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GROWING UP ON THE ‘BIG ISLAND’ OF HAWAII… hunting wild boar was a right of passage and that boar coming off the spit or right out of our imu was oh, so ono!

Now I have lost my taste for hunting but find myself, once again, surrounded by forests full of wild boar. It’s the start of our boar hunting season in the Haut-Quercy and every weekend Martine and I awake to the barking of the hunting dogs & rifle reports around our home that sits at the edge of the oak woods just above Carennac and overlooking the Dordogne River Valley.

Hunting sanglier (wild boar) here dates back literally thousands of years and I think it would be difficult for me to communicate my personal distaste for hunting now to my neighbors considering… they all know how much I continue to love the taste of this game!

Life is so full of conundrums… Mon deiu!

Bon Appétit et à bientôt!  Jack


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February 22, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin

Périgord is considered one of the “cradles of the walnut” – they have been found among the remains of Cro-Magnon dwellings here dating back 17,000 years. They helped make the area prosperous in the Middle Ages and are still emblematic of Périgord today.

 

In the Middle Ages, walnuts were so prized that locals paid debts in them and the Cistercian abbey of Dalon had tenants pay rent in walnut oil. The oil was used for cooking, as well as for lighting lamps from homes to cathedrals, and people would rub it on their skin instead of soap.

From the 17th century, there was a flourishing export trade, including to Britain, via Bordeaux. Today, the Périgord production area covers the Lot, Corrèze and Dordogne and a small part of the Charente. Visitors can explore the Route de la Noix (Walnut Route), which takes in the key towns of Martel (Lot), Domme (Dordogne), Hautefort (Dordogne) and Collonges la Rouge (Corrèze).

Click Map for complete look at: ‘Route de la Noix’

Whether you decide to bike, walk or drive there are many unique adventures and culinary delights to be discovered on the ‘Route de la Noix’!

Exploring the walnut routes is as enjoyable as sampling all the local products produced! Plan to visit in 2013? Please check out the delightful accommodations at Le Sud which is located in the very heart of the region!

Bon Voyage et à bientôt! Jack
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February 17, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin