Food & Wine Festivals and Events in France in January and February 2019

As there are a plethora of food and wine festivals and events in France, I thought I’d let you know about them. There are so many things I love about living in France but the celebration of food and wine is right up there at the top of the list.

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Restaurant L’Alexandrin, Lyon

Every time I go to Lyon I love to try a new restaurant and as there are so many I’m never going to run out of great dining experiences in this gastronomic capital of France. So my lunch choice on a recent trip was L’Alexandrin. Very conveniently situated close to The Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

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What the French eat at Christmas

The main Christmas meal is called The Reveillon and consists of luxurious and the more extravagant foods found in France. The Reveillon is a long meal, the aperitif is often blinis with smoked salmon and caviar.  This would be followed with oysters (huîtres) smoked salmon (saumon fume) and other seafood like lobster (homard).

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Six Things To Do in Chambery

Having lived in the Haute Savoie region for over ten years I thought it was high time to visit Chambery the capital of the Savoie region.  I enjoyed my day of discovery and have created Six Things to do in Chambery which I enjoyed on my day trip!

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Aromatik Restaurant Annecy

Fabulous! another delicious restaurant discovery in Annecy. Aromatik restaurant in Annecy has two entrances and is in a lovely old building which can be accessed either via Filaterie or Rue du Collège. Aromatik boasts not one but two outdoor eating areas and has a stunningly decorated interior restaurant combining traditional aspects of the building with modern accents and colours

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Wild Beets Kitchen, Les Gets

Nestled in amongst all that melted cheese in the wonderful resort of Les Gets it is a refreshing change to find the ‘healthy option’. Les Gets is not short of great restaurants to sample the Savoyard specialities and great gourmet cuisine, but one thing it did lack, in my opinion, was something completely different…Enter Wild Beets Kitchen…

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Chez Castillon – A Magical Place in France

Walking through that big blue door into the long high ceilinged hallway which leads to the gorgeous courtyard garden, terrace and pool, once again I am transported into my little haven of laughter, fun and relaxation. It wasn’t by accident that I found myself at Chez Castillon for the tenth time. Every week I have spent there since 2010 has been just wonderful. A journey of discovery; learning new skills, honing current skills and meeting and making new friends in this beautiful region of France.

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Vina Annapurna, Les Gets

Now we have another new gastro restaurant in Les Gets! Vina Annapurna which opened at the end of the winter ski season 2018.  It’s open for summer too and I got my chance to try it!  The restaurant scene in Les Gets continues to evolve in a good way and the Vina Annapurna is a great addition.

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One Night in Sarlat

Sarlat, what a gorgeous medieval town.  I had time to enjoy a quick stopover in Sarlat la Caneda on my latest road trip from the Haute Savoie to the beautiful South West region of France.  I’ve been wanting to visit for a while and these beautiful cobbled streets with their tall old stone buildings didn’t disappoint. I stayed at Le Glacier and my room which was huge was No.1 looking out over the square – Place de Liberté. 

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Restaurant L’Esquisse, Annecy

Is there no end to the fabulous places to eat in Annecy – it would seem not! My latest find is L’Esquisse Restaurant owned by Stéphane and Magali Dattrino.  Situated on the Rue Royale in the centre of Annecy, this little gem and it is a small restaurant takes only 18 covers for each sitting in the calm and tastefully decorated restaurant.

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