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    John P
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    I am starting a new thread to enter the discussion about food. I have sampled the food in two hospitals in France. It certainly wasn’t brilliant but perfectly edible and there was a choice of main meals. I am sure the people who prepare it are on a tight budget as in the UK. I always found something on the menu that appealed.

    Overall I find the eating experience here varied. There are excellent resturants and some pretty boarderline and not necessarily according to the price. I don’t like shellfish either here or in the UK but people who do, tell me it is excellent here, I don’t like snails or frogslegs either but there is always choice. When it comes to food available in the supermarkets/shops I can find most of the things I used to enjoy in England. The meat is cut differently, but a huge variety of cheeses, my only complaint is the price of food here especially beef and lamb but that is the way it is. I have not had a problem adapting recipies to cook similar food to that I enjoyed before I moved here. I really don’t know how you can call it “utter crap”

    I miss pies and pasties and fish and chips but I am in another country and that is all part of the experience. I go to the English shop in Gourac occasionally and treat myself to a few home comforts but otherwise I am happy to cook my own curries and caseroles in the winter, I think I eat more healthier here, certainly less dependant on fast food and take aways :-)

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    Sorry FC, we both had the same thought. great minds and all that :mail:

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    Quite agree John P. One thing we find disconcerting in Brittany is that food is still seasonal. In April Leclercs had some tasty asparagus from Spain. When their season ended that was it. Same in Carhaix Lidl. Returned to Selby in October and both Aldi and Lidl had Peruvian asparagus when this ended they both switched to Mexican.

    As a cheese lover I miss Brittany with it’s wide range. We went to Morrisons this last Saturday and came out cheeseless! The prices were horrific; £17/kg for goats cheese! We find meat here better but only because they are cuts we know. Fish is 50/50, we find that the quality in Brittany over the last couple of years has dropped to the same as England.

    Only ever use one fast food in England and that is a treat in KFC at Castleford.

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    If mr marmite is let loose in the shops I always tell him seasonal fruits and veg please….not flown in from wherever in the world.

    some years ago in New York I purchased the biggest most delicious looking strawberry I had ever seen…..it was completely tasteless!

    apples .clementines …pears …so good at the moment and reasonable!

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    Only ever use one fast food in England and that is a treat in KFC at Castleford.

    Must agree BE :good: , you cant beat a bargin Bucket from KFC , + I miss a good BBQ spare rib form the Chinese takeaway, never found one here like the uk ribs taste.

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    My love is chish and fips

    Unfortunately I could eat it for every meal including breakfast- unfortunately not poss here.

    So WHY am I not slim and sylph like  :(((

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    Seems two discussions are running on this topic now.

    We hate being ripped off for food and also can’t afford to eat out very often so we rarely went out to eat when living  in France, the best meals we did have were in Bordeaux and Quimper, both Indian restaurants, we had a very ordinary steak in Bordeaux in a restaurant which wasn’t cheap ( did complain) and as for the Plat du Jour well, the only advantage is not having to prepare the food and clean up after, I think they’re great for the truck drivers or travellers to stop off at, but not my idea of going out to eat. The UK is generally too expensive for what you get, there are a couple of local pubs near us that serve reasonable pub grub, nothing to shout about though. Some of the best and  good value for money food we’ve eaten has been street vendor food in the Far East.

    John P, haven’t found a decent pasty in Devon yet, so have given up on that score and Whocares, when you say £12 for a bottle of wine in the UK, do you mean in a restaurant or the supermarkets?

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    Buddylux – you must have eaten at the worst workers resto ever. They do vary but are on the whole extremely good value for money. c usually always an extensive buffet, yes main course and puds not particularly exciting but what do you expect for €12.?

    Good restos need searching out in any country. I really don’t see how you can glibly write off French cuisine as cxxx just because you seem to expect it to conform to what you want. No, they don’t serve loads of different veg, that’s a British thing. In fact some French don t eat veg and meat together.

    Yes open cheeseboards but if you’re that germ averse why go out to eat at all? Bread that flies have puked on – whats all that about?

    We’re in a country with a very different culture and it’s our choice to either embrace it or continue to rail against it. Much easier to just embrace it…

     

     

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    Commando mum ,you are made for mr marmite….he had fish and chips three times in five days last visit.

    i can do it at home but it stinks the place out!

    flour and iced beer make the batter that we like!

    yes ,if you write off a countries cuisine because of one or two bad meals …we’re lost!

    each to their own…thank goodness we have free choice!

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    Mmmmmm fish and chips….now you’re talking.

    Must invest in a new deep fat fryer one day with a filter lid. Used to make them but the smell and grease residue left in the kitchen put me off…

    Mind you there’s nothing like proper twice cooked deep fried chips. I used to part cook the chips then fry the battered fish and then put the chips back in to finish. My mum used to cook them in lard, proper yummy…..

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    This place is aimed at everyone; couples, singles, workers etc. Black Mountains I think we paid €12,50 the last time we visited in the summer of 2018. Help yourself to the wine, help yourself buffet starter (I always vow to eat less every visit but it is so scrumptious I cannot resist), main course usually steak, fish and dish of the day. All this followed by gorgeous homemade and bought in desserts.

    If you ever have the “veal forestiere” prepare for a right stuffing! The mains are over-faced with chips so Anne and I ask for half portions of them.

    Back to Selby! Just returned from Aldi and are well stocked up with cheeses and cooked meats at reasonable prices. Wine VERY expensive and this is why our trailer is always replete with the stuff returning to England.

    If you worry about the global effect of eating non seasonal veg can I suggest you look where your electrical stuff comes from? China! In fact I should think a very large percentage of goods bought worldwide come from there. :unsure:

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    A agree BE …I always look at where things are manufactured…sadly increasingly hard to find not made in China …at a reasonable price.

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    Oh BE you must be worried that if there is a no deal Brexit your trailer load of wine will, once again, be subject to the old Customs & Excise duties and taxes.

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    Maybe very important…how did house visit go?

    are you on the way back to clear your furniture?

    if so name of estate agent please!

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    Oh BE you must be worried that if there is a no deal Brexit your trailer load of wine will, once again, be subject to the old Customs & Excise duties and taxes.

    Not sure if you are a lady or a gent so; couldn’t care less mate/lass. Will hopefully be fully entrenched back in England and looking round that country for a change. Anne has the Isle of White lined up already. Our maxim is that we don’t worry about what we cannot influence. :good:

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    Isle of Wight is lovely,but expensive to get to and from on the ferry,and things are marginally more expensive there because of transport costs.I used to live on the South coast virtually opposite the IOW.

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    Going back to French restaurants and the criticism of not enough choice, I’m always a bit suspicious if a menu offers umpteen choices of main courses and desserts because it probably means they’re all out of the freezer, tin or packet or leftovers.

    I’d rather see a small choice that changes often, more chance it’s sourced fresh and seasonal.

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    Exactly how we see it. Perhaps Gordon Ramsay’s places are out of our leagues, perhaps not for some but he is of the same opinion, keep the menu short and use fresh products. Long a la carte lists can only mean one thing.
    Dining out for us can go from a decent low cost resto, inc one or two excellent menu ouvriers which are there to try for the commercants more so than the artisans, so a few euros more but never much more than €15. Then on occasions we will go to one of our popular restos where we know the food will be very good. The different regions of France do have their own gastronomy and some restos are just incredible from around €25 plus but that is not meant to sound like we have money to throw around but our social life is as such we  tend to dine out with good friends,  good food with good wine is what we have for a social life. Mind you dining at friends or at home with friends is nice as well :good:   ;-)

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    Agent not been in contact Marmite. We are with LEGGETT but not impressed. Still not sold.

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    Typical..they rarely give you follow ups.

    good luck though.

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    When we lived in France the workers lunch was around €10 /11 . One particular place was excellent , a good selection of help your self starters, a good main course, and dessert . Plus wine or cider . I feel that was and  still is fantastic value . I couldn’t get that in the UK . We are not talking of high dining here but a good value lunch! Which I remember fondly. :yes:

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    Not much more now BV in fact a few around are still between €10-€11,50

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    Look, ok, maybe I’ve been a bit harsh about the ‘workmans lunch’! It is good value for money really, but I’ve been back in guernsey, alot recently and I’m comparing it to there! The quality and choice of restaurants is awesome. Just having a ‘niggly rant’, as I miss that food  :cry:

    The flies puking on the bread, was my way of saying that bread is left out uncovered and therefore, with all the brittany flies around, they are obviously on the bread, and flies on food turns my stomach big time!

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    I remember all the food hygiene rules in the EU and my love of French  markets where cream, butter , cheese etc was sold without refrigeration  or even a cover !    Hilarious :rose:

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    And I bet everyone still survived Blue!  :yes:   :yes:

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    we don’t eat out often but, as luck would have it, my favourite restaurant is a short walk from us. it’s called Milin Ruz (which i think is breton for moulin rouge as there’s a red windmill on the sign) and they always have a great plat du jour with an interesting mix of seasonal veg on the plate with the main. great deserts and local cidres; they have a list in the window detailing where all the local produce comes from and do some interesting breton dishes like potato pancakes. if you’re in the area it’s well worth a lunch stop   :yes:

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    There’s a little gem of a lunch restaurant next to the church in Plelan le Petit called the Cotes d’armor. Nothing to look at both inside and out but run by a long standing hubbie and wife team – he cooks and she’s front of house. Great unpretentious home cooking. For example one of the starters is marinated herring and potatoes. A huge dish of home marinated herrings and veg is plonked on the table together with a plate of boiled potatoes and you help yourself.

    Mains are usually grilled meat or fish which come with sauté potatoes and a side salad. Very generous portions.

    Desserts are all homemade and their tiramisu Breton is to die for.

    About €14 for 3 courses.

    Going there Friday so will let you know if it’s still as good as I remember…

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    I myself love the ‘workers lunches’. If locals are there, then it means good food to me.

    Great value for money and plenty of choice to cater for all

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    That sounds very moorish Jazzy !

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    I like the sound of that Jazzy!

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