I've just got back from a week in the Île de Ré - a tiny island off the west coast of France with a constant light sea breeze, where everything is tasteful. Everything. Shutters have to be painted one of 16 tasteful shades - soft greens, blues and greys and the majority prefer to cycle everywhere, as the island is criss-crossed with cycleways and lined by tranquil beaches. There are strings of oyster farms with oyster bars along the waterfront where you can stop for lunch. The seafood is incredible.
So, I've decided to dedicate my first post to the Île de Ré and the sumptuous food I experienced there.
Mooching around the market
St. Martin de Ré, the island's capital, has an incredible and varied covered market - from jars of squid and lobster bisque, a whopping 121 kg tuna to traditional charcuterie counters with an array of local cheeses, fresh pasta and French pastries. My favourite? The deep pans of sautéed squid, samphire, garlic and cream simmering in the background - delicious!
La Martinière artisan glacier should not be missed.They even have a macaron shop down the street, one of my weaknesses. La Martinière makes nearly every ice-cream flavour you can think of, including a bizarre selection of flavours like oysters and caviar, and cherry and camembert. However I failed to sample these and opted for pistache, banana flambée and the local speciality, caramel fleur de del. They were all incredible.
Apart from eating my way through St Martin I also explored the island on my bike visiting Ars en Ré, Le Bois Plage, Loix, La Flotte and La Couarde-sur-mer.
The elegantly named Ars en Ré...
Deserted beach at Le Bois Plage
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