Your holiday in Italy
You have saved this in your cuttings folder in your top drawer.
A choice of two. There are no other holidays which might appeal to gastrotourism devotees on the half-page. What is your estimate of the %? See centre column below.
We look at symbols of national cuisine - gastro-identifiers elsewhere. If this picture appeared in an advert, which country would you identify it with?
Which country, dish name?
Does this clue help?
UK Telegraph Travel, December 24 2011, p 3.
The pictures are from an article beginning on p 1 - "Christmas lunch a la francaise". Their use is not meant to denigrate the excellent article.
Readers of the newspaper may not have seen the topic on the Internet.
Supplements devoted to gourmet holidays seem rare. Features are not far behind.
Read this extract and answer the question which follows:
"Truffles are democratic!". Mr Aynaud truly is a stirring advocate of the truffle, though Lord knows how I found him. As often happens in the Dordogne, you leave the beaten track, then leave the one after that, winding up and down hills, through woods and meadows, to arrive in a goldstone hamlet where anyone in his right mind would want to live for ever. ...
But it's worth the attempt. Truffle men are generally thought to be secretive, mildly sinister, beret-wearing peasants with shotguns and a "cash-only" mantra. Erudite and bounding into his sixties, Mr Aynaud is as different as a chap can be while still being in truffles.
and nothing but the trufe. (The French say truffe for truffle.) (Still mystified? - solution)
We celebrated in style, sampling wine at Coteaux de Visan near Valréas, before a supper of scallops and wild boar at Le Coquelicot restaurant. The pervading truffle smell hung around us, and fellow diners slapped us on the back, raising their glasses knowingly. We felt acclimatised. ...
Our final stop was Nîmes, a city with more layers than a mille-feuille. [[my addition]] All thoughts of stretching out at our hotel, Le Cheval Blanc, were abandoned when we opened the shutters to the awesome sight of France's oldest Roman amphitheatre directly opposite. ...
From the back of hatchbacks, truffle pickers sold their wares in clandestine fashion, hiding their financial transactions from view. The comparisons with drug dealing went beyond the dizzying head rush at the overpowering scent. "The truffle is part of the black economy," Jean-Pierre explained. "No tax".
As night fell, the streets came alive with Christmas lights, festive music and shoppers. We rested on the steps of the Maison Carrée, the illuminated columns of this Roman temple reflected in the glass of the Norman Foster-designed Carré d'Art gallery across the square. We reflected too, on the joy of finding treasure both freshly buried in the Provence soil and ancient, in the heart of a city. ...
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