We’ve moved to a subregion of Normandy called Calvados, where a strong apple brandy by the same name is made. This weekend was packed with appointments – about twelve different stops in two days. One of our appointments didn’t even start until 10 p.m. and lasted two hours, but there is something about the obsessive nature of this business that makes it seem normal even when the rest of the world is asleep. Here are a few of our finds from the last couple of days.
One great thing about this part of our work is our reward system. After a long day of hunting for antiques, we can always look forward to an authentic French meal. Sometimes it’s a brasserie, sometimes a creperie, but every few days we make time for something really special. Last night we treated ourselves to one of our favorite restaurants and ordered the chef’s “degustation” or tasting menu. For three hours, we were regaled with course after course, each a surprise selected by the chef. By the end of the meal, we had eaten foie gras, crab, lobster sauce, seabass, seabream, sole, duck breast, beef tenderloin, wild hare, three desserts, and a dozen cheeses. Of course there’s no way to capture the flavors or even the beauty of the presentation, but below are some photos of a few of the courses.
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