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A Tuscan Texan immersed in Florentine life

A South-West France food photo-blog


This is not a part of my normal series “why you should visit…” but something I just had to incorporate due to my love of food.

When I first went to France years ago, Paris, with a friend. I didn’t exactly have the best food or wine experience. I was young (21) and my friend’s preferred dinner included no carbs and many meals of apple and cheese. yikes.

This August I decided to tag along with my awesome friend Nico to his hometown of Castelnaudary to see more of France from a local’s perspective. For some reason I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by the food since I never remembered anything spectacular from my previous experience.

For example: I love cheese but feel that if it’s so stinky you have to triple wrap it in paper – it’s not for me.

Instead, as usual when you think you know what to expect, you actually don’t. I –Loved –Everything! 

One example: Eating with a  family we indulged in a cheese plate every night and I loved it, even the strong roquefort, though my favorite was camembert. While at my friend’s house, we ate perfect gazpaucho, a dreamy dark chocolate cake, crisp champagne, local Rose wine and many meals involving duck {which can be hard to find in Italy}.

There is truly nothing like the experience of actually sitting down with someone’s family and eating what they eat. You can’t buy that in a restaurant.

Why talk about what I ate though, and instead share this photoblog of my favorite dishes this trip. Enjoy! 

South-West France cheese plate – a cheese lovers dream
chicken with seasonal veggies & rice
cassoulet – famous dish from Castelnaudary
lemon sorbet soaked in vodka
aperitif french style! with Suze
couscous Moroccan style
Rose cider
savory crepe with mushrooms & chive
Two types of quiche & fresh salad and Rose wine
Banoffee pie
Aperitif – Kir
steak and frites (fries). This was amazing
champagne French style
gazpaucho, lovely cold soup
yum yum yum
chocolate truffle cake
honey, bread and goat cheese #winning
banana and nutella crepe
one “light” roadside lunch
tuna summer salad
Fois Gras

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    1. yeah we definitely had to detox for a few days when we got back. We actually only ate out a few times but when we did…wow. The food in the Basque country is also really really good!

Georgette Jupe

Welcome to my personal blog by a curious American girl living and working between Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy with my husband Nico, our newborn Annabelle and Ginger the beagle. This space is primarily to share about my love for Italy (currently on a 13 year romance) with a fair amount of real talk, practical advice, travel suggestions and adjusting to a new culture (Switzerland). Find me on IG @girlinflorence @girlinzug

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