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Plates Du Jour

Updated on May 30, 2011

Welcome to Plate Du Jour

Capafonts simple fare
Capafonts simple fare

Around day two we discovered “Plates of the Day” or “plata du jour”.  We couldn’t believe the great food a person could get at a tavern, bistro or small restaurant during the day.  Often for nine - fifteen euros the meal would include 3 courses plus wine and/or desert.  If wine wasn’t included we would purchase a demi-carafe for around 3 - 4 euros.  This is the equivalent of 4-5 glasses of wine for $4 - 5.00. 

“Plato Du Jours” are so perfect - they compliment our life style marvelously and suit us very well.   We eat it as the main meal of the day...any time between 1:00 - 4:00PM.  It is just deliciously lovely sitting in an outside cafe for a couple of hours, eating great food and drinking lovely wine!  Yes, you heard us correctly, we actually take a couple of hours to eat our mid day meal.

Here are some pictures of the food we have had as Plates du Jour... yum.  Every meal is a complete surprise.  Since we understand neither French or Spanish this makes our choice extremely easy... Oui, or Si, We would like the Plate of the Day Si vous plait or Por forvor;.

In Cambrills we had home made tuna salad, pate fois du grais, salmon tartar and creme brouliaze and a bottle of red wine for 12 Euros.  In a tiny weeny village up in the Spanish mountains we had the most outrageous veal, mushroom and pea stew and on the coast in a Sea fortress/castle a beautiful dish of mussels and prawns. 

Ok, Tom & Jill I said I wasn’t going to eat Elvies - baby eels... I even tried them as they found their way into a Paella dish.  We had gotten lost on the way to Spain from France and the waitress asked if I would like Paella de Mer -  said yes, and out comes this dish with cooked swigglies throughout.  Tasted like tough gummy worms... not my fondest dish, but was still good.  Still have not tried snails!   In fact we specifically didn’t go to Leido - the snail capital of Spain.  They eat more than 12 million tons of snails a year.

Plates du Jour, I think this will become an intricate part of my newest weight loss plan - I call it “The European”. The other part of this weight loss plan will be walking - walking - walking.  I have a pedometer and have been logging our steps each day.  The number of steps a day has ranged from 6500 - 34,500 with an average of around 22,000.  1500 - 2000 paces equal a mile (So I was told)...and in my  brain, as I am eternally optimistic that my plan will be successful and all these steps will neutralize the copious amounts of good food I am eating and wine I am drinking -  Guess the proof of my latest weight loss plan will be if we can get back into our travel pants in a three months :)

Such Amazing Food!

Calamari Salad from seaside restaurant in Sete
Calamari Salad from seaside restaurant in Sete
Divine - egg yolk inside mashed potatoe with white sauce and cheese
Divine - egg yolk inside mashed potatoe with white sauce and cheese
Creme Broula - may not be able to spell it correctly, but was able to eat it in a very good way.
Creme Broula - may not be able to spell it correctly, but was able to eat it in a very good way.
Ice cream - ok.  Seems a bit more to me.
Ice cream - ok. Seems a bit more to me.
Our favorite restaurant for many rasons.. the people and food were top notch.
Our favorite restaurant for many rasons.. the people and food were top notch.
Salmon tartar.. never thought Gary and I would say Yum.
Salmon tartar.. never thought Gary and I would say Yum.
The most scruptious dish we have had.  It was at a sea side Castle at l'Ametlla Mer
The most scruptious dish we have had. It was at a sea side Castle at l'Ametlla Mer
The infamous Sguiggly paela.
The infamous Sguiggly paela.
This was called ice cream... so much more!
This was called ice cream... so much more!
The tastiest meal ever.  A small village high in the Spanish Mountains created this dish.
The tastiest meal ever. A small village high in the Spanish Mountains created this dish.

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    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      7 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Marvelous! Look forward to seeing your photos and hearing your story... Bon Apetite.

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      Mary Kay 

      7 years ago

      I do have plans to go to cordon Bleau and they have a Julia Childe tribute!

      More later.mk

    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      7 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Mary Kay, I am very excited for you. A French Croissant and a latte in a bistro - yum. Did you know the Sur Bon is close to the Seine... depending on where you walk it is close to the Louver and Notre Dame end... wouldn't it be a hoot to see where Julie Child learned how to cook french cuisine :) Check out the article Paris in March... some photos may be of interest to you. Have a great trip, look forward to hearing about it!

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      Mary Kay 

      7 years ago

      The cruise is with Burt Wolf and it goes thru Provence! We see Lyon,Trevoux,Vienne,

      Tour non,viziers,Avignon,les bauxite, and Arles. Plus we get a three day sty before in Paris!

      It is so exciting and coming up soon now.I work in a gourmet foodie's delight shop and can't wait to have my first authentic French croissant!

      Your tales are ll very exciting as well.hope to hear from you soon! Mary Kay

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      GPSWorldTraveler 

      7 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Marykayabblett, Have a grand trip. Those are some of my favorite places in the world... such great food, wine, people and sights. What kind of cruise are you taking? What stops will you be making? I have never been on a cruise, so tell all. Happy travels. B

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      Marykayabblett 

      7 years ago

      Such beautiful photos- kudos!

      Loved reading your commentary!

      We are going to Paris and cruise provence on October- trying to get some suggestions. From a seasoned traveler which you obviously are- thanks! Mary Kay

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