My day of “bouffe” in Lyon, France

*A little note – since I am writing about France, I thought I could get away with some French in my title. “Bouffe” is slang French for food*

So would you go to a city solely for eating purposes? I did! On my way from Barcelona to Paris, I stopped in Lyon, known as the gastronomical capital of France AND home to Chef Paul Bocuse, who many call the founding father of “Nouvelle Cuisine”.

I had two goals in Lyon and I was able to accomplish both of them, visit a Bouchon and check out the market that is named after Chef Bocuse.

Since I was in France, I readily found myself a great little breakfast on the go…a cheese and bacon loaf and yes, it was warm and it was delicious.

Pain lardons fromage - translated to bread bacon cheese

Equipped with a little bit of sustenance as not to be overtaken with the temptations of what awaited me, off I went in search of French treasures. My goal was not to eat anythere there, but rather to assemble an assortment of treats for a picnic.

The first thing I saw was this, I knew I was in for a “treat”.  This bakery belonged to the “Champion du Monde de patisserie 2009”. No translation needed sometimes, right? I honestly have no idea what they were, but I just stood there and admired them.

Beautiful French pastries

Beautiful French pastries

How about some Fritons Canards? Roughly translated to “fried duck”

Fritons Canards

Sablé aux pralines – I don’t know what “Sablé” translates to, but as you can tell, it’s a cookie (for lack of a better word) with pralines that has a crazy candy gloss look to it.

Sablé aux pralines

After a while of wandering, I began focusing on the makings for my Lyon picnic.

Cheese and lots of it. This is goat’s milk cheese called Rocamadour.  It’s a very young cheese (approximately 2 weeks old) and it’s incredibly soft and creamy.

Rocamadour Chevre

Rocamadour = soft goat cheese  Bouton de culotte = firmer goat cheese

Bouton de Culotte translated to Trouser Button

I thought two types of cheese would be sufficient for my picnic, but I saw this…Arome de Lyon. A soft-ish cow’s milk cheese that’s covered in dried out grapes made in the production of wine. Is it aromatic and crazy fragrant, yes!

Arome de Lyon translated to Aroma of Lyon

So, I had cheese, the next step was bread. This particular loaf is call a Ficelle, which I learned has all the characteristics of a regular French baguette, expect it’s just a bit smaller.

Some bread needed for the cheese

So, my goal in Lyon was to shop at this market and than find a great place to eat my treasures. Lyon has a huge park called Parc de la Tete d’Or (Park of the Golden Head), so off I went with my map and I found it!

Picnic in the Parc with a "c"

Moments later…now, the cheese. The Rocamadour lived up to expectations, it was soft, creamy and delicious with or without the bread. Even the rind was soft and tasted great. The Bouton de Culotte was firmer as I had been told and was another treat.

As for the Arome de Lyon, wow…the potentcy of the grape residue that I smelled on the cheese definitely translated to the taste as well. I was happy to have the Ficelle to neutralize some of its power. The texture too was really interesting, biting into a soft cheese, but getting the crunch from the dried residue. I definitely felt French eating it, whatever that means.

My Lyonaise picnic

Did you really think I was going to go sweet-less? The two little guys on the left were simply displayed as “canelé” (I thought cinammon since that’s canelle in French) and they looked great, almost with the same type of sugar glaze you’d find on a donut.  Apparently, they are supposed to be filled with a custard centre. These were not and they were disappointing and dry, but the amazing looking lemon meringue offered up an OMG moment. The meringue was crunchy as I bit into it, but than melted immediately in my mouth. And as for the lemon filling, it was tart and sugary and I saved some just so I could enjoy it later as well.

Dessert! Cinammon cakes and lemon meringue

Oh and by the way, that picnic came to a grand total of about 8 euros and it was one of the best meals my entire time in Europe!

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5 responses to “My day of “bouffe” in Lyon, France

  1. Wow, I think I gained five pounds just looking at your pictures. Everything must have been amazing. Did I tell you yet that I’m jealous of your trip to Lyon 😉 ?

    I follow Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook, Lyon-based blog. Check it out: http://kitchen-notebook.blogspot.com

    • tastesbetterwithfriends

      hmmm, I think you have already told me about your jealousy, but it’s always nice to hear it again:)
      Too bad I didn’t know about Lucy’s blog beforehand!

  2. This looks fabulous! In all honesty, how much French do you need to speak in order to get by? I would love to travel to France but my lack of French skills freaks me out 🙂

    • tastesbetterwithfriends

      French certainly helps, but I think you can get by relatively easy with only English. Most French people speak some English, but don’t necessarily break it out unless they have to. Lots of hand gestures help too of course:)

  3. Pingback: First of many in Paris… « Tastes better with friends

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