Monday, December 27, 2010


Simply scrumptious. That's just the best way to describe this dish... This is the Penne Rigate au Noix Saint de Jacques et aux Gambas, Roquette from Le Restaurant 128, in nearby Olivet, south of Orléans... (The 128 represents their street number.)

Translated, this is penne pasta, scallops, gambas and rocket, a leafy vegetable considered to be an aphrodisiac. Delicious culinary perfection. And as always here in France, aesthetics are never overlooked, so note the saucy design in the upper left hand corner.

I enjoyed this platter during a recent "soirée de filles," or girls' night out.... When prefaced by a kir (a blackcurrant liqueur topped with white wine) and a standard antipasto, followed by some creamy pistachio ice cream and a buttery cookie for dessert, this evening was all about complete indulgence.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do every once in awhile...

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