May 2016 archive

Having fun in Carcassonne!

Carcassonne has been amazing so far. The city has so much to do and see; there’s a castle on top of the hill, a fresh food market in the city square (40 meters from our apartment) 3 times a week selling great local goodies and there’s the Canal du Midi for boating, picnicking and general relaxation.

 

Mom’s not a big fan of “le selfie”.

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This couple dressed up for the occasion. (The “knight” is on the bridge).

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View from inside the medieval castle.

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Champagne? Why not!

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Ok, I’m not going to lie, there has been SOME drinking going on. This is “le liter of lunch wine”.

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The weather has been unseasonably windy and chilly.

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L’Oeil le resto cooks all their meat and potatoes on a wood burning oven in the center of the open concept restaurant. 

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Smart.

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Yes, that is 1.5 kilograms of big steak, small steak, tenderloin, sausage and duck breast…the baked potato is swimming in fresh cream and chives.

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I was the only one to finish my plate. The big burly women who worked there were very impressed.

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And the highlight of 2016, the lunch boat ride on the Canal du Midi!

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We drank local Rose, ate yummy food and enjoyed the scenery.

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WHAT!!!!!! I got to drive the boat!!! I jokingly asked if I could drive and next thing you know I was in control of the wheel. Apparently I did a fine job, the captain let me steer for over 10 minutes while he sipped his coffee and told me stories about the surrounding area. I have a new calling, I’m becoming a boat captain (just as long as it doesn’t go faster than 6 kilometers an hour)!   

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Saturday market. As today is our last full day in Carcassonne we wanted to celebrate by eating all the local produce available at the market. Steak tartare, cheeses, salads, asparagus, olives and macaron with fresh strawberries and cheese cake are on tonight’s menu.

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A few photos of Toulouse (sorry for the time stamps).

 

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Fantastic seafood dinner made with all the goodies we picked up at the Victor Hugo market.

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MY MOM!!! The funniest storyteller in the world…especially after a few wines.

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Yakitori lunch next door.

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Huge rodeo downtown. All the French people were line dancing in the rain.

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Snacks while we wait for the rain to stop.

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Sunday at Victor Hugo market.

Sunday in Toulouse, everyone is at the market drinking wine, slurping on fresh oysters and chomping on great breads topped with meats and cheese.

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Yes, France!

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Obviously we bought one of each at this stall.

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A quick 7.5 hour train ride to Toulouse.

Mom was very excited as it was her first time on a train…well, except for all those other times she’s been on a train.

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Eddie?

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Pre-train croissants.

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Gare Austerlitz.

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Our cool apartment in central Toulouse.

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Bachelor party.

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I wanted to talk shop about marriage.

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My lovely drinking buddies.

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Yummmmmmmy pineapple Gojju with pan fried chicken breast.

The recipe for Pineapple Gojju worked really well and you don’t need to cook it for hours and hours to develop favor. I didn’t know what urad dal was so I just used regular brown lentils instead. Also, I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t be able to get jaggery in Bulgaria so I used white sugar.

For the chicken thighs: I marinated 2 large thighs in hot Madras, smoked paprika, lemon juice and salt for an hour then pan fried them in oil in a very hot pan. Let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.  Serve with cilantro and green onions or leeks.

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Pork Al Pastor Tacos.

I used frozen, store bought, Russian pancakes instead of making tortillas by hand…I know, I’m a terrible person! The pancakes were fantastic, not too sweet and had a great fluffy consistency.

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