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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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.

Hidden garden in Etretat

Have you ever been to Etretat before?

Etretat is a little town in the Upper Normandy, arround 30 km from the main city, Le Havre. Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a pointed formation called L’Aiguille or the Needle, which rises 70 metres (230 ft) above the sea (source wikipedia).

For me personally, Etretat is the only town that I would never ever get bored to go to and/ or bring my friends there, when they come to visit me in Rouen. First reason, it is outstandingly beautiful. Second of all, nobody is ever dissapointed when I brought them there (side note: even in a very bad weather lol).

Except the famous looks like “elephant” cliff and amazing view from the above, apparently Etretat has a little hidden gem. I did not even recognise it until I saw a personal blogger posted about it on her instagram, Les Jardins d’Etretat. This garden was actually created by Madame Thébault (a French actress) in 1903 which the garden itself inspired by the famous painter, Claude Monet.

The garden is open to public from 10th February 2019 onwards: Every day: March, November and from 1- 20th December 2019 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April – October 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (you can click on their website for more information).

The ticket entrance is a bit pricey, consider you only need at least 30 minutes to visit the entire garden, yet it is really worth to visit. I went there on spring last year, so the weather was not that hot. And here’s some magnificent pictures I’ve took from the garden..

Don’t forget to bring some water as you need to hike the cliff if you came from the town, or if you bring your car, you can park for free just in front of the Chapel at the Falaise d’Amont.

Throwback Thursday: Little Swiss in Normandy

In the spirit of #throwbackthursday and how I finally proud living in Normandy :p , I will show you my sweet trip to Bagnoles de l’Orne in Lower Normandy. At first, I had no idea where the town is, I simply found the town when I was searching a weekend great deal on travelbird website. We visited the town in late autumn 2014. I was pretty worried that the town wasn’t that pretty as I expected, I did google before, but you know sometimes pictures did not tell the truth. Fortunately, it was beyond than I expected. Bagnoles de l’Orne was a little town with approximately 2502 habitants surrounded by Andaines forest.

What make me falling love with this town is “the lake” located in the middle of the town which is formed by River Vée, it is kinda remind me of Switzerland. Bagnoles de l’Orne was also well known as typical French bourgeoise residential area, it is filled with superb villas with polychrome façades, bow windows and unique roofing which was built during “the belle époque” quarter.

Well, I can tell you that Normandy has also a little paradise. 🙂

Hello from Dieppe!

 

Dieppe is one of coastal town located in Upper Normandy which famous with their scallops and seafood. Two weeks ago we went to this town to taste some of Dieppe’s culinaire and visit the famous “Marché de Dieppe“(read: Dieppe’s market). The market is the lively Saturday morning in downtown Dieppe. A popular meeting place for supplies, including local farm products, and to meet. Marché de Dieppe is one of the biggest one within the region. You can find not only fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products from local farmer, but also takeaway food, flowers and clothes.

One of my colleague who grew up in Dieppe gave me a list of restaurant which qualified as Michelin restaurant, Restaurant “A la Marmite Dieppoise“.  It’s pretty expensive, but quality cannot lie. They have some specialties from Dieppe, such as la marmite Dieppoise, a sort of seafood soup contains prawns, fillet de turbot, scallops, mussels, and lobster in sour cream. We also went to the famous patisserie “Divernet“, and it’s kinda hard not to taste their amazing patisseries.