Now THAT’s Good Cookin’

As a budget traveler, I eat all free food that comes my way. So, naturally, in Italy I ate every bite of pasta, pizza and Nutella sandwiches that my host mothers gave me.   Yet, for all my expectations for Italian cuisine, I never put a bite in my mouth there and sprinted for a pen and paper and pleaded with the chef to write down the recipe.  That happened for the first time in Bordeaux.  At every meal I ate, save one.  The way I was happily moaning and pleading for more food, my hosts Ben and Luce must have thought I grew up hoping for stale bread and butter.

I cannot possibly list all the good food I ate.  So I am just throwing out one restaurant and one dish recommendation that you must try when in Bordeaux.

South of France Speciality Dish: Duck Confit

Ben told me he was making me duck for dinner but, as an American, I would probably be grossed out by the grease.  “Ha! Please,” I responded, “I’ve spent enough time in the South to know my way around battered meats.”  But holy canard!  He brought out a tub of lard and started drowning the poor bird.  He lathered on the layers and threw that duck on the grill with only some garlic as company.  The result was heavenly.

That greese-drenched duck was the best meal I've had in memory.

Stuffing myself with my Bordeaux host Luce and her friend Kathy. Pass the Foie Gras (again), please.

Restaurant Recommendation: Scopitone

Luce grew up in the town of Pau on a Foie Gras-production farm (they fattened up Geese there and “harvested” their livers) and she takes cooking very seriously.  Scopitone is her favorite restaurant in the city so you can trust it is a worthwhile stop beyond my unrefined American palate.  We ordered five “half” appetizers, at 5-8 euros each, so we could sample a wide range of dishes.  I particularly enjoyed the Tuna Tartare and Goat Cheese/Vegetable Spread.

Luce at le Scopitone. I realize this blog is about food and I didn't get a picture of the dish. But the atmosphere was charming too!


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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