Thursday, November 20, 2014

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

It's like the mecca of food here in Lyon. A Market built originally to house vendors and local producers in the region since 1859. Over the course of the century, renovations, relocations, re-imaging and finally the latest works were done in 2006 with Paul Bocuse lending his legendary name to this avant garde looking market.

Yes it's a market not some corporate office nor modern art museum. Only the very best regional products were presented here. At the same time, there are a few stalls selling the finest international produce such as tea and spices. Les Halles de Lyon is owned and run by the City Council so each vendor will need to apply to do business here.

After our massive hike up hills, down some monuments, crossed a 2 rivers, round the ancient city and then to the newer part of Lyon....we were super hungry and walked another few more kms to this market for a rather late lunch. U can imagine I was so famish....need food~~~~~~~

JS insisted that we must do lunch at AOC, tucked at the corner of this avant garde looking market near to the front entrance. I was glad that we didn't have to walk around looking for AOC bcoz this place is a massive 13,500 sqm!!!!

Monkey was almost in tears when she finally got to sit down. HAHAHAHA no, actually it was the strong wind out there that made me teared. Just too dry!!!!

My hair was perpetually on a ponytail like this during our vacation, started from Lyon and all the way down to Marseille...coz this is the best "tie" that gathered all my hair together. Else I would end up looking like a walking mop in the streets. Hair flying around 360*.

Can u imagine the wind reached an average of 50km/h and the gust is up to 110km/h. We almost flew away at times especially in Marseille and for the first time, I seriously had to cling onto the bus stop *even though I wasn't waiting for a bus* while JS was clinging on to some street lights. Gosh~~~~~

It's a very very and extremely clean market. Just look at that!!!! Bars and bistros and restaurants lined the aisles. This is like my kinda "happy hour" place hohohohohohoho. Right now in Malaysia it's Pavilion, after-work happy hour. My face is the discount card. Staffs think I run and own Pavilion KL including the valet guys. Thanks for looking me this up. Hohohohohoho. Nope, I don't wanna own nor run Pavilion. I prefer to be their client instead.

There's so much to eat and buy eyes and senses went crazy darting left to right trying to digest everything here.

not to mention lunch here is very cheap. For a starter, a main and a dessert, it's only Euro 15.50!!!

and the wines here!!! wahhhh a market selling all these wines!!! unbelievable!!!

the happy hour crowd. :))))))))) nice. May I join u people? Actually these are vendors working in the market, post-lunch hour is pretty quiet so wat do u do, head down the bar a few metres away and be happy and jolly!!!!

JS: "Monkey wat are u buying??? we just ate lunch!!!!"

JS dearie...only one tiny wenny little small small canele...ok?
JS: "Look at ur tummy!! fat fat ady~~~~"

and while munching on my tiny weeny canele, I was browsing through the cheese....oh yums~~~~

and artisanal butter....I wanna take all of you home!!!!

CHEESE!!!!! cheese~~~~~~~

the expensive and highly regarded chicken from only white birds - Poulet de Bresse. Strictly controlled with its own AOC since 1957. Yeah even chickens have its own gradings like wines. In fact butters and cheese as well. Really, it's so yummy I declared it the best chicken in the world. Wait till I blog bout the damn awesome superb bresse chicken I had a few days later at Paul Bocuse's main restaurant. The father of French cuisine, prepared the King of all poultry in such awesome yummyness. The experience was outta body!!!!

Grilled Bresse Chicken at the 3 Michelin starred L'Arpege in Paris used to be my top top top best chicken dish in the it's Paul Bocuse. aaaaahhh~~~~ but I still lurve Alain Passard's creations in L'Arpege, Paris. 

Words can't describe so just stare at all the pics la....I can't help but have tasting of everything possible~~~~

this I can't taste bcoz it's raw...but it's the first time I m looking at pork with such high and beautiful fat marbling on it. So so so so beautiful. Why are the fats so well distributed like threads and threads of fats lined in between the meat???

Yes if u noticed by now, Lyon is famous for its charcuterie. Hams, sausages, terrines, confits, pate~~~~ heaven~~~~~~

and finally we arrived at the desserts and sweets department.
hmmmm now which one to get?
I wished to have one sampling of each flavours but ....but....hmmmm. This is so difficult~~~

hmmm very interesting...coca-cola macarons. :)))))))
should I???? oh well it's a vacation so~~~~

Paul Bocuse's beautiful handwritting on this postcard displayed at Chocolatier Seve. The pralines were heavenly....aaaaaAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

and JS caught me again......

like a guilty child I had to explain myself~~~
"But but...but......but ....I've never tasted a coca-cola macarons before!!!"
JS -_-"

so yummy and awesome with excellent texture. I can come here everyday~~~~oh les Halles de Lyon, I wanna marry you~~~~

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
102 Cours  Lafayette,
69003 Lyon,
Tel: +33 4 7862 3933

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