To lament this sad state of affairs, but also celebrate the delectable reason they occurred, I give you some of the tastier scenes from Languedoc.
|The teeny tiny clams are called "tellines."|
|Perfectly ripe Camembert. Vive la France!|
|Picpoul de Pinet, the local wine of choice with seafood of any kind. |
Astonishingly cheap and delicious. (Note the plastic ice bag, also ubiquitous in the region.)
|Another delicious local specialty, the "tielle"-- essentially a pasty stuffed |
with finely chopped, tomatoey octopus.
|Perfection in egg form, served with fresh marinated anchovies, |
and the delectable bread below...
|L'aperitif at the Pourcel brothers' casual spot, insensé (they also own and operate Michelin-starred Jardin des Sens). In Montpellier you get some kind of little snack like this anytime you order a drink. Very civilized.|
|Spring roll stuffed with local crab and julienned local veggies (zucchini, carrot, celery root), served with minted "guacamole," local honey, and a balsamic reduction. The Pourcels rock.|
|This is train food in France: buttered Poilâne bread, ham, gruyère.|
|The Languedoc-Rousillon is also the homeland of cassoulet... and it's the best cassoulet you have ever had.|
|The texture on that duck confit was INSANE. Drooling again at the memory...|
|Petit pâté de Nîmes... a delicious pastry-encrusted meat pate. There is also one filled with salt cod brandade.|
|Hands down, THE best sardines of my life. Salted, grilled, drizzled with persillade. It doesn't get better than this.|
|A whimsical chocolate and salted caramel "Rocher" and an adorable poppy flavored macaroon.|