Do you have a sweet tooth like me? Well, if it is the case, you'll be thrilled to hear that there is a place near Bergerac where you can get your fix!
From my own experience it's quite impossible to find a Patisserie/Boulangerie (Pastry Shop/Bakery) good at both. Usually they can be brillant only at one of the 2 of them (pastries or bakery)… Well, I was proved wrong last week when we went for a walk from Creysse to Mouleydier (more infos: https://goo.gl/mKzYBm )!!!
La Gloire de Mon Père is THE place where you can get the best baguettes AND the best cakes for a special celebration or just a little treat for yourself!!!! Bonus: you can grab a table and treat yourself to a cup of coffee with one their oh so yummy pastries before going for a walk along the river Dordogne!
Looking for fresh truffles to vamp up your dishes? Don't look further, you have up to the 25th of feb to head down to the Truffle Market of Bergerac on saturday morning! Under the roof of the Food Market (Marché Couvert) reliable producers/vendors will showcase their best "black diamonds" to delight your tastebuds!
The Dordogne is well known by the foodies as one of THE best region of France for truffles, cepes, foie gras, wine… but did you know that we forget most of the time to list another luxurious ingredient? Saffron…. also called the "Red Gold of the Black Périgord".
Since the Middle Ages, this spice was cultivated here in the Dordogne valley and despite falling in popularity, it made a victorious come back a decade ago.
From the delicate flower, the "Crocus sativus" with its awesome purple blue petals, you'll get on a good year around 2kgs of saffron, this intensively red stigma or “threads”(the stigma being the female part that receives the pollen). Grown on small explotations with a lot of handwork involved, the price of this luxury spice is around 30 to 40 euros for 1 gram. Keep in mind, that for 1kg of saffron you ll need 250 000 flowers which is 750 000 threads.
2 tips for buying the best saffron : – Prefer buying threads over powder and the stigma must be intensely red all the way. – Don't purchase over 2 years old saffron and it has to be sold in a container protected from the light.
Recognised by the gourmet circuit as the best truffle in the world, the Perigord Truffle also called the "Black Diamond" is now part of our list of tours.
A mere 30 mins taxi drive from our self catering holiday accomodation , will bring you to the best place in Dordogne to experience the true meaning of Truffle fever : Pechalifour, near the lovely village of St Cyprien (24220).
Under the knowledgeable supervision of your charismatic host, truffle farmer, Edouard AYNAUD and with the help of his friendly border collies Farah (6 years old) and Lino (7 months), you'll learn the secrets and mysteries of the "Black Diamond" and experience something unique : finding truffles before your very eyes. A magical moment for all public, "wow" effect guaranted and a life changing way to look at this amazing fungus.
Practical info: Location: Pechalifour (http://www.truffe-perigord.com/) 2 hours orchard visit (8€ per adult, 5€ for children from 10 y old, free under 10) – english speaking guide on site Half a day session: Tasting in the boutique or during a meal on site. Truffles products airplane friendly and book written in english by Edouard Aynaud about the "Black Diamond" can be purchased in the boutique. Please contact us for a quote and to organise this visit & tasting tour.
Following my recent article, we decided to try the Velorail. And let me tell you that was a day out to remember. 11 km (2 hours) of family time and fun! The lanscapes are awesome : plenty to see since you go through a tunnel, over a river, past the old train stations of Corgnac (last train was running in 1991), through a tunnel, junction with the roads…)and you enjoy the fresh air: a real treat!
So here s a few tips and a few photos:
Tips: – arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue. – The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don't break a sweat!!! – Don't look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office. – During the week, you can't have a pic nic at the arrival (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch. – Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.