Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Toulousains' Paradise

This is a Marche Victor Hugo, a market in Toulouse, France. This is a paradise for all chefs and food lovers. Fromage, Jambon, saucisson, fresh foie gras, fresh seafood(including huge scallops), french pastries and espresso can be found here. YES!

A fromagerie. All kinds of French cheese are available here. The variety here is more than regular french supermarket. Shopping here is very fun as free samples are always drawing the crowds.

French Pastries. My favourite is Opera. It contains a crispy biscuit at the bottom, 3 layers of cream(Chocolate, Coffee and Butter), alternating with cream and genoise. It is finally topped with a dark chocolate ganache and some gold dust.

Handmade Chocolate by a Chocolatier. A lot of times, a patissier is also a chocolatier. So it won't be a surprise to see a impressive number of pastries and cakes as well as fine chocolates in a same store.

Makrout aux dates, a Tunisian delight made with semolina, butter and dates dipped in honey. It's my family favourite.

Tender and Juicy Lamb with Pan-Seared Foie Gras with crispy potatoes and steamed carrots. A plate I ordered in a restaurant that served only lamb. (outside Marche Victor Hugo, France)

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