Lucky me got to experience market day in St. Jean de Luz – in addition to the daily fun at the local “Les Halles”, there is also a twice-weekly market outdoors featuring all the goodies of the local area. Electrically colored produce; bright, fresh seafood; perfectly stacked brebis cheese (to be accompanied by dark cherry preserves from the next stall); and all sorts of gourmandises you know just have to have a place at the table.
It was hard just to pass by any of the stands without at least picking up a little something. And if that weren’t enough, we went by the pastry shop Paries which specializes in local basque sweets and treats. The chocolate “beret basque” had our name on it for dessert that evening.
And to add the icing to that very beret, there was more chilled local white wine for dinner that evening – for some Basque white recommendations, check out this week’s New York Times article on the region’s sparkling whites, Txakolina.
How’s that for bon appetit?