When I was visiting my parents and my sister a couple of weeks ago on the west coast of France (Les Sables d'Olonne), I had access to the best and freshest seafood available.
To give you an example, at the local fish market, you could choose between "catch of the night" and "catch of the morning"!
And both actually sell - go figure the French! I would only buy the freshest, but maybe the "catch of the night" tastes different...I didn't investigate, I must say.
In the village, there is a very nice "caviste" called CASTEL with all sort of good wines, and they have recently open a "delicatessen" and bookshop in an adjacent street.
I found a little treasure of a book there: Les meilleures recettes de SAINT-JACQUES by Jean-Pierre Crouzil, a pretty famous seafood chef in Brittany at L'Ecrin in Plancoet, where you can find the best scallops.
Back home, I chose to cook one unusual recipe:
Tatin de saint-jacques a la rhubarbe: click here for the recipe and here for the wine we drank with it...not your middle of the road combination...
And to discover more about that part of the west coast of France, I have opened a new page: Vendee
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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