Showing posts with label Toulouse Treats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toulouse Treats. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Bleakest January Skies

Every time I find myself living through winter in France, I would always chance upon snow. The first couple of winters I had here, I had the unfortunate experience of having the worst winters that Toulouse had ever experienced in years. This January, according to the reports, Toulouse has seen the bleakest skies again after 45 years. My husband is starting to think I have a curse, or something.

The night of the super blue blood moon... it showed up for a while opposite of this frame... wasn't able to get a good pic.
 This winter has not really been that cold lately. But for the first time today, it snowed. While I am not a big fan of snow, I was able to appreciate it through the eyes of my daughter. She was doing a happy dance when I showed it to her this morning. After a while, she asked me if Santa Claus is coming to bring us presents because it was snowing. Kids are so cute.

Amazed by the snow
Still, I'm glad it didn't snow for too long. Hopefully, the weather will maintain its moderate winter temperature as in the past few weeks... and more sunshine, please!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Toulouse Visit 2017

It's been a week since I've arrived in France for the Summer Holiday. I spent the first week eating, drinking, visiting the fresh market, enjoying the first few days of the Summer Sale, getting a hair cut from one of my friends, and hanging out with them!

Place du Capitole de Toulouse at sunset

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Menu de Pâques (Easter Menu)

for non-french speakers: all photo captions are in English.

hier midi, on a profité le menu de pâques d'une brasserie qui s'appelle Le Bibent. on se trouve cette brasserie pratiquement au Place du Capitole de Toulouse.

the easter menu of Le Bibent, a famous brasserie of one of France's top chefs, Christian Constant

le menu q'on avait manque les rilletes de sardines indiqué dans le menu ci-dessus. mais cétait très bon quand même. et j'ai trouvé le reste des plats copieux.

Christian Constant, the chef owner of Le Bibent, posing at the entrance of the brasserie (image from

cette brasserie est fameuse parce que le propriétaire est l'un des chefs de France qui est très célèbre. il s'appelle Christian Constant. il est l'un des chefs qui juge dans l'émission téléréalité, Top Chef.

the intricate art work on the walls and ceiling of the brasserie

mon mari m'a dit que la brasserie était totalement rénovée. je trouve les détails des murs et du plafond très complexes et très beaux.

eggs, asparagus and morilles (some kind of  expensive mushrooms) in generous serving

le premier plat était vraiment réussi. cétait très bon. j'ai aimé les morilles et les asperges spécialement.

the main dish -- roasted lamb leg and some veggies

le plat principal était très bon aussi, mais je n'aime pas trop l'agneau. néanmoins, j'ai trouvé que c'était parfaitement cuit, et j'étais heureuse de ne pas trouver le sang quand je l'ai coupé.

Basque cheese and cherry jam with a bit of salad

après le plat principal, on a mangé des frômages qui viennent de Pays Basques, une région qui se trouve dans le sud de la France et dans le nord de l'Espagne. on melange ces frômages aux confitures des cerises, avant de se mettre au pain.

raspberries beneath a creamy mixture of milk and egg yolks

malheureusement, j'étais déja plein quand le dessert est arrivé. mais, cétait un peu aigre / acide à cause de framboises, mais je l'ai aimé bien quand même.

et ca serra tout en ce moment. je vous souhaite des joyeuses pâques et passez une bonne semaine. :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Un Weekend Aveyronnais

one of the many, many things that i will definitely miss in France is the marché. there is nothing quite like it. as you already know, France is all about food. and all the territories have their own specialties.

this weekend, there is the Marché Aveyronnais at the Place du Capitole. we took the opportunity to go this morning since it was quite a mild winter weather we are having today.

my husband, as you know is of Aveyron origin. for those who do not know where it is, it is still in the south of France and still in the region of Midi-Pyrénées (like Toulouse) but it is a few notches higher up in the map.

image from:

it is a region famous for roquefort cheese (that smelly moldy blue cheese), laguiole knife (we received them as wedding gift from my parents-in-law), and the world's tallest viaduct (Millau viaduct).

we were greeted with this huge sign of a stall selling farçous upon entering the vicinity

farçous is made with eggs, and some leafy veggies that look like spinach, which they call blette in french. my mother-in-law made them last christmas (see here) and they tasted a lot, lot better than these ones.


aside from farçous, you have all the different kinds of humongous bread. can you imagine the size of the oven where they were cooked?

i always say you can bludgeon somebody to death with these huge thick-crusted bread... and i know somebody whose gums bled after eating them. i'm used to them by now, though.

you can pair them with some confiture (jam) like these:

cherries and honey jam -- i just had to buy one of these because the Lola selling them was so nice. and they tasted so good.

of course, it's not a real Aveyron market without the presence of Gateaux à la brôche.

gateaux à la brôche

and i was able to see how they were made for the first time.

how to cook gateau à la brôche

we also bought something to drink.

different kinds and flavors of alcoholic beverages

hubby and his Aveyronnais friend even made me choose the wine to buy. we chose something from Marcillac. that place we visited last year when my baby was just a couple of months' old.

other stuff you will find in the market, aside from food:

some nice rustic-looking pottery

these pottery items reminded me of a present my husband's Lola in Millau gave me the first time i visited France. unfortunately, it was broken in transit when we moved from Singapore to France.

and lots of grandmother stuff like these ancient-looking tapestries.

you see a lot of stuff for sale that mostly old people will like. Aveyron has quite an aged population, like most of France's countryside. fortunately, my husband is not among this elder majority. :)

a brass band of Lolos. Aveyron, i think has one of the most number of senior population in all of France.

we bought quite a lot of good stuff for lunch. and to complete the weekend aveyronnais, we even had a guest from there -- my husband's childhood friend. he bought us a huge slice of cheese which is from the terroir of Roquefort. and also, a gateau aux noix (cake with nuts).

top left to bottom: fricandeau (paté), gateau aux noix (cake with nuts), saucisse de canard (duck saucisse), some cheese

it was quite a good meal. heavy, but really good.

the gateau aux noix was a bit dry but still delicious.

the wine that i chose was quite poivré (had some taste of pepper). i seem to like this kind of wine. it might be too strong for some. but it kinda reminds me of the wines from Chile that i used to like a lot when i was still in Singapore.

i find it quite fun that they made an acrosstics of their wine label. :)

and of course, my duck saucisse! the only ones available in the market were a bit too dry, though.

duck saucisse

bon weekend à tous! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Au Marché de Noël

If you visit the Place du Capitole de Toulouse during this time of the year, you will find yourself surrounded by various delicacies and produce of Southern France and also from the rest of the world.

You have the famous nougats and candied fruit stands

These candied fruits are oozing with sugary sweetness... gives me toothache just by looking at them

Nougats are extra-soft and chewy here in France, but also extra-expensive

Some tea to go with the sweets

You wouldn't believe how crazy they are about tea in these parts... good for me!

Various spices from abroad

Spices, mostly of African origin

Some Himalayan and pink rock salts

Some well-loved local snacks

Aligot and Tartiflette stand -- these snacks are made from potatoes and cheese -- both of which are staple food here in France

And hot wine to beat the cold.

I should try this

There was also entertainment for the kids.

Stage show for kids

And for the not-so-young ones.

You can throw pie on this guy's face for a Euro

This year, we went during the day, but last year we went during the evening, and it looked like this:

Le Marché de noël 2011 par nuit

Bonne fête et joyeux noël, tout le monde!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Nudes of Europe

best viewed large, so go ahead and
click on the image for your viewing pleasure
i have always been fascinated with nudes.  i never really understood those who aren't.

i may be a bit inhibited when it comes to being naked, (being born in a country where people are so vain and had too many issues and insecurities about their physical appearance) but i have no qualms about appreciating a beautiful nude body.

and this is why i love europe.  i love those beautiful naked statues and nude paintings, nude photographs, uncensored nudity on movies, TV shows and advertisements... and sometimes, when you're lucky, people running around naked in the rugby field from across the street where you live! :)

crazy nude guy on the background
of some kids' clothing ad
i was quite surprised to wake up to a sunday morning seeing these crazy seemingly drunk people early in the morning, running around naked tackling each other in the rugby field from across the street, which can be viewed from our balcony.  usually, on calmer mornings, i only have the view of the icy peaks of the pyrénées.  but this morning, i was in for a surprise.

and sometimes, you even find them in even more unusual and unexpected places, like in an advertisement for kids' clothing. :D

surrounded with all this glorious nudity, really, how can it be more fun in the Philippines?  :p

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Food Feast

Hubby and I decided to go for crêpes today for lunch. We went to this restaurant called, Crep chignon, recommended by my hubby's boss. It was quite nice. Especially since the last time I've eaten crepes was at Café Breton with friends at GB, Makati during my last visit to the Philippines!

Just look at these sumptuous treats that we had for lunch:

This is what I had for lunch: just a simple crêpe with jambon and egg inside, and some exotic salad with palm heart and pineapples on the side

This is what my hubby had for lunch: a simple salad, and crêpe with pork blood sausage and apples, and cider ice cream

Dessert in France is always delicious, no matter how simple they look!  This one is crêpe with bananas and hot chocolate, with chantilly on the side... yum!

Coffee in France is always espresso, unless you specify otherwise. I had a decaffeinated one here. You see the blocks of sugar on the side? Crafty, eh? But not very sanitary, if you're finicky about other people touching those blocks before you do.

After the restaurant, we went to the grocery to stock up on food for the weekend, especially since we're having some visitor friends of hubby, coming from Bretagne (Brittany, northwest of France). I remember back then, the first time hubby took me to the French grocery in Singapore, he went completely nuts. He went crazy and bought so much food. I think this grocery-craziness has rubbed off on me a bit. Especially since we moved to France. I mean, who wouldn't go crazy with these:

French bread -- according to hubby, this is real bread, the ones that scar your gums, not the soft ones we have back in Asia

Pastries and candies -- the ones on top are made from the famous Toulouse Violettes, below are loads and loads of cakes and pies and tarts

Of course, a trip to the french grocery or market wouldn't be quite complete without passing by a humongous selection of cheese

And if you ever go to the fresh open market, which they call marché, you will find fresher produce, and a lot more interesting and exotic stuff like rabbits and deer, etc. They're usually open for only a few hours in the morning, though.

Food, I think is just about the best thing you can find in this country.