A Year in Daglan

We interrupt our regularly scheduled service — namely, the promised report on Sunday’s expanded market and Salon de la Gastronomie — to mention that today (Tuesday, August 2) is the first anniversary of our move to the GDA and, more specifically, Daglan. To mark the occasion, my wife Jan and I had a fabulous lunch today at Le Petit Paris.

Lunch actually began chez nous, where we consumed a glass or two of Veuve d’Argent (the Silver Widow), a drinkable Champagne wanna-be. Then off we went on the 90-second trek to the restaurant.

We chose primarily from the chef’s l’Idée du Moment, plus a good Chablis from the wine list. We both started with a glass dish holding a base of potato salad mixed with bits of pickled herring, and then topped with slices of house-made marinated salmon. To wit:


A beautiful way to enter our meal.

My wife had the cod as her main course, while I ordered the linguine made with a light creamy sauce and chunks of cêpes and wafer-thin slices of summer truffles — which was absolutely delicious. Here’s my dish:


The great, earthy taste of mushrooms and truffles.

To top things off, we both had the cool rice pudding studded with tiny pieces of kiwi fruit, strawberries, peaches and watermelon, and drizzled with an orange-caramel sauce. Here it is:


A great summer dessert.

To top it all off, Madame gave us complimentary snifters of Armagnac, to congratulate us on our first anniversary and to thank us for our fidelité as clients. So we are not complaining in the slightest.

Neither were we complaining about the quality of the produce being offered on Sunday at the Salon de la Gastronomie in the main village square (which I must remember to start calling the Place de la Liberté, which is its actual name). A photographic sampling follows, starting with lovely bunches of shallots:


Yes, we bought a bunch of the shallots.

Next to the shallots were bunches of garlic, like this:


Yes, we bought a bunch of garlic too.

Across the street from the garlic stall was a vendor of earthy delights — like summer truffles and chanterelles. Here they are:


We bought half a kilo of mushrooms, and one truffle.

(It should be noted that the mushrooms and truffles were featured in a delicious omelette that Jan made for our lunch on Monday.) Further down the street there was a stall selling huge cêpes. Having already bought some chanterelles, we passed by the large mushrooms, but they sure looked good. Here’s a peek:


Some good-looking mushrooms.

There was some great fruit for sale too — like these nectarines:


We bought four of the nectarines -- which I've had for breakfast already.

And some lovely pears, that we passed by (you can only eat so much fruit at a time). Here they are:


A crate of pears on offer.

But it was not all about fruit, vegetables, and fungi. There were some beautiful bunches of flowers for sale too, like these:


Bright, summery flowers for sale.

Once we were finished shopping at the market that morning, I headed off on a bike ride while Jan went for a long walk. On her return, she stopped off at the stall of the young woman who sells roast chicken, potatoes, confit of duck, and other goodies, and picked up a large helping of paella. And that was our Sunday lunch at home.

In the afternoon, we headed back to the square for the demonstration of the truffle-hunting dog. But that is a story for another day — namely, tomorrow. For today, let me simply close with: Happy Anniversary!



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6 Responses to A Year in Daglan

  1. Steve says:

    Congrads you two, it’s a lifetime to follow.
    Enjoy and thanks for your delitefull blog.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Happy Anniversary Loren and Jan! What a year it’s been….and so many more memories and blog posts to come!

  3. Joan says:

    Happy First Anniversary and many more!! I feel like I am there with you reading your blog (well, sort of!!)
    and salivating over all of your fabulous meals.

  4. Loren says:

    Thanks to all of you!

  5. Chantal from Montreal says:

    Happy Anniversary… Already a Year!
    Time really goes by…
    Miss you both… Hope to see you soon…Hugs & kisses xoxo
    p.s. I really enjoy your blog.

  6. Rob says:

    Yum. Sigh.

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