Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dish du jour — 2010/08/30

Salmon has become the chicken breast of seafood. It’s ubiquitous, it’s prepared in all kinds of styles, and it’s often boring and blah. (In the case of salmon, oily and flabby and even mushy; in the case of chicken breast, … Continue reading

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One Sunday, two markets

Most towns and villages in the area have at least one open-air market per week. Sarlat, a larger town, has its markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In Daglan, our weekly market — held in the main square (unless it’s occupied … Continue reading

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Dish du jour — 2010/08/28

Even I will admit that cassoulet doesn’t take the most beautiful photograph. But then neither does a serving of mac ‘n cheese, or risotto. What links the three is that they are all comfort foods, each delicious in its own … Continue reading

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French fashion — not so haute

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a fashion leader, come on down to rural southwest France. There’s not a lot of what I’d call haute couture happening. Not that I’m complaining. People are relaxed, they look good, they look happy. … Continue reading

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Egalité, fraternité — et fidélité

What’s the hardest thing in the world to do? Right — find a new barber. What’s even harder (than the hardest thing in the world)? Right — find a new barber, in a new country, where you’re not sure of … Continue reading

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Dish du jour — 2010/08/25

Have you ever ordered a cheese course instead of dessert in a posh restaurant? I’ll  bet you have. And I’m sure you were surprised and delighted by the beautiful platter, on which were the following: three walnut halves, two filberts, … Continue reading

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Farming update: Tobacco road

Daglan is in the Périgord Noir — the Black Périgord — section of the Dordogne. It’s called the Black Périgord for much the same reason as Germany’s Black Forest: It’s dense with trees, and particularly the holm oak (holly oak). … Continue reading

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