Balade Gourmande in the Rhone Alps!

Balade Gourmande in the Rhone Alps!

France is known for gourmet food and the French Alps for the beautiful landscape and nature. Add a dash of fitness, mix them together and you have the recipe for a Balade Gourmande!

A Balade Gourmand is a gastronomic walk, usually between 5K – 9K with stops every kilometer or so to enjoy a pairing of food and drink with some type of entertainment.

I was first introduced to this a few years ago in the vineyards of the French Alps.
It was such a good experience, I search for them each year.

They usually occur during warm weather month, June – September and showcase local products. Most of the balade gourmands I have attended pair local, French regional wines along with tapas size local, organic food.

Balade Gourmande Brison Saint Innocent
The walk begins and the first stop has some type of entertainment and with a starter / appetizer. Then a kilometer or so later, another animation with a small dish, followed by another, then cheese and dessert. All accompanied by wine.

Au Fidèle Berger in Annecy, France – Celebrating 100 Years!

Au Fidèle Berger in Annecy, France – Celebrating 100 Years!

When I first arrived in Annecy without any French language, and in need of prescription glasses, I noted Au Fidèle Berger, as a land mark.

Conveniently located on the corner of 2 Rue Royale, in the center of Annecy, this location was were I could remember how far the lake was, how far the bus was, and not be too lost. The windows were welcoming, the outdoor tables, charming and the name read, “the faithful burger.”

While that may seem insulting now that I know the actual name and meaning, at the time it was endearing.  I was homesick and seeing the ‘faithful burger’ made me smile.

After I got some much needed reading glasses, and visited inside, I realized that my faithful burger landmark was ‘Au Fidèle Berger‘. This translates to “the faithful shepherd.”  This is no ordinary chocolatier or patisserie, this is an Annecy landmark.

French Patisserie Au fidele berger

Au Fidèle Berger is to Annecy what La Durée is to Paris. While it is

Weekend Round-Up / Easter 2018

Weekend Round-Up / Easter 2018

Easter weekend is early this year. Do you know why?  Easter is traditionally celebrated the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The full moon is on Saturday, March 31, 2018, which makes Sunday, April 1st, Easter.  This is actually a Blue moon since it is the 2nd full moon of the month.  Since it’s coinciding with April fools day, keep an eye out for bunny tricksters. 😉

In France, Monday is also a holiday and most people have a long weekend.

There are two events taking place in the Aix-les-Bains area of the French Alps that are both free and family friendly!

Say Cheese! La Fete des Fromages de Savoie

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Fete des fromages - Savoie Cheese

Where can you find an abundance of Abundance?  In the French Alps of course!

Along with Tomme de Savoie, Tome des Bauges, Reblochon, Chevrotin, Beaufort, Raclette and Emmental de Savoie, Abundance is one of the cheeses that is made in the Rhone Alps region of France.

Emmental cheese wheel from the French Alps

Emmental cheese wheel from the French Alps

And while you may not think July is a month for eating cheese, think again.

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