Friday, April 22, 2011

Lunch Under a Canopy of Lavender

Are you sick of wisteria yet? I hope not, because I want to tell you about my lunch yesterday sitting under a canopy of lovely lavender wisteria. When I unexpectedly found myself in Figeac over the lunch hour, my first thought was to eat at La Cazelle, Laury's bus stop hang-out. I walked all the way back there only to find that the plat du jour was choucroute, that German-inspired Alsatian dish of sauerkraut, sausages and potatoes. Now, I love choucroute, but I made the mistake of eating it one time in Paris and spent the rest of the afternoon so uncomfortable that I could barely enjoy my stroll through the Left Bank. No! no sauerkraut for me. So, I walked back to Old Town and ate here at the Restaurant Del Portel on rue Orbatadial. Laury and I tried to eat here one Saturday, but without a reservation, they could not seat us. No problem getting a table on a Thursday, tho, so I elected to sit here outside on the terrace shaded by wisteria.

The tile mosaiac depicts Figeac in its medieval hey-day when it was a trade, as well as a religious, center. The warm spring day lured many other diners to the terrace, and soon it was filled with folks enjoying the pleasant environment and the yummy good food. I opted for the menu du jour, salad, main dish, dessert and coffee, for 16 euros. The salad was greens and leaves of purple and white endive topped with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onion slices and strips of thinly sliced duck. The main plat consisted of barbequed chicken, mixed veggies and frites...the French make the BEST fries! I thought having barbeque in France might be a bit risky, but it was delicious. Three fat chicken legs drenched in a thick sauce...very good barbeque taste laced with smoky paprika. Dessert was a sliver of poppy seed cake napped with raspberry coulis and a dollop of whipped cream. I ate well and left a happy camper!
I leave you with another taste of wisteria.

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