Lost In Limoges

From the sheep-dotted pastures of France's underpopulated Southwest, Limoges rises in all its grey glory. The city's claim to fame: fine porcelain. The half-timbered houses of the Medieval center are surrounded by strip malls and McDo. Land-hungry Brits descend with flailing pocketbooks (thanks, RyanAir). The weather is remarkably cool year-round. Sure, I live on rue de Nice, but this is NOT the Cote d'Azur. Welcome to Limoges, "the middle of nowhere"-- or as Pierre says "everywhere"-- France.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Merry Christmas and an Ode to Crème Brulée

This is how it's done. The crisp outer shell (which crackles just so when the spoon makes contact), the smooth creamy texture inside, and that pretty plate drizzled with sauce. After buying a crème brulée set at the Montcuq market, Pierre has subjected countless poor guests to our pathetic creations-- sometimes burned, sometimes cold and full of lumps, too custardy, or too sugary. We can't figure it out. Maybe it has something to do with the Old School sugar-burner which we heat over the stove's gas flame. I think Williams-Sonoma could help us out. (Hint, hint.)

Happy Holidays. I'll be back soon with updates from the southwest of France!


  • At 10:44 AM, Anonymous eagle said…

    do you know a language school to learn English in Limoges, I am an American and I will be there for one month.???

  • At 9:38 PM, Blogger MWN said…

    do you mean French? You can enroll at the university of Limoges (and pay for the French language program) but there are also free language classes sponsored by the government if you check with the tourism office....

  • At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love your blog. Do you get cravings for american food? Have you found a store in Limoges that sells items that we North Americains are fond of? Also, I have not read all your entries but do you mention anything on a great restaurant in Limoges? Thank you for your help!


  • At 7:48 PM, Blogger MWN said…

    So glad you like my blog! For restaurants, I love Point St-Etienne down by the river. L'Amphitryon, near the tiny chapel St-Aurelien in the old medieval quarter, is supposed to be good, too.

  • At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Duff said…

    Many thanks for the numerous laughs while reading your blog, I really did enjoy it.

    Another american expat in Limoges

    PS : The Pont Saint Etienne is an excellent restaurant indeed, l'Amphytrion a tad expensive, try La vache au plafond if you get the chance.


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