On a recent weekend trip to Normandy, we visited the coastal towns of Arromanches-les-Bains and Colleville-sur-Mer. These are both locations that featured heavily in the war, and The Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial is located in Colleville-sur-Mer. It was a pretty unusual experience…the pristine and perfectly laid out graves go on forever and it does make you contemplate what took place there and the sacrifices that were made, i.e. ‘the price of freedom’. So just one picture of this beautiful memorial.
The Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
In any case, the title of this post is ‘Food Photos from Normandy’ so this is what you’ll have! I hope you enjoy them.
We stopped for lunch in Arromanches at the appropriately named 'Le Bistro d'Arromanches' which looked cute from the outside.
Le Bistrot d'Arromanches: A delicious Norman 'shrimp' cocktail with tangy homemade mayonnaise.
Le Bistrot d' Arromanches: Mrs. LF ordered a simple but well prepared goats cheese salad.
Le Bistrot d'Arromanches: My mother in-law ordered the sea snails, one of the local delicacies, which she loved - they were chewy but tasty.
Le Bistrot d'Arromanches: I also ordered what I thought would be a 'side' salad of mozzarella and tomato - as you can see, it was huge, and the mozzarella was much less salty & creamier than the Italian varieties I am used to.
Compagnie des Glaces: On the way to the bistro we had spotted this ice cream shop, which looked pretty good - we had a few scoops after lunch and the chocolate was particularly dark, rich and creamy...
Compagnie des Glaces: Some of the flavors on offer - again, that chocolate was rather tasty!
Just before departing to come back, we strolled through Ouistreham (where the ferry back to Portsmouth departs) and Mrs. LF really fancied a gauffre (waffle) - she only likes the French version and prefers it with Nutella.
I was actually the only one to get Nutella (the rest of the family wussed out and had theirs sugar-dusted instead) - it was one of the best I've ever tasted without exaggeration, perfectly crisp and cooked through properly (i.e. none of that mushy doughy mess in the middle) - again, American-sized portions...I was liking it :).
Brittany Ferries (Mont St. Michel Boat) – Seriously!
Le Comptoir de Saveurs (Brittany Ferries): On the trip back we decided to have dinner at the relatively new restaurant area called 'Le Comptoir de Saveurs' on Brittany Ferreis' Mont St. Michel boat. This was the first time I'd travelled to France by ferry and I was extremely impressed with the quality of food on-board (just wait 'till you see the next photos), even in the self-serve cafeteria section. For instance, the raspberry tart we had on the way there was fantastic and much better than most fruit tarts I've tasted in the UK, even at supposedly good places. And it was less than €2 - amazing value, no? Sorry, no picture of that.
Le Comptoir de Saveurs (Brittany Ferries): My scallop starter was very nice - I had to keep reminding myself I was on a ferry! The presentation was beautiful and while the scallops were slightly tough, it had a nice sweet taste and the accompanying flavors were all very distinct and went well together. I particularly like the very sweet itsy-bitsy cherry tomatoes that were served on the side.
Le Comptoir de Saveurs (Brittany Ferries): Mrs. LF ordered the chicken salad, which she was very surprised by as it was exceptionally good (and, as I've said before, she is very fussy with her salads and vinaigrettes!).
Le Comptoir de Saveurs (Brittany Ferries): We shared the apple crumble, which was delicious and very satisfying. It was served with thick fresh cream and a cold shot of calvados, which I thought was a nice touch and was something you'd expect in a nice restaurant, not a ferry (sorry to bang on about this, but it's true!).
Le Comptoir de Saveurs (Brittany Ferries): They made my espresso exactly as asked for (and understood what I meant by a 'long' espresso - rare occurrence indeed). It was even served with a little chocolate biscuit and a chocolate ice cream cube - plus a fancy sugar crystal twizzler. Again, very posh and nice. The other great part about this meal is that it came to under £30 total, including a glass of Pouilly-Fuissé which was about £7. Such good value. We ate leisurely, read our books and looked out the window at the passing sea...au revoir for now...