Guide to French Caviar (Black Gold)

When connoisseurs think of caviar, their thoughts naturally always turn to Russia, and in particular to the luxurious caviar produced from the Beluga Huso huso sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Its fame and exquisite flavor have ensured that this gastronomic delicacy fetches a princely sum, usually retailing at around €8,000 per kilogram. But, due to […]

Top Italian Liquors You Must Try On Vacation

Served either as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a post-meal digestive, Italian liquors have a hallowed place in the country’s culture and cuisine. Many liquors are based on age-old recipes that people once made in their homes, using the ingredients on hand. These days, plenty of large firms produce liquors for consumption domestically and abroad, […]

French Wine A-Z Dictionary

Who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon? These French grapes are world-renowned and planted across the globe in both hemispheres. Herewith is a list of some more of the most famous and also lesser-known grapes from France, from Alicante Bouschet to Viognier Armagnac – High-quality grape brandy from Gascony Appellation d’ Origine Contrôlée – […]

French A-Z Name Food Dictionary / Glossary

We have drawn up this handy French food names list with many ingredients you are likely to see on the menu while Vacationing in France or even on a French menu closer to home. It includes the essential French food words, helping you make the most of your French food and dining experiences. Please let […]

French Grape Varietals

White Grapes Chardonnay– the traditional white grape of Burgundy (such as Chablis); Chardonnay is grown all over France and is probably the most famous white varietal in the world today. read more Chenin blanc– is used frequently in the Loire Valley (where it is also called Pineau de la Loire). Used to make both delicious […]

A Guide to Irish Farmhouse Cheese Makers

Ireland is experiencing an artisan cheese Renaissance and it has never been a better time to enjoy the wide range of super high-quality cheeses on offer. Renowned for its high-quality dairy, pristine grazing lands and clean air, Ireland is a natural destination for top-notch cheesemaking. Producers like Gubbeen, Cashel Blue and Durrus have long been […]

A Guide To The Best French Liqueurs

By Martina Hemm French liqueurs have made their mark on history and our palates. An excellent French liqueur is not just an aperitif but also a good conversation starter. From homemade to age-old distilleries, from politically to morally provocative, public opinion on French liqueurs has always been in motion, while their essence remains the same. […]

French Sea Salt (Fleur de Sel)

It’s a heady experience to be in the center of a bustling French food market – the jostling crowds, good-natured banter, and most importantly, the tables sagging under piles of every conceivable type of product available. From Provence to Burgundy, the Loire to Bordeaux, France has retained its reputation as a gourmet’s paradise: Visitors far […]

A Guide To French Truffles (Black Diamonds)

Black Truffle from Perigord Truffles, particularly the black truffles of Périgord, are considered by many to be the Holy Grail of fine dining, an epicurean’s dream come true! Their incredibly refined aromas and flavors – often described as chocolate and earth – are as highly prized as any flavors found in a three Michelin starred […]

A Guide To French Olive Oil

France is justly world-renowned for the quality of its cuisine – the freshness and diversity of its ingredients, often chosen that day from local markets that are used to create such a variety of fantastic dishes. We owe France so much in food terms and, of course, there’s the wine! And yet, when it comes […]

A Guide To French Hams

While Spain and Italy may be some of Europe’s more famed cured ham producers, France offers food lovers some stellar versions. The ancient port city of Bayonne at the heart of the French Basque country has been preparing succulent hams since at least the 12th century. Indeed, today raw specialty Bayonne Ham is renowned as […]

A Guide to French Chocolate

The best French chocolate is a decadent indulgence of the highest order. The Swiss and Belgians would no doubt disagree, but there is no denying that some of the world’s best chocolatiers reside in France. Of course, other countries are more renowned for their famous chocolate brands, whilst the French have largely kept their fantastic […]

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