If nothing else, the French enjoy their eating experiences. Languedoc is part of the ancient land of Occitania whose language was language d’oc, the language of the troubadours. A country of mountains, sea and brush covered plains.
There are three gastronomic regions:
- Languedoc Mediterranean, whose cuisine is redolent of olive oil, garlic and fragrant herbs;
- Roussillon or Pays Catalan, whose cuisine marries olive oil and garlic with the rustic flavors of sausage and ham;
- Languedoc Toulousian, the mountainous country around Albi and Toulouse where olive oil gives way to goose fat and dishes like cassoulet that are hearty, meaty and earthy.
In Nézignan l’Évêque, there is a small bar and a three star hotel restaurant. There are plenty of small cafes in the square and on the main street of Pezenas. On a Saturday, you can visit the market and have cafe au lait at the Cafe Des Artists on Rue Jean Juares and a raisin bun from the boulangerie next door. The ‘le Vieux Coq” is one restaurant, in particular, which provides wonderful fare. In Beziers, along Alleles Paul-Riquet, there are some very pretty small cafes. There are a couple of superb restaurants in the area that we recommend for special evenings. Additional information on local restaurants is available in the house.