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Normandy report

Palladium | Oct 8, 201304:38 AM

We've just come back from a week in Normandy. We took a gite near Pont l'Eveque and did a lot of our own cooking, to take advantage of market shopping, so only ate a few meals out. Just as well, because in general, we had difficulty keeping to the strict mealtimes at restaurants.

1. Le P'tit Resto, Bayeux
We spent a great day in Bayeux, slowly going through the cathedral and tapestry sites. Then we stopped by Le P'tit Resto early in the evening to reserve a place for dinner, walked over to spend a bit of time at the British WWII cemetery and wandered back for dinner. All in all, we were slightly disappointed in the meal. Everything was fine, but not better than that. We both had salmon to start- it was okay. My main of sea bream was slightly overcooked for my taste, and the layer of bread and cheese between the two fillets of bream didn't do anything for me. My husband's main of sesame seed-covered confit chicken leg was huge! That must have been some chicken that it came from. His first response was that it was kind of dry. He did like the veggies and broth it came with. My dessert of strawberries with avocado cream cheese was...fine, mostly I liked it for the strawberries.

2. La Marine, Arromanches
Stopped here for lunch on our day visiting the D-day beaches. (As we'd had no internet the whole week, the first time I had any inkling of the US government shut-down was when we showed up at the US cemetery at Omaha Beach and it was closed!) I had a plate of the fruit de mer, which was very good. Oysters slightly anaemic, but tasted good. Crayfish were very good, as was the crab. Husband had bream- it was much, much better than my bream at Le P'tit Resto. My dessert of figs in a "soup" of Domfront poire, though, was excellent.

3. Le Galleon, Dieppe
Due to the inevitable industrial action, our ferry home from Le Havre was cancelled and we were re-directed to Dieppe. We got to Dieppe in time to have a leisurely lunch. The harbour-front restaurants were hopping, and we waited a bit for our table here. My starter of a seafood salad was fine, nothing special. Husband had a plate of different pork products, which he pronounced good. My main of moules frites was well done. Tasty! Husband had the fish of the day- cannot remember the French name the server told us, but it looked like plaice. This was cooked perfectly, was really good. My dessert of poire belle helene was huge, with coloured sprinkles on top! If I were 14, it would have made my day. Importantly, more than a couple of decades past that, I was still delighted because it tasted wonderful- chocolate- how could it have not: cream, pear, ice cream? If I hadn't been stuffed already, I'd have licked the bowl. As it is, I couldn't quite finish, but my husband had no problems finishing it for me, even after he'd eaten his ile flottante- singular, one huge ile!

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