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Frogs Legs

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Frogs Legs

We're stopping at The Garden Court Holiday Inn in Reims for 3 nights this week and we thought when in Rome....

Looking for a inexpensive restaurant serving frogs legs & snails etc

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1. Re: Frogs Legs

Frogs' legs really aren't as common as the stereotype would have you believe -- so it's actually not all that likely that you'll find them.

Escargot appear on the starter menu of many restaurants - there are a couple of large escargot farms in the Champagne region.

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2. Re: Frogs Legs

from franceguide.com:

"From the originality of regional products to the prestige associated with champagne, Champagne-Ardenne’s rich and varied cuisine will reward lingering here with a new discovery at each meal of different culinary preparations or local specialties.

It would be a shame never to enjoy the boudin blanc de Rethel, the Andouillette de Troyes, Jambon d’Ardennes, or pigs feet à la St. Ménehould, Chaource or Langres cheese, which can be ripened in Marc de Champagne, croquignolles from Reims, accompanied of course by a cider from Pays d’Othe, a Riceys or a Coiffy wine, without forgetting champagne and coteaux champenois wines, Bouzy, Cumières, and more.

From approved farm products to the most refined dishes, taste them all, report back what you find, and come back often."

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The main reson that finding frogs legs is difficult is that most real cooks (and sometimes even chefs) only use good quality fresh produce. Frogs legs are imported fron from Vietnam or China and are of variable quality. These days, forgs legs are mainly the domain of chinese buffets.

If you ever see "French" frogs legs, the menu is either lying, or the restaurant owner is hoping to go to jail...

Edited: 27 February 2012, 11:18
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"If you ever see "French" frogs legs, the menu is either lying, or the restaurant owner is hoping to go to jail..."

Except in Les Dombes, near Lyon and Bresse. Fresh frog legs are their specialty.

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5. Re: Frogs Legs

Pvoyageuse: All frogs (in fact all amphibians and reptiles) are protected species in France, so in that case they must be flown in chilled.

So I stand by "If you ever see "French" frogs legs, the menu is either lying, or the restaurant owner is hoping to go to jail..."

Edited: 27 February 2012, 12:15
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6. Re: Frogs Legs

I am sorry, Wizard : not all amphibians are protected species in France.

seule la GRENOUILLE VERTE ET GRENOUILLE ROUSSE cat des cours d'eau 1&2 sont autorisées à la pêche en france (article R436-11 du Code de l'environnement)

You can indeed find fresh frog legs in the Dombes area :

www.google.fr/url…

There are also frog farms. (one in Pierrelatte for instance).

Edited: 27 February 2012, 12:29
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Farmed frogs are allowed, but only in Doubs, and only under licence. It's IS a protected species in all of Europe. …gouv.fr/autorisation-de-commercialisation-a…

I didn't realise that there was a licencing scheme allowing harvesting of Frogs, as the edible frog is red listed. It's the same scheme that allows tribal eskimos to harvest a number of whales a year.

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8. Re: Frogs Legs

Thanks guys no frogs then!

Sunshine I'm gonna google the meals from your posts now

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9. Re: Frogs Legs

*wink* That's why I posted it. Then you can really do as they do in Reims.

The only item on that list that I'll politely decline is andouillette - it's a tripe sausage that it seems you either adore or despise...and I definitely don't adore it, but a lot of people do.

Jambon d'Ardennes is truly lovely stuff, as is Chaources cheese in particular. (I had a lovely tomato-and-Chaources salad last summer in Troyes - delicious)

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10. Re: Frogs Legs

Sunshine - what possibly could you have against a pig's colon stuffed with its tripes?

The secret to a good andouillette is good mustard, good fries, and good beer.