Les Grands Buffets in Narbonne – France on a plate

Treat your tastebuds in the largest restaurant in France   Imagine walking into a royal dining hall. In front of you, a chef slicing eight legs of ham; to your left, a massive pile of macarons; in the distance, a mountain of prawns and lobsters. Watch out! A waitress just ran past you carrying an ….

Carrot cake muffins

Carrot cake muffins: tasty treats low in sugar and fat When I was studying patisserie in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, we made fancy French cakes, breads, pastries and desserts every week. It was a very enriching learning experience for me, and literally enriching for my palette as well. Never have I used so much ….

Simply B&B

10% off accommodation in October     Fall is coming, leaves are falling down, and so are our rates. From October 1st until October 25th – which marks the end of our season – enjoy 10% off our room rates. This means that you can come and stay at La Villa for as little as ….

Scenic route from Toulouse

There is much to discover on this scenic route from Toulouse Toulouse is the main hub from which you will likely start your journey to Mazamet, whether it is from the Blagnac airport or from the Matabiau TGV station. Or maybe you are a local who wishes to venture into the Tarn for a few ….

In Search of Nomadism

In Search of Nomadism – An interview with Mathieu Rosa One of the most rewarding aspects of running La Villa de Mazamet is the stories of guests from different walks of life who visit. We recently hosted Mathieu Rosa and his brother Charly, who were visiting Mazamet on business. Mathieu is the owner and manager ….

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

What’s in a Name? Gordes, Minerve, Les-Beaux-de-Provence…Traveling throughout France is like traveling back in time. After a last bend in the road, you enter a beautiful village, probably dating back to medieval times. And you are in awe before these stones and bricks that stood the test of time. However, the number and the quality ….

Quiz: Gaillac Wines

Test your knowledge of the wines of Gaillac After reading our post on Gaillac wines last month, you must be an expert on one of the most famous AOCs in the Tarn. If not, it’s not too late to brush up! Pick your brain with these five questions. 1. In the 14th century, what were ….

Recipe: boeuf bourguignon and baguette quenelles

A hearthy classic with a twist Jump to recipe In the last few weeks, Mazamet has suffered a terrible spell of cold, wet weather. Fall was definitely upon us. In our attempt to fight the chilly evenings, we started serving nice veloutés that our guests really enjoyed. Our summer mains were next on the chopping ….

The Wines of our Region – Gaillac

This month, we take you to the Gaillac wine region, where rolling countryside meets vineyards and sunflower fields.     An ancestral wine region The AOC of Gaillac is one of the oldest wine regions of the ancient region of Gaul (an area of Western Europe that stretched from Italy to Spain and as far ….

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