Allez et Retour en Normandie / Return Ticket to Normandy

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 Amiercan Cemetery & Memoria

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.

Arromanches-les-Bains

We stopped for lunch in Arromanches at the appropriately named 'Le Bistro d'Arromances' which looked cute from the outside

We stopped for lunch in Arromanches at the appropriately named 'Le Bistro d'Arromanches' which looked cute from the outside.

Le Bistrot d'Arromanches:

Le Bistrot d'Arromanches: A delicious Norman 'shrimp' cocktail with tangy homemade mayonnaise.

Le Bistrot d' Arromanches: A simple but well preapred goats cheese salad

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: 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

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.

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: 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...

Some of the flavors on offer - again, that chocolate was rather tasty!

Compagnie des Glaces: Some of the flavors on offer - again, that chocolate was rather tasty!

Ouistreham

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

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 just sugar) - it was one of the best I've ever had, perfectly crispy and cooked through properly (i.e. none of that mushy dough-ey mess in the middle)

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!

On the boat back we decided to have dinner at the relatively new '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 tarts I've have in the UK, even at supposedly good places

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.

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, the 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): 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.

Brittany Ferries Mont St. Michel (Le Comptoir de Saveurs) - Chicken Salad

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!).

The apple crumble very satisfying and was served with 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): 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!).

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 cookie and a chocolate ice cream cube - plus a fancy sugar crystal twizzler. The other great part about this meal is that it came to under £30 total, including a glass of Pouilly Fusse which was about £7. We ate leisurely, read our books and looked out the window at the passing sea...au revoir for now...

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...

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