Buying Organic Food in Normandy

Buying organic food in Normandy is becoming easier as the number of outlets stocking it increase. In the last 10 years organic food has become more mainstream in Normandy. So, where can you find organic products? Firstly, you need to know that the word for organic is ‘bio’. Anything you see with this word on […]

Croissant Day

It’s National Croissant Day today in both the UK and USA (Thursday 30th January 2020). The day is not celebrated in France but vast quantities of croissants will be consumed as usual. In a break from tradition, a number of croissant hybrids have been created in recent years. They include the Cronut (croissant and donut), […]

Chinese Restaurant in Normandy

A Chinese restaurant in Normandy may not seem very French but with the start of the Chinese New Year approaching then why not? The popularity of Chinese restaurants in Normandy is increasing. Ten years ago it was a relatively new concept. And while there aren’t as many Chinese restaurants as in the UK, for example, […]

Galette Des Rois – A 300 Year Old French Tradition

Let me introduce you to galette des rois. This pastry celebration cake is a tradition that goes back around 300 years. It’s eaten throughout France although there are regional differences in the recipes used. In some parts of France the cake is made of either sweetcrust pastry or brioche. In Normandy and other parts of […]

Normandy Cheese

Day 18 of the Normandy Advent Calendar is Normandy cheese. The bread and wine make the perfect accompaniment! There are 4 Normandy cheeses produced in the region – Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Evêque and Neufchâtel. Camembert takes its name from the village in Calvados where it was first produced. The methods used to produce Camembert haven’t […]

The Best Place for Pancakes in Normandy

Where’s the best place for pancakes in Normandy? This is the question news organisation, Côté Manche, asked their Facebook fans earlier this month. Here’s their pick of the best places in and around Coutances. If you want a relatively quick and informal meal then finding a crêperie is a safe bet. Both savoury and sweet […]

The Best Place For A Coffee in Granville

This is definitely coffee with a view! Yesterday I visited a local heritage site and came back via the town of Granville. It’s one of my favourite towns with a harbour, plenty of seafood restaurants and a quintessentially old town full of history. A friend and I wanted a coffee in Granville so we headed […]

The Colourful Gavray Market in Normandy

The Gavray market happens every Saturday morning from around 8.30am – 1pm. It’s not a huge market but is very much a focal point for residents. It’s a great event for visitors to really experience rural village life. The majority of stalls are in the square near to the church. They are predominantly fruit and […]

A Normandy Chocolatier

On World Chocolate Day let’s visit a Normandy chocolatier. In Granville there are two outlets for Yver Chocolatier who make exquisite chocolate creations for every occasion.   In the centre of Granville is the shop À La Marquise de Presles. It’s at 26 rue Lecampion. This is one of their chocolate counters. They also make […]