Le Tour de Lacanche

We are in the middle of a major renovation (read that as EXTREME MAKE OVER) of our kitchen including taking down some walls and replacing the entire hardwood floor on the first level. However the center piece of the renovation is the Lacanche Pianos Gastronomes, in a deep Rouge Bourgogne.

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The Lacanche brand is manufactured by Société Industrielle de Lacanche S.I.L, which is located in the village of Lacanche, in the department of Côte d’Or. The origin of the business commenced in eighteenth century when the owner of the land decided to combine the local iron ore that ran under his property and use the local wood and water to produce cast iron products.

Originally the produced all types of cast iron stoves (for heating not cuisine) but then in the early 1900s migrated into wood fired stove/ovens. The factory remained in the family until 1972 when it was sold to the Valéo Company, however by 1981 Valéo decided to divest of the business.

That decision created the opportunity for André Augagneur, a former employee to acquire the property who with his son Jean-Jacques have transformed the Lacanche line to a world class manufacturer of Pianos Gastronomes.

When we placed our order for our piano we were informed that they only manufacture the products to order and that it would take six to eight weeks for the piano to be produced. Thus we decided that we should take a trip to Burgundy and visit the factory. Boy are we glad we did ask for a tour.

Upon arriving in the village, you see a town that looks like time has past by, and we had a hard time trying to find the factory. However we finally found these small signs that lead us to the main entrance.

We were given a tour by the sales manager for International Operations so it was great that we could have him explain to us the production process in English. Almost the entire product line is manufactured in this factory and the only process performed elsewhere is the enameling of the pianos.

The factory uses many state of the art techniques including robotics but you still can feel the Artisan pride of the people who manufacture the various parts and for those to handle the assembly. The final step of the process is a computer quality assurance process that tests every combination of usage and only once the piano passes, is the piano given its serial number.

We are now anxiously awaiting the completion of our piano so that it can be shipped to Le Bugue and installed in our cuisine.

You can get more information about Lacanche from their website or from their International website.

Lacanche Factory Tour

One of the Lacanche Pianos in the showroom.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The entrance to the Lacanche factory.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The machine that cuts out the stainless steel pieces.

Lacanche Factory Tour

One of the many stamping machines that form the walls of the Lacanche ovens.

Lacanche Factory Tour

Another one of the machines that cut out the stainless steel pieces.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The factory is highly automated using what looks like state of the art robots.

Lacanche Factory Tour

One of the processes which can not be automated, where the edges of the walls are ground to form the perfect edge. These edges are curved and not straight which provides a stronger joint.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The standard models assembly line. The difference is that for the standard models, the oven travels from station to station and multiple people will work on the oven.

Lacanche Factory Tour

One of the rouge bourgogne pianos that is almost fully assembled.

Lacanche Factory Tour

A completed Lacanche piano ready for quality control testing. This is the same model that we are buying, but ours will be Burgundy Rouge.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The Lacanche Rotisserie, one of the many options that you can choose from.

Lacanche Factory Tour

One of the original furnaces that the Lacanche factory used to melt the iron ore.

Lacanche Factory Tour

The Lacanche Logo.

Restaurant Eléonore

It was our last night staying in Monpazier and we decided to have dinner at Restaurant Eléonore. It was a short walk from the house we were staying at, which makes it so nice to be able to enjoy yourself and not worry about the drive home.

I had the à la carte menu with a selection of three plates while Jo Ann had the menu du jour so we were able to have a sample of both menus.

Everything we had that evening was superb and the restaurant has a good (albeit limited) selection of wines from the area and Bordeaux and which were reasonably priced.

The service was outstanding and totally matched the quality of the food and the wine. We strongly recommend this restaurant.

For more information about the restaurant you can check out their website,  The Michelin Guide or TripAdvisor.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Mimosa with Quail Egg, Citron Confit and Cavier, a wonderful Amuse Bouche.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Queues de Langoustines, with a condiment of mangue-papaye and crème coco au ccombawa.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Foie Gras Mi-cuit Eléonore, wiht fine créme carottes and walnut oil dusted with a red wine sea salt. Very Yummy!

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Choco-Caramel-Café, with a creéme glacé sirop d’érable and noix pécan.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Filet de bœf with racines de persil au beurre noisette, white asparagus and a sauce of port and Péridord truffes.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Dos de Saumon with perles de Savoie à l’encre de seiche, leeks and ginger done in papillote and a watercress sauce The Perles de Savoie à l’encre de seiche is pearls of black ink pasta

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Pears poached in wine with a speculoos ice cream and an almond cookie.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Château Terre Vieille Pécharmant 2010, an excellent choice for the night’s meal.

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Menu de Restaurant Eléonore à la carte

Restaurant Eléonore en Monpazier

Menu Edward the menu of the day

Auberge du Belvedere

It was a cold and somewhat dreary Sunday, so what is better than having lunch at a new restaurant recommended by some friends that we had not been to. This time the restaurant was the Auberge du Belvedere located just outside of Tremolat. The restaurant is clearly one of those out of the way locations and we even made one wrong turn getting there but that is part of the adventure.

When we did find the restaurant, the parking lot was full and as we walked into the restaurant, it was full of local families all having their Sunday lunch together. Sunday lunch in France is not a “fast food” event, so for the Auberge du Belvedere, you need to plan on spending 2 to 2 ½ hours for lunch (which with great conversation is still too short).

The meal starts with a glass of a Kir and then is followed by a multiple course meal. To cut to the chase, everything was excellent and so I will let the photos speak for themselves as to the quality of the food. The service was excellent and we totally enjoyed ourselves.

The restaurant is located at Lieu Dit Rocamadou, 24510 Tremolat, France (+33 5 53 22 49 01) and you can read more about it on their TripAdvisor.com page.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Menu du jour at the Auberge du Belvedere

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

The potage du jour which was a delicious soup of noodles, chicken and a comforting brooth.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Pâte de foie gras and a foie de canard. Very yummy.

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

This plate was the Entrée chaude du jour and was roast pork in a heavenly sauce. Very yummy!

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Confit de canard et pommes de terre sautées. Traditional fare that tasted wonderful

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

Confit de canard et pommes de terre sautées. Traditional fare that tasted wonderful

Ferme Auberge du Belvedere

The dessert du jour, which was a light cake with pears, toasted almonds and what tasted like a Poire Williams sauce.

Le Restaurant Victor Hugo

This past week we had lunch at a restaurant in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande which we had found on TripAdvisor.com. The lunch was great as the food was very tasty and fresh, the service outstanding and prices very reasonable.

I had the menu du jour which consisted of three items, a starter of cream of cauliflower soup, a main plate of Veal with pasta and vegetables and a nice apple cake in a yogurt sauce. Priced at €13.90 it was a very nice deal. I also asked the owner his choice for a glass of local wine which was also outstanding.

Jo Ann had a large Salad de Chevre Chaud and a wonderful (I only got a small taste) of a Chocolat Foundaut avec glace de menthe. Not only was it presented beautifully but it was very tasty. Jo Ann also had a glass of the local white wine selected by the owner.

If you are in the area of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande I strongly recommend visiting Le Restaurant Victor Hugo. They are located at 101 rue Victor Hugo, 33220, Sainte Foy-la-Grande. You can find out more about them at TripAdvisor.com.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Le Menu du Jour.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Veloute de chou-fleur.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Blanquette de veau Tagliatelles, légumes. The veal was extremely flavorful as were the vegetables and the pasta.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Salad de Chevre Chaud

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Chocolat Foundaut avec glace de menthe.

Restaurant Victor Hugo

Gâteau au yaourt pommes-caramel. Simple but very good.

Restaurante La Poudette

It was a chilly day so we decided to have a traditional French family Sunday meal. Although the restaurant was about 20 minutes drive from where we were staying we thought it looked like it would be a fun and enjoyable meal.

All I can say is that you will not be disappointed if you have a lunch or dinner at la Poudette.

The meal started with a wonderful amuse bouche, followed by an entrée, then a main course and we finished with a dessert. We also had a glass of crémant and a glass of local wine with our meals.

I thought that the service was outstanding and very friendly and the food was heavenly.

Don’t think twice it’s alright, you just need to visit La Poudette.

If you would like more information on La Poudette, check them out on TripAdvisor.

La Poudette

The amuse bouche was an excellent small taste of a great mushroom cream soup. So tasty but now anxious for the meal to come.

La Poudette

Noix de coquilles Saint Jacques dorées, risotto au champagne.

La Poudette

Foie gras de canard des Landes, pruneau cuit dans un sirop de vin à l’armagnac, pain de mie Maison.

La Poudette

Lotte à la vapeur en lasagne, fondue de poireaux bisque de langoustines à l’estragon.

La Poudette

This was a special not on the menu du jour. It was a filet of duck, with chanterelles, a ball of mashed potato and a wonderful foie gras chaud. This was so yummy.

La Poudette

Joli Baba à l’Armagnac, glace à l’Armagnac

La Poudette

Gâteau Forêt Noire

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.

La Poudette

The menu at La Poudette is based on what is in season and fresh.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Samedi Merché

Our first day in the Sainte Foy Bordeaux appellation and we decided to head off to the Saturday market. The marché in Sainte-Foy-de-Grande is extensive, full of people and had many vendors that we do not get in the marchés in the Dordogne.

Not only was there extensive produce and fruits available, but there was excellent fish, meats, sausages, and my favorite dried fruits stuffed with foie gras. These little delicacies were so tasty and sweet, it was like candy from heaven.

Bottom line if you are visiting the Sainte Foy Bordeaux appellation, you must make time to go to the Saturday market in Sainte-Foy-de-Grande.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

The highlight of the day, these dried figs were filled with foie gras. Such unbelievable flavor!

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Here is a mixture of the dried figs stuffed with foie gras as well as some prunes stuffed with foie gras. We have both for tonight.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Yummy looking mussels.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Fresh Mussels

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

A French speciality, Radis Noir. I just can’t get my head around eating a black radish.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Very interesting way to present and sell Endive. The plant was still attached to the roots in a holder with some dirt. The vendor just broke off the vegitable when you bought it.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Yummy garlic, shallots and onions.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

The oranges were looking so fresh and tasty today.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

We just could not make up our minds on what we wanted to prepare and eat tonight.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

The marché at Sainte-Foy-de-Grande is extensive and almost every street has at least a couple of vendors. However we found one that was still empty.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

Oh the prunes were so good at the marché

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

The dried fig stuffed with foie gras and the prune stuffed with foie gras.

Sainte-Foy-de-Grande Marché

The dried fig stuffed with foie gras and the prune stuffed with foie gras.

l’Escargot d’Or

We were heading back home from a week in Italy and stayed in Saint-Etienne. We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to spend our Saturday evening here. Well that was one of the best decisions we made on this trip.

The food was wonderful, very tasty and presented beautifully. The service was outstanding especially with the owner seeming to take care of everyone in the full restaurant. The entire staff was outstanding.

Next time we are passing through Saint-Etienne we will definitely stop in again.

l' Escargot d'Or

A beautiful amuse-bouche to start our dinner at l’Escargot d’Or.

l' Escargot d'Or

Tarte St. Moret dou de sumon et magret fumé

l' Escargot d'Or

Flan de coquille St-Jacques chair de homard au piment d’Espelette

l' Escargot d'Or

Filet de veau terre et mer sauce safram – Wonderful!

l' Escargot d'Or

Dos de lieu noir sauce Provençale poutargue râpée

l' Escargot d'Or

Les fromages affinés

l' Escargot d'Or

Les fromages affinés

l' Escargot d'Or

I can’t recall what they called this, but to me it was death by chocolate! It was heavenly.

l' Escargot d'Or

A wonderful Mercurey from Bouchard Père & Fils. The owner recommended this wine and it was great with our meals.

l' Escargot d'Or

One of the two menu du jour at l’Escargot d’Or

l' Escargot d'Or

The second of the two menu du jour at l’Escargot d’Or