Tag Archives: Béarn

Foie gras terrine: why not keep one around the house?

On the lookout for Foie Gras On a Tuesday in November, the display of foie gras at the market in Orthez is an impressive sight.  Not that the market at Orthez is uniquely gifted with foie gras; at this time … Continue reading

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Famous Trout

The cold streams of the Pyrenees are renowned for the wonderful quality of the freshwater fish they produce.  For this reason, one can find the designation Truite de Banca in markets and on menus throughout the  the Southwest of Franc. … Continue reading

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Good eating with a nice beurre blanc

Recently caught in the waters of the Gave de Pau near Orthez (gave = river in the local dialect):  A pike measuring almost 1 meter in length.  The feature article in the local newspaper SudOuest goes on to state that … Continue reading

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Ferme KUKULU in Espelette

During a recent visit to the Southwest of France, we visited one of the artisan cheese makers who’s cheeses we are lucky enough to feature on our cheese board at both Le Pichet and Cafe Presse.  Ferme Kukulu is located … Continue reading

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Big Americain in Pau

  Tuesday November 1, 2011: Observed this sign on a stand selling hamburgers in at a carnival in the Place de Verdun in Pau.  “Warm round bread, two patties, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, fries, choice of sauce 6 euros.”  I did … Continue reading

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Garbure Béarnaise

The  region of the Béarn in the Pyrenees Atlantique has a rich culinary tradition, one that it shares in part with its neighbors.  To the north is Gascony, with its love all things duck, including the use of duck fat, … Continue reading

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Ossau Iraty

Wrapping paper used by Monsieur and Madame Andre CHAHON of Morlanne, near Pau.  I encountered their stand inside la Moutet at the Tuesday Market in Orthez, where they were offering a range of their raw milk sheep’s cheeses.  This sample … Continue reading

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The Tuesday Market in Orthez

There are two market days every week in Orthez.  Outdoors Saturday, in the parking lot of la Moutet, is the local farmer’s market that features only the bounty of the surrounding countryside, including offerings from farmers, meat producers and culinary … Continue reading

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Orthez, and how we decided to buy a house there.

October 7: During a morning ride to Paris’ Gare Montparnasse, our taxi driver let us know that train service throughout  France was disrupted due to a work stoppage organized by train conductors to protest a recent  stabbing of one of … Continue reading

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Local Pumpkin to Compete in the Nationals

Monsieur Bergeroo of Orthez, in the Pyrénées Atlantique department (that’s right, the town were my wife and I have recently purchased a home for our retirement) is once again competing in the Concours National, the competition to find the largest … Continue reading

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