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Delicious Normandy

Artichokes and rhubarb at the Bayeux market on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere’s not much I love more when I am travelling than discovering a food market. Except maybe when I am taken around the market with a local who knows “the” stand to buy your produce/ cheese/ charcuterie at and where to pick up just the right baguette to enjoy with your market spoils after you’re done shopping.

Berries and currants at Bayeux Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comI was fortunate to experience exactly this scenario when I joined Jennifer Greco of Chez Loulou (she was also my tour guide on the tour of the Marais I took a few weeks ago, she’s also the one who has tasted over 220 of France’s cheeses and written tasting notes for them…) on her Delicious Normandy tour earlier this month.  Jennifer and her husband are long-time French residents – they lived in the Languedoc for over 8 years and have been living in Normandy for nearly 3.  Jennifer has made the Saturday morning market in Bayeux hers – which is obvious as she strolls through the market, saying hello to vendors and stopping to chat with many of them as she goes about her weekend shopping.  She’s also a Paris-lover and recently started leading tours in Paris with Paris by Mouth.

Lettuce and shallots at Bayeux market on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Normandy tours were a natural “next step” for Jennifer – and it makes sense. Leading interested folk around a market she knows and loves (and can talk about for hours – in a good way!) is a great way to introduce people to the culinary delights of Normandy.  Jennifer knows a lot about the history of the town as well so there’s a little bit of history and a lot of information about food (not to mention the very generous tasting portions!).

Flowers at the Bayeux Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe started the morning with a Norman specialty breakfast pastry – a Brasillé Normand

Brasille Normand on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comNow don’t be fooled by the kind of ordinary appearance of this… Check out what it looks like on the inside…

Breakfast: brasillé Normand w/ @chezlouloufrance Delicious #Normandy tourFlaky buttery goodness….

With a little bit of that in our tummies (for energy!), we spent a good 90 minutes wandering, chatting, shopping, tasting and generally soaking up the atmosphere of the market..

The produce…

Walnuts and salad at the Bayeux Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhite currants at Bayeux market on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.com Tomatoes at the Bayeux market on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comAt the Bayeux market on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comPotatoes at the Bayeux Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe dairy products…

Dairy products and eggs at the Bayeux Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comA word about that cream. It’s crème crue. Raw milk cream and is quite simply, heavenly. The creamiest cream ever. Really. Thick enough for the spoon to stand up in it by itself. Nuff said…

We picked up, ahem, a few cheeses…

Cheese tasting on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere is also gorgeous seafood…

Buying mussels at the Bayeux Market on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comSeafood at Bayeux market on eatlivetravelwrite.comand other tastes of Normandy…

Ciders at the Bayeux market on eatlivetravelwrite.comand even chickens (and other animals!):

Chickens at the Bayeux market on Delicious Normandy tour eatlivetravelwrite.comWith a significant haul of goodies, we strolled through the picturesque streets of Bayeux, en route to our final tasting destination…

Bayeux on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.com Bayeux scenery on eatlivetravelwrite.com Around Bayeux on eatlivetravelwrite.com To accompany our cheeses and charcuterie/ pâté, we headed to Cave Cidricole LeCornu.

Lecornu Bayeux on Delicious Normandy tour eatlivetravelwrite.comJennifer has written about LeCornu for Paris by Mouth and tells us that this gorgeous storefront and tasting area is the “urban farm” of Christèle and François Lecornu who are 3rd generation cider and Calvados producers with over 3,000 certified organic apple trees on 9 hectares just outside  Bayeux. This old stone house in the center of town is where the ageing and, perhaps most importantly, the tasting take place.  You can sample  sparkling cider, oak barrel-aged AOC Calvados and homemade apple apéritif in the beautiful old-world tasting room.

At Lecornu on Delicious Normandy tour in Bayeux on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs well as being an expert shopper, Jennifer is an expert taster and it was delightful to sit and talk cheese with her. When you are with someone who knows what they are talking about, it really heightens a tasting experience (for anything, not just cheese and wine…)

Normandy honey at Bayeux market on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe ended the tour sitting outside the gorgeous Cathedral eating shortbreads, crème crue and strawberries….

Bayeux cathedral on Delicious Normandy tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comFraises. Crème Crue. Sablés. Dessert on @chezlouloufrance Delicious #Normandy tour #BayeuxThe one final wander around the town centre (which honestly made me wish I was staying longer…)

Bayeux cathedral and stormy sky on eatlivetravelwrite.comCinema Normandie in Bayeux on eatlivetravelwrite.comBlue door in Bayeux on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Delicious Normandy tour is a fabulous little taster of all the region has to offer. Obviously in one day you can’t see, do, eat or drink everything – so this would be wonderful as part of a trip to Normandy but it was also so very do-able as a day trip from Paris (my train left Gare st Lazare at 7.26am, returning from Bayeux at 4.36pm, arriving in Paris around 7.45pm for around 55€ return).

You can find all the details for Jennifer’s Delicious Normandy tours over on her website, Chez Loulou.
Book Jennifer’s tours on Eventbrite.
Read all Jennifer’s Normandy articles over on Paris by Mouth.

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Delicious Normandy on this tour. I was not asked to write about it, nor am I being compensated for doing so.  All opinions 100% my own.

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8 Responses to Delicious Normandy

  1. Chocolate Shavings July 29, 2014 at 06:25 #

    Everything looks delicious, Mardi — pretty pictures! So looking forward for the French markets I always miss so much when I’m away.

  2. Jacqui July 29, 2014 at 07:36 #

    Lovely pics and looked like a delicious day! We are off to Normandy soon for a four day break. Unfortunately we will be near Bayeaux but not on a Sat morning! I’m guessing there will be other local markets though.

  3. Pamela July 29, 2014 at 10:24 #

    What a delicious tour. The creme Cru looks so delicious. I have tried the sparkling apple cider when we were in Mont St Michel. It is truly delicious.

  4. Coco in the Kitchen July 30, 2014 at 18:08 #

    SO lovely. Thanks for sharing, Mardi.
    I felt like I was there with you.
    Gorgeous architecture, the produce, etc.

  5. Jennifer July 31, 2014 at 03:05 #

    You captured the market perfectly! Thanks for coming out to Normandy to take the tour with me. I had the best day with you!

  6. Mr. Neil July 31, 2014 at 20:06 #

    I love how this can make me envious – when, meanwhile, I’m catching a flight to France to join you in less than 48 hours….. ;-)

  7. Carol Sacks July 31, 2014 at 23:22 #

    Fantastic post, Mardi! Makes me want to hop a plane back to France asap!

  8. ParisBreakfast August 3, 2014 at 02:01 #

    I went to Bayeux and missed this tour.
    Time to return!

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