Calais For The Day Au Cote Dargent

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CALAIS for the day - Au Cote d'Argent

Date: 22nd November 2011

 CALAIS for the day

My friends Hilary and Geoff used to run a B & B and often went across to Calais shopping especially when the Euro was much weaker. They often asked me to join them and I can remember when the Euro was worth around 68p so buying our wine, cheeses, and other wonderful food in Carrefour and Auchun was not only a fun experience but it was a great deal cheaper than the UK. (Daft isn’t it – we are supposed to be in a Common Market and yet so much of what we buy in the UK is much more pricey than in France) In the days when we saved on our shopping we’d go and have lunch at an absolutely super restaurant at Calais Plage. Hilary and Geoff discovered it many years ago and indeed celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary there with many friends. I’ve been going with them to Au Cote d’Argent for about 8 years and, if anything, the restaurant just gets better and better. And I do like a Menu Compris – often in restaurants which present you with a tome of choices, by the time I get to the end, I’ve forgotten what was at the beginning.

These days we don’t make much saving on our shopping but we still go to Au Cote d’Argent. We hadn’t booked and my heart sank as we parked the car because it looked full to the gunwhales – and this is a Tuesday not a weekend. However they had one table left and we had a superb lunch. They have a choice of four Menu Compris at different prices and A la Carte if you want it. We were able to choose what we wanted, shared a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau (of course) and then we all knew exactly what we needed to pay. I’m a generous person and will try to give more than I get but I do become annoyed when one is in a crowd and certain elements go for the most expensive meal/wine etc. and then expect the bill to be shared!!!!!

I hadn’t intended buying much wine but eventually got carried away and even added a Bottle of Moet et Chandon to bring my bill up to the price where I got a free ferry ticket. Well, the Champers will do for my Birthday and I’ll leave the ferry trip till the summer when I would like to go over and revisit Middelkerke (Mouchotte Memorial) and some of the very important places in Normandy associated with Canterbury Cathedral.

So a great day was had by all and I was so replete, didn’t have to cook dinner.

A Bientot - Jan

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