Raclette in Les Contamines on the Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on April 26, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, France, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

Travel - Raclette 4          Travel - Raclette 2

Here we are after our first day of hiking on the Tour du Mont Blanc.  We are in Les Contamines trying to order raclette for an appetizer and fish for dinner.  Raclette is a type of French cheese that you heat up on a special appliance and then ceremoniously scrape off the melted cheese to enjoy with some boiled potatoes, various cold cuts of meat and bread.  We wanted to try it but we didn’t want to have it for dinner, but either the language was a problem or the restaurant seized a financial opportunity.  We don’t know for sure, but our friend, Bill, speaks French and ordered for us.  When 4 platters came and a huge wheel of raclette with an explanation that we could have as much as we wanted, meaning we could get another wheel if needed, we were splitting our sides laughing.  Then we tried to cancel our dinner order, but no, no, no, the fish was already being cooked.  Really?  Fish cooks really fast and it took another 1/2 hour for it to arrive!  Oh well, we had a cozy spot for the night with new friends after our first spectacular day of hiking.  We laughed it off and talked about walking out with that wheel of raclette on our shoulders!

Travel - Raclette 1          Travel - Raclette 3

Above right is a man delivering 6 raclette to one of the refuges we stopped at for a snack. We did not order raclette!

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