A whirlwind trip to Biarritz…

Last weekend I managed to escape the grey onset of winter for warmer climes, boarding a plane to Biarritz! I’ve been to Northern Spain quite a few times in the last couple of years, which as the crow flies isn’t far from Biarritz, however I felt the difference in atmosphere, architecture and food was noticeable. As usual when I go on holiday, I was drawn to all things food related and took loads of photos so thought I’d share them with you. 

I stumbled upon many a foodie treasure trove, annoying the proprietors by ooh-ing and aah-ing and snapping away :)…

On our first night we struggled to find the restaurant epicentre of Biarritz but eventually stumbled on a street of tapas style bars and chose to dine at Bleue de Toi. It was an unassuming little place but it soon became obvious that we’d made the right choice, the food was exceptional…

and our waiter, who we later found out was in a soul band called Aylé, was amazingly very attentive and ended the evening by plying us with Pacharan a delicious local liquor made with sloe berries…

This trip gave me the chance to try Airbnb for the first time. It’s a website, well more of a community, where people can list either a room or whole property, more often than not their own home. All you have to do is join up, write a short profile and get searching…I discovered a lovely looking 2 bedroom flat for my friends and I to share. It was huge and really central and more importantly was owned by the loveliest landlady, who after discovering my love of cake, presented me with a list of cafe recommendations, free bus tickets to the local food market and had even stocked the fridge with a bottle of champagne to help celebrate my birthday! 

I decided that visiting a food market was the perfect way to spend my birthday so we hot footed it down to Les Halles to stock up on yummy food and pay a visit to Milwaukee Cafe

The kooky little cafe run by an American Mother and Daughter combo (I assume from Milwaukee) felt slightly incongruous nestle amongst the cheese, cured meat and fish stalls at Les Halles…

but after trying their coffee I wasn’t complaining!

I have to admit that I didn’t manage to try any of their cake after having overdone the Pacharan the night before, but it all looked divine…

When the reviving effect of the coffee had kicked in we set about exploring and gathering a delicious picnic together (note: we didn’t buy the fish but they looked impressive enough to be papped)…

On wandering the streets of Biarritz, I discovered a little gem of an ice cream shop called Jerome

where I sampled a flavour I’d never heard of called byzance…milk chocolate, nut and fleur de sel…

Earlier in the day my friends had seen me staring lustily at a patisserie called Miremont and unbeknownst to me had popped in and bought me this amazingly extravagant but slightly alien looking concoction as a birthday treat…

I don’t know what it was but I inhaled it in a matter of seconds  🙂

The week before my holiday I’d asked Twitter for restaurant and cafe recommendations and was told to visit Chez Albert in the port for seafood, so I did…

We enjoyed a lavish looking platter of fruit de mer, delicious but with perhaps a few too many sea snails for my liking (I’m a bit of a mollusc wuss)…

and followed Rick Furzer, self confessed ‘booze pimp’s’ wine recommendation with a bottle of Pacherenc

Me and my sweet tooth couldn’t resist the house dessert…

By happy accident, we saved the best ‘til last, my favourite meal of the whole holiday was on our last day at a tiny back street bar/restaurant called Bar Jean

The service was quintessentially French and surly and the food was simple and exquisite, the photos speak for themselves…

I would highly recommend Biarritz as a weekend destination. I was extremely well fed and watered and even managed to get in a bit of surfing…good times!

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