SÈTE…..the little Venice of the Languedoc

  Sète is the largest fishing port on the Mediterranean.
Canals, fishing boats, quaintness, and local character abound.
It is the ‘little Venice of the Languedoc’.

P1080784We arrive late afternoon.
Wander the small streets.
Sun is setting.
It is aperitif time.


Picturesque spot!
Perfect for watching fishing boats coming in with their catch…..

but then it is time to make a restaurant choice.

We do our usual walk in silence…..peeking in and out of places…looking at posted menus….then we each narrow it down…..not surprisingly, we both thought there were 2 choices (out of many).  One seemed to be a husband and wife team…not too big a menu.  But, the other possible choice had a fresh seafood stand out front (obviously selling what had just come off the boats), plus the restaurant……….a crowd was also gathering for dinner…. Chez Francois it will be…

Now for the food porn!

I started with ‘jols’, a tiny fish done ‘friture’ style.
The blue-eyed ones are best!!!
P1080770  Xavier had the ‘couteux’ (razor clams).

As if that was not enough, we move on to the main course….
 MJ orders a seafood mixed grill….
a combo of gambas (large shrimp), seche (kinda like calamari) and lotte (monkfish).


And it is whole turbot for X.


Could not begin to finish
…..would kill for it today
….so flavorful and so perfectly executed.


Road Trips Rule!

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Teresa Bentley

I love the term “food porn”. First heard it on NPR in interview of Donna Leon of Commissario Brunetti fame telling why she described the wonderful meals of the family in Venice…NOT food porn, she said. “So,what’s wrong with food porn?” I sez… And great post


Wonderful place to visit. Will check it out on our next trip to France. Ran across your blog by accident after a facebook post from my friend Sam. Took classes at your cooking school in Greensboro years ago. Your boys even came to my son’s birthday party. So glad you are following your dreams.


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