Relais Routier

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  1. ShiftZZ

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    Having never been to a Relais Routier, any tips, suggestions?
     
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    If you mean a Le Routier, then they serve a set lunch or evening meal. Lunch starts at 12 and finishes at 3. Evening meal starts at 7 and finishes at 10. Its normally a set menu with between 3 and 5 courses and includes wine at a set price of between 8 and 12 Euros. Coffee is extra. The best ones are on the arterial trunk routes in France and the best are only known to truckers. Some of the best I have ever been in are in the Bourgogne area. I have been known to spend a couple of days parked at a good one :Smile:. The best ever is in a small village called Arney le Duc on the old N6. If you are not parked up there by 5-30PM you will not get served.
     
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    Never ever try the Andouilette

    It is allegedly a 'special' sausage

    SPECIAL it certainly is

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    A good guide to a good Routier is a car park full of white work men's vans! :thumb: I hasten to add, that's white vans belonging to any work person lol!:Doh:
     
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    Great advice, they're seriously not for the British palate! However, a delicacy to the French. :Doh:
     
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    I stopped many times at "Routiers" when I was a child travelling with my parents. Thye used to be the best place to have a huge home made meal and not expensive. With the increase of motorways , a lot have disappeared... shame indeed! But some are still there. Nowadays , mainly truckers stop at a routier for their lunch or evening meal. I have no idea how it goes on now......
    Ok David ... don't take it just for you, but your post is just the opportunity to say something about foreign cooking. Each person from each country has habits and tastes are made up from birth by the mum's way of cooking.
    There's something very unfair about telling other people "Don't taste this".
    I've always said to my children " Don't say it's bad/uneatable/disgusting. Just say "YOU don't like it".
    I said the same to my best friend! We went to Scotland and because her daughter told her not to eat Haggis (disgusting, made with blahblahblah... while she never tried!!!!) and so my best friend would not listen to me and TRY!!!!
    Please , don't say Andouillettes are no good , just say you have tried and didn't like them, that's all! Again , it's not just you .... but for once, I had to answer to this! I love food , and from all countries, but when I don't know .... I TRY! I don't care about other people's feeling, I am a big girl, big enough to made my mind up!


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Wink:

    PS: Didn't even see Anna's post !!! But Anna ... I should have quoted your post too. Please let the people make their own mind about stuff!


    PPS: Oh and ...BTW .... I don't like Andouillette but I love Haggis
     
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    Ha ha Frankie, point taken! It was just a bit of light hearted banter!:Wink:

    You are, of course, correct about telling people they should try for themselves and I always told our children to do that......but, after tasting Andouillette, I think I would hesitate to have told them to try it mdr! And, yes, many people don't know how good our Scottish Haggis tastes ha ha!:BigGrin:

    A wee story of when we first came to live in France....some lovely French people cooked us a super French meal and, yes, we were served Andouilette! My husband and I were at opposite ends of the table and I could see he was secretly feeding his Andouilette to our dog, who was under the table, next to him!

    I never feed the dog at the table so he knew never to beg from me but, of course, my husband can't resist and so the dog always sat next to him at meal times. Oh how I wished I had the dog under my end of the table that day ha ha!:Rofl1:

    We didn't feel able to say we didn't like the Andouilette because our French hosts had told us they had gone to a lot of effort to buy from a speciality butcher, whose shop was a long way from them and also told us that it was a great delicacy! :Doh:

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    I have to agree with Frankie. It is not possible to decide what you will like based on what someone else does or does not like. This year I went to Scotland for the first time and decided to try haggis. Recalling all I had heard about it I thought I'd just have a little taste to see what it was like. I was surprised to find that it was not just edible but I really enjoyed it and would be really keen to have more. As the saying goes 'don't knock it till you've tried it'

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    Hi.
    Just to put me in the picture,(And a few more i bet:Wink:). Does it taste like....Chicken ?:Rofl1:. Come on now, brief description,first the ingredients ,second a rough guide as to what it...MAY ?,taste like.
    It would be rude of me to order this dish,and not eat it,however,i am NEVER going to be a contestant on,Get me out of here,but would feel obliged to sit there and eat it so as not to offend.
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    Don't worry too much about the taste Tea Bag - the look is enough to put me off!

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    It certainly didn't taste anything like chicken to me:Laughing: the smell alone put me off, however, I like you would have been, felt obliged to eat it.....the art was in keeping a straight face lol! :cry:
    Anna
    PS I'm sticking with eating Haggis! Best I've tasted was home made by a local French restaurant owner, on Burns night, after being let down by an English customer who had promised to bring some back for him and they didn't even have the courtesy to tell him until he spotted them passing a couple of days before the Burns Supper!:Sad:
     
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    I came onto this thread thinking it was a mispelling. Relais is a tech manufacturer so I thought this was about computer routers :Rofl1:

    Anyway I agree with Frankie.

    My ex is French and I learned a valuable lesson from her. NEVER NEVER NEVER, ask what the ingredients are of a dish. Taste it, taste it again then decide if you like it or not.

    I tried frogs legs and snails. didn't like. However I do love horse. I love those little rings fried in goose fat. Turns out those little rings are pigs intestines but they are soooo delicious.

    Andouillette is one of those things I have liked in some place but not in others. Sometime the smell makes me think twice but the flavour has always been good.

    I love eating the those small road side cafes. Always healthy portions of great food and really good prices.:thumb:
     
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    Ok David ... don't take it just for you, but your post is just the opportunity to say something about foreign cooking. Each person from each country has habits and tastes are made up from birth by the mum's way of cooking.
    There's something very unfair about telling other people "Don't taste this".
    I've always said to my children " Don't say it's bad/uneatable/disgusting. Just say "YOU don't like it".
    I said the same to my best friend! We went to Scotland and because her daughter told her not to eat Haggis (disgusting, made with blahblahblah... while she never tried!!!!) and so my best friend would not listen to me and TRY!!!!
    Please , don't say Andouillettes are no good , just say you have tried and didn't like them, that's all! Again , it's not just you .... but for once, I had to answer to this! I love food , and from all countries, but when I don't know .... I TRY! I don't care about other people's feeling, I am a big girl, big enough to made my mind up!


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Wink:



    PPS: Oh and ...BTW .... I don't like Andouillette but I love Haggis[/QUOTE]


    Absolutely no offence was intended, it was mainly tongue in cheek, but I accept your reaction / reply, possibly slightly better than you took my OP

    However, although you are absolutely right that it is my opinion and should not have been taken as an instruction not to eat it.

    My hope though is that a few more will now know when travelling through France, maybe stopping for a quick lunch, being told that Andouilette is 'sausage' they could be deeply disappointed and hungry when they leave, it is not a sausage as we would know it in Britain

    It looks like a sausage, but when cut into mine looked like a scene from Alien, with slightly less blood. Try Andouilette in Google images

    I would also accept that the variation in these across the country must be enormous and I might just have been really unlucky

    David
     
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    QuoteAbsolutely no offence was intended, it was mainly tongue in cheek, but I accept your reaction / reply, possibly slightly better than you took my OP

    However, although you are absolutely right that it is my opinion and should not have been taken as an instruction not to eat it.

    My hope though is that a few more will now know when travelling through France, maybe stopping for a quick lunch, being told that Andouilette is 'sausage' they could be deeply disappointed and hungry when they leave, it is not a sausage as we would know it in Britain

    It looks like a sausage, but when cut into mine looked like a scene from Alien, with slightly less blood. Try Andouilette in Google images

    I would also accept that the variation in these across the country must be enormous and I might just have been really unlucky

    David[/QUOTE]


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    Anna Me Toooo I am sticking to Haggis :RollEyes::BigGrin: Lovely....Andouillette is a No NO for us as well Anna...and David ....tried them several times ...and they seem to get worse not better...never again...but each to there own taste...Ok if you are brought up with them..
     
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    Oh dear dear! It looks like with the second part of my post I somehow, hijacked Shifty's thread!

    Very sorry Dave , didn't mean it , just jumped on the opportunity to open my big mouth once more:Blush:... I should start another thread may be... but I don't think it's really worth it. May be one last little one post to close the chapter: I was not offended at all David, not even a little bit as I feel just the same with any foreign food, and as I said , I don't like Andouillette. I do think it's quite special, and you have to forget about the smell... (I just can't, like you Catherine and Anna...), to be able to eat it ! It's just something I find a bit unfair wherever the food comes from. When coming back from England I was asked the same question over and over again:

    How many kgs did you lose?
    :Eeek: :Eeek: What do you mean?
    Well English cooking is sooooo yuuuuuuk!
    Nonsense! Have you been to the UK ?
    No!
    Did you ever taste any English food at all?
    Errr...no, but everyone says blahblahblah!

    I love English food, and I regularly put some 4 kgs on, because I'm a little piggy! I can't go pass a café without having an English breakfast, or a fish and chips shop without having one, even if I just had a meal! Everything I have tasted I just loved it. Been to Wales, ..same thing, been to Scotland same thing! Portugal Bis repetitas!!!
    "French" doesn't mean "good" to me. There are a few things I can't eat. This is why I can't be offended, I'm an eater of the world's food, not just my country's.

    Sorry again Dave. I did answer to your question though... Routier has always meant homemade quality to me , and lots in the plate. No idea what it looks like nowadays.


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile::Wink:
     
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    None taken

    Absolutely no offence taken, I think it is good to share, why discuss if you are not open to different opinion

    After all we agree on most of what we have both said!!

    Till next time

    Au revoir

    David
     
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