Maybe itís all the clean air, but Iím getting into this Ďlunch on the seawallí idea. Perhaps itís because everyone in Le Palais, Belle-Ileís biggest town, shrugs when I ask for a good place to eat (there are a few), but Iím learning that while the towns are picturesque, people donít leave ďLe ContinentĒ for the islandís social scene or a destination restaurant. Itís more about taking a long walk or watching the waves crash.
I realize this while leaning against one of the two mini-lighthouses (the red one) that mark the entrance to Le Palaisí tiny port. Iíve brought a baguette, a half-dozen plates (flat oysters) from Quiberon, a tomato from a little farm one side of the island and a pepper-coated dome of fresh goat cheese from a cheese maker the other.
Here, this may be the version of Ď"eating out'í I like the most.
Globe travel correspondent Joe Ray writes own blog, Eating The Motherland and contributes to the English language version of Simon Says!, the French food and lifestyle blog run by French food critic Francois Simon.