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Southwest of France, Albi - a belated post

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Southwest of France, Albi - a belated post

don gordon | Oct 16, 2002 08:16 PM

I've meant for some time to post highlights of a trip in late August/early September to the Languedoc-Rousillon and points north, as well as Paris. The board was so helpful to preparation for the trip that I wanted to repay you all with some nice timely feedback, but of course, I've been busy, and procrastinated. Although I'm still short of time, to keep my news from getting any staler, I thought I'd give details of one of my best meals, at a spot that is not widely visited, at least (far as I can tell) by anglophones.

I spent a day and a night in Albi, on the Tarn River - the Guide du Routard raved about the restaurant in the Hotel Minerve, so I reserved for dinner, dining solo. I was seated on the terrace, which sits high above the river and has a dramatic view of the illuminated medieval city.

The food: started with a fine simple green salad. This was followed by a sensational starter, a warm (and equally simple) chicken breast concoction seated in a pool of truffle oil. Wonderfully balanced flavors. Oh, I had a terrific half-bottle of a white Corbieres with all this, can't remember the estate, sorry. The plat was a perfectly grilled, delicate daurade surrounded by poached potatoes in a wonderfully subtle light cream sauce. I don't like cream sauces; I *loved* this one. Finished with an apple tart, one of about nine such I wolfed down in two weeks in France. None of the others could compare with this one. Service, by the way, was fine.

All this set me back forty measly Euros. For the quality (not to mention the setting) I would gladly have paid twice that or more.

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