France is more spectacular than I ever imagined, especially for a foodie like me. The freshest of ingredients, the most inventive preparation and spectacular presentation make this a foodie paradise.
Today I went to the Place D'Aligre market in the 12th arrondissement. Table after table overflowing with the freshest fruits and vegetables, fish mongers hawking treasures from the sea and vendors proudly handing out samples. Sweet, juicy mango's, so succulent, so sweet! Ahhh, heaven. Melons, brightly flavored-a bit of summer in my mouth.
A stop in the marche du formage converted me from a "stinky cheese" avoid-ee, to a stinky cheese lover-can you say "epoise" boys and girl? The same shop carried hand cured meats, fresh eggs and mousse au chocolate. Not to be outdone, the chocolatier next door stocked dragges, "tablets" (light or dark) studded with dried fruits and gelee's-made from super concentrated exotic fruits.
Of course the daily baguette was de-riguer, as was the glass (or 2) of red.
Coming up...the best restaurant in Avignon...stay tuned.