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France For
Foodies

France For Foodies

Taste the bon vivre essence at the core of each aspect of France’s historic culinary hometowns

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ood is inherent to France’s identity - it’s impossible to separate the two: when one thinks of France, one automatically associates food. To get acquainted with any new country, it’s critical to learn about its cuisine, peek into kitchens, restaurants, and try as many new things as possible. There is no better place to go on a culinary adventure than France; discover bon vivre and experience one of the most revered cuisines in the world. Outside the glitz and glam of Paris, you’ll find the rural regions which gave birth to the delicacies that make up the backbone of France’s foodie identity.
We recommend the following places to immerse yourself in the history of France’s culinary culture.

Les Petis Matins Bleus, Normandy and the Valée d’Auge

The traditional cuisine of Normandy is of course based around meat, cheese and hard cider, and there plenty of opportunities for you to experience these staples. The cozy Le Petis Matins Bleus B&B offers a weekend long cooking class focusing on the local products. It’s situated among the rolling hills of Valée d’Auge which is ripe with fertile pastures, orchards and farms. You’ll find this hospitable foodie destination just outside the city of Caen.


 Les Petis Matins Bleus, Normandy and the Valée d’Auge

The harbor at Guilvinec, Bretagne

The city of Guilvinec depends around the daily comings and goings of the boats, after all, it is one of France’s ancient port cities, and the largest one at that. Everything revolves around the Atlantic Ocean where the restaurants on the promontory serve fresh, expertly cooked fish. Immerse yourself in this traditional way of life by going to the harbor to learn fishing techniques from the local fisherman.
The harbor at Guilvinec, Bretagne

Hostellerie Bérard, La Cadière d’Azur

The closer to the Mediterranean you get, the more sophisticated the cuisine becomes. You’re sure to stumble upon a starred restaurant here and there. Take for instance Michelin starred chef René Bérard at Hostellerie Bérard which is located in the classically picturesque village of Le Cadière d’Azur, the Provençal hinterland east of Marseilles. Don’t miss an opportunity to sample the acclaimed menu of chef Bèrard or take your culinary passion even further by signing up for a week long intensive cooking workshop which of course includes trips to the local markets. You’ll even be able to dine with your fellow foodies on the hotel terrace to fully appreciate your personal masterpieces. 
 
Hostellerie Bérard, La Cadière d’Azur

Barnard Loiseau di Saulieu, Saulieu, Bourgogne

Bourgogne is a critical part of France’s culinary economy as this is where the milk is produced to make the fabulous cheeses that France is famous for. You’ll see grazing cows are all around you and the restaurants and hospitality options are endless. We reccommend Barnard Loiseau in Saulieu, a luxurious hotel in the Morvan Regional Natural Park. Don’t forget to try the quintessential local cheese called Epoisses, it has a strong meaty, earthy, salty, and nutty flavor that must be savored before leaving this region.
 


Barnard Loiseau di Saulieu, Saulieu, Bourgogne

Grape Escapes wine tours, Mont Ventoux, Provence

This tour company provides wine tours with trips to places such as Mont Ventoux and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (close to Avignone), a typical vineyard village. Visiting Provence without experiencing its regional wines is like going to Naples and not eating pizza: you’d be crazy not to. Each day the tours provided by Grape Escapes feature wine tastings through which you’ll discover the local vineyards and wines. Furthermore, you’ll spend your nights at Mazan, an ancient castle turned luxury hotel which was previously home to the Marquis de Sade.
Grape Escapes wine tours, Mont Ventoux, Provence
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