Monthly Archives: August 2016

A chef who keeps upping his game

My wife Jan said it soon after our first dish was served at lunch last Friday: “I think Chef has upped his game.” Then she said it several more times during the meal, and again, later that afternoon. This is pretty … Continue reading

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The Sarlat Test, and a sad sign of our times

We are now over the hump — which is to say the peak of the Tourist Season, which in the Greater Daglan Area (GDA) runs roughly from mid-July to mid-August. You can see the cars heading back to other parts of France, the Netherlands … Continue reading

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Civilization(s) on parade — with yet more wackiness

It’s not as exciting as running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It doesn’t have the high seriousness of a religious procession (or a funeral march) in Italy. And it certainly doesn’t have the polished professionalism of a North American event … Continue reading

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Civilization on parade — a first look

Daglan’s four-day  Fête de la Saint Louis is not over yet — as I write this, the thumping music from the bumper-car ride up in the square has started thumping away — but it’s time to look back at what we … Continue reading

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Our festival, at the midway point (phew!)

As I write this, Daglan’s annual four-day Fête de la Saint Louis is halfway over. Loyal readers will know that my wife Jan and I have a love/hate relationship with the affair, which I refer to as The Festival of … Continue reading

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A small village, thinking big

The days are getting pretty toasty, and so it’s time for Daglan to start preparing for its annual Fête de la Saint Louis, which I have taken to calling The Festival of Heat and Noise. The four-day extravaganza takes place … Continue reading

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A belated look at the truffle dog

It’s been a fairly hectic week (that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it), including a trip that included two nights in Toulouse (very pleasant, thank you). So I am only now writing about the special gourmet market in the centre of … Continue reading

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