Eat in the Midi-Pyrénées
An epicurean paradise
Nurture the glutton in you on ‘Be There! Do That!’ culinary trail in the Midi-Pyrénées. A veritable gastronomic destination, the Midi-Pyrénées boasts of some of the most delectable wines in the world. The wines of Southwest France offer a wide array of flavors and are a true treasure trove for the dedicated oenophile. The region is also rich in spirits, most notably the distinctive brandy Armagnac, produced in Gascony. Tourists can explore the ‘Route de l’Armagnac’ that winds through the vineyards while experiencing the different tastes and sensations from this brandy, known for its unique finesse and roundness.
Complementing the diverse wine offerings, the Midi-Pyrénées is also renowned for its fine cuisine. Home of the black truffle, a distinctive symbol of the Midi-Pyrénées gastronomy and a highlight of ‘French Haute Cuisine’, it is found exclusively in the Lot department in the region around the village of Lalbenque. The Midi-Pyrénées is also the capital of the iconic French specialty, Foie Gras and Roquefort cheese.
The region’s celebrated culinary tradition has engendered a considerable number of Michelin-starred chefs. Michel Bras with three stars heading the procession of culinary kings is one of France’s top chefs, whose restaurant is nestled in green fold of a mountain. He is a firm believer in terroir–the idea that food reflects the geography, geology and climate of a place.
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