Benoît Charvet, Pastry Chef of the Year 2013 / Chef Pâtissier de l’année” pour l’édition 2013
Friday October 18th 2013, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Bourgogne/Burgundy,pastries,people

A well-deserved congratulations for Pastry Chef of the Year 2013 goes to Benoît Charvet, Pastry Chef at one of my favorite restaurants in France, Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu (Burgundy). He happens to be my favorite pastry chef, ever. In my experience, he’s the best. His creations are stunning works of art, creative, playful and shockingly luscious. They are not to be missed in your lifetime so head over there right now! We went just a few weeks ago and his desserts still come up in conversation. Here are some photos of our desserts.

Vert-vert – pannacotta, pistachio cake, shortbread and cherry (griotte) sorbet, green pea with green anise jelly


Strawberry Carousel – an absolutely amazing dessert! Licorice cotton candy, mint parfait, strawberries and sechuan pepper/strawberry coulis (this photo was taken before they pour the coulis in the center. sorry!) Also, the chef made this gluten-free by request.


Apricot Oreillon – inspired by the apricot viennoiserie but has taken on epic twists, has tahitian vanilla ice cream & apricot coulis with an avocado glaze


Nothing to say except: perfect.

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau
21210 Saulieu – Bourgogne, (Côte d’Or, Burgundy) France
Tel. : + 33 (0)3 80 90 53 53
E-mail : contact@bernard-loiseau.com

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Dialogue Entre Jean-Francois Copé et François Fillon
Monday November 26th 2012, 10:55 am
Filed under: dialogue,people,politics

Jean-Francois Copé et François Fillon
…Battling it out for political leadership the UMP way.

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Dialogue Entre Martine Aubry, Harlem Désir et Jean-Marc Ayrault
Wednesday October 31st 2012, 9:25 am
Filed under: daily life,dialogue,people,politics

Martine Aubry, Harlem Desir et Jean-Marc Ayrault
…and to think our hard-earned tax euros are going to the French government so they can continue to torment us in our daily lives…

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Dialogue Entre Barack Obama and Francois Hollande
Monday August 20th 2012, 12:06 pm
Filed under: business / economy,dialogue,people,politics

barack obama and francois hollande
This is actually not very funny to me but hey, whatever. C’est la vie as they say in my quite possibly soon to be ex-host country. This is not an isolated case. Not only are American businesses in France going to suffer, French small businesses will feel the wrath as well (if they don’t already feel it). If you’re in France or you visited recently, I’m sure you’ve seen many places out-of-business. This is why a lot of people have moved to England. It’s not a new thing; the tax/social charge system in France for entrepreneurs/independent business owners is dysfunctional and always has been; it’s just going to get worse. The state of the economy doesn’t help, either, and we’re not prepared to take on continous and conscientious struggle. It was really fun and good while it lasted (10 years!), so thanks for the good times. If, by chance, something miraculous happens in our favor, we’ll stay. Otherwise, it’s going to be a reluctant au revoir très bientôt. By the way, this website may be up for sale soon so send me offers!

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Hidden Gems: Nolay France (Burgundy) and Le Thé dans la Vigne

We’ve passed by a little village called Nolay dozens of times without stopping on our way from our house to Beaune. The place seemed unremarkable on the surface but we finally decided to visit it one day to check out the antiques stores on the main road.
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As usual and luckily, we wandered around while we were there.
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It turns out that Nolay is awesome.
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Most people who’ve been here would cite the beautiful, arcaded central market place, which dates back to the 14th century.
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The roof is made of limestone (weighing 800 kg/1800 lbs per square meter) and the frame holds everything together with chestnut wood beams.
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But to me, the salon de thé right next to the central market place, La Thé dans la Vigne, is Nolay’s real gem.
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With delicious home made desserts, light fare meals, fine wines,
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an adorable, sweet and hospitable owner (Sylvie Blanchard),
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eclectic quirky French decor,
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antique books and newspapers in French and English. antique dishware and silverware and housed in a a building that dates back to 1810, you will only feel comfortable and happy in such a warm, cozy place.
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Everything we ordered was tasty and since we couldn’t decide which dessert to have, our kind hostess prepared a plate with everything on it, including a bowl of her whisky infused fruit – the latter being delicious but crazy potent!

Le Thé dans la Vigne
8, place des Halles 21340 Nolay France
Télephone :+33 (0)3 80 26 87 31
Open 10:30am to 9:30pm during warm months Tuesday to Sunday. Closed November 30 to April 1. Reservations recommended.

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