This weekend La Fete de la Coquille is taking place in Montmartre, Place des Abbesses. It's a DON'T MISS if you're in Paris now!
As a scallop lover and all things Breton this fete is one of my favorites in Paris. *By the way I got kissed on the Metro by a complete stranger but more about that later...
The fete may look a bit rag tag under l'eglise St. Pierre de Montmartre but never mind.
The first stand offers the typically Breton crunchy cookies in apricot, lemon and bien sur caramel au beurre sale.
The same stand has the Breton buttery, caramelized cake, kouign amann hot straight out of the oven.
I saved mine for later and headed to the oyster table.
I ate these last year at the fete. They were just as good and the same prix/price - 7 euros a half dozen.
The oyster shuckers were having a ball.
You can buy a kilo of scallops/coquille au natural for 6 euros or 20 euros for almost a pound and out of the shell ready for the pan.
Ate the same fish soup as last year, just as good (2.50). A whole bottle is 3.50. I'm returning for this.
Hot from the pot with little croutons and rouille sauce. It's a good idea to arrive at the Fete famished.
Chef Vincent Premorvan of La Cotriade in Paimpol did cooking demos at the degustation/tasting station (3 euros each).
I ate two of his 'Noix de Saint-Jacques a la plancha, embeurrees de choux a la biere et lard/scallops sitting on sauerkraut cooked in beer and bacon. Double YUM
A good time was had by all.
A lively Breton band...
Les Commandierie du clos Montmartre were singing up a storm with the help of the vin chaud/hot spiced wine. Note the copper pot.
I didn't taste a galette saucisse or Renne hotdog. You can't eat everything. Nor did I taste the Brittany cider, sparkling apple juice, beers or champagne and wines on offer.
The famous mariniere T-shirts from Amor-Lux are always present at these fetes.
There were fish mongers too. Anyone wearing a red shirt is from Brittany.
Later in recovery I downed my kouign amann if one fell swoop and fell instantly asleep so this post is late.
Speaking of late posts, I've had problems with Feedburner. I'm so sorry many of you haven't been getting your PB in a timely manner. It's not my habit to take tome off from blogging without an announcement. It's not my habit to take time off ever. PB is an addiction I enjoy as much as you do reading it. Something was broken ;((
Thanks to brilliant genius Jeanne of 365 dresses things are now fixed.
As for that kiss on the Metro - here's the gent what done it - 'je ne regret rien' Bon weekend.