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travel diary: picnic & pulled pork | chamonix, france

By March 4, 2014 europe, france, travel, travel diary

Tuesday was a killer day.

Our lovely guest D made us spanish eggs with rice and fried banana. I’ve never had this before, and it was so delicious. Love having friends stay that can not only cook but can whip something tasty out of  random bits & bobs left in the fridge. What’s your favourite leftover dish?

After a lazy morning we headed off into the sunshine for a picnic at the lake.

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We nestled ourselves under the tree and tried to get through the kgs of leftover raclette cheese.

There’s nothing better than getting together with friends, spreading your blanket and digging into your favourite cheeses, meats & dips.

Don’t forget to wash it down with some vino.  Not too much though – it is only lunchtime after all.

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I love this spot because there’s loads of photo opportunities to be had.

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We take all our special guests here because the view is just so gorgeous and perfect for cute couple photos.

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A few more of us won’t hurt right?

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And some group shots for good measure…

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I’m wearing H&M printed jeans (similar here), black Asos jumper and my staple Columbia coat.

And of course Robbie couldn’t help but get us with snowballs.

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Snowboots are a bit of a novelty, so some general horsing around had to be done.Picnic and Pulled Pork | The Macadame - 30

After a moment longer to enjoy the view, we popped on over to the spa for an afternoon of relaxing.

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I like going to the spa mainly for the sauna and hammam because I find that my skin dries out so much during winter.

The main difference between a sauna and a hammam is the humidity. Hammams contain 100% humidity whereas saunas use dry heat and use volcano rocks to heat up the wooden cabin up to 100°C. Whoah! I typically can’t stand more than 15 minutes in the sauna due to the heat, but I promise you’ll leave with your skin feeling silky smooth!

Some of the benefits of hammams and saunas:

  • Relieving tense muscles & relaxing the mind
  • Improving circulation
  • Getting rid of toxins
  • Cleansing your skin, improving elasticity (the sweat dextoxes your pores)
  • Helping to strengthen your immune system (which can help to fight that winter cold)

Make sure you check with your doctor if you have heart issues, high blood pressure and inflammation.

Oh and don’t forget to keep hydrating yourself; make sure you drink water before, during and after.

We head to Les Aiglons right next to the Cham Sud bus stain. It’s perfect because it’s only €15 and has an outside pool which is lovely when it’s snowing. My only complaint is that they only have a small spa – so it often gets crowded!

How’s this for a place to spend an afternoon?

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Relaxed and refreshed we headed to MOÖ for dinner to meet my friend (and fellow blogger) Toby.

I met him in Chamonix, and we bonded over our mutual love of all things blog related.

It’s a Swedish bar-restaurant who specialise in burgers. Although their specialty is the pulled pork burger, they also do great beef and fish versions.

For those of you that don’t do burgers, at lunch time they also do unique Plat du Jours. I’ve seen Osso Bucco and Swedish Meatballs featured before.

But I can rarely go past their spicy pulled pork burger. It’s honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten as far as burgers go.

They have this to-die-for sweet/salty/spicy sauce that goes perfectly with the tender, juicy pork.

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I want another one right now. I can’t wait to try one of these at home. But until then, here’s a killer recipe.

The mister went for the fish burger, which in my opinion – doesn’t nearly compare.

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For dessert I had the apple cake with creamy vanilla sauce…

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And the mister went for the cheesecake…

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If you’re looking for a trendy yet casual restaurant for a tasty, affordable eat or a bar to enjoy an apres-ski drink – look no further than MOÖ. Try their Rioja – it will go perfectly with your pulled pork burger (which I demand that you order).

After dinner, we popped on over to Les Caves for a nightcap.

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I’m wearing a Portmans top with my staple black Zara tights.

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Sadly we also had to bid farewell to Toby, who is off to South America for the rest of his gap year. Check out his travel adventures on his blog – The Travelling Fox.

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Stay tuned – loads more to come this week.

The Macadame. xx

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