My fiancee and I are spending our honeymoon driving across Dordogne and then on to Languedoc and Provence. Obviously, eating is a big part of what we're looking forward to and I'm making reservations now for many of the meals.
However, I'm not sure what we'll do about the unplanned meals. Many of our meals will likely occur while we're in-between destinations or after normal dining hours. I'm trying to figure out what our best options will be for those, so we don't waste a lot of time hunting down food in unfamiliar towns, or worse yet go hungry.
Any advice for eating on the road in Sarlat, Dordogne generally, and as we travel across southern France would be greatly appreciated. If you have any thoughts, please respond.
A few specific questions:
- If we're looking for picnic ingredients, what kind of establishments should we look for? Is there a "supermarket" in/near Sarlat or should we expect to visit specialty shops (boucheries, fromageries, boulangeries) to fill out the picnic basket? (Many days we won't be near a market day.)
- Obviously, it's difficult to generalize with accuracy, but what are typical hours for specialty food shops? Would it be silly to expect to find, say, a bakery open after 6PM in Sarlat-sized towns? Do such shops typically have morning hours only?
- For faster, smaller meals on driving days, are there certain types of restaurants we should look for? I assume brasseries and bistros are the best option for single-course meals.
- Is takeaway so thoroughly despised that we'd be exposing ourselves to physical harm inquiring about it even in casual restaurants? If not, is there an easy way to tell whether a request like that would be inappropriate in a given restaurant?
I realize this post probably demonstrates an alarming tendency towards "American"-style eating on-the-go and I realize that's defeating the purpose of the trip in some ways. Still, I think fast, smaller meals are a necessary evil of car travel. We will be having plenty of relaxed 3-hour dinners during the trip so all is not lost. ( :-) )
Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.Edited: 6:24 pm, August 29, 2012