Bordeaux and its delicacies

Bordeaux and its delicacies

During your stay at L'hôtel Madame, be sure to visit the historic monuments or take a wine tour of Saint Emilion. Bordeaux hides many other treasures. Before you pack your bags, you'll want to try one of the many sweet and savoury specialities typical of the region. 

At the Hôtel Madame reception desk, we'll be happy to tell you the best places to try a canelé. A canelé? 

More than just a simple dish, it's a symbol. Originally made in Bordeaux by nuns, the canelé recipe lasted until the 19th century, when it was adopted by all Bordeaux pastry shops. Let yourself be charmed by its caramelised crust and rum-flavoured centre. So, do you prefer La Toque Cuivrée or Baillardran?

@canelesbaillardran and @latoquecuivree.officiel Le Canele on Place de La Comedie in Bordeaux

To stay on a sweet note, L'Hôtel Madame suggests you indulge with a Puits d'amour. Originally from Captieux in the south of Gironde, puits d'amour are small pastries made from choux pastry, filled with Chiboust cream. They are then caramelised in the oven. This frothy, melt-in-the-mouth, crunchy treat is simply irresistible.

@maison_seguin Le puits d'Amour de Captieux - Assortment

Last but not least, Hotel Madame recommends that you don't forget to try the macaroons, but only those from Saint-Émilion! We already know the region for its wine, but the macaroons are delicious too! The traditional recipe comes from the Ursuline nuns in the 18th century. The difference with those from La Durée? They are flat, slightly cracked, and not filled to give the almonds their rightful place.

@papilles The authentic macaroons of Saint Emilion

After all these sweet treats, you're in need of some fresh air. The Hotel Madame takes you out to the Basssin d'Arcachon to taste at some oysters. 

Extra fresh, they arrive directly from the Arcachon Basin all year round. This is one of France's leading oyster-producing regions. The oysters here are hollow and fleshy. Let yourself be carried away to the ocean by the flavours of sea spray and fresh seaweed. In the Bordeaux region, oysters are eaten with crépinette, a small flat sausage, and shallot vinegar.

@cuisineaz Oysters and crépinettes

Finally, L'hôtel Madame recommends the quintessential Bordeaux drink to accompany your oysters: Lillet. 

The Bretons have their cider, the Marseillais their pastis, and the Bordelais their lillet. Somewhere between Gin Tonic and Aperol. Made from a blend of wine and fruit. In white, red or rosé, it goes very well with cucumber for a super chilled cocktail! 

@lillet Lillet - Pernod Ricard France 


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