Burgundy Food Specialties

In an earlier post, I had mentioned the La Grange eatery in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. They serve homemade cooking. Here we had roasted lamb with black lentils and sauteed zucchini. This place has many customers.

Lunch at La Grange

On morning, when the croissants were sold out, I ended up trying a local specialty. This is called a gougère and has a creamy cheese filling. Gougères are made of  savory choux pastry mixed with cheese.

This was my favorite place every afternoon.

This area was full of butterflies! Most of them were attracted to purple and burgundy colored blossoms.

What to See near Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

While in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, most of my time was spent resting in the garden. If I wasn’t reading, then I was dozing in my lounge chair underneath a canopy of leaves.

Some mornings, we drove around the vicinity and stopped in other villages for lunch. The best place to have lunch is right there in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain though. Visit the La Grange (open from noon – 6pm) for its daily specials.

One of those morning trips took us back to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, where we had vacationed in 2003.

Châteauneuf en Auxois

There are busloads of visitors coming to Châteauneuf en Auxois, including students on field trips.

We also visited the Abbay of Fontenay one morning (entrance fee: euro 10 p.p.) In 2004, the gardens of Fontenay were awarded the National Label ‘Remarkable Garden’ by the Ministry of Culture.

I love trees, so was in awe when I saw the gardens’ gigantic bicentennial plane tree, which was planted in 1780 and measures approximately 40m in height.

Eating Out in Ireland

Ireland’s restaurants and pubs have their traditional dishes as well as fusion food. At Ma Murphys Pub in Bantry, I enjoyed my first taste of Shepherd’s Pie.

Just found this YouTube clip of Ma Murphy’s Pub. Surprise, surprise. I recognized Mary, the owner, as the lady who had served us. It also featured her best customer, Shaun, sitting in the corner of the pub. He had talked to us on our way in, and out. I just nodded in a friendly way. My Irish comprehension skills are limited unless I have a stout to go with it.

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

On our last morning in Ireland, we stayed at a centrally located Bed & Breakfast in Cork. The lady owner from Creedon’s Bed & Breakfast (on tripadvisor) hugged us before we said goodbye. A nice young man named Finbar kissed me on the street. The Irish are a warmhearted folk. And their breakfast warms my palate too.

Irish breakfast

Irish breakfast

My husband, a Marylander, can’t get enough of seafood. Here we had lunch at The Waterfront (a.k.a. Chez Youen) in Baltimore, Co. Cork. It seemed this restaurant, along with two other adjoining ones, form the center of town, from where you have a great view. All in all though, I was a bit disappointed by this seaside village, because it is mostly residential. At least, we had a good lunch .

Seafood platter in Baltimore, Ireland

Seafood platter in Baltimore, Ireland

 

Here we are at the Elbow Lane in Cork, where my husband had this tasting tray for € 9,50.

Beer tasting tray at the Elbow Lane in Cork

Beer tasting tray at the Elbow Lane in Cork

The restaurant is often fully booked and many hungry folks had to be turned away or told to wait at least an hour. We are sturdy, so we decided to have a seat outside and brave the possible rain. We were rewarded, these were some of the best back ribs I’ve ever had. And the rain stayed away.

spare ribs

Decided to have a go at the kimchi salad, and it was delicious. Fusion food at its best.

kimchi salad

Ireland is the best place to turn an abandoned church into a place to feed the hungry. This Church Restaurant stands in Skibbereen.

Church Restaurant in Skibbereen, Ireland

Church Restaurant in Skibbereen, Ireland

When we travel, we like to explore the culinary side of the country. The selection of food, as well as language usage, offer a good mirror image of its people. That’s hearty and kind for the Irish.

Notes from the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, Ireland

This was our annual summer holiday at Pinewood Cottage* in Kilcrohane. Among lots of resting, we also did a lot of reading, eating, and sleeping, for a whole week.

Morning exercise

Stopped for a pub lunch in Glengarriff.

A pub in Glengarriff

Traditional Irish pub food: chicken salad sandwiches and a crab cake plate.

Irish pub food

Had some good food at Arundel’s Restaurant in Ahakista, where waiters have to cross the street to serve patrons down at the pier.

waiters crossing

Our rental cottage – very spacious with three bedrooms, and we used the fireplace twice. Not for heat, just for comfort in the evening. We had been very lucky with the weather as well, we only had sun and wind, and plenty of it.

Pinewood Cottage, Kilcrohane

*Pinewood Cottage at TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g1652479-d7678709-Pinewood_Cottage-Kilcrohane_County_Cork.html

Spinola Bay, St. Julian’s on Malta

A week ago, I was on Malta for three sunny days. We were told, this time of year is called St. Martin’s summer. This stands for a short period in mid to late November with slightly higher temps and sunshine (in Maltese: Is-Sajf ta’).

We arrived in 26°C weather and had built up a sweat on our brow by the time the hotel transfer driver showed up. He drove like a maniac and I had trouble with the seat belt, because I’m not used to buckling in cars designed for left driving.

This was the first impression we got while riding with that maniac from Valetta airport to our destination Spinola Bay, St. Julian’s.

Entering Valetta

Our hotel, Cavalieri Art Hotel, a four-star hotel (country rating), has a seafront terrace and pool,  and … construction on the other side.

Pool am Morgen

St. Julian's, Malta

The lobby was impressive and the food was good. The breakfast buffet was very British with lots of bacon, ham, sausages, beans, and the likes. We had sunny mornings with a good breakfast sitting outside, which was the best part. The rooms are rather simple, but the maid service was excellent. With a personal touch.

Cavalieri Art Hotel lobby

We had lunch at the Restaurant Gululu, which is located along the waterfront of Spinola Bay in St Julian’s. Yes, we enjoyed the food and the view.

lunch at Restaurant Gululu, St. Julian's

Don’t let the appetizer prices fool you – the portions were rather big. Try the peppered sheep cheese and Kapunata, which is a Maltese version of Ratatouille made from tomatoes, capers, aubergines, etc.

appetizer menu on Malta

 

It takes 2:40h to fly from Frankfurt to Malta and three days there were perfect for me.

At the hotel, most guests stayed weeks at a time – most of them were either retired Brits or work-force Germans having long vacations.