L’Escapade: Episode 10

Food Glorious Food.

On Thursday our l’escapade took us to “L’Escapade”, a restaurant in Saverdun that we have often visited in the past with friends and family. When I discussed the blog idea with our daughter, Laura, she suggested adopting the restaurant’s name for the title. On this visit it was clearly under new management but had not lost any of its charm and the lunchtime menu proved to be excellent quality, even if the choices were limited. It is hugely popular with workmen. They arrive alone or in twos or threes, enjoy the fare on offer and are obviously pleased with the service and value for money.

My only criticism would be that there were no written menus. The vivacious waitress realised at once we were English but was hugely relieved we understood French pretty well, so long as she spoke slowly and repeated things we didn’t catch immediately. She told us they serve Formule at lunchtimes consisting of buffet starter, hot main course (3 options) and buffet deserts. Priced at 12.50 Euro including a pichet of wine. John chose the steak and I had the cooked ham; we both commented how tender the meat was. The desserts were presented in individual portions so I couldn’t taste more than one. I chose the lemon meringue tart. I am used to the English version having a crumbly pastry base and a crunchy meringue topping. This one was all soft and squashy but oh boy, was it tasty! I said we’d have to keep coming so I can work my way along the desert counter until I’ve tried them all.

Canal at Castlenaudrey S

This week we met up with two very dear friends, Bill (English) and Marie (French). I first met Marie, when she began working at the ladies fashion boutique in Buckingham. I would visit the shop frequently to collect or return the alterations. I persuaded her to visit us once a week for an hour of French conversation which help us enormously. Marie and Bill moved to the Pyrénées, about two and a half hours from our place, a few years later when Bill retired, but we stayed in touch, and would meet-up at either their place or ours for lunch whenever we were in the region. Bill and John get on particularly well as they share many interests, most notably Les 24 heures du Mans. John first started going to the race in1972 and hasn’t missed very many years since. Bill however is a more recent fan.

Canal du Midi S

On this ocasion we met on neutral territory at L’Envie des Mets, a small restaurant in Gaudache. We all selected the Menu du Jour at 17.50 Euro and were not disappointed. Having spent two hours over our delicious three-course meal we decided to take a stroll along the Canal du Midi in the warm afternoon sunshine. The canal barges on this waterway are more than double the width of the narrow-boats we are used to seeing in the UK. As the tow-path is tarmacked, the width of a country road, and has neither hills nor traffic, I could even see myself considering cycling along there. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon…

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This blog is based on truth but for privacy and security many of the names have been changed and some of the story may be embellished at times for dramatic effect.

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