In search of iconic meals
- hychka Apr 22, 2014 07:31 PM
While in France this coming May and June, my wife and guests would like to experience the really great dishes that are offered. We'll be visiting Paris, Bordeaux, Bayeux, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice and areas surrounding by car. I read much on this board about the great restaurants and the great stuff they provide/invent, but if I was to make a list of the Iconic French dishes, which would they be in these five areas? And, please, only as a secondary response, where should we go to get these foods? Dishes first...restaurants second, cook at home from market offerings third.
I'll give this a go for Provence since no one has responded. Bouillabaisse comes to mind first - you should go to Marseille for that (Chez Fonfon). For socca, here's a link to several threads on recommendations in Nice:
Other foods that say "Provence" to me are: aïoli (the dish, not just the sauce), pan bagnat, pissaladière, calissons, anchoïade, & tapenade. The last 3 can easily be found at the markets in Aix .
In the south if you can make it to La Mas Tourteron near Gordes you will be blown away. Its a beautiful place with a lovely courtyard and a great interior space as well. Amazing food and the winning ticket is their 3 tier dessert table. I still dream about that Calisson Aix cake.
Calisson = ICON
In Aix, daube provençale... my favourite comfort food... but I rarely order it at restaurants because my grandmother (not provençale) makes it better than anybody else and I'm afraid of being disappointed. Try making it at home.