Giverny and Rouen | Visiting Monet’s garden and eating my way through Normandy

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So this is a belated post. I am currently back in Texas. However, at the end of my trip I caught a bad cold, so I decided to push back blog posts until I got better.

Which brings us to now! Yay. Ok, so with that being said, the next two posts will be France-themed. Like I mentioned on my last post, I travelled around Paris and some northern French cities last week with a college friend. This post will be dedicated to the time spent in Giverny and Rouen, France. Both cities are north of Paris, and are easily accessible by train (Giverny was about 30 minutes away and Rouen 45).

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The main reason we decided to get out of Paris was because we (my friend Sasha and I) wanted to see some of the smaller cities and get a more authentic French feel out of our vacation. While Paris is beautiful, all of the architecture is the same due to Napoleon’s order to have the entire city rebuilt in the 1800s. Because of this, the city can feel monotonous if you have been there before. I really wanted to see some of the countryside and some medieval architecture. Which brought us to Normandy.

Monet lived in Giverny and used his house and garden for a good amount of his subject matter, the waterlily series being one example. When we found out how close Monet’s garden was to Paris, our side trip was decided then and there.

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I figure my photos of the garden are pretty self explanatory – they were gorgeous to say the least. However I also had a bit of a food nerd moment while I was touring Monet’s house. You guys can probably tell that I am an avid cook. So when I saw this gorgeous kitchen, I had to photograph it. Aside from the kitchen, his house was beautiful. There was an entire room dedicated to displaying his paintings.

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We stayed in a neighboring town called Vernon and slept in an adorable Airbnb there. We had what I assume was a renovated carriage house or storage house. We also had shared use of the owner’s garden. Pictured above is her cat (named Truffe).

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I took advantage of the host’s patio table. Sasha and I were pretty exhausted after walking around Giverny, so we spent the afternoon in the garden playing with Truffe, sipping tea, and eating pastries. The next morning we departed for Rouen.

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The photo on the left is one of the few I had of Rouen’s old architecture. The city’s “old” district is full of timbered buildings and hidden churches. There was also a surprising amount of street art – one example can be found on my Instagram. The photo on the right was actually taken in Giverny – there is an awesome garden restaurant next to the Giverny Foundation. It ran like a cafeteria of sorts, you pick up little wooden or paper trays of food and then find a seat outside where you can eat amongst the flowers.

Photographed is a mussel, leek, and fish bake; a beer brewed in Normandy (the cleanest tasting beer I have ever had – it’s made by La Richard Coeur de Lion if you ever come across it); and a rhubarb tart. I will soon be experimenting with a recipe for a similar leek/fish bake as that was one of the best meals I had while on vacation, anticipate the post for it.

Well that’s it for this post! The next one will focus on our travels specific to Paris and Versailles.

I’m back: site redesign and career aspirations

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Hello everyone!

It’s been a few months since I last posted, but with a better class/work schedule, my new goal is to clean up this website, cook more and dedicate more to time to this blog.

For those of you that are new to The Glutton Diaries, I first started the website as a college junior fresh from returning from abroad. I came back from Paris with a goal to launch a food journalism career, however I was not sure how to go about it. Since then, my will has only solidified and with it, so has my culinary taste and design style.

With that being said, I plan to return to The Glutton Diaries with an eagerness to continue defining what it is I like to cook and photograph. I am excited for you, my handful of readers sprinkled around the world, to join me for the ride.

This page first started out as a “dabbling” into food writing and photography, and in the last few months I have definitely refined my work. In turn, I plan to clean up some of my older posts to only feature shots of my final products because I do not find the “in-the-process” photos useful. In their replacement, I will dedicate more time to my food styling so that I can play with my technique. After all, this is a makeshift portfolio/diary for me.

So I will end this secondary introduction with a quick recap of the months I neglected to post to The Glutton Diaries. Perhaps it would be best if you knew who I really was? My name is Audrey Perkins, I am almost done with my final year at Indiana University, I practically live at my job as an editor at the Indiana Daily Student and I am likely the biggest food-geek you will ever meet.

It’s nice to meet you guys. Now, for the fun part. What have I been up to the last few months in terms of food?

Since photos are worth a thousand words, here is a sampling of photos of work I have done privately and work I have done at my other jobs. Bon Appétit! (Recipes to come.)

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This recipe originally came from a post I made at thelala.com, a lifestyle blog I edit for. Check this recipe out here.

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This photo and styling is mine, however the recipe is from my friend and coworker Allison Wagner from the Indiana Daily Student. Check it out here.