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Les Délices de la Vallée

5 Aug

This is the best traditional bread i usually eat when i’m on holiday in Dordogne. Their bread is always amazing and i can’t understand why we can’t find the same in Paris. We used to go to another bakery but since the owner retired, we go there. The other bakery was so famous in the cities around that all the supermarkets and shops sell his bread. This was called Le Pain de Meyral (the Meyral Bread), from the name of the town the bakery was located (the town was so small that there was only one bakery). Now someone else took over this bakery, but since we were not sure about this new bread, we prefered to go to another town to eat another delicious bread.

So if you’re in the area, just look at this Couronne, doesn’t i look amazing?

They also have another bread called le Rustique. They say it’s the same bread and yeast but it doesn’t really have the same taste, maybe because of the shape. I really prefer the couronne to the rustique, which is less easy to cut anyway and dries quicker than the couronne that you can keep 3 days easily.

Also we tried their viennoiseries. My parents said it bring them back to the past they are “rustic”. I don’t really like them, the croissants aren’t as thin and crispy as those from des Gateaux & du Pain. Maybe that’s because i don’t know old viennoiseries…

Les Délices de la Vallée
Rue Gambetta
24220 Saint-Cyprien

Le Vieux Logis

5 Aug

The chef of this 1* Michelin restaurant, Vincent Arnould is a 2007 MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France), and that’s true, when you compare this restaurant to the other one we tried a few days after which was also a * Michelin, you can’t compare the two.

I  loved:

The surrounding: an amazing garden and the old house/hotel (Relais & Châteaux).

The staff: just so nice there, not stiff at all, and when they knew we already went there once, they talked about the chef they used to have, his new restaurant…The one serving us was just full of humor. A real delight. And they ask beforehand what you don’t like so that you can have something else to eat.

The menu: For lunch, they only have a tapas formula, so you try all their dishes à la carte in small pieces. In the end, we had 11 dishes (1 appetizer, 3 starters, 1 fish, 1 meat, 1 cheese, 3 deserts) and for only 42 euros!! No, you’re not dreaming!

The dishes: delicious, the best restaurant i’ve ever tried: creative, a really nice presentation, each plate is a piece of art, really fresh products, great sommelier and a nice cocktail.

And what was the best is that we had an amazing weather to go with it.

I disliked:

The bread was not really good for the area, they could have chosen a better one. The same goes for the coffee, which wasn’t strong enough and was not accompanied with miniardises.

Cocktail:

– Gin, Cognac, Vanilla, Pineapple

Appetizers:

– Tomato Confit pies with Olive Oil & Basilica
– Duck Confit Gizzard with walnuts crumbs
– Dried fruits
– Parmesan shortbread

Wine:

– Rosé de Figuière (Côtes de Provence)

Starters:

– Toast of lobster
– Variation of tomatoes with its Picalili sauce (the tomatoes alone were just divine)
– Goose liver crème brulée, Ceps Cappuccino and Rabbit toast

The last one is my favorite, even if it’s not really the best starter for the season. There’re no words to define the crème brulée and the ceps cappuccino. That was the first time that i ate rabbit, and that’s delicious.

Fish & Meat:

– Walnut Oil Confit Salmon
– Pigeon with its polenta and artichokes hearts

What was great is that you had some sea salt and walnut oil beside to adjust your fish as you like.
That was also the first time that i ate Pigeon, and i loved it too. I think this cook even could have make me like oysters anyway.

Cheese:

– Fourme d’Ambert mousse & Porto jelly

Desserts:

– Walnuts tiramisu
– Orange blossom puffy cream with strawberry sorbet & sauce
– Gjiandura entremet & caramel/ crispy chocolate and chestnuts

The desserts were good, but i still prefer those from some Paris pastries. My favorite would be the walnuts tiramisu, but i wasn’t really in heaven while eating them, as i can be while eating some. However, the cheese mousse was really really amazing with porto.

To summarize: Wait for me, I’ll be back.

Le Vieux Logis
24510 Tremolat

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Le chef de ce restaurant, Vincent Arnould est MOF 2007, et c’est vrai que l’on voit une différence quand on compare à l’autre restaurant * Michelin que nous avons essayé quelques jours après.

J’ai aimé:

L’environnement: un superbe jardin, les tables sous de grands arbres et la vieille maison/hôtel (Relais & Châteaux), les conseils du sommelier.

Le personnel: très gentil, pas guindé, plein d’humour, à nous demander s’il y a des aliments que l’on aime pas, à parler de l’ancien chef…

Le menu tapas: servi en semaine le midi. Parce que pour les gourmandes et les curieuses comme moi, avoir 3 fois plus de plats veut dire 3 fois plus de saveurs et de chances de gôuter à tout! Et pour la modique somme de 42 euros! Non non, vous ne rêvez pas! 11 plats pour 42 euros!
Les plats: superbes niveau esthétique (comme les pâtisseries, on n’a pas envie de les manger!), les produits sont frais et délicieux déjà à la base. Et ils avaient un cocktail non alcoolisé, ce que tous les restaurants n’ont pas.

Le temps: ba forcément ça met dans de meilleures conditions avec l’environnement.

J’ai moins apprécié:

Le pain. Moyen quand on connait celui de la région et les magnifiques pains qu’ils peuvent faire.

Le café, pas assez fort et non accompagné de mignardises. (Ca va, il y a pire comme défauts).

Cocktail:

– Gin, Cognac, Vanille, Ananas

Vin:

– Rosé de Figuière (Côtes de Provence)

Mise en Bouche:

– Gésier de canard et sa chapelure de noix
– Tartelette de tomates confites à l’huile d’olive et basilic
– Sablés aux Parmesan
– Fruits secs

Entrées:

– Tartines de homard
– Déclinaison de tomates et sa sauce Picalili
– Cappuccino de cèpes, crème brûlée de foie gras et tartine de lapin

Les tomates étaient à tomber par terre. Mon entrée préférée reste celle qui est moins de saison mais vraiment de la région, la 3e. Première tentative pour le lapin: à refaire. Surtout le cappuccino de cèpes, on a plein de bocaux!

Poisson & Viande:

– Saumon confit à l’huile de noix
– Pigeon et sa polenta, cœurs d’artichauts

J’ai adoré le fait de pouvoir verser soi-même de l’huile de noix et du gros sel comme on le souhaitait pour ajuster l’assaisonnement. Première tentative encore en ce qui concerne le pigeon. Je crois que ce chef pourrait me faire avaler n’importe quoi que j’aimerais tout.

Fromage:

Mousse de Fourme d’Ambert et sa gelée de Porto

Pas trop fan du bleu, mais là…. le porto se marie très bien avec.

Desserts:

– Choux à la fleur d’oranger et son sorbet et coulis fraise
– Tiramisu à la noix
– Entremet Gjandura caramel ou croustillant chocolat noisettes

Les desserts sont bons, mais pas à m’en faire tomber par terre. Je préfère ceux de certaines pâtisseries de Paris. Mon choix se porterait sur le tiramisu aux noix.

Pour résumé: Attendez-moi, je reviendrai.

Le Vieux Logis
24510 Tremolat

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