Au Chateau de Mont Dol

au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
We recently stayed for a few days at au Chateau de Mont Dol, a charming bed and breakfast in a small village not far from Mont Saint Michel and Cancale in Brittany. Though not really a chateau (it’s a renovated farmhouse), the place is enormous with five rooms (two doubles, one triple, one suite, one family suite for 4) and attached to the main house are three gites (self catering apartments).
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
Au Chateau de Mont Dol is a comfortable, convenient and affordable base to use while you’re exploring Bretagne and it’ll be even more worth it to you when you return to your home sweet home after a tiring day’s worth of sightseeing.
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
We stayed in the family suite, which sleeps a total of four. Two downstairs and 2 up in a loft. This is perfect for a couple and two kids. Very comfy and inside the rooms you’ll discover mini meringues for guests to much on!

Another reason for choosing this charming B&B is that one of the owners, Yannick Goulvestre, is a chef, having worked at Alain Senderens (Lucas Carton previously), a three star Michelin restaurant. That means the meals are excellent.
clams repas au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
Clams definitely win against snails.
entree repas au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast

entree repas au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
and we were particularly impressed with his orange dessert souffle!
souffle au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
Served with chocolate gelato and buttery biscuit, it was one of the best desserts I’ve had in France. I wished we had started the meal with dessert. If we’d only had that for the entire meal, I would’ve been very happy!
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
Another gorgeous dessert served on a different night:
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
Herb tea and chocolates after dinner:
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
In the morning, wake up to steaming French coffee and a yummy breakfast of home baked goods, crepes, fruit, cereals, yogurts.
au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast
You know, a typical European offering. Make sure to try the amazing salty Breton butter!

au chateau a mont dol france bretagne brittany bed and breakfast

Au Chateau de Mont Dol
1, rue de la Mairie
35120 Mont Dol, France
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 80 74 24
Email: yannick.goulvestre@wanadoo.fr

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Breizh Café and La Table de Breizh Café in Cancale
Friday October 22nd 2010, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Bretagne/Brittany,restaurants,tips,travel and places,travel tip

breizh cafe in cancale france
We were in Paris a little while ago and headed over to Breizh Cafe, a creperie that focuses on quality and organic ingredients, crepes, galettes, other goodies from Brittany and some twists on these traditional dishes. They turned us away because we didn’t have reservations. Pffff! So, we went to the first Breizh Cafe in France, located in Cancale (Brittany), which is, I think, is better. So there!
breizh cafe in cancale france
Like its Parisian sister, Bertrand Larcher’s Breizh Café offers tradional and original dishes. but unlike in Paris, the Breizh Café in Cancale is right on the beach.
breizh cafe in cancale france
And because the seafood is caught just a few yards away and is delivered the same day, it couldn’t be fresher.
breizh cafe in cancale france
Definitely order oysters! They were the best I’ve ever had.
breizh cafe in cancale france
Have local cidre with your galettes and crepes. A must.
breizh cafe in cancale france
If you’re looking for the freshest, tastiest sashimi ever, go upstairs to La Table de Breizh Café, which just opened last February. It specializes in Japanese-Breton cuisine created by Chef Rafael-Fumio Kudaka.
breizh cafe in cancale france
For dessert, crepes of course! I can never resist a crepe with salted caramel.
breizh cafe in cancale france
This one wasn’t too bad, either.

Lastly, you can purchase organic buckwheat fllour and buttermilk, among other products at Breizh Cafe.

Breizh Café/La Table de Breizh Café – Cancale
7 quai Thomas
35260 Cancale, France
Telephone: +33 (0) 2 99 89 56 46 / +33 (0) 2 99 89 61 76

Breizh Café – Paris
109, rue Vieille du Temple (Le Marais)
75003 Paris, France
Telephone: +33 (0)1 42 72 13 77

Breizh Cafe Creperie – Tokyo
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-3289-3531
There are also locations in Yokohama, Kawasaki, Akasaka and HIbiya.

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Vitré and One Cute Vitréen
Tuesday May 25th 2010, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Bretagne/Brittany,people,tips,travel and places,travel tip

village de Vitré the village in Vitré
Vitré (Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine) is the most well-preserved medieval village I’ve seen in France with its narrow streets of cobblestone,
magasin de Vitré shop in Vitré
surrounding ramparts and half-timbered houses.
Château de Vitré the castle in Vitré
The 11th century Château de Vitré showcases fairy tale towers and has historically proven to be one of the most powerful castles in history having not been occupied during the Hundred Years War. The English attempted to take it over many times, without success, even though they’d occupied the village.
maison de Vitré house in Vitré
The best part of our short trip, however, happened while we were meandering around the old village, taking photos, chatting, then suddenly, a local villager speeds by and grumpily yells, “You’re right to take photos. It’s beautiful here!” then he smiled ear to ear. My sweetie then says, “Oh, but we actually want to take a picture of you.” And this adorable man enthusiastically agreed.
homme de Vitré man in Vitré
Then we asked, “Will you stand like THIS?”* And he did! People of Vitre, you rock.

* My nephew has been posing for photos like this and we thought we’d find some competition for him. Actually, many travelers in France who we didn’t know agreed to do this.



Maison Larnicol: Playful Chocolate, Macarons, Kougn Amann

chocolate paint palette with macarons georges larnicol
If for one reason you come into Maison Larnicol, the brainchild of Master Chocolatier and MOF, Georges Larnicol, it’s to marvel at his playful, colorful chocolate creations.
macarons larnicol
Oh but you should taste as much as possible, too. We dropped by his shop in Saint Malo (Brittany) but he has a whole slew of shops in these cities Auray, Bordeaux, Concarneau, Guerande, La Baule, Locronan, Nantes, Pont Aven, Quimper, Rennes and Saint Brieuc.
kouign amann
The kouign amann (an oh-so-amazing buttery, baked Breton pastry), macarons and chocolate were heavenly. There are no additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients in the baked goods.
kouign amann kouignettes
The mini kouign-amanns called kougnettes are so cute and come in 14 different flavors.

The only regret we have now is that we didn’t try every single item in the shop. There’s so much more to grab here: cookies, lollipops, galettes…

Maison Larnicol
6, rue Saint-Vincent
35400  Saint Malo France
Telephone Number: +33 (0)2 99 40 57 62

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Joyeuse Pâques / Happy Easter!
Sunday April 04th 2010, 8:50 am
Filed under: Bretagne/Brittany,chocolate,events

chocolate in france