Shows according to the regions of French France. But your gourmet trip to this land of cheese and wine paradise will not erase in your mind for many years.
Alsace (Alzas) has been a region that cannot be shared between Germany and France throughout its history. 1870 and 1945 ” changed exactly five default identities. The region, which is rich in local culture, is interesting with its historical cities, castles and landscapes.
What to eat?
Eating and drinking bring body and soul together: Here is a local proverb that Alsacians literally apply; The abundance of wineries called “winstub” is the best example of this. Three types of meat specialties cooked over low heat with the addition of wine; type “choucroute” with cabbage, sausage, pieces of salted meat, pork products and cooked potatoes; With the addition of fresh cream, onion and finely chopped pork to the finely opened round or rectangular dough, “flammekueche” or “baeckeofe”, a type of baked potato and potato stew, is boiled in boiling water and cooked with butter in a pan to taste “späztle” ; the keepers of tradition are enough for these wine bistros. These flavors include a beer, “riesling” wine made from white grapes grown in the Rhine region of Germany or “pinot noir” wine made from black grapes grown in the Burgundy region of France. For cheese, you can choose the white “gewürtztraminer” wine, which is very good with the strong and soft taste of “munster” cheese made of milk in Vosges Donation of France. Finally, be careful to make room in your stomach for a light “kugelhopf” dessert made of brewer’s yeast decorated with dried fruit.
Where to go?
You can find traces of the Middle Ages in Colmar. Colmar is also the link wine city. The narrow, curved, cobblestone roads are paved with wooden houses that have been carefully restored by the people of the city. The 13th-century Unterlinden Dominikan Monastery, which today operates as a museum, is returning home to valuable artifacts from the 15th and 16th centuries. Eguisheim, where there is a Renaissance fountain and a monument in its square, is a charming Alsace town with its historical houses and open cellars. River and canal tours take place in the region regularly every day during the summer. A few old steam trains are on the wine route including Rosheim / Ottrat. Throughout the Alsace region you can find many handicraft workshops such as glass and wood painting workshops in Wimmenau and ceramic workshops in Betschdorf. While visiting the region, do not forget to eat the delicious local tarts called “mirabelles” made with yellow plums!
When to go?
Alsace is one of the least rainy places in France. These raisins can grow without being affected by torrential rains during the winter. The best time to visit the Alsace region will be the autumn month when the leaves are colorful. If you visit in September and October, you can witness the vintage.
Au Crocodile, a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars, has been owned by Emile and Monique Jung since 1971 and took over by the famous chef Philippe Bohrer in June 2009. Colmar, as Chef Bohrer, is a chef who sometimes surprises with his creativity, aiming to present to his guests through the Colmar game, which consists of other and authentic flavors. Respecting the traditional French cuisine, Bohrer does not hesitate to try new methods in his food. Their wine selection is in perfect harmony with the variety of dishes on the menu. Renovated last year, the restaurant has a stylish elegant design and the conditions are extremely peaceful and calm.
Auberge de L’Ill
Considered among the pioneering trio of France’s oldest three-star restaurants with its three Michelin stars since 1967, Auberge de L’lll is the 150-year pride of the Haeberlin family. In the town of Illhausern of Colmar, the historical restaurant on the banks of the III River, which passes through the Alsace plain, acquired its first star in 1952, its second star in 1957 and its third star in 1967. Today, Marc Haeberlin, who works wonders in the kitchen, does not hesitate to include different flavors such as choucroute (sauerkraut), which are considered among the classic local delicacies, carp and their prey, as well as white mushrooms, Persian caviar and British lobster. You should definitely try the Haeberlin menu of Auberge de L’Ill, which has a history of 150 years.
The (Burgundy) region’s historical heritage consists of hundreds of castles, Roman churches, prestigious vineyards and famous food culture.
What to eat?
Snails; eggs in red wine sauce; A few delicacies you should not return without tasting “coqauvin”, a chicken dish cooked with wine, finely chopped pork, mushrooms and optionally garlic. Before exploring the area’s specialties, you should grab an aperitif. How about “dirt”? 1/4 percent Dijon Redcurrant cream at 20 degrees and 3/4 “aligoté” wine made from white grapes of the Bourgogne region. A small note to those who are curious about the origin of this name: The discovery of this soft mixture belongs to the priest Félix Kir, who came to his mind (at that time) to lighten the sour taste of the “aligoté” wine with a drop of currant.
Where to go?
Bourgogne stretches from the small medieval town of Auxerre to the Beaujolais hills just north of Lyon. While visiting this region, you can feel yourself on a wine map (Mersault, Volnay, Beaune, Aloxe Corton, Nuits Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin). This vast wine estate existed as an independent kingdom for 600 years. Throughout history, the Knights of Malta, St. The Bruno sect, the Carmel sect, and most importantly the St. It is possible to come across many monasteries and romanesque churches in Bourgogne, as sects such as the Benedict sect dominate the region. Dijon, an important political and religious center in the 15th century, has museums and art galleries as well as the Palais des Ducs, once the mansion of the Dukes of Burgundy.
When to go?
Bourgogne is a very popular destination. Important areas such as vineyards and castles can be quite crowded in the summer months. In the period from mid-July to the end of August, as well as foreign tourists, many French travelers make their way to Bourgogne. You may want to visit the region in the spring months when the weather is warm and the colors are vibrant.
Porte Guillaume restaurant greets you with a typical Burgundy décor. Located in the commercial and historical center of the city of Dijon, the restaurant attracts attention with its local wines as well as a rich menu of traditional French cuisine that has been offered for four generations. Some examples of local cuisine served by Porte Guillaume include ham with parsley, wine rooster, local cheese plate, three Burgundian snails, and eggs with Meurette sauce.
Located in the town of Chagny, just a few kilometers from the city of Beaune, Lameloise restaurant is a three-Michelin-starred Relais & Châteaux member. The restaurant, which emerged as a result of the restoration of the building that used to be a post office, belongs to the Lameloise family, famous for their hospitality and wonderful culinary culture for 3 generations. Today, after grandfather Pierre and father Jean, Jacques Lameloise also emphasizes over and over that Lameloise cuisine cannot be considered separate from the Burgundian tradition, thanks to his dishes. You should definitely try ravioli with snails with garlic sauce cooked in its own juice, frog leg served with mashed potatoes and pigeon meat served with duck liver and pasta.
Bretagne (Brötayn), the name of the Anglo-Saxons BC. It buys from Britons, who they drove from England for 500 years. Bretagne history, first against the Franks (5th century to 9th century), then the Countlan of Anjou and the Dukes of Normandy (10th to 12th century), and finally the independence wars against England and France. with past. The passionate feelings of independence of the Bretagne people are reflected in local customs and traditions.
500 gr. Make a hole in the center of the buckwheat flour, break two eggs into it, dilute it with 1/2 liter of apple wine and some water, add 100 grams of melted salted butter and mix. Leave to rest, then cook over high heat for two minutes. Turn it over, smear with butter and garnish to your taste.
When it comes to pancakes, those who favor simplicity simply prefer the sausage pancake “galette-saucisse” or the complete pancake “galette-complète” made from the invariable egg-ham-cheese trio. Both are accompanied by apple wine or cheese water. However, those who are fond of the throat, the Scandinavian version; They will lend themselves to the allure of salmon in a fresh cream-mushroom sauce. Be it buckwheat or regular wheat; In any case, pancakes are best eaten in Bretagne. Because pancakes are the best in the pan, Bretans turn!
Where to go?
The region has an independent culture based on Celtic past. Consequently, its architectural structure is more modest than other regions of France and more reminiscent of the town architecture of England or Ireland. Towards the interior are impressive castles and walled villages and towns. It is small and simple with churches. The Emerald Coast to the north of Bretagne is home to many beaches. The beaches are often named after the saints; St. Enogat, St. Laumore, St. Brill, St. Jacut … The old capital of the region, Rennes, is an ideal base for exploring the mountainous regions. Among the places worth seeing are the Palace of Justice, the castle, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Bretagne Museum.
When to go?
Bretagne benefits from the Warmth of the bay stream year-round, but the tourist season is considered the period between June and September. In the spring period, everywhere is decorated with flowers and the species seen in these periods are also increasing.
The city of Rennes in the heart of the Bretagne region is home to La Coquerie, a delicious restaurant. With a calm and friendly atmosphere, this stylish restaurant opens to a rose garden and is surrounded by lush trees. The talented chef of the restaurant, Marc Tizon, creates creative flavors without breaking with traditional methods. If you happen to be on the Rennes side, do not miss this stylish restaurant where delicious French cuisine is combined with quality and professional service. The chef’s recommendations include crispy vegetables, fried pigeon and quince dessert with cocoa sauce.
Domaine de Rochevilaine
Located on the Vilaine river mouth in the city of Morbihan, Domaine de Rochevilaine is a luxury hotel consisting of 15th century mansions designed and decorated in Bretagne style. The restaurant, which is a part of the hotel, is like a bridge decorated with mirrors, red fabrics and wood coverings that stretch over the sea. Patrice Caillault, who has been the head chef of Domaine de Rochevilaine for 10 years, has mastered seafood with and without shells. The most famous product of the restaurant is Bretagne lobster, a specialty of the chef. The wine cellar, which used to be a guard room, hosts fine French wines.
Normandie (Normandy) geographically corresponds to the old Duchy of Normandy. It stretches between Bretagne and Picardy along the English Channel side of France.
What to eat?
Food in Normandy is made with butter and fresh cream. However, not so with ordinary fresh cream; of course with the natural fresh cream of Normandy! Fresh cream prepared by skimming the best milk; It is used in a wide variety of ways, either hot or cold, alone or incorporated into any sauce to make fish, poultry, poultry, game meat or vegetable meals. Especially avoid telling a Normandy that their cream looks like any cream; because its cream is unique. Similarly, another indisputable specialty is Normandy cider, which goes very well with Isigny butter, which has been feeding the capital since the 17th century, or “camembert” cheese made from Vire sausage or unpasteurized milk. Drink apple brandy “calva (dos)” to increase its taste …
Where to go?
The Couesnon River forms the southern border of Normandy. The river continues south of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Europe’s most famous architectural wonders. Normandy landscapes became famous in the novels of Maupassant and Flaubert and in paintings by Monet, Sisley, and Pissarro. Deauville has the title of the social capital of the region. Bayeux is famous for its unique tapestries in the world. Landing beaches and memories of WWII battlefields are kept alive through small museums in Arromanches (landings) and Bayeux (Battle of Normandy). In Caen, there is a magnificent Roman church and the ruins of the enormous castle founded by King William, and a Peace Museum. Other structures worth seeing include the 14th century St-Etienne Church, the Renaissance St-Pierre Church and the Abbayeaux Dames. In the old capital Rouen, you can stroll through the old streets, including the Vieux-Marché square, where Jeanne d’Arc was burned.
When to go?
Normandy has a mild but rainy climate. Average temperature ranges between 10-12 ° C. Even in August, the hottest month of the year, the average temperature is 18 ° C. One of the best times to visit is in the spring when the crowd is low. During this period, blooming apple trees offer wonderful views.
Caen’s hospitable town of Beuvron en Auge has a restaurant renowned for its seafood and quality of local flavors: Le Pavéd’Auge. It would not be wrong to say that the restaurant, which is decorated in Normandy style with its half-timbered building and stone fireplace, also contains dishes by chef Jérôme Bansard. Veal breast served with lamb mushroom and asparagus, chicory crab with lemon candies and curry cream, and sole fillet served with mustard potato mash are some of these flavors.
One of the most attractive restaurants in Rouen, Les Nymphéas is named after Monet’s famous painting. The 16th-century building of the restaurant occupies an imposing location on the Vieux-Marché square, opposite the famous painter’s house. The most popular of the dishes on offer is Rouen-style cooked duck with caramelized onions and wild mushrooms. Souffle flavored with apple and apple cognac is the award-winning dessert of the restaurant.
The Provence-Alpes – Côte d’Azur (Provans Alp) region is among the most popular holiday destinations in France. It has all the historical beauties of Provence east of the Rhône River and the tourist riches of the Côte d’Azur, which was once the County of Nice.
Provence cuisine is famous for its very special olive oil and wines obtained from the grapes of its fertile soil. The most beautiful and best quality wine grapes of France are grown in this region. Grapes are still harvested using classical methods; After the crushed grapes are turned into wine, they are kept in cellars until the day they are opened. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes grown in the region have both tropical fruit aromas and rich and strong bodies. Most of the recipes that give the region their reputation have a secret based on a unique and indispensable ingredient… The relatively dark and fragrant garlic sauce “aioli” and anchovy puree flavored with capers “anchoiade”. The accomplice of the “bouillabaisse” soup, which is prepared by flavoring many kinds of fish, shellfish and vegetables with a range of herbs and spices, is the “rouille” sauce made of breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers.
Where to go?
It is possible to see the traces of the Greek and Roman periods in various parts of the region, including walled mountain towns, victory monuments, amphitheaters, arenas, bridges and aqueducts. Christianity brings the Palace of Popes to Avignon; Many municipalities in the Rhône have built many churches and hundreds of small shrines. Marseille, France’s most energetic city, is a city of culture. It hosts many interesting structures to see; the old port, Notre-Dame-de-la Garde church, Vieille Charité Square and the famous Castle If. Cannes and Nice, the two most famous holiday cities in France, are located on the Cote d’Azur. The Côte d’Azur is like an amusement park with all kinds of entertainment. The area has everything from magnificent museums to historical sites, lakes and rivers to ski areas. The whole area is full of comfortable hotels, luxurious castles, restaurants and bars. One of the best museums in the world, the Fondation Maeght is located in St-Paul-de-Vence. Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Léger museums are also in this region.
When to go?
The azure skies of the summer period in the region are rarely clouded. Rainfall is quite rare in the spring months. The strong mistral wind that blows in the late summer and can last for a few days can sometimes be annoying The Côte d’Azur is visited by a large influx of visitors every year in July and August.
Christian Etienne, home to a stone house built in 1180 in Avignon, is almost the same age as the historic Palais des Papes next to it. The place, where history comes to life in the ceiling paintings and 16th century frescoes, has a terrace overlooking magnificent views. The owner and head chef of the restaurant, Christian Etienne, mostly creates its menu around themes suitable for the season. Among the a la carte specialties, you can try sea bass fillet in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, lamb breast with fresh thyme and garlic scent, and English Cream Fennel Sorbet with saffron.
L’Epuisette, built on the rocks of the Auffes valley and overlooking the If Castle and Frioul islands, is a delightful restaurant with the blue and white colors of Marseille. Chef Guillaume Sourrieu offers his guests three fixed and an a la carte menu consisting of local flavors in order to increase this pleasure even more. L’Epuisette, which has a very good reputation in Marseille, resembles a ship with its sail-like fabric ceiling coverings, sea and nautical paintings, and its magnificent position almost above the water. Benefiting from the advantages of being in a coastal city, the restaurant has menus mainly consisting of seafood. The restaurant’s experienced waiter, Jérôme Rivière, will assist you in choosing the best wine from the rich wine menu to suit your order.
Languedoc-Roussillon (Langüdok-Rusilyon) is one of the most fascinating places in Europe with its coast to the Mediterranean and its border to the Pyrenees. It has a privileged climate, a rich nature, a wonderful beach and an amazing history.
What to eat?
Languedoc is considered the olive and oyster capital of France. It is famous for its stewed dishes prepared with lamb and pork. Olives are used in almost all dishes. Different dishes are prepared with this type of mushroom in the region where truffles are grown. Although apricots, peaches and cherries are grown only in certain places, they are widely consumed. Mainly tomato sauces are used in meals. Herbs such as thyme and rosemary lamb’s ear are used to enrich these sauces. Roquefort cheese is also among the flavors that should be tasted. Local people do not prefer fast snacks or sandwiches. For them, food is a social phenomenon and must be eaten properly. It would not be wrong to call the region’s favorite dessert and apricot tart.
Where to go?
The region has been French since the 13th century. Montpellier sheds light on the future of urban life with its large public squares, modern architecture and state-of-the-art tram system. There are also many museums, galleries and fine restaurants in the city. Once an important spice import port, Montpellier is today an important university city. Ruins in the area such as the Maison Carré, Diana’s Temple and the Roman Arena in Nime are quite spectacular. The 2000-year-old Pond du Gard, located in the city of Gard and considered the most magnificent architectural achievement in human history, is undoubtedly worth seeing. Located on the coast of the Languedoc-Rousillon region, Sete has the largest fishing port in Mediterranean France and a city center full of canals, beaches and delicious restaurants. The quiet Midi Canal, which connects the Atlantic with the Mediterranean, is ideal for cruise holidays.
When to go?
To visit Languedoc-Rousillon, you can choose the spring season when the peach trees are in bloom and the almond trees are pink against the pure white peaks of the Pyrenees. September, when the harvest takes place, may be the second best time to visit.
Domaine de Soriech
Domaine de Soriech is the second restaurant of chef Michel Loustau, featuring a park with a pool surrounded by giant pine trees stretching to the sky and palm trees, a large terrace and a flamboyant dining room. Michel Loustau’s wife has a modern and simple decoration with a design inspired by the California of the 1970s. Different specialties are offered each season in the restaurant’s fixed menu. Among the a la carte options, baked vegetable pureed sea mussels and frozen soufflé with sour orange sauce are among the highlights. The wine cellar is home to a wide variety of rare wines.
Aux Plaisirs des Halles
Chef Sebastien Granier’s restaurant Aux Plaisirs des Halles, located in the market area of Nîmes city, is a very popular place among the city residents with its intimate atmosphere, modern and colorful interior decoration, courtyard convenient to enjoy the pleasant weather and generous cuisine. Decorating traditional French cuisine with creative touches, Sebastien Garnier offers a very rich menu to its guests. You can try the snack plate of green lentils with Norwegian lobster, mountain sausage and duck gizzard, or the lamb mushroom chicken wrap served with sauced potatoes. There are more than 300 local wines in the rich wine cellar of the restaurant.
The lle-de-France region is seen as a common point where food created in every region of the country can be found easily. However, let’s not forget that there are also special dishes that are famous for their richness and diversity and highlight the artistic side of cooking … When we think of breakfast in Paris, we think of “croissant” crescent-shaped trenches, “pain auchocolat” chocolate-filled cakes, with butter on them. ” French bread called “baguette” comes. If you are thinking of visiting Ile-de-France, don’t forget to taste the famous “Brie de Meaux” cheese. In addition, “Coulommiers” cheese, Meaux mustard in spices, rose jam of Provence, “Yvelines bread” established by the merger of farmers and bakers in 2002, and “Noyau de Poissy” in le Grand Marnier in Neauphle-le-Château and Poissy. Remember that their liqueurs are also among the must-taste in the region. What more are you waiting for to eat buttered quiche and custard wine at Essone, omelet at Viroflay and famous spinach dish?
Where to go?
Despite its size, finding direction in Paris is not difficult at all; Because the city center is quite regular and thanks to the world-famous Paris metro network, all regions are connected to each other. Along the Seine River, important areas from the Eiffel Tower on the West side of the city to the Notre-Dame Church in the East are very close to each other. In Paris, where more than eighty museums and nearly 200 art galleries are located, you encounter a different beauty every time you step in. St. Germaine and St. Covering Michel boulevards, Quartier Latin is home to the famous Panthéon. You can find the Victory Monument in Charles de Gaulle Square in the north of the city. It is also east of Champs-Elysées Street, famous for its cafes, art galleries and luxury shops. Louvres Museum is another place to visit. Montmartre, the famous hill of lovers in Paris, still maintains its charm, do not miss … The leftovers of the magnificent forests of lle-de-France can be seen from Versailles, Rambouillet and Fontainebleau castles. Be sure to visit the Versailles castle. Operating year-round, The Disneyland Resort Paris is located in the city of Marne-la-Vallée, east of the capital. The Disneyland Resort Paris, Disney’s first European initiative, is one of the continent’s most popular tourist destinations. Covering an area the size of one-fifth of Paris, the facility includes hotels, restaurants, shops, a campsite, a golf course, Disneyland Paris amusement park and Walt Disney Studios.
When to go?
The north of France is very crowded in late spring and early summer. The best weather also happens in these periods; but everywhere is full and prices are also high. If you choose the months of May-June or September-October, you will have good weather and the crowd of people will not be at a level to bother you.
Hélène Darroze-La Salle à Manger
In the heart of Saint-Germain des Près, Hélène Darroze opens the doors of her warm and friendly restaurant dedicated to the art of cooking. The venue, which has an elegant and modern decor, consists of three parts. A refined menu of traditional and authentic flavors is offered in different sections, accompanied by snacks, various cocktails and fine wines. You can buy local products from the boutique at the entrance of the restaurant. Hélène Darroze’s specialties include flambe pigeon meat and duck liver baked over wood fire.
Apart from its famous castle, which is visited by many curious tourists every moment of the year, Versailles has always been a city with many beautiful and successful restaurants. Included in this group is L’Angélique, which was built inside a 17th century house and has an elegant decoration. L’Angélique is the second restaurant of the famous Michelin star chef Régis Douysset. You can try yellow charcoal with caramelized onions, one of the specialties of the place. L’Angélique, a small lunch break between your cultural tour is ideal.
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