July 1, 2012

The delicious fragrance of blé noir

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I made a date to have lunch with a friend, and was given the task of choosing the venue.  While I thought about going somewhere to get some good local Canto stuff that I would have no hope of having in Taipei, I had a tough time choosing the right place.

I wanted a place where the two of us can actually sit for a while and talk, without being rushed to vacate our seats right after we're done with the food.  Dim sum would have been great, but kinda tough for just the two of us.  And I'd already gone to my old neighborhood favorite Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop (正斗) yesterday for my stir-fried flat rice noodles with beef (干炒牛河)

So it seemed like the perfect solution when La Crêperie de Hong Kong popped into my head.  I haven't had a good galette in long time, and it sure ain't somethin' I'm gonna get in Taipei!

We decided we would share 2 galettes between us, as well as a dessert crêpe.  While we were waiting for our food to arrive, the delicious fragrance of charred blé noir floated over from the next table… wave after wave.  It was, to be honest, a little intoxicating.

Les Poulains - raclette, jambon fumé, pommes de terre, cornichons, salade.  Somehow this appealed to me… I guess it was the Raclette… and nothin' better than ham and cheese, right?  The diced potato cubes made this pretty filling.  The thin and crispy pancake was just so delicious...

La Guéméné - this is why I came.  Galette with slices of andouille de Guéméné, which are made with intestines and are sooooo delicious.  The waitress thought I didn't know what I was ordering, and warned me about the strong smell.  Well…little does she know that the strong smell is EXACTLY what I was after!  Even with 5 slices of the sausage (or more like 2 1/2 since I was sharing) this barely dented by craving… but I'll take however much I can get!

Le Defi - for me, you just can't go wrong with bananas, caramel ice cream and salted caramel.  Is it overly sweet?  Perhaps for some, but not for me!

I was very full at this point… and very comfy and sleepy thanks to my friend's decision to order us a whole bottle of Val de Rance Cidre Bouche Doux… I'm not gonna complain too much about spending a few relaxing hours with some delicious cider, though… It's a nice thing to be able to do on a Sunday.

I was happy to be able to get a little taste of Brittany… it's been way too long.  Oh, and I also appreciated the good company today.  There was a very interesting conversation...involving a little S&M…which kinda came out of left field.  Life is just full of surprises, innit?!

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