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    Can also recommend La Maison de Manon in Brignac – tiny place between Merdrignac and Mauron. Great lunch to be had there too but good idea to book!

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    this is so useful…to get local knowledge on where to eat saves you making mistakes”

    great post!

     

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    Thank you to all for posting recommendations. Certainly worth knowing

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    This is an interesting thread – With any restaurant whether in France, the UK or anywhere else, I suppose, you pay your money and you take your pick.

    Before going any further, it might be a good moment to mention the fact that Mrs J is a quite exceptional “chef de cuisine”so I may be both extremely lucky and a slightly biased.

    Anyway, say, for example, two of you go out for lunch (11-13 euros per head) or supper (25 euros per head maybe) plus something to drink, you would expect something that you would really enjoy eating and by that I mean leaving the restaurant and thinking “wow”.

    We live in Calvados, so, OK, I’ve been doing a bit of poaching over here, but the principle’s the same. Today, we found ourselves in Ouistreham at the fish market. Bought some really beautiful trout (11 euros) fresh. Came home and cooked it for supper with a bottle of wine – maybe a bottle and a half so maximum price for the meal 20 euros.

    I should mention here that we wouldn’t normally spend this much on a single meal – but it’s good to eat fresh fish at least once a week, certainly on the north coast of France where it’s in abundance.

    What I’m trying to say here is that it’s not the place that you eat it in but the ingredients you use that count and it’s for this reason that I think that the general standard of French restaurant cooking has declined considerably over the last 15-20 years. This has been driven solely by the pressure on profit and the fact that the younger generation simply do not appreciate really good cooking – witness the enormous increase in McDonalds everywhere.

    When I first starting visiting France some sixty odd years ago there was huge pride in the country’s culinary skills – from small Auberges by the side of the road to Michelin star restaurants. I really don’t think that this is the case now.

    The culture of eating well has changed. Peoples’ expectations have been downgraded without them really noticing and we are now expected to put up with a lesser standard and for any country – not least France – this is a great shame.

     

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    John,sort of agree…we,re also in calvados and I too occasionally buy fish in Ouistriham …suprisingly I find the market quite pricey..but good.

    we ate the last of our scallops from there yesterday…last years!they were delicious..but are now 40euros and more a kilo!

    most of our fish comes from Le Clerc Ifs.

    so yes quality of produce important.

    having said that well cooked cheaper cuts are delicious…so the cooking is important.

    following younger mums in the queues in supermarket  I’m often suprised at the quantity of ready made meals.

    so often ,restaurants will use prepared meals …just heated…even desserts delivered frozen.

    in fact many bakers are also turning to frozen deliveries…I watched a French tv documentary…it was quite shocking.croissants ,bread…cakes delivered at the back door.

     

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    Marmite – scallops 33 euros a kilo today – so the price seems to be going in the right direction – once they go below 30, we may be tempted as they are so delicious!

    For a cheap fish meal large plaice is often somewhere between 4 and 8 euros per kilo – today it was nearly 13 – but I suppose it all depends on what the trawlers have bought in.

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    Me too…have to say it’s my favourite..

    we live in Falaise so it’s quite a drive just for fish.

     

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    We live in central Brittany and most of the local places to eat are much of a muchness, MOH says he prefers to eat at home but knows I have to get out once in a while so we always end up going to our local Bistro. I do like to get new ideas though, on Tuesday we went to our local place and the starter was a hot salad, potato, small pieces of chicken it was big enough for a main meal though!! I must admit I get fed up wandering around the Supermarket looking for something different :scratch: I think seasonal fruit & veg is a good thing, My Sister who’s always on a Slimming World diet buys Pineapples and Melons at under a £1 all the time I think there all tasteless!!

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    Talking about flies on bread, I was in a Chinese Buffet and there were some kids going around taking a spoonful of this and that, putting the spoon back in the food, dont know what made me do it but I shouted at them to stop doing that, found out they were British Kids !!  :whistle: I was waiting for the parents to say something but they didn’t must of looked French that day!!

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    ………………..My Sister who’s always on a Slimming World diet buys Pineapples and Melons at under a £1 all the time I think there all tasteless!!

    That’s strange rusty as I think melons (not so much water melons) but honeydew and the like and pineapples have a lot of taste?

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    To be honest Roger I haven’t eaten one in UK for years, just recall them being like that :whistle: I do eat them here though and they are very tasty. At the moment were eating our way through Butternut Squash had a glut of them this year great in curries, stews and soup less meat needed too !!

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    The melons here in France have been amazing this year…

    now it’s apples ,clementines…grapes.so sweet…last of the figs…

    each season has its splendid fruits.

    we enjoy a good Chinese buffet …but I have to admit I like to be the first in….and watch like a hawk if I think some kids or adults are abusing my food!

    I always take from the bottom!

    I find” look number 65…”stops them in their tracks…if not …a poke with chopsticks might work…haven’t tried it yet!

    Seriously ,a buffet is just that….one hopes that no one sneezes!

    our Japanese buffet is different…you order on a list…and can reorder up to three times..it’s freshly made and delivered to the table.

    quite civilized.

     

     

     

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    I have to say that I like the fact that we have to shop with the seasons, it’s nice when the seasons change and a whole new lot of goodies are in the supermarkets. Summer fruits are much more enjoyable on warm summer days and clementines signal the Christmas season to me, I resist from buying them until the Christmas week!

    I love a Chinese buffet menu – yummy!

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    In the last couple of years fresh figs seem to have become much more widespread – have to admit I’ve always had a bit of a passion for them. It’s good to have some fresh fruit on top of cereals for breakfast and, for me, figs are king of the heap.

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    I feel a Chinese buffet coming on….all this talk of food!

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    Whenever I see your pic, could just do with marmite on toast!

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    Yes …it’s great stuff…we used to have to post it to Japan when my daughter was there.

    i have to say I really miss it…I,ve given up bread so have nothing to spread it on!

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    I’m now contemplating having some buttery toast and marmite before I go to bed!

     

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    Go for it pumpkin but it will make you thirsty!

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    Buying fish direct in Roscoff is superb. They bring you out a whole side of salmon or a great slab of cod. The taste and quality is so good, as is the price compared to the supermarkets. We’re so lucky to have it right on our doorstep.

    The only food we miss from the UK is a good Indian/Nepalese restaurant but we’re off to Jersey for a few days later this month so hope to enjoy one or two whilst we’re there. And if we can find a Tapas bar too we’ll be in foodie heaven!

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    Interesting as you say Pete. What I find puzzling is the bigger number of fast food shops in ‘poor’ areas, how can ‘poor’ people afford to buy fast food? Canterbury is the 2nd ‘healthiest’ town, it’s also a very expensive ‘upper class’ town, so what does that say?

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    Fast food  is a ‘bums on seats’ experience where the quality can be shamelessly challenged with quick profits in mind. Much of the fast food can be produced cheaply so the poorer areas with less disposable income is an easier target than say, more expensive restos.

    That’s my take on it, I don’t know if it’s true tho.

    Of course ‘cheap’ doesn’t have to mean poor quality.

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    Marmite – Can’t stand the stuff!!

    When I was very small they used to give us marmite sandwiches on brown bread at school – I developed a deep loathing for it that has continued unabated ’till this day. Mrs J loves it.

    Now Bovril, and in particular Bovril on toast – That’s a different matter. So we have to keep a pot of each in different parts of the cupboard in case they get mixed up.

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    In the Merchant Navy we had a Marmite equivalent called ‘Bonux’ (a name of a washing powder in France !) It must have been a brand name of Marmite in S Africa or wherever stores were taken on. Didn’t mind a Bonux sarnie after a night on the razz…

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    I like both Marmite and Bovril, when my girls were young and at school, I often used to have a cup of hot Bovril and toast for my lunch.

    Talking about sandwiches did anyone ever have banana and brown sugar sandwiches? Or condensed milk on bread? Crisp sandwiches, beetroot sandwiches, cold beef with salt sprinkled on sandwiches – this is making my mouth water, going to get us a sandwich for tea, sadly it won’t be any of those delicious fillings! How lovely it was to be young and not care about whether something was good or bad for your health!

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    Crisp sarnies with Branston pickle. :good:

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    Branston on cheese too PJ  :good:    (I like Branston on scrambled eggs too!)

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    Strong cheddar (grated) and tomato on soft white bread with maybe a little salad cream or mayonnaise – always come back from UK loaded with cheddar – love a lot of the French cheeses but sometimes good English cheddar takes a lot of beating.

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    Grated strong cheddar…mayo.tomatoes…in brown seeded bread.

    mmmmmmm

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