aside.

Put some olive oil into a casserole pan and heat it up | Add minced beef into the pan and add some black pepper and cook for until dark golden, breaking it up with a wooden spoon |Add the onion, garlic and brown mushroom, stir and mix it for 5 minutes | add peas and carrot and stir it again for couple minutes | add Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt and pepper | put the mixed beef into oven tray | Put spoons of mash randomly on top, using a fork to scuff it up | Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Served it with some green salads.

One week in Brittany, France

Last summer I’ve decided to spend one week in Bretagne (read: Brittany), France. This region is actually quite popular having nice local population and breathtaking views. This is not my first time visiting Bretagne, I went there I think about 6 years ago to visit my college friend which is originally from Concarneau, one of beautiful coastal town in Bretagne. If my first trip was a love story, this region is actually my love at the first sight.

After I did some research on accommodation and which towns to visit, I finally came to conclusion to stay 3 days in Perros Guirec, 3 days in Carnac and visited some surrounded towns in within.

First town. Perros-Guirec

I’m a person that hates walking or hiking, but Perros Guirec got me no choice 🙂 . Fortunately, I remembered to bring my sneakers. Well, let’s say Perros Guirec city center is just fine – they have some basic restaurants, bars, and creperies, and decent beach. Besides, it was raining and gloomy on the first day I arrived, quite disappointing really. Until the next day, I found this astonishing hiking track that lead me into pink granite rocks which have been sculpted by the sea into varied shapes and patterns. And everything has changed, my holiday spirit was finally back on track. 🙂 For a person who hates walking a lot, 7 km hiking was quite something for me, the worst thing was I forgot to bring a bottle of water, as I don’t think I was going to walk that far. The problem was there’s no nearby town unless you turn your way back to the start or continue walking to the next village, Ploumanac’h. Well, I really had no choice did I? Yet, I remembered that I was really happy, those beautiful views –  like literally in every steps I took – made me forget the fact that I really hate walking.

 

Second town, Ploumanac’h

Accidentally visited this village harbour by mistake the day before, I decided to come back again the next day to explore the town center, (obviously by car). Actually, this village was voted as “the village most preferred by the French” in 2015. Well, I couldn’t agree more. It was a bit cloudy sunny that day, but still the view from the beach was amazing.

If you have chance to visit this town one day, you should try to make stop for lunch at the bar snacking at Castel beau site for 24€ you can get your main course and dessert, and obviously with the view from their terrace. It was so unforgettable.

 

Address: Castel Beau Site

137 Rue Saint-Guirec, 22700 Perros-Guirec
Website: http://www.castelbeausite.com/

Third town, Carnac

This town is well-known for the carnac stones, one of the most extensive Neolithic menhir collections in the world (source: wikipedia). So, if you like visiting pre-historic site, this town has lots of them. Carnac is split into two centers, Carnac city center (Carnac Ville) and Carnac beach-front (Carnac plage). Well, I prefer the Carnac beach-front as that’s the center when you have lots of choices of restaurants, bars, snaking, and also shopping. You need at least 2 days to visit Carnac,  so you can spend your first day relaxing at the beachfront, second day strolling arround at the town center and visit the carnac stones afterwards.

Fourth town, Quiberon

This town is really beautiful, it is situated on the southern part of the Quiberon peninsula. This town is quite popular for resort areas for tourist destination during the summer, so yes obviously it is quite expensive to stay arround here. If you have limited holiday budget, you can stay at Carnac and drive to Quiberon for a day out. Besides, the beautiful peninsula, Quiberon is also well-known for its history of sardine production. Well, today, the economic of this town is driven by the tourism. But, you still can find local shops selling their sardine. I thought it was just a basic can of sardine, until I tasted it with crepes, I think it was the best sardine I have ever tasted in my life, no joking.

Fifht town, Auray

Auray is crossed by the Loch, a small coastal river, which flows into the Gulf of Morbihan, when you arrive at the center, you will see the famous Port of Saint-Goustan, where Benjamin Franklin arrived at the port in 1776 at the beginning of US War of Independence, to seek military aid from Louis XVI (source: Wikipedia). What I love about this town  is the view from Pont-Neuf bridge, you can simply enjoy the wide river, surrounded by trees and the timbered houses architecture. It is so stunning.

Breakfast time

Saturday and sunday morning is my favorite time to cook english breakfast. Looks like complicated, but in fact you just need some eggs, bread, beans and sausages.

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Heinz baked beans is my preference as it is already tasteful without adding anything. You just need to heat it up in a saucepan with medium heat. But if you like to add more flavour on it, you can stir-fry some onion then add the beans afterwards.

If you prefer french eggy bread (read: pain perdu) , you can use brioche instead of soft bread.

How to make eggy bread:

Ingredients:

  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • butter
  • 4 slices of soft bread or brioche
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  • Beat together the egg, milk and a generous amount of salt and pepper in a cooking bowl.

  • Heat enough the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter starts to shimmer, dip the bread into the egg mixture and add it to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown.

Then voilà, your eggy bread is ready. Add some grilled sausages, fried egg, baked tomato, and baked beans.

 

Where to eat in Paris

I’m not actually living in Paris, but Paris is like 1 hour and 15 minutes away from my hometown, Rouen. It is reachable by regular train, or nearly 2 hours by bus. I always said to my friends that, it’s like I’m living in a Parisian’s banlieue (read: suburb),  even closer. The advantage of having this regular train, it makes Rouen looks closer than living in Parisian suburb as this train is somehow faster than RER (Réseau express régional d’Île-de-France). Well, I often go to Paris, mostly for food :). Fortunately, I have wonderful friends that always ready to get me to try new things every time I came to visit. They know me so well that food is always come first than anything.

So, I would like to tell you some of fine address to eat while you’re in Paris.

First. Les enfants du marché

It is located inside Le marché des Enfants Rouges in 3rd arrondissement. If you like french food but you don’t want to go to a fancy-restaurant, Les enfants du marché will be your great choice. As it offers you a french bistro food, so the price is also a bit pricey, yet it is worth to try. I spent 35€ for a main course and a glass of wine.

The address: 39 rue de Bretagne, 750003 Paris

Opening hours:

Tue/Wed/Sun from 9 am to 5 pm and Thu/Fri/Sat from 9 am to 8 pm

Website: https://lesenfantsdumarche.fr/

Second. Impérial Choisy

This restaurant is one of the restaurant that I would come back every time I’m craving  chinesse food. This is actually one of the best chinesse food in Paris, located in china town. How do you know that? When you saw more Asian people than western people eating inside, it means it’s a real delicious one. They offer wide menus of chinesse dishes, but my favorite one is still le crab mou au sel et poivre (salt & pepper crab). Reservation is not necessary, but better come early as people is queuing outside even before it’s open.

Address: 32 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris
Opening hours: Everyday, from 12 – 11 pm.

Third. Chez Justine

My friend told me that this place has the best pizza. Well, I approved. Second, they have a reasonable price for Paris.. I remember having a good cocktail for less than 5 €, that’s actually never happened when you’re in Paris. The place is actually quite popular for trendy crowd, so if you come in groups, I’m sure you will get the table.

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Address: 96 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
Opening hours: Weekdays from 8 am to 2 am and Weekend from 9 am to 2 am.

Fourth. SaAm

Fancy for korean bibimbab with reasonable price? This is good place to try. It is located in quite trendy area, Canal Saint-Martin. The place is quite small, but it is really worth to wait if you need to.

Address: 59Bis Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday at lunch time and dinner time.

Fifth. Pho Tai

I’ve heard about this place has Michelin star. So, I was really excited and wondered at the same time how it would taste. Well, the Pho itself is really delicious and if you are into spicy food, you need to add the chillies sauce, it was so so good. Yet, the place need to be improved, the tables are too close to each other, we can’t get out the table without disturbing somebody sit next to you. This is the first michelin star restaurant I’ve been in without spending more than 20€ (including drinks) and without any reservation.

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Address: 13 Rue Philibert Lucot, 75013 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday at lunch time and dinner time

Finally, all the above are some of my recommendations if you have no idea where to eat while you’re in Paris. Will come back again with another new list for sure.. so, I say à très bientôt!