Food Odyssey in La Rochelle

Posted on 26. Dec, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France

Earlier this year, I hopped on the car for my first trip away from my new European base. I had no idea what to expect from La Rochelle and I was definitely pleasantly surprised, especially my palate. Because the food in La Rochelle… oh my. I was not prepared for that!

La Rochelle’s Port

It all started after a visit at the Tourist Office, which recommended us a little place nearby. We ended up having a lengthy, relaxing lunch by the port on rue du Quai du Gabut. At that point I was so hungry I would’ve settled for the golden arch, but soon enough, we were seated on a breezy pier overlooking the port. The special of the day was the salmon tartare, and I figured, when in Rome… If you’re not going to eat fish and seafood by the sea, when are you? And God, was it a good choice. I mean, look at this!

Salmon tartare in La Rochelle

Lunch was definitely a smashing success and a nice preview for the next days, even though my friend found a few surprises in his mussels…

Surprise! © Nathalie Le Conte-Good

The next day, we ventured out to close by, idyllic Ile-de-Ré, in order to expand our odyssey for food in La Rochelle. Not only did we completely fall in love with the island, I also had the best steak fries of my entire life, hands down. It was huge, it was not good for my arteries, but it was so, so good.

Steak frites à la française

And to top everything… ice cream. What could possibly be better during a foodie weekend than ice cream? And in the village of Saint-Martin, on Ile-de-Ré, they know how to charm the tourists with the ice cream. Rainbow-like array of flavors to be enjoyed by the sea? Yes please.

God-sent ice cream on Ile-de-Ré

I was definitely not expecting such an amazing foodie experience when I planned my trip. But La Rochelle’s knew the way to my stomach heart and my poignées d’amour definitely keep a great souvenir of this weekend.

Have you been on a foodie tour before? Are you a fan of food in La Rochelle? Do you travel just for the food, sometimes?

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3 Responses to “Food Odyssey in La Rochelle”

  1. Lauren

    27. Dec, 2011

    Bah, that little crab! There’s nothing better than eating fresh seafood. I think my stomach is growling now ;)

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  2. Tours In Agra

    28. Dec, 2011

    Ohh, Mouthwatering and Delicious seafood food. Yummy yoummy….

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