Yesterday I shared a visit with French artist Sandrine Follère at home in her kitchen and her art studio. Sandrine made us the most wonderful lunch, one that highlighted many of the delicious specialties of Toulouse. Here are a few of the places that Sandrine likes to shop — a reference in case you also are so lucky as to spend some time in this southern French city.
Sandrine with ficelou, a Toulouse duck sausage.
I asked Sandrine what a typical grocery shopping trip would include for her. She said that her groceries on a daily basis are mostly vegetables and fruits: "Apples, zucchinis, tomatoes, peppers, green salads, basil, mint." Organic food is also very important to her (in France, usually organic foods are called bio organic or sometimes just bio).
Utterly delicious little strawberries.
Here are five of Sandrine's favorite resources for those groceries and other delicious specialties of Toulouse.
Sandrine says that this local purveyor is the best place to buy duck products, including particular Toulouse specialities like ficelou (a local sausage), fritons (fried duck skin), magret de canard, and of course foie gras. I picked up a couple small pots of foie gras here to bring home with me.
Victor Hugo is one of several covered markets in Toulouse. Sandrine says, "I go regularly to Victor Hugo market to buy fresh vegetables or cheeses." I spent some time there too; it's an amazingly comprehensive French market, with a special focus on nose-to-tail meat options.
This is, as Sandrine says, her "favorite place to buy amazing delicious cheeses."
"I love tea!" Sandrine told me. "Green teas are my favorites so I like to go to Palais des Thés."
"And I love ice creams especially during summetime and THE place I like to go and buy delicious ice creams is Ô Sorbet d'Amour."
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Fritons: another duck specialty of Toulouse.
(Image credits: Faith Durand)