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Gooey Lemon Lime Salted Butter Slice ( Toys - manual or machine post)

Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

LUNCH ON THE RUN

Finding good food fast...


When I first arrived in France lunch was long, 12 - 14h. I've noticed that it is fast becoming shorter. This is a good thing when talking about France catching up to the norms of global efficiency and productivity, but another thing when talking about eating quality food on the run.

Over the last 4 or 5 years there has been an incredible growth of really bad quality sandwich joints cranking out enormous quantities of industrial meat sandwiches with soggy lettuce, under ripe tomatoes, something which is apparently meant to be an egg slice, gallons of petrol-tasting mayo and all served up in rubbery, white, industrial, bread. Actually sometimes the bread is so hard that you end up the next day with a mouth full of ulcers. Don't even get me started on the Panini craze!

I say YUCK!!

I was brought up with rye or brown bread, never mayo in sandwiches but rather butter or cream cheese ( Philadelphia...mmmM!!), alfalfa sprouts, pastrami, good hams, cucumber, walnuts, celery, home made tomato relish... For my wholefoods, caftan-wearing mother, white bread was about as close to sin as one could get. She would read health books with names like " Get Healthy" or " Wholefood Heaven" which as early as the 70's were already proclaiming the health hazards of over refined white flour breads, and especially for women...So why is white industrial bread making such a comeback? And in France??

The other new lunch time phenomenon which just about has me crying is the fast pasta movement. Pasta is the food of the gods!!! It is the very essence of "soul food."
The same mother, who also had a Cordon Bleu, would recite the history of food to me..I knew at 5 years old that it was the Chinese who gave pasta to Italy, thank you Marco Polo ( that big butch soldier throwing down kilos of noodles - love him, woof woof!!). Further, and my mother's favorite, was that the Italians taught the French to cook. She told me the French court was full of chefs brought from Italy to feed the kings of France - one of those things that really gets conversation heated at a dinner party in France...try it!! Anyway, as a child in the 70's when fresh pasta just wasn't seen in NZ my mother was making her own with a hefty fangled machine brought back from Italy in the fifties. Ever had homemade lasagna pasta? Pasta infused with saffron, stuffed with fish, tomatoes, aubergines....? There is nothing to match it. Pasta sauces were made with the best veg, the best meat reductions and the freshest of herbs. When my mother was cooking Italiano or Gretta Anna, no one matched her...I won't talk about her scary "Grasshopper Pie" today, that's another story!

So back to these fast pasta places where they take a cup of industrial pasta, throw it into a vat, rather like a chip basket, of boiling water ( when is the water changed??!), overcook it and then get out a PLASTIC pocket of your selected sauce, duly heated in the microwave, and serve it all in a cardboard box. I'm sorry but this is an insult to Italy, an insult to our tastebuds not to mention detrimental to health. Carbs, carbs, Es, colourings, preservative, sugar, sugar, sugar!

To be brief, I have been searching lunch time solutions when I have about max 30 mins to refill! I work in the Chartrons area of Bordeaux so there is no shortage of excellent restaurants but there IS a shortage of time. Sandwiches go straight to my hips.Urgent solution needed.

I recently heard a buzz about a new Italian deli in rue Notre Dame where one could eat great salads, pasta, fresh sandwiches and all for a great price, La Bocca. Yesterday I took myself to try it out. I was immediately enticed by the hand written blackboard on the footpath offering lunchtime specials..the inside of La Bocca is refreshingly charming in the form of dark green walls, shelves stocked artistically with Italian produce such as rices, pasta, sauces, chocolates, wines, panettone...the lunchtime menu offers varied salads all with fresh vegetables, grilled peppers, delicious hams. Sandwiches are made to order.There are also pastas and risottos. I was going for something hot and opted for the artichoke risotto.

I sat down at a comfortable but unpretentious table, was served a pretty decent red vin de table. Meanwhile a friend and colleague walks in...like minds!! The salad (puritan!) she ordered was served in a huge white bowl - bed of salad greens topped with yellow and red grilled peppers drizzled with olive oil, copious amounts of really good ham, wide slices of buffalo mozzarella, strips of freshly cut parmesan. Joy in a plate.My risotto was served with a large green salad and it was DIVINE!!! Full of artichokes, generously seasoned, topped with an artichoke heart. The quality and texture of the rice had me reeling.

Lunch took about 25 mins.We didn't do dessert, but I admit to being brutally tortured by offers of pannacotta, chestnut tiramisu etc etc. We watched students, business people come and go, often ordering what looked like really healthy sandwiches stuffed with Italian hams, cheeses, tomatoes, salad, etc. The staff are friendly, full of smiles and tempting offers, amazing!

My friend and I both decided life was ok...and even better when the bill after coffee was around 8 euro each.

I am thrilled to have found La Bocca, my new watering hole, and encourage you to try it...beats a greasy panini any day!!



La Bocca

78bis rue Notre Dame

33000 Bordeaux



See my artichoke risotto recipe...

8 comments:

  1. <3 La Bocca!!!!! It was the best discovery this summer! I'd give it 5 thumbs up if I had 5 thumbs.

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  2. Laurene,isn't it AMAZING!!! and LOVELY people. Can hardly believe how good it was....am now worried my own risotto is not up to standard...want to come and test for me soon???

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  3. Love this deli.
    Really enjoying your blog....keep the fabulous posts coming.
    You deserve alot of congratulations for your humour and your wit. Please don't stop writing..............

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  4. Moi aussi...superb!

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  5. Thanks people for your comments...please keep commenting, that's the whole idea of a network.

    I really love reading everyone's comments. Maybe because it just makes me feel slightly less mad..hahaha!!

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  6. Agree totally on this one, as someone who is on a constant diet i struggle daily to find healthy food i can eat without having to sit down for two hours, will defo try La Boca. There is a similar place on Rue pas St George near me, not sure of the name but will find out and let you know....

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  7. Hi Sandra...please get us the name!!! I am also a weight watcher and do not have 2 hours to have lunch!

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  8. You can also get great salads at Utopia cinema!!

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