Have I ever mentioned that we have a world-class restaurant right on our doorstep? Literally just across the street from our apartment is the Grand Hotel and Restaurant “Les Terrasses”. It’s the best restaurant in the area, with two stars (Michelin red guide) and four stars (Toques au Gault Millau) respectively. The chef, Christophe Aribert, has previously worked at the famous La Tour d’Argent in Paris, and his wife runs a small gourmet grocery (also on our street) which is stocked with products which Aribert chooses personally.
All this would be really cool if we ever had the chance to eat there, but of course with menus starting at 99 euros per person, it’s a bit out of our price range. My husband and I are waiting for the perfect special occasion to go, but in the meantime the restaurant does an annual charity fundraiser, where for the reasonable price of a ticket guests can sample a range of delicacies prepared by the chef and his kitchen staff. The restaurant also offers two-hour cooking courses, followed by a meal with the chef.
While we wait to win the lottery in order to dine in style, here’s a recipe from the restaurant’s website, so you can try your hand at gourmet French cooking in your own home: Butternut Squash French Toast with Truffles and Nutmeg. The recipe is only available in French, but if you really think you’d like to try it (rather than just marvel at some of the exotic ingredients), let me know and I’ll be happy to translate it for you. (I decided not to do that here because it’s pretty long and complicated.)
Done any gourmet cooking?
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