Travel

Lyon Eats: A Gustatory Journey of French Noms

The city of Lyon is the third largest city in France, next to the country’s capital Paris and Marseilles. The land is divided by two great rivers, the Saone and the Rhone, which gives the city a very unique look. Lyon is also famously known as the gastronomic capital of France. The city boasts of numerous restaurants, also known as ‘bouchons’ (don’t ask me how to pronounce that), that offer a smorgasbord of dishes that’s sure to satisfy any craving you might have.

The sights of Lyon, France

For many months, I called Lyon my home away from home and luckily got to know the ins and outs of the charming city. It seems like fate for someone like me (= fat) to have been assigned to work in a city like this. In a city peppered with bouchons tempting you with all the wonderful smells wafting from their kitchens as you walk past, eating in seems like a waste of a meal. Picking one restaurant to go to from all the choices available to you is another dilemma altogether (this could be/could have been remedied by Zomato, if they already had a database for France).

Breads, breads, and more breads! (One is tomates à la provençale, or herbed tomatoes. Not entirely sure why I grouped it with the breads.)

Breads

Like any city in France, and most of Europe, bread is a major player in this city. Breakfast is heaven if you live near a bakery where the scent of freshly baked breads with (loads of) butter is sure to entice you to wake up early. Croissants, pain au chocolat, chouquettes, les amandes and baguettes are typical breakfast breads and are available at your corner bakery store. I (almost shamefully) recall that period when, like a child, I refused to eat anything but pain au chocolat for breakfast.

If Filipinos love their rice, the French love their bread. Breads are not only breakfast noms, they’re eaten throughout the day as well. One of their staple sandwiches is the Croque Monsieur or Madame, depending on your gender preference (I kid). I wrote about it in detail on this blog awhile back. You can read about it here- Croque Madame at the Louvre.

Le Croque Madame

Breads can also serve as an appetizer, you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that does not provide a basket of bread on your table. I adore rice to death but I grew to love breads as a part of most meals in France.

Meals

Speaking of appetizers, it is almost customary to have a at least a three-course meal. Except in McDonald’s of course, which you already know from reading this post from long ago- McDonalds of the World: Royal Bacon in France. In Lyon, and perhaps for most of France, a meal is not complete without an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, sometimes adding an extra dish of cheese or two in between to make it a four/five-course dinner.

Various French appetizers

Salade Lyonnaise

Although salads are usually served as an appetizer, the famous salad from Lyon aptly called Salade Lyonnaise can be, and usually is, served as a main entree. Although it has a lot of greens, I don’t think this can be classified as healthy, as the greens to bacon ratio is almost at 1:1. If you order a Menu Lyonnaise from any restaurant, usually a three-course set meal, one of them would surely be the Salade Lyonnaise. Best paired with a glass of wine (like everything else in the whole wide world).

Healthy or not, this is a dish I fell in love with right off the bat. I even attempted to replicate it as soon as I got back to Manila. I gushed about it on this blog twice already- Mama Caroni Three Course Menu Lyonnaise, and Rainbow Salads of Jardin de Berthe.

The fantastic Salade Lyonnaise

Weird noms

The French also have unusual tastes, but none of them are as crazy as the ones Pinoys cook up- balut, isaw, and betamax to name a few. Like in Manila, it is not uncommon for the French to eat snails, although they call it escargot. Another specialty is Cuisses de Grenouille à la Provençale, or frog legs sautéed in butter. Yet another unusual favorite is foie gras, or fattened liver of a force fed goose, usually served as a pâté. Okay, I take it back, the goose liver is just as crazy.

Admittedly, I’m not as adventurous in exotic noms as others are, and don’t try as many weird noms as many do. But of those I’ve tried, I truly enjoyed the foie gras pâté. It is rich and creamy rather than pungent, and far less liver-y than the more common chicken or pork liver pâtés.

Upper right: Beef Bourguinon in the making, a perfectly seared steak, and homemade tartiflette- a hot potato dish with bacon, onion, and buttloads of cheese

Beef Bourguinon

The first time I had lunch with a few French colleagues, they told me about the beef bourguinon. I’ve heard of it before but honestly never bothered with it, it is generally French beef stew and we have plenty good ‘uns in Manila. When they told me that it takes hours and hours to cook it over really low heat, I was amazed how some people have the patience to cook that long. Later on, I forced asked my mom to cook it when she came over to visit me (hehe).

Cubes of beef shank is marinated with potatoes and carrots in a sauce of garlic, onion, tomato paste, red wine, and a bouquet garni (a bunch of herbs usually with bay leaf, parsley, and thyme). It is then cooked veeerrry slowly over low heat. After several hours, you get a tasty stew with melt-in-your-mouth hunks of beef. It is excellent with a heaping cup of soft, white rice (it’s an Asian thing).

Desserts

In Lyon (as it should be everywhere), dessert is an integral part of every meal. Fast foods, restaurants, and even home-cooked meals are never without dessert. There are always a lot of dessert options wherever you are- be it a bowl of fruit, a cup of yogurt, some chocolate mousse, or tiramisu.

Desserts!

Whew! If you get to this part, I’m giving you Internet cookies (and bacon). It couldn’t have been easy to read that extra long story.. and it isn’t done yet.

Drinks

I just want to tell you a little about coffee and wine in Lyon. We know that France is especially known for their wines, and rightfully so. I’m no wine connoisseur but their wines are wonderfully smooth and strong. A huge selection (and number) of wines is usually found in groceries and in most restaurants- in Lyon, drinking wine is as common as drinking a glass of soda.

As is coffee. Although Pinoys are no strangers to coffee, in Manila it is more of a choice if you want to have some or not. We usually drink a cup in the morning to shake off the sleep, or after dinner, to help with digestion. In Lyon, drinking coffee after a meal is already a given. All meals are capped with a cup of coffee, and it is almost considered weird if you don’t.

Although the French have a reputation for being kind of rude and not very hospitable, from experience, it’s not as bad as the stereotype. In fact, it’s not bad at all. If you’re traveling to France, all you need is to know to say ‘bonjour’, ‘bonsoir’, and ‘merci’ in the proper French accent and with a smile, and you’re all set. In Lyon, find a good ‘bouchon’ and sit back, break bread, sip wine, and enjoy the scenery around you . Make sure you visit Lyon in December when they celebrate Fête des Lumières and magnificent light displays are all over town. It’s a gorgeous city (and only a couple of hours away by train from Paris) with gorgeous people and gorgeous noms.

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Sushido’s Sushi Belt, In Retrospect

Last weekend, I had some really good Sukiyaki. Dunno if I was really hungry, but it smelled so good that I dug in as soon as the warm bowl arrived (I’m still sort of ashamed of my behavior). Anyway, that’s my cue to tell you that I started reminiscing about one cold night in Lyon when we ventured to a teeny Japanese restaurant called Sushido and stuffed our faces full with unlimited sushi.

Sushido's belt is a smorgasboard of Japanse nomz

We were craving for Japanese noms then so we researched for a restaurant within the city that offers a buffet within budget. Sushido fit the bill perfectly – it was within commuting distance, the noms are affordable enough, it has a good rating on TripAdvisor (it’s in French but we’ve got Google to the rescue), and they’ve got SUSHI.

Sushido is a tiny Japanese restaurant in Lyon that is run by a Chinese family (ironically) that features a sushi belt. Additionally, they limit buffet attendees to about 20-25 guests at a time. The restaurant gets quite full on Saturday nights, and you have to reserve beforehand to be assured of seats. For fear of running out of sushi for our hungry bellies (#thisiswhyimfat), we arrived a little too early. The restaurant had not opened for dinner yet so we used that time to alternately take pictures for posterity and peer inside like hungry little children.

Clockwise from left: The rotating sushi belt, Banana-Nutella sushi for dessert, and DJ - he wins the night for eating the most sushi (stack of empty plates not in picture). Sulit!

As soon as they let us in, we sat ourselves in a prime spot for getting all the noms and excitedly waited for the buffet to start. It started slowly, with the rotating belt offering various appetizers for the guests. And then came the entrees – plate after plate after plate of various sushi, sashimi, crabsticks, and yakiniku.

Of course, we had to try every dish we could. My favorites include the tuna-cream cheese combo (this melted my heart), the crabstick-avocado combo, and the plain old prawn sushi. The flow of entrees trickled down to a slow a couple of hours later, when most of the patrons looked like they couldn’t eat any more, and were replaced by desserts. Out came plates of sweetened fruits, sticky mochi, and a very weird Banana-Nutella sushi that only DJ (refer to picture) had the heart (and stomach) to try.

After that, we happily (and guiltily) went home with bellies full to bursting from all the carbs we just had. IMO, the Sushido buffet in Lyon is worth it at EUR 25 per person, specially if you love sushi (and I do). If you’re in France or somewhere close by, do pay Lyon a visit. Besides the noms (it is called the gastronomical capital of France), it is a lovely city.

Sushido
Address: 169 Rue Cuvier 69006 Lyon, France
Social media: Sushido Lyon Facebook Page

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Bouillabaisse Is Marseille’s Specialty For A Reason

And let’s rewind to several weeks in the past.

Before going back to Manila for good, my officemates and I decided to take the weekend train to nearby Marseille as a last hurrah of sorts. It was just a 2-hour train ride from Lyon, just as long a drive is from Manila to Tagaytay minus the traffic. We were at the huge Marseille train station before noon and had the whole day to take in the change of scenery.

20120507-192125.jpg Full parking, please proceed to basement 2

Marseille couldn’t be more different than Lyon. While Lyon is squashed somewhere in the middle, Marseille is in the south of France, by the sea, making it a port city. As you can see from the photos, there is no shortage of boats in this area. If anything, docking space is what they’re short on. And because the city is next to the ocean, fresh seafood are aplenty! For someone who adores seafood and hadn’t had any for a while, that was very welcome news. (tastebuds went omgilusomuch)

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Seafood everything! Also, everything is so orange.

For lunch, we decided to enjoy the view and chill at a cafe along the coast, called Le Macinissa Cafe. Their menu did not lack for seafood, and we went a little crazy and ordered anything with sea dwellers in them. Seafood paella, seafood pasta, and salmon spaghetti were our picks and they all looked like they were cooked in one (delicious) pot. But that’s not just it, the real star of the show was the bouillabaisse, Marseille’s specialty.

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OMGNOMNOM! Marseille Bouillabaisse

Famous chef Julia Child once said this about the bouillabaisse: “to me the telling flavor of bouillabaisse comes from two things: the Provençal soup base – garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, fennel, saffron, thyme, bay, and usually a bit of dried orange peel – and, of course, the fish – lean (non-oily), firm-fleshed, soft-fleshed, gelatinous, and shellfish.”

Our order tasted like authentic bouillabaisse (or at least, in accordance with Julia Child’s description). The bread was served in a basket with this wonderful spicy mustard dip. The meats were fresh and were served in a separate dish but we decided to put all of it in the soup base (which was a good idea). The soup was very tasty (and orange) with a hint of spice, probably from the saffron, without being too rich or too filling. Together, it was a successful marriage of seafood and spice (and everything nice, hyukhyuk).

If you’re in Marseille, you cannot, and should not pass up THE bouillabaisse. It’s part of the true Marseille experience.

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Kitchen Skills: Level Up!

Oh hai u gaiz! Before we officially start the weekend, I thought to share with you some pictures of this week’s nomz. If you’ve read posts from this blog before, you’ve probably seen me whining about my lack of skills in the kitchen (see disaster here). Fast forward to my stint in France, where burning the kitchen down couldnt be an option. I’ve been forced to find a way to feed myself without heading to the nearest fastfood joint.

The first couple of weeks were terrible. I had no choice but to nom on burnt chicken nuggets, half-cooked eggs, salty spaghetti, and tasteless adobo. Today, I can proudly say that my kitchen skills have vastly improved. What? You don’t believe me? Here’s proof:

Proof #1- Golden Fried Chicken

Everyone told me that fried chicken is the easiest to start with and I have absolutely no idea why. My first attempt to cook some had me chucking half a chicken into the trash bin because the chicken ended up burned in spots and undercooked in other places. Several attemps later, I still couldn’t get it right. But because fried chicken has always been my comfort food, failing the first few times didn’t faze me.

Look at this photo of a beautiful basket of fried fowl from my latest attempt. The skin turned out light, crispy and golden brown, the meat was tender and at the same time juicy, and the was chicken throroughly cooked with absolutely no bloody joints (I hate it when that happens). To achieve that, I baked the chicken in an oven for a good 15-20 minutes at 200°C before coating it in light flour seasoned with some salt & pepper and then deep frying it for 10-15 minutes. That turned out pretty great. I chose to pair the dish with a side of kropek to give it a more Asian feel.

Proof #2- Baked Fish Pesto and Creamy Spaghetti Al Pesto

Although it looks like someone got sick all over my plate, this combo tasted pretty good. There was a tad too much pesto on this dish but my excuse is that I’ve to make use of what’s available everytime I cook and all I had then was a ton of pesto.

The chunk of fish fillet in pesto sauce was the easiest to cook. Baked for only 20 minutes, the fish came out soft and tasty as expected. The classic spaghetti al pesto is easy to make. Made sure the pasta was cooked al dente and I added a little cream with the pesto sauce for it to be tastier.  The carrots were boiled for only 10 minutes and sliced into thin sticks (took the picture before slicing). See how my cooking has improved? This is almost a fancy dish and I made it!

Proof #3: Carbonara Ravioli with Broccoli

Remembering how this dish tastes like makes me want to make some more this week. The cheese and basil ravioli was bought from the nearest grocery and all I had to worry about was the sauce. I had some cream left over from the last dish so I thought to make carbonara instead of the usual tomato based ones.

For the sauce, I sliced up some ham into cubes and fried it in olive oil before adding the cream, water, salt and pepper in the mix. While waiting for the sauce to cook, I boiled a little water to cook the ravioli. A short while later, I mixed the sauce and the noodles and let it sit under low heat for a few minutes. Quick and easy AND delicious. As the side, I used some steamed and lightly salted broccoli. Oha, am I a better cook or what?

If you wanna know the detailed recipes (just in case you were curious and you’re also a noob cook like me), just ask me for it. I’d be most willing to share them. These homecooked meals are very simple to make and delicious.

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Gotcha, Nutella & Go!

My Sundays are pretty boring. I wake up around nine-ish to catch up on sleep. When I’m more or less aware of my surroundings, I rush to the grocery to grab supplies for the week. Then I go home, sort my stuff, watch a few movies, and prolong the weekend as much as I can.

Today was going to be a typical Sunday until I saw these babies on the shelves of Carrefour this morning-


Yes, they were glittering when I saw them (in my eyes at least). I saw a random picture of these on Flickr a few months ago. Since then, because I heard they’re big in Europe, I’ve been spying on the snacks aisle of every supermarket I visit. As soon as I spotted them on the shelves this morning, I hoarded three packs (out of the available four) to stock up.

You may be wondering what these are and why I’m making this big a fuss. You see, Nutella & Go! is heaven sent snack cup in the form of pretzel sticks and a Nutella dip. Similar to the local Yan-Yan, you get bite-sized biscuits and some chocolate to dip it in. The difference with this one is that you don’t get just any chocolate, you dip your biscuits in Ferrero’s scrumptious hazelnut spread, Nutella.

As expected, it’s fan-frickin’-tastic. Instead of Nutella on bread, or Nutella on biscuit, you get to enjoy the same delicious spread on neat little pretzel sticks. The packaging is also very handy for both kids and adults, it would be great to bring these on out of town trips for a quick and (relatively) healthy snack. What I kind of wish it also had are those cute animal drawings on the Yan-Yan pretzel sticks.

A 2-pack, er, pack costs  €2.58 from the nearest grocery (around Php150). For orders and reservations, you can comment here or email me, I’ll be back home in November. (KIDDING ONLY!)

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Paris Day One: L’Européen City of Love

My first time in Paris was quite an experience. From Lyon, all it takes is a two-hour train ride to get to the famous city of love. A couple of weeks ago, we made the trip and arrived before noon raring to get things started. But before the imminent sightseeing (and all else), lunch was the first stop.

There are plenty of tourists during summer, and for first timers, all you have to do is to follow the crowd to find something. In this case, what we were searching for was a good place for nomz. The crowd led us across the street from Gare de Lyon (our train stop in Paris) to a blockful of restaurants that seemed popular with both tourists and locals alike. Eventually, we parked our hungry selves on a table in a nearby restaurant that was the right mix of busy and laid back.

It seemed that we made an excellent choice. Pictured above is my perfectly cooked steak that was so good, I kept making gross moaning sounds with each bite. It came with a huge side of fries that went perfectly with the gorgeous slab of beef. It was steak done right.

For the non steak fans (that’s sad), baked tilapia is a good option. It’s light and tasty and doesn’t have to sit in your intestines for three days. These two entrees come with appetizers, both pictured below, its names I’ve already forgotten but its strong flavors, my tongue will surely take a while to forget  There was bread too of course, it’s a staple in good French restaurants.

The meal that comes with an appetizer and an entree costs 22 euros per head which isn’t bad, considering the snazzy place, the hospitable servers (who could speak some English), and the ‘magnifique’ nomz. After lunch at L’Européen, we were all set to paint the love town red.

L’Européen
Location: 21 bis, boulevard Diderot 75012, Paris
Website: http://www.brasserie-leuropeen.fr/

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Rainbow Salads of Jardin de Berthe

Once upon a time in France, I had just moved to an apartment along the street called Fleurieu and noticed a restaurant just a hop, skip, and half a jump away from my doorstep (plus a few flights downstairs). The green sign read “Jardin de Berthe” which I took to mean Berthe’s garden.

I had no idea who Monsieur/Madame Berthe was but the smells coming from his/her kitchen that wafted straight to my windows were just too wonderful to ignore. So I hopped, skipped, and half jumped my way to the predominantly green resturant as soon as possible (about 10 minutes after moving in).

The girl in the drawing looks like a cute French Olive Oyl, kinna.

While waiting for the menus, I couldn’t help but notice the servers bringing out plates of gorgeous looking salads one after the other. It looked like everyone couldn’t get enough of Jardin de Berthe’s salads, I couldn’t wait to order mine!

As expected, the menu was filled with salads of all kinds. Also as expected, it took a while to pick which one to order (there were just too many good ones to choose from!).  Eventually, our tummies complained quite rudely and we settled on two of the more famous ones on the list.

Salade Lyonnaise (€17.90, with an appetizer and dessert)

This pretty salad in picture is the Salade Lyonnaise. This mountain of greens (and reds, oranges, yellows, blues, indigos, violets) mixed generously with toppings was served quite quickly. The traditional salad of Lyon has always been a hit (with me at least), and this one is no different. I think what makes the Lyonnaise salad unique is Dijon mustard, which gives it a tangy flavor that goes perfectly with the bacon. By the way, the salad serving was really large. Did I say it was large?

Ravioles du Royans

In this restaurant, the salads are the rock stars. This creamy little number was the front act. But that’s not to belittle the Ravioles du Royans. Not to be confused with the typical Italian ravioli, Ravioles du Royans are very French. These little squares of pasta filled with herbs and cheeses are specialties in the Rhone Alpes in France. They’re creamy (but light) and warm, I’m betting they’ll be fantastic after a cold, dreary day.

Salade Bellecour (€17.90, with an appetizer and dessert)

The other salad is the Salade Bellecour. Also colorful like the Salade Lyonnaise and large in serving (as well as all the other salads in Jardine de Berthe, I suppose). The Salade Bellecour is named after the main shopping area in Lyon, I’m not sure exactly why.  As toppings, it had plenty of ham, emmental cheese cubes, nuts, and a perfectly poached egg to cap it all off.

The €17.90 Menu Berthe meal includes dessert too (sorry, I forgot to take pics), and you can choose from a list of sweets like the creme brulee or the healthier fruit salad. Not too bad a deal for a 3-course meal, I think. Oh, it would be good to point out that although the staff at Jardin de Berthe can barely speak English (what’s new?), they were very nice and welcoming to foreigners.

Jardin de Berthe
Location: 3 Rue Fleurieu, Lyon, France, 69002
Contact Info: +33 4 78 38 24 46

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Seafood Galore at A La Peche Aux Moules
One late Saturday afternoon, a restaurant along rue des Marronniers called à la pêche aux moules served as our pit stop. Eateries in France usually close shop after lunch and resume for supper. At around three past noon (lunch was a tad bit delayed), it was one of the few restaurants still open for business.
This restaurant is situated at the ground floor of an apartment building just like most, if not all, restaurants in Place Bellecour. The cobblestone path along rue des Marronniers adds to the restaurant’s very French ambiance. À la pêche aux moules is named after the traditional French song of the same name (Video below. Have a listen, it’s catchy!), which means ‘fishing for mussels’ in English. They serve mostly seafood, their specialty being mussels of course.
A la pêche aux moules is catchy!
As always, meals in France means you get bread in a basket. I’ve actually grown to love the French baguette, which is what most restaurants serve before your main order. Theirs was a little different from the usual breads served in most restaurants, it was slightly tougher and was sprinkled with sesame seeds which gave it a stronger flavor.
I <3 French bread
My companion opted to get the three course menu, which is also typical in most restaurants here in France. You get an appetizer, main course, and dessert for a fairly reasonable price. This combination includes the Welcome Salad for the appetizer, Tuna Steak a l’ancienne as the main course, and the St. Marcellin as the last part of the meal.
3-course menu (€15.90)
St. Marcellin, which he initially thought was dessert, is a kind of cheese that’s considered to be one of the best cheeses from around these parts apparently. It smelled horrible. Is there any truth to what they say that the fouler the smell, the better the cheese? This particular one is definitely an acquired taste.
I forgot to mention that there were sturdy buckets decorated the tables around us, with most guests having one bucket of mussels of different flavors to themselves. I wasn’t sure if my stomach could handle a bucketful of mussels so I had the safer French fish and chips called Half cooked salmon escalope and a creme brulee for dessert.
Half cooked salmon escalope (€12.90) + Creme Brulee (€5+/-)
I was pretty happy with my choice because the salmon was tender and tasty (I had some doubts because of it being only half cooked, but it worked well) and the side of fries was just what I needed (fries are happy nomz, shh). The creme brulee was sweet, light and perfectly crispy on top (but a little pricey).
Next time, I’m gonna brave it and try the bucket of mussels. Wish me luck!
P.S.
The melody is now stuck in my head.

A La Peche Aux Moules
Location: 2 Rue des Marronniers, 69002 Lyon
Contact Info: +33 4 78 92 94 24

2, Rue des Marronniers , 69002 Lyon
Life

Download The BaconTunaMelt Android App!
Hello cute ladies and gents (you’re all cute in my eyes)! How are you all on this fine July morning? Everyone doing okay? In Lyon, it’s been an unusually chilly summer month with a few thunderstorms here and there. The new blog is still under development after almost a month (I’ll get to it eventually!). 

BaconTunaMelt on Android

Anyhoots, what I came here to talk about is the newest development for loyal readers (-3 people). BaconTunaMelt is now available for Android users! Yup, there exists a BaconTunaMelt Android app. Cleverly named BaconTunaMelt on Android (what? I couldn’t think of a good name for it), the app shows you the latest updates on the blog.
Touch the star to add a post to favorites!
Besides the post updates, you can also tag a post as a favorite (and keep the article for future reading) and also share a post on Facebook, Plurk, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, and slew of other sharing sites. 

Change settings to your personal preference. 🙂
You also have options for display, updates, notifications, backup, etc. In the meantime, it’s not available on the official Android Market (I found out I needed to pay them $25 bucks for it, so no go) but you can still download it here and install it on your Android phones or tablets. 

Here’s how:

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BaconTunaMelt on Android APK
1. Scan this QR code with your basic Barcode scanner and it will direct you to download the BaconTunaMelt APK (you can also click the link if you’re viewing this howto on your mobile or if you want to download it on your computer)

Open browser -> Save

2. Save the file and install (if you don’t have an installer, download one like Easy Installer, it’s free!).

Install -> Open

And last but not the least,
3. Add a shortcut of the BaconTunaMelt on Android app to your home screen and start getting nomz updates on your phone!

Look for the BaconTunaMelt logo! 🙂

*If you’re having problems with the installation, tell us and we’ll walk you through it. 😛

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Had a KFC Fix, Thanks to My Weekend in Bordeaux
A couple of weekends ago (okay, if we’re being honest, it was a month or so ago), I had to fly to Bordeaux city for a work-related requirement. Besides a work trip, it also doubled as a vacation of sorts. Some officemates are currently based in the city and because of them, I was able to go and see the pretty sights of the city (some photos here).
Mesmerized by this sight (more for the Col. Sanders sign than anything else)
And then of course, after all the walking (it’s big here in France), we needed to take a pitstop. My friends new exactly where to take me- KFC.
I know, I know. It’s not exactly a five star restaurant, not even close. But KFC is near and dear to my heart. If I have a fling with Manang’s Chicken, I have a full-blown love affair (sorry, babe) with KFC. My heart goes thump-a-thumpin’ for the fried chicken recipe perfected decades ago by Colonel Sanders himself (who wasn’t really a colonel, but that’s another story).
Drooling right now.
In Lyon, where I’m based, the nearest KFC is in another town (in Bron), which is more than an hour’s commute away. Not having my mistress close by is heartbreaking so I was ecstatic more than glad to be FINALLY having KFC’s finger-lickin’ good fried chicken in Bordeaux.
They had long lines too (it felt just like home).
A bucket of 8 chicken pieces, 8 hot wings, 8 crispy tenders, 4 side dishes, and 4 bottomless drinks is priced at 20 euros (about Php1,816). It’s a lot more expensive than our KFC buckets, but compared to other restaurants, this deal isn’t too bad. The set is more than enough for four (hungry cows).
I am happy to report that France’s KFC chicken is as crispy, tasty, and juicy (and unhealthy) as it is back home. But they don’t have gravy nor rice. Boo.