Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dijon, ses ducs et sa moutarde

Made from seeds of mustard plant, Dijon is a condiment that will brighten up the worst hot dog you could get at the corner of the street. The Dijon mustard that we find in any grocery store is a descendant from the original mustard that Jean Naigeon (from Dijon) created in the mid-19th century. Today, however, most of the Dijon mustards you will eat are produced all around the world, especially in Canada. Back to Dijon, the French city this time. There are numerous reasons why you should stop there! First of all, to try some mustards! Dijon is also located in Bourgogne (famous all over the planet for its vineyards!) and the region is known for its gastronomy. Eat some escargots, try the jambon persillé or the truffles. Eventually, you should admire the typical and old store Mulot & Petitjean where you can find a great selection of pains d’épice (spice bread). Take a photo with the White Bear sculpture in the pretty Jardins d’Arcy, and don’t forget to touch the owl on the Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon with your left hand while making a wish! The Palais des ducs de Bourgogne (which is now the City Hall and the Palais des Beaux-Arts) used to be the palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy and is a heritage of the political life of Dijon and the region for almost a millennium! 

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