Where to eat in… New Caledonia ? Part 1 / 2 : Noumea and surroundings

Well, the obvious answer to that question is: at my mom’s or at my brother’s (the man’s idea of fun is spending a whole day preparing a Thai curry paste with herbs he grows in his garden… can you imagine?) (I can) (The curry was awesome).

Otherwise, there is plenty of marvellous food to discover in New Caledonia.

I wish I could have told you about what yam and water taro mean in kanak culture, about the deer and shrimp festival, the avocado celebration in Maré island, the subtle taste of pahatr (a variety of fern, not unlike the famous fiddleheads in Quebec), and so on…

But.

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Nagori – Croustade aux dernières fraises du Québec

Avez-vous déjà éprouvé, lorsque septembre tire à sa fin, la mélancolie des derniers étals de fraises du marché ? L’élan irrépressible d’acheter un dernier casseau d’aubergines (replètes, juteuses et brillantes) pour en faire un plat grandiose, leur rendre un dernier hommage avant qu’elles ne disparaissent jusqu’à l’été prochain ? Le regret de la saveur incomparable des framboises, de la fleur d’ail ou de courgette, du chou romanesco, des prunes Mont-Royal ou du raisin bleu, à la saison si fugace ?

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