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adminAugust 26, 2020
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The PR company for Eurostar’s Little break, Big difference campaign recently invited some food bloggers on a culinary day trip to Lille in northern France. Little break, Big difference encourages people to take short breaks to Paris, Brussels and Lille on the Eurostar, (which can cost as little as £59 return, subject to all those terms and conditions!), introducing special events and experiences in these cities. The itinerary was packed with food activities, and it was hard to resist. I was initially hesitant about going, given the recent furore over food bloggers accepting PR freebies. However, I do enjoy traveleating and I would have wanted to visit Lille anyway to see what it has to offer foodies, so I decided to accept the invitation.

I love the research and planning part of any traveleating trip and can spend months choosing restaurants and places to visit (I’ve been doing this since July for the November Japan trip!). It was therefore a little strange to be handed an itinerary, even though it was entirely food-related, and to be guided around the city, when I’m very much an independent traveller. I had decided not to do any research whatsoever, so everything we did on Saturday was entirely new to me.

Lille city centre is no more than a ten minute walk from the train station. We wandered up and down little cobbled streets in the old quarter known as Vieux Lille lined with independent shops, cafés, restaurants and boutiques, – Rue de la Monnaie looked particularly exciting – as well as walking around two pretty squares, the Place du General-de-Gaulle and Place du Théâtre. The area is very photogenic and I loved the architecture, so it wasn’t long before I decided I would be returning to Lille again very soon.

We visited Meert, a traditional pâtisserie and tea room that has been open since 1761 (there is also the restaurant, see website below for more details) and sampled La Gaufre Meert, their famous Madagascan vanilla-filled waffles (€2.80), which you can also buy in small gift boxes in the adjoining shop. A few people also ordered their other speciality, the Merveilleux, a gigantic chocolate-coated meringue filled with rich chocolate mousse (€5.50). They have a good selection of teas, but I had a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail, the Intensive Cherry Cactus (€6.00), a delicious thick and definitely intense berry drink. I also bought a little packet of florentines from the shop afterwards.

The next stop was L’atelier des Chefs (a chain of cookery schools in France, London and Dubai where you learn to make two or three courses for lunch and dinner, then eat what you have prepared), where we were divided into four teams and following instructions from the chef, learned to make lunch for ourselves, which we ate at the communal dining table. Very fresh pan-fried cod lacquered with honey and beer sauce on a bed of vegetables was followed by tiramisu.

We were soon on the move again, to the regional beer and cheese tasting, which was held in the basement of La Capsule bar. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, the cheese shop owner had to close his shop, so he couldn’t attend to introduce the cheeses. I was disappointed as I fell deeply in love with the smelliest and strongest of all the sampled cheeses, the Maroilles, and wanted to buy some to take home. I also liked the Crayeux de Ronqc and the Mimolette, a hard orange cheese, which I’ve had before in London. Philippe Olivier is therefore most definitely on my must-visit list for my next trip, as there is also the ‘cousin’ of the Maroilles, Vieux Lille, also known as ‘the Lille stinker’, which I want to try!

The beer expert more than made up for the cheese owner’s absence however, and he described in detail the four specialty beers local to Lille and the north of France. I’m not a beer drinker, but I particularly liked La Bavaisienne, an amber beer, and later bought a bottle from La Capsule’s specialty regional beer shop L’Abbaye des Saveurs, just round the corner. The beer later got its seal of approval from the husband patiently waiting at home for food treats. By the time we were back on the train again, I could barely sit upright from all the food I had consumed.

If I were to organise my own day trip to Lille, I would have a leisurely breakfast at Meert, then buy plenty of goodies from the adjoining shop. The bakery, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, that we walked past twice also looked very enticing, as did Patisserie Patrick Hermand. With just one day to explore the city and with so much to eat and do however, I wouldn’t attend a cookery course again. I like L’atelier des Chefs very much, and there is one in London which I’ve been to, but I would much rather dine in some local restaurants where I wouldn’t have to do the cooking! There are also numerous cafés and little food shops where I would love to spend time browsing, and of course the upscale independent shops selling clothes and interiors. The beer shop and the cheese shop would be essential stops towards the end of the day. And I would try to time my trip to visit the open market, Marché de Wazemmes, (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings). However, the Little Break trip was certainly an excellent introduction to Lille (thank you to everyone at We Are Social), and has inspired me to do more research and return very soon.

The day’s events are also told in this set of Lille photos on Flickr, which can be viewed here, posted in reverse chronological order (last photo appears first). You can also watch We Are Social’s short You Tube video of the day here.

Travel information:

We travelled courtesy of Eurostar in Leisure Select, which I’ve never heard of before, but it’s the class between Standard and Business Premier. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, depending on the time of travel, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne before lunch and dinner. The breakfast, strangely, was far better than the dinner. Perhaps we were too full from good food in Lille?

We took the 06:59 train from St Pancras, arriving in Lille an astonishing 90 minutes later, at 09:27. After a short ten minute walk, we were already in the city centre. It was very easy to walk around the little streets and explore the city, and there was no need for taxis or public transport as stayed in the centre.

We returned on the 18:35 train, arriving back at St Pancras at 19:03 UK time. It was a long day, but definitely manageable. I’m now debating whether to do a day trip, leaving slightly later in the morning and returning on a later train after dinner, or stay overnight and have a more relaxing weekend.

Contact details:

Meert Patisserie – Salon de thé 27 rue Esquermoise 59000 Lille France Tel: 0033 (0)3 20 57 07 44 www.meert.fr

Opening Hours : Monday: Closed Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am-7.30pm Saturday: 9.00am-7.30pm Sunday: 9.00am-1.00pm/3.00pm-7.00pm

L’atelier des Chefs 74 Boulevard de la Liberté 59000 Lille France Tel: 0033 (0)3 20 17 17 50 www.latelierdeschefs.com

L’Abbaye des Saveurs 13, rue des Vieux Murs 59000 Lille France Tel/ Fax: 00 33 (0)3 28 07 70 06 www.abbayedessaveurs.com

Fromagerie Philippe Olivier 3 Rue Curé St Etienne 59800 Lille France Tel: 00 33 (3) 20 74 96 99

Food bloggers:

The food bloggers (and one wine blogger) who went on the trip were a mixture of old friends and new acquaintances, all writing about very different subjects within the vast realm of food (and drink).

Niamh from Eat Like A Girl Chris from Cheese and Biscuits Helen from Food Stories Kang from LondonEater Krista from londonelicious MsMarmitelover from The English Can Cook Andrew Barrow from Spittoon Liz from Gastronomy Domine Margot from Coffee and Vanilla Michelle from Greedy Gourmet Stephen and Kerri from Dinner Diary


adminJune 20, 2020
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Crumble is an all-time favourite of mine and yet I’ve never made it before. Boarding school lunches and dinners were made all the more palatable with the anticipation of a large bowl of fruit crumble drenched with an extra portion of steaming hot custard. We would sometimes get seconds too, if we were very lucky. It marked the perfect end to a not-so-great meal. I’m not fussy about the fruit used in a crumble. Rhubarb, apple, pear, blackberry and other berries are all wonderful. The texture and thickness of the crumble topping, as well as the proportion of crumble to fruit, are more important factors for me. I need a lot of crumble and even more hot custard (although some people like it cold!).

I reviewed Mark Hix’s British Regional Food a few months ago and came across his recipe for apple and blackberry crumble, which I’ve been meaning to make ever since. When our ever generous neighbour gave us some Bramley apples from his allotment, the husband wandered outside the house to pick some ripe blackberries from the bushes on our lane, and we were all set to make crumble (if you’re wondering why I still have blackberries, I don’t. This post was written weeks ago when the berries were still fat and juicy!).

Ingredients: (with my comments in italics)

good knob of butter (

I took this to mean a good scoop with a knife)

3 large Bramley apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

75g caster sugar

150g blackberries and / or any other berries like blueberries or elderberries

thick or clotted cream, or custard, to serve

for the crumble topping

40g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

30g ground almonds

60g caster sugar

80g plain flour

What to do next:

Preheat the oven to 190C / gas 5.

First make the filling – melt the butter in a pan, add the apples and sugar, and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until they begin to break down but are not too soft.

Remove from heat and stir in the blackberries (and other berries). Put in a suitable ovenproof pie dish or small individual pie dishes (which I greased).

Mix all the topping ingredients in a food processor or mixer, or rub between your fingers until they look like breadcrumbs (I did the latter). I also doubled the amount of crumble topping, as it didn’t look like there would be quite enough to form a thick layer.

Sprinke the crumble topping over the top of the filling and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. (Our oven behaves rather erratically, so the crumble was ready in 20 minutes).

Serve with thick or clotted cream, or custard.

I used shop-bought custard from Waitrose. It’s also delicious with some pouring cream added on top of the custard. After two helpings though, I knew I had over-indulged…

What are your favourite fruits for crumble? Do you prefer custard or cream? And do you know the origins of crumble? According to Wikipedia, it originated during the Second World War in Britain, but I thought it was a lot older than that…


adminJune 11, 2020
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Today’s generation is full of food lovers who love to eat food from different places while travelling and wants to experience a better environment. The people who are engaged in making food vlogs and love to taste the food of different places due to which they prefer to travel a lot. Most of the people go on Foodie Break that helps them to experience the food of different places and allows them to understand the taste of different places.

If you are a food lover and love to taste food items of different places, then you must know about the places so that you can set your budget accordingly and have a wonderful experience. Once you know about all the places, then it will be great for you to keep perfect control over your budget and buy different food items accordingly. When you visit places famous for different food items, then it will help you to increase your knowledge about the food and also allows you to have a wonderful taste in different places.

If you want to know about those places where you can spend your breaks by experiencing the best food with a low budget, then you can consider the below points. It will help you to know about the game and also helps you to know about the best food item of that particular place.

Budapest, Hungary

  • This place is famous for underground bars and goulash, which makes this place more famous and popular and encourage people to visit them once.
  • To experience such places, food lovers plan to go on Foodie Break and prefer to spend their money with a proper set of budget.

Naples, Italy

  • Naples, Italy is famous for breath-taking views and pizzas that attracts people the most and also allows them to have the best experiences of their lives with great views.
  • This place is famous for its view and especially for the pizzas that attract especially the food lovers and make them carry their bags and move on.

Krakow, Poland

  • It is a place which is famous for its historic buildings and hearty food that allows food lovers to go on a Foodie Break to experience the hearty food of this place made with pure love.
  • The people of this place is so helpful and patient that they treat a stranger like their own family member and help them to feel the warmth.

Athens, Greece

  • This place is famous for its classic dishes and local wines that make people feel special somehow as it attracts people with more curiosity.
  • Once you visit this place to spend your breaks, then it will allow you to grab all the best classic dishes experience that you might not get anywhere else.

Conclusion

When you pay attention to the above points, then it will help you to know about some best places that you can select as your Foodie Break. It will help you to have the best food experience in such a low budget and will also allow you to have more knowledge about different food items.


adminMay 28, 2020
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Most of the people love to have different food items as their refreshments which helps them to get energy and also allows them t have a good time. Usually, people have various tastes and preferences due to which they love to have different food items as their refreshments. Some people prefer to have fruits and some fast food, so it depends upon your preferences. When someone plans to have a Foodie Break, then he usually opts for travelling to different places and experience new food items, but some are not allowed to travel, so they prefer to have some basic refreshments.

Some people want to have the best experience of their lives by eating the best food item and also allows them to have a wonderful time. If you get to know about small refreshing food items, then you can make your break a refreshing break. Once you are all aware of the refreshments, then it will help you to know about multiple new things and names that can allow you to become a more knowledgeable person. Try to be attentive towards the following points for grabbing more details about the refreshment food items. It will enable you to enhance your current knowledge and makes you feel better after eating those food items.

  • Broccoli – Broccoli is that food item that can help you to get the best vitamins, i.e., vitamin K and C, which is very beneficial for your body and skin. It is also rich in folate and chromium, and you can also get various other benefits from it such as manganese, potassium, copper, etc.

 

  • Cucumber – It is considered as one of the most refreshing food items and helps food lover to spend the best Foodie Break and also allows them to grab much more benefits. Cucumbers help the people to keep their bodies hydrated and also allows them to have proper minerals and nutrients required by your body.

 

  • Celery – This food item is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps you to keep your body safe and healthy. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, K, potassium, antioxidants, folate and vitamin B6. You can easily opt for this food item as it is refreshing and much better than fast food.

 

  • Blueberries – Blueberries are one of the best and a good source of vitamin K, which helps you to have the benefits to your body. It also helps you to get the manganese and other antioxidants, which helps to keep the body hydrated and away from various diseases. Try to have it in your Foodie Break for the best refreshment during your break time.

Wrap It Up

When you consider the above points, then it will help you to know about some of the best refreshment foods for your Foodie Break. It will help you to intake those food items which are healthy for your body and also allows you to grab some beneficial vitamins and minerals from it. Once you get info about all the benefits provided by the above food items, then you will consider them to have them.

 


adminMay 1, 2020
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Are you a food lover? If yes, then it would be great if you consider pizza as it includes various types and allows you to have the best experience of your life. You must know about all types of pizzas so that you can opt for them for different tastes and experiences. It allows food lovers to make vlogs with pizzas and also makes the travel to different places to taste the pizzas of different places.

If you love to experience different types of pizzas, then it is a must for you to travel to different countries for having the best taste. You can plan a Foodie Break to have the taste of different pizzas is different places, so you must be attentive and active while travelling to have the best taste. Most of the traveller keep pizzas as their top preference than other food items as this food item is on the top always from the time it entre the world.

For knowing the various types of pizzas, you can consider the below points as it will help you to know the solution to your above query. You can easily get to know about various types and have them when you go on your break as it will save you time and also allows you to have all the tastes.

  1. Sicilian Pizza

It is another pizza that can help you to have a great taste and also known as Sfincione pizza with a thick cut of pizza. Once you taste this pizza, then you will feel very relaxed as it has a crunchy-cut pizza with square-cut and can be served with or without the cheese. Its toppings are filled with onion, tomato, herbs and anchovies. You must try this type of pizza so that you can have the best Foodie Break with the best taste.

  1. Chicago Pizza

This pizza is also known as dep-dish pizza; the name was given by the city where it was invented. The toppings of Chicago pizza is full of ground beef, onion, sausage, pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms. The entire topping goes underneath the tomato sauce that makes it different from other pizzas. It can help you to have the best experience with a unique and different pizza with a unique style.

  1. California Pizza

California Pizza is one of the best types of pizza that helps you to have those flavours that are unique and very special and helps you to feel special. It can help you to make your Foodie Break one of the best breaks as the taste of this pizza is so unique. The toppings of this pizza are filled with the items you like as you can have a change in the toppings. It allows you to get the toppings of your choice, that’s why it is the best.

Conclusion

Considering the above points directly means that you will get the info about the best pizza types that can help you to make your Foodie Break the best. It can help you to know about the different types of pizzas in different countries and also allows you to experience great tastes. Once you opt for any one of them, then you will get to know about their different tastes.


adminApril 23, 2020
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The people who love to eat food ad make vlogs usually prefer to travel to cover up all the types of food. You might face problems in selecting the food item that what to consider as your Foodie Break and will also lead you to get into major troubles. Most time people travel and get into deep thinking of how to spend the breaks and what to eat. There is a bucket list for foodies to know how they can spend their breaks and grab tasty food experience in less time.

The bucket list includes a vast number of items and places that you can consider to have a great journey with the best experiences. Once you get into this bucket, then you will not face any problem while selecting the place or the food to have the best experience of your life. It would be great if you will take the bucket as a first place as it will help you a lot in dealing with so many different food items. You can consider the below details as it will help you to know about the things involved in the food bucket.

Create Your Cocktail

  • One of the best ways to enjoy your Foodie Break is to organize your cocktail party as it will help you to make different food items and have a taste of them.
  • Enjoying your own company sometimes become very important as it helps you to deal with so many situations that can keep you fit and healthy.
  • Most of the foodies don’t like to have various test skills so they must go for their cocktail party to spend some time with their loved ones or alone with their favourite food.

Make Fresh Pasta

  • Another best way to enjoy your breaks is by cooking fresh pasta as it can be cooked in different forms, and in this way you can experience different food items.
  • Usually, people love to have pasta as it is easy to be cooked and also allows you to have a wonderful day with whom you have it.
  • There is nothing like pasta in this entire world so try to be active to experience the pasta and the various tastes in which you can make it.

Tour a Food Factory

  • You can also opt for travelling a food factory that can help you to experience different food items and drinks that can make your day great.
  • Once you understand the food factory experience, then it will help you to know about various food items with a twist.
  • It will help you to make your Foodie Break one of the best breaks with lots of love and affection and allow you to have a great time.

Wrap It Up

When you consider the above details, then it will help you to know about the way you can spend your days and also allows you to have the best experience of your life. Once you get to know about a bucket list, then you can convert your Foodie Break into the best one. Try to have a proper understanding of the list so that you can experience the best food in the best places.


adminApril 9, 2020
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Food lovers love to eat food items of different places as it helps them to grab more knowledge about food and different places. The food vloggers need to travel if they want to make vlogs and have tastes of foods in various places. Travelling allows vloggers to make their Foodie Break more appropriate and best as it helps them to have the best travelling experience. Breaks are very important for the vloggers as it helps them to cover up those areas, which makes them have great experiences and better environments.

Once you get connected with travelling, then it allows you to get addicted to it and makes you learn more about different places. You must know how to deal with different elements of the breaks and the areas where you travel to cover the various food items. If you want to know the importance of travelling in a food vlogger’s life, then you can stay connected to the below details. It will help you to know about the reasons that how it makes vloggers experience better and great environments. Try to be focused so that you can have a better understanding and a great experience of all the things involved in it.

  • New Experiences – Another best advantage of travelling for vloggers is that it allows them to know various food items and also will enable them to have new and better experiences. Most of the people don’t know how to handle their work due to which they face problems, but when they opt for travelling for their vlogs, then they perform their best jobs. Performing \\\\\\\well and help you to make your Foodie Break best with best new experiences.

 

  • Access to Food – When food vloggers prefer to travel to various places, then it allows them to get easy access to different places and also allows them to have a taste of new food items. Many people are engaged in food vlogging and due to which they prefer to travel to different countries and tend to know about news and the latest food items. It helps people to know about different traditions and food and also allows them to get a chance to increase their current knowledge.

 

  • Eat What You Want To Eat – The best part of travelling is that it helps the vloggers to make their Foodie Break more interesting and full of fun. When you go on food travelling, then it allows you to eat whatever you want to eat and also allows you to have less trouble while adding food to your eat list. Usually, people prefer to have different food items due to which they make their own choices of eating and having the food of their choice.

Conclusion

After reading all the above points, you will get to know about the various aspects that can help you to know the importance of travelling in a vlogger’s life. It will also help you to know how you can make your Foodie Break a wonderful break with all the best tastes and experiences of different places. It would be great if you will experience the best and unforgettable views as it will make your living more interesting and happy.