The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Poulet au Vin Jaune et Morilles en Besançon

Poulet au vin jaune et morilles

Food in France is regional. So it was no surprised that when we left Burgundy and entered the Jura region the restaurant menus changed reflecting the specialties of the current region. Burgundy’s big three, the jambon persillé, bœuf bourguignon, and escargot, are less frequently seen in Jura restaurants. Replacing them are dishes built around the specialties of the Jura: The sausage, the ham, the famous cheeses, and the distinctive wines. Continue reading

River Saône: Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Lyon is the gastronomic capitol of France. Every capitol warrants a shrine and in this case its Lyon’s covered market, Les Halles de Lyon. In 2006, after renovations, Lyon’s market shrine was renamed Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, honoring the … Continue reading

Meaux, le Fromage

Brie de Meaux

Brie de Meaux

Wanderlust returned to Meaux on the 29th of September 2015. Meaux is close to Paris; the City of Light is a half hour by train away. More importantly for us, Meaux was just above the last of the scheduled lock closures on our Marne route. With long days and determined cruising we had made it to Meaux with a few days to spare. We now had the luxury of staying four nights and resting in a commune that we knew well from our stop a year earlier. Continue reading

A Cruising Lunch

Une salade avec Tomme de Savoie, Roquefort, Pâté basque au piment d'Espelette, avocat, et tomate.

Une salade avec Tomme de Savoie, Roquefort, Pâté basque au piment d’Espelette, avocat, et tomate.

Whether we are pushing through a long pound or waiting at a lock, a light quick lunch is often our preference. Fortunately French food can often be very convenient. Often I just open a bag of lettuce, slice some tomatoes, add some cheese or pâté, and warm up a slice a tarte aux fromage or a feuilleté purchased, add a little of the very good French salad dressing, and lunch is ready. It is fast food the French way.

Shopping for Food in France

Inside a covered market, one of our happy places

Inside a covered market, one of our happy places

When it comes to buying food in France, there are choices. The smallest villages, if they have any shopping at all, might only have a mini-market or two, the last resort of a desperate shopper. Larger communes have supermarchés or the even larger hypermarchés, superstores that combine a supermarket with a department store. Supermarchés and hypermarchés are becoming increasingly popular with the French and are pushing the traditional options, the local butchers, bakers and weekly markets out of business. Continue reading