Monthly Archives: August 2012

Autumn 2012: The Early Days

Well, if that was Tourist Season 2012, we’ve had it. It’s done. Over. Kaput. This past week pretty much marked the end of the horde of tourists (from the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain and very occasionally, the far-away … Continue reading

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More (tasty) choices

Is variety the spice of life? Well, maybe not the only spice, but there’s no question that we do want to enjoy some variety in many aspects of our lives, like when we’re out shopping — or when we’re dining … Continue reading

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The best duck confit so far

We’ve had some very good confit de canard in French restaurants, and some surprisingly poor versions of the dish — even here in the duck-rich Dordogne. But today we prepared   duck confit for Saturday lunch at home, and it may … Continue reading

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The Duck Whopper — Alpha stage

Ever on the lookout for tasty, juicy hamburgers — and always willing to help reduce the Greater Daglan Area’s chronic duck surplus — my wife and I recently decided to try a friend’s suggestion to incorporate duck breast into our … Continue reading

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Fête faves — Gold medal

If you’ve been reading any of my posts about the Fête de Daglan — that wacky, four-day extravaganza of concerts, amusement-park rides and games, parades, and bike races — you’ll know that my No. 1 complaint is the noise that … Continue reading

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Fête faves — Silver medal

Who doesn’t love a parade? Well, to be honest, I don’t particularly. Most of the time, I find them a touch corny, and somewhat boring. But when the participants are as enthusiastic as the people of the Greater Daglan Area … Continue reading

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Fête faves — Bronze medal

Today is (phew!) the last of the four-day madness called the Fête de Daglan — which is French for “Daglan’s Celebration of Fun, Childish Amusements, and Above All, Noise!” You think I jest? As I sit here at my computer, … Continue reading

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