French Christmas Gift Ideas 2022: vouchers for French dining in Australia

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On Saturday, we let you know about Christmas gift ideas for the Francophile in your life, today we’re letting you know about gift vouchers you can purchase to be used towards French dining in Australia.

Gift vouchers for French dining

ADELAIDE
BRISBANE
CAIRNS
CANBERRA
CROWS NEST, DARLING DOWNS, QLD
GEELONG, VIC
GOLD COAST
HOBART
MELBOURNE
PERTH
SUNSHINE COAST
SYDNEY
TERRIGAL,NSW

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN ADELAIDE

Bistro Français offers gift vouchers in the denomination of your choosing. You can purchase them via this link.

Delicatessen has gift cards for $50, $75, $100 and $200 which you can buy via this link.

La Buvette Drinkery has gift vouchers which can be used towards food and/or drinks. You can purchase them in $50 increments up to $200 via this link.

Les Deux Coqs has gift vouchers which you can purchase via this link. You can purchase them in amounts ranging from $25 to $100. You can also use them at their new Rundle Mall store.

Sofitel Adelaide offers gift vouchers from $100 to $1000 for use towards accommodation or dining in the hotel. They also offer experience and package specific vouchers including the Artiste Taste Tour for $140 through to the Magnifique Romance Package which includes an overnight stay and Taittinger champagne on arrival for $600. Or you can purchase dining vouchers in amounts from $100 to $300. Gift vouchers can be purchased here.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN BRISBANE

Aquitaine Brasserie has gift cards varying in values from $50 up to $300. You can purchase gift vouchers for French dining at Aquitaine via their website.  

Belle Époque Patisserie offers gift vouchers either for a specific amount or for the High Tea. These can be purchased via this link

Bisou Bisou offers both physical and digital gift cards in any amount of your choosing, which can be ordered via their website. Physical gift cards can be collected from Ghanem Group’s office during the day on weekdays, or posted.

Boucher French Restaurant does gift vouchers for $50 and up. You can buy them any time in the restaurant during business trading hours.

C’est Bon and Le Bon Bar have gift vouchers on their website from $50 increasing in increments of $50 to $250.

Chouquette has gift vouchers available in the following amounts: $25, $50 and $100. They can be picked up at the shop, they can also mail or email them.

French and Mor does gift vouchers for amounts starting at $20, including high tea at $45 per person.

Green Glass offers digital gift vouchers in amounts from $50 to $3000, which can be purchased on their website.

Hervés has digital vouchers from $50 to $5000 available for purchase via this link.

La Belle Vie has digital gift vouchers available from $100 to $500 on its website.

La Cache à vin has digital vouchers available in any amount of your choosing on its website

La Lune Wine Co. offers gift vouchers starting at $50 increasing in $25 increments to $250. You can purchase them via this link

Leonard’s Bar and Bistro has vouchers from $50 to $250 available for purchase via this link

Le Coin Bistro has vouchers for $50, $75 and $100 available for purchase on its website

Les Bubbles Parisian Steakhouse offers gift vouchers which can be arranged by calling them on 0444 573 955 or by emailing their reservations team at [email protected]

Libertine proposes gift vouchers starting from $50 going up in $50 increments to $250, which are available via this link

Montrachet has gift vouchers from $50 to $1000 available for purchase on its website.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN CAIRNS

C’est Bon has gift vouchers from $50 to $300 in $50 increments. You can purchase them via this link.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN CANBERRA

Breizh Cafe has gift vouchers for $25 and above can be purchased from the café.

Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar has gift cards, which can be purchased from this link. They accept gift card amounts between $25 and $2500.

Les Bistronomes offers gift vouchers, which you can buy on their website from $50 to $300, or directly at the restaurant for any amount you choose.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN CROWS NEST, DARLING DOWNS, QLD

Myrtille has e-gift cards for any monetary value the purchaser chooses that can be purchased via this link.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN GEELONG

La Cachette Bistro doesn’t offer formal Gift Vouchers but are glad to take a booking for the lucky gift recipients and accept a pre-payment over the phone, once the booking has been made.

Alternatively, they accept the white Good Food Gift Card, which can be purchased online or from most Supermarkets. The The phyiscal cards can be purchased in denominations of $50, $100 increasing in $100 increments to $500, whereas the digital cards are available increments of $50 from $50 to $500.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH FOOD AND STAYS ON THE GOLD COAST

Bam Bam Bakehouse has gift vouchers, which can be purchased via their website in any denomination.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach has gift vouchers, which are divided into Hotel and Restaurant categories and are from $50 – $1,000 or you can customise a voucher to the amount you want. Vouchers can be purchased here

ROOM81 RESTAURANT: Bienvenue to Room81 – a French inspired restaurant on the Gold Coast. Embark on a gastronomic journey that takes you from Australia’s fertile hinterland and the Coral Sea to the world capital of gourmet cuisine, France. Surrounded by chic décor, surrender to the scents, flavours and textures of classic French recipes with a contemporary twist, prepared using locally sourced produce. On the al fresco terrace, sip vintages from a curated wine list or raise a toast to the good life over signature cocktails.

HOTEL Bienvenue to Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, where Parisian sophistication meets the carefree Australian coastal spirit. You are invited to Live the French way in the heart of Broadbeach, enjoy and explore all the Gold Coast has to offer from the stunning hinterland to the sandy beaches and relax in 5-star Sofitel luxury. Enjoy a truly Magnifique stay at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN HOBART

Jean-Pascal Patisserie offers gift vouchers all year around. They are hand-written, meaning, they can be of any value. Purchase the vouchers at La Boutique on Baker Street, New Town.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN MELBOURNE

Whether it be highly coveted croissants to high tea to a full French meal, there are a number of foodie gift voucher options for Melbourne.

Bar Margaux has gift cards available for $50, $100, $150, $200 or any amount of your choosing via this link.

Bar Romanée has gift cards can be purchased in values of $100, $200, $300 and $400 via this link.

Bistro chez nous offers gift vouchers from $50 to $500 via this link.

Bistro d’Orsay has gift vouchers which can be purchased by telephone on (03) 9654 6498.

Bistro Elba offers vouchers from $50 to $400 via this link

Bistro Gitan has vouchers available in $50 increments and can be purchased through this link. 

Bistro Guillaume at Crown Melbourne accepts Crown Gift cards which are available in amounts from $100 to $500 and can be purchased via this link.

Bistro La Provence has vouchers in the amount of your choosing, which can be purchased by calling the restaurant on (03)9592 2000 during opening hours.

Bistro Papillon does gift vouchers from $100 to $500 that can be purchased via this link.

Bistro Sousou has vouchers in $50 increments from $50 to $250 via this link

Bistro Volière has vouchers from $75 to $200 available for purchase via this link

Blackbird Restaurant has $100 Gift cards can be purchased via this link.

Bon Ap’ has gift vouchers, which are available for $50, $100, $150 and $200 via this link.

Chez Bagou has gift vouchers available digitally or for collection via this link.

Chez Olivier has gift vouchers are available for $50, $100, $150, $200 and $250 via this link

Cochin has vouchers available for amounts between $50 and $3000. These are issued either electronically or can be picked-up.

Entrecôte has gift vouchers are available in any amount of your choosing via this link

France-Soir has gift vouchers can be purchased for $50 to $500 via this link.

Frederic does gift vouchers with values starting from $50, which increase in $50 increments to $500. They can be bought via their website.

Hemingway’s Wine Room has vouchers are available in amounts of $50 and up via this link.

Le Bouchon proposes gift vouchers from $50 to $3000 via this link

L’Hôtel Gitan has gift vouchers for French dining available in $50 increments and can be purchased through this link.  

Lune Croissanterie has gift vouchers in any amount you choose, which can be purchased online via this link.

NOTE: Lune gift vouchers can be used for in-store purchases of pastries, beverages and retail merchandise. They cannot be used for online purchases. (An important one for our interstate and overseas visitors to know!)

Noir does gift vouchers in any value you like which can be purchased via their website.

Omnia has gift vouchers from $50 to $1000 available via this link.

Reverie Cafe and Dessert has gift vouchers from $20 to $1000 available via this link

Ryne offers gift cards from $50 to $1000 for purchase via this link

Smith St Bistro has digital gift cards from $50 to $3000 available for purchase via this link

Tartine does gift vouchers in $50 increments from $50 to $300 via this link

The French Brasserie has gift vouchers are available in amounts ranging from $50 to $300 via this link.

  

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN PERTH

Angel’s House offers gift vouchers online on their website from 50$ to 1000$. They are valid for 3 years. Purchase yours via this link.

Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth accepts Crown Gifts cards can be used across Crown Perth, including for world-class dining at Bistro Guillaume. Crown Gifts gift cards are available in denominations from $100 to $500 and can be purchased online or at a Crown Rewards Desk.

French Sweet Online Cake Shop is doing 10% off all orders until the end of the year with the code CHRISTMAS10

Le Rebelle has gift vouchers can be purchased via this link in the following amounts: $50, $75, $100, $150, $200, $250, and $340.

Maison Saint Honore has both physical and digital gift cards which can be purchased in store or emailed. 

W.H.I.P. Patisserie has gift vouchers available from $20. These can be purchased either online or at their market stalls. They can also do a group order by email by contacting them directly at [email protected] The gift vouchers can be used at their market stalls but also at their first shop which will be opening in Inglewood in February!

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR CREPES ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

Flo’s Creperie offers gift vouchers for both their Noosa and their Mooloolaba creperies. You can buy them via this link.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN SYDNEY

Atelier by Sofitel Darling Harbour has gift vouchers available from $50 to $500 for purchase via this link.

Beckett’s offers vouchers for a range of different experiences or for amounts ranging from $100 to $1000.

Specific experiences include:

Caviar and Gosset ‘Grand Reserve’, Aÿ, Champagne $275

Chef’s Journey for 2 to 6 $370 -$1,110

Caviar and Cristal (a bottle of Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Montagne de Reims, Champagne) $700

Caviar and a Magnum of Gosset champagne $950

Plus, Beckett’s has also just introduced A Black Tie (optional) ‘French Omakase’ Dinner for $220 per person: Jeff the Chef invites you to a night that goes beyond the menu – this black-tie ‘French omakase’ dining experience means all decision-making is left to up to him. Translated, ‘omakase’ means “I’ll leave it up to you” and after experiencing his exciting dishes, you’ll always want to leave it up to Jeff. From the moment you step foot into Beckett’s and hear the pianist filling the venue with buttery melodies, you’ll know you’re in a place that can take you on a culinary journey.

You’ll be seated at the Chef’s Table, the only booth in the house situated right by the kitchen where you will be greeted and served by Jeff the Chef himself. From there, it’s a seven-course journey where you can relax, stop thinking and relish the finest products of Jeff’s explorations with ingredients, flavours, techniques and concepts. As an optional extra, speak to the resident Sommelier about the best wines to set the tone of an unforgettable night.

Bellevue Cottage by Antoine offers gift cards from $25 to $500 available via this link

Bistrot 916 gift vouchers are available to pick up in store only and can be purchased for any amount from $50 to $500. Vouchers may be organised in person only. 

Bistro Boulevard has gift vouchers from $50 to $300 via this link

Bistro Moncur has vouchers which can be for any amount between $100 and $1000, and can be purchased via this link.

Bistro Papillon offers gift vouchers via their website. These are available from $100 to $500.

Bistro Rex has gift cards start at $65 to $300 and can be purchased online via this link.

Bitton Gourmet has vouchers for $50 or $100, or to cover tailored experiences that can be purchased via the website.

Bouillon L’Entrecôte has vouchers ranging from $100 to $500 available via this link.

Brasserie L’Entrecôte has vouchers that can be purchased in amounts of $100 to $500 from their new website.

Cafe Lyon has both physical and digital gift vouchers which are available from the Gift Vouchers tab on its website

Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon accepts Best Gift Cards which can be purchased from that website

Délidoor vouchers are available for French food home delivered in various amounts from $30 through to $500 via this link.

Felix, part of the Merivale group, has gift cards from $20 to $5000 which can be used across all of the Merivale venues. You can purchase them here.

Four Frogs Crêperie has gift vouchers, which are available via this link.

Franca has gift vouchers available from $50 to $500 or any custom amount over $300 via this link

Frenchies Bistro and Brewery has gift cards from $50 to $500 for purchase via this link.

Garçon has physical vouchers that you can purchased in person in either of their stores. Values of gifts card up to $200.  They can also be purchased online.

Gavroche has gift vouchers from $20 to $300 available for purchase via this link

La Boucherie has digital gift vouchers from $25 to $500 available via this link.

Le Coq Healthy Rotisserie has gift vouchers from $50 to any amount of your choosing via their website

L’héritage has gift vouchers that can be purchased in any denomination from $50 from their website.

Loulou has gift vouchers, which can be bought in any denomination of the buyers choosing, and can be purchased via this link. They are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase.

Note: they can also be used at any Etymon Projects venue which currently includes The Charles Grand Brasserie (European Cuisine) and TIVA Lounge (Champagne lounge).

Manon Brasserie has gift cards from $100 to $500 available via this link.

Métisse has gift cards available in 4 amounts: $225, $500, $750 and $1050 for purchase via this link.

Porcine has gift vouchers in amounts of $50, $100, $150, $200, $250 and $300, which can be purchased via this link.

Restaurant Hubert has both physical and digital gift vouchers from $50 to $1000 which can be purchased via this link

Rustic French has gift cards in $25 increments from $25 to $100. These are available via this link

Saveur has gift vouchers from $50 to $500 available via this link

The Charles Grand Brasserie and Bar offers digital gift vouchers for between $50 and $1000 via this link

The Little Snail Restaurant has gift vouchers from $50 to $500 available for purchase via its website.

  

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR FRENCH DINING IN TERRIGAL, NSW

L’Isle de France, Terrigal has gift vouchers starting at $50 up to $600. They will be issued as PDF vouchers. Purchase yours via their website.

Where would you like to receive gift vouchers for French dining for?  What’s your favourite French dish? 

 

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Happy World Calvados Day: discover 17 facts about Calvados

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To celebrate World Calvados Day, we’re sharing everything you need to know about Calvados and some recommendations from French spirit importers and distributors.

World Calvados Day

What is Calvados?

It is both a region in France as well as a spirit made from apples and pears.

 

Distilled from apple cider

It is also known as cider brandy or eau de vie de cidre.

 

How it’s made

Initially the fruit is made into cider. To do so, apples and pears are washed, crushed, and pressed. Their juices macerate. Cider fermentation and ageing then occurs. The different varieties of apples and pears are all pressed, fermented, distilled, and aged separately.

 

Then to become Calvados, it is distilled before being aged in oak barrels. Some of the AOC areas call for a minimum of 2 years, whereas 3 years is the minimum for Calvados Domfrtontais. It is only at distillation stage that the different varieties of apples and pears will be blended together.

 

Aged calvados

Higher quality calvados can be aged for between 6 and 25 years.

 

The time it is aged is what gives it the letters on the bottle

  • Fine: 2 Years
  • Vieux or Réserve: 3 Years
  • V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Pale), V.O, or Vieille Réserve: 4 Years
  • X.O. (Extra Old), Napoléon, or Hors d’Âge: 6 Years
  • Millésime: Vintage cognac from of a single year 

 

300 varieties of apples grown in Normandy

Since the 14th century, more than 300 varieties of apples have been grown in Normandy

 

Calvados blends different varieties of apples

Unlike wine which can be single variety, Calvados producers use several different varieties of apple in order to create a smooth calvados.

 

4 categories of apple varieties

Bitter, bittersweet, sweet and acidulous. These are determined by the flavour of the apple’s acidity, sugar content, bitterness and tannin.

 

Sweetening is prohibited

Chaptalization and pasteurization of the cider are prohibited.

 

Calvados helped the French in the First World War

Due to the high alcohol content of Calvados, it was requisitioned by the French Government to be used in the making of explosives.

 

Its moment in the spotlight in the late 19th century

As the phylloxera outbreak devastated French vines and decimated the French wine industry, calvados increased in popularity.

 

Calvados can only come from Normandy

It is an AOC product, just like only sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it is made in the Champagne method and from grapes grown in Champagne region. It was registered as an AOC in 1942.

 

But there’s one exception

Apparently, Argentina was making an apple cider brandy and calling it Calvados before 1942 so you can find Argentinian made Calvados there.

 

Three types of appellations

There are 3 types of appellations protecting French calvados

  1. AOC Calvados which is a transformation of the 10 areas that the Calvados d’appellation d’origine règlementée (AOR) covered into one appellation. These 10 appellations were: calvados du Calvados, calvados du Domfrontais, calvados du Perche, calvados du Merlerault, calvados du Cotentin, calvados de l’Avranchin, calvados du Pays de la Risle, calvados du Pays de Bray, calvados du Montainais and calvados du Pays du Merlerault.

 

  1. Calvados d’appellation controlee Pays d’Auge which is made from the cider of apples in controlled orchards in the Pays d’Auge region (AOC)

 

  1. AOC calvados Domfrontais which must be made from at least 30% pears.

 

Brittany’s version of Calvados

There is also a designation called Eaux de vie de cidre règlementée (cider brandy from regulated and controlled origin) such as those from the region of Brittany.

 

World Calvados Day history

It was started by Avallen and Difford’s Guide in 2020. It’s celebrated annually on 20 October and 2022 is its third year. This date marks the apple and pear harvest season in Normandy’s orchards.

 

Get social

Use the #WorldCalvadosDay to share your World Calvados Day celebrations. Tag @matildamarseillaise on Facebook and instagram so we can see what you’re drinking!

WORLD CALVADOS DAY RECOMMENDATIONS

We asked French spirit importers and distributors for their recommendations for World Calvados Day.

 

Cerbaco

Carl Jenny, Brand Ambassador at Cerbaco, shares his World Calvados Day recommendations and cocktail recipes.

 

Which Calvados do you recommend for World Calvados Day and why?

I recommend the Calvados Christian Drouin XO as a digestive.

World Calvados Day

For a cocktail, La Blanche Christian Drouin or Calvados Christian Drouin Sélection are perfectly suited.

 

When do you drink Calvados?

Calvados can be enjoyed throughout the meal. In cocktails, in food pairing, but also to finish a dinner as a digestive.

 

Could you please recommend some food pairings from Calvados?

  • Gingerbread
  • Creamy cheese (Camembert, Pont Leveque, Brie, …)
  • Tarte Tatin (caramelised apple pie)
  • Rockmelon
  • Crepes
  • Meats (beef especially)
  • Foie gras

 

Do you have a Calvados cocktail to share with us)?

I have a few!

 

Calva Express (Espresso Martini twist):

– 30 ml La Blanche Christian Drouin

– 60 ml hot espresso

– 20 ml Cacao liquor Massenez (or coffee liquor)

– 5 ml sugar syrup

topped with 3 coffee beans

 

Pom’Doz

– 30 ml Calvados Christian Drouin Sélection

– 20 ml Pommeau from Normandy Christian Drouin

– 60 ml apple juice

– 10 ml grenadine syrup

– ice

 

Jack Rose:

– 40 ml Calvados Christian Drouin Sélection (or La Blanche)

– 20 ml lemon juice

– 20 ml grenadine syrup

– ice cubes

 

 

Normandy Spritz

– 30 ml Calvados Christian Drouin Sélection

– 30 ml Maidenii Vermouth Rosé

– 100 ml Domfront perry (poiré) Le Père Jules

1 or 2 slices of orange

 

Mind Spirits & Co

Mikael Gillard from Mind Spirits & Co. highly recommends Calvados Pierre Huet established in 1865, which can be purchased from Nick’s.

 

Located in Normandy on the “Cider Route”, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, The family-owned Estate Pierre Huet produces and markets Calvados, Pommeau de Normandie and Cider.

 

More than 25 varieties of apples are grown on the 30 hectares of orchards composed of either standard trees or cordons trees.

 

Thanks to the favourable terroir for apple growing, The Pierre Huet Estate produces and markets worldwide, following severe requirements, four out of the six AOC (registered designation of origin) cider products of Normandy, namely:

  • Calvados Pays d’Auge
  • Calvados
  • Pommeau de Normandie
  • Cider Pays d’Auge

 

I have selected for you the Pierre Huet Calvados Pays d’Auges Cordon Or 30 years certified specifically. It is to purchase available here: https://www.nicks.com.au/products/pierre-huet-fine-calvados-700ml

 

Can you recommend a food pairing for this Calvados?

Tarte tatin & Calvados Cordon Or 30 years, bien sûr!

 

Mind Spirits & Co Nomandian Sour World Calvados DayCan you recommend a Calvados Cocktail for Calvados Day?

We highly suggest the Normandian Sour:

-60ml Fine de Calvados 2 to 3 years old.

-30ml lemon juice

-20ml sugar syrup.

-1 x egg white

 

 

Have you tried Calvados before?

 

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