Eat­ing in...

Dis­cover more of Au­vergne’s gourmet spe­cial­i­ties

France - - Food & Drink -

FOURME D’AM­BERT Mai­son de la Fourme d’am­bert

29 Rue des Chazeaux 63600 Am­bert Tel: (Fr) 4 73 82 49 23 mai­son-fourme-am­ One of the five Au­vergne cheeses pro­tected by an AOP, Fourme d’am­bert is also one of the old­est va­ri­eties in France. The mild blue cheese is pro­duced in the moun­tains, be­tween 600 me­tres and 1,500 me­tres high, and has a de­li­ciously creamy tex­ture. Take the guided tour at this mu­seum to learn about Fourme d’am­bert’s ori­gins and pro­duc­tion meth­ods be­fore head­ing to the old cel­lars for tast­ings.

TRUFFADE Fro­magerie Nivesse

23 Place Saint-pierre 63000 Cler­mont-fer­rand Tel: (Fr) 4 73 31 07 00 fro­ This typ­i­cally hearty au­vergnat dish of pota­toes and cheese orig­i­nated in the Can­tal dé­parte­ment. The pota­toes are sliced, sea­soned with gar­lic and browned in lard. Once the pota­toes are cooked, you add slices of Au­vergne cheese – a tomme, Salers or even Fourme d’am­bert – un­til it has melted and be­come stringy. Buy your cheese from this charm­ing fro­magerie op­po­site Cler­mond-fer­rand’s cov­ered mar­ket hall.


Place Saint-pierre 63000 Cler­mont-fer­rand Tel: (Fr) 4 73 31 27 88 Thanks to the al­ti­tude, Au­vergne pro­duces many plant-based liqueurs, spir­its and aper­i­tifs us­ing herbs such as gen­tian. This yel­low flower grows in the high pas­tures and is the main in­gre­di­ent of La Gen­tiane. An­other au­vergnat spirit is Verveine du Ve­lay, which in­cor­po­rates ver­bena and more than 30 other plants. Ap­ple is used in many drinks in­clud­ing the kirs I en­joyed at the start of most meals and Le Bir­lou, a sweet ap­ple and ch­est­nut liqueur. You can find these tip­ples in Cler­mont-fer­rand’s cov­ered mar­ket hall.

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