Last week Mr Belle and I popped over (or is it under) the channel to la belle France and noshed our way around the north and east of the country. How glorious! First dish was tartiflette.......the most yummy potato and cheese baked gooeyness in the world. We then sampled a little foie gras (hot for me, cold for Mr B), washed down with a chilled glass of Laurent Perrier, followed by moules. We also managed to eat poulet Bresse in Bresse itself..................so delicious............and tasted the most divine illes flotante. Elevenses were croque monsiuer or tarte au framboise. We found a lovely little Italian restaurant too. OK, not French but seriously good pasta and gnocci, and sat in the glorious sunshine slurping oysters, lamb and a heavenly cheese board. A rather stunning find.....a real jewel in fact.....was a lovely restaurant that served perfect lobster, then to end our tour we finished in Champagne and had beautiful asparagus (green and white) followed by turbot (such a delicacy) and a divine lemon mousse served with raspberries and thyme ice cream! The diet starts tomorrow!