For Christmas holidays, a homecoming is essential. For the occasion, one of my acquaintances in Paris came to join me in Valence so that I could show her around.
The best way to discover the city is above all to discover the specialties of the region. This is why I give her a rendez-vous at the Ravioline, a small restaurant located in the pedestrian streets of Valence near the Town Hall. The setting is very warm, and as its name suggests, this restaurant has made Raviole its specialty! You can eat it with caillette, with walnuts, or with Saint Marcellin (French cheese) ... What a choice! Unfortunately, my friend does not like cheese ... which does not matter because the menu also offers excellent foie gras. But for me it will be raviole with foie gras. For dessert, it is obvious that the choice is made with Valrhona chocolate raviole (typical chocolate from the region), a dessert that is visually surprising for the eyes and the palate.
Well sated of this meal, we left in the streets of Valence to explore the city through its typical shops. We decide to make a stop at La Licorne, a store gathering comics, manga as well as all the culture of comics. A very large variety of collections is present there as well as an immersive decor (like this treasure chest which is under your feet when you enter the shop). After leafing through many books and sharing our preferences, we resume our walk towards the house of heads. Although there is no scheduled visit that day, it remains an essential part of Valence on its architecture and history.
Once this cultural moment is over, it's time to head to one of the most exclusive cafe in Valence, the Victor Hugo. As soon as we enter, we feel transported by the atmosphere both retro and modern. We sit on a sofa to enjoy the various gigantic tables present in the bar. Above us is an imposing chandelier illuminating the place with its yellow light. It is time for our Parisian to taste the specialty of VH, a Valrhona chocolate, a delicious sparkling chocolate prepared with milk and melted Valrhona chocolate By dint of hearing about this famous chocolate, my guest becomes curious about it, which is why we decide to take the car to end this beautiful day at the Valrhona chocolate shop.
We arrive after about twenty minutes at the store located in the town of Tain l'Hermitage. We crossed the door and a smell of chocolate rises to our noses. From truffles, to tablets to Christmas chocolates, everything is there. But the reputation of this store is that you cannot buy a chocolate until you have tasted it: this is why all the chocolates are available for tasting!
It is only after our shopping finished that we head into the Pascalis shop. A bakery known for hosting Drôme specialties such as Pogne, St Genix and even Suisse. The person greets us like VIPs and lets us taste samples of all his products. No longer having St Genix, she offers to my guest a package of pralines with all of her purchases.
The sun has already gone down for a long time, and we leave in the direction of Valence by discussing all the subjects that come to mind ...