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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... summarizes our day (and, to be honest, the rest of the week as well.)
The day was a bit of a whirlwind, In addition to enjoying ourselves, Sidney and Allison also want to make sure that we learn a lot while we are here. We jumped back and forth between making multiple different kinds of ganache and macaron shells, madelines, brioche, croissant and chocolate glaze and 3 kinds of meringue!
Alison showed us how to assemble ...
... creme brulee, vanilla amarula ice cream and the smoothest sorbet that I have ever tasted.
We created and sampled contrasting breads: soft dinner rolls (melt in your mouth) and fougasse (a great dipping bread). It was a great experience being able to directly compare (taste) different types of recipes to see how each could best be used.
What a fantastic first day!
After a breakfast of freshly baked croissant, aromatic French cheese and saucisson, we dove right into making a praline pastry cream.
What followed was a tour of the major players of French pastry - puff pastry, pate sablee (to make a creme brûlée tart), choux pastry, profiteroles and crouqembouche. We even made a sourdough base bread (from apples!) to use later in the ...
... us to a great lunch at the local restaurant Le Vieux Puits. A very enjoyable couple of hours.
After this we had to make some distance and we rode to a city called Poitiers where we stayed for the night. Poitiers is a major university town.
During the evening we went for a few beers and actually found an Australian themed bar!
Miles today - 143
Total mileage so far - 2878
... town of Azay-le-Rideau so that we could get some lunch. I got a ham and Emmenthal sandwich on a baguette from a boulangerie. I've said it before: ham and cheese sandwiches are so much better in Europe than they are in America! I needed something sweet afterward, so I found a gelateria and got a scoop of gianduia and a scoop of cassis and sat in the sun eating. J'étais très heureuse!
I walked around the town a bit and made momentary friends with ...