The finest meal in Lyon

The center of French gastronomy lies not in Paris, but deeper south

When we think about French food, often the first thing that comes to mind is what exists abundantly in the country's capital: crêpes complètes, palmiers, coq au vin, canard à l'orange. But beyond the Parisian staples that we all expect, the heart of French gastronomy is a little further south, in the city of Lyon.

The founding of Lyon dates back to Roman times, and it was the second French city established in the Rhone-Alpes region. Not only is it a major hub for transport from Paris to the rest of the South of France, but it has sites that rival those of Paris in beauty and grandeur. The 19th century Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Places des Terreaux, and Musée des Beaux-Arts are just some of the notable stops on your Lyon adventure. And while you might not think to come to this southern city over the City of Lights, if you're a serious foodie, you'll think again. From plentiful bistrots, to charcuteries, to Michelin-star restaurants, any food you try in Lyon will be nothing short of inspiring. To those who know the names Bocuse and Boulud, you'll definitely want to read on.

Lyon's history of gastronomy dates back to the time of Catherine de Medici. Born in 1519, the Florentine noblewoman married Henry II and became the Queen of France from 1547 until 1559. One of her most important duties as queen was to arrange for her skilled chefs to prepare unctuous meals inspired by the region's lush agriculture. Lyonnaise cuisine developed into a culture inspired by the spoils of game hunting, seasonal vegetables, and of course, abundant local wines from the famous Beaujolais and Rhone Valley.

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One of the most recognizable name to any Lyonnais is Bocuse. Paul Bocuse is considered to some, the man who started it all. His famous soupe aux truffes was good enough to serve former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing at the Elysée Palace in 1975, and eventually became a staple at his restaurant called Soupe V.G.E.


The now 90-year-old chef was taught under the watchful eye (and sensitive tastebuds) of Eugénie Brazier, known as La Mère Brazier. She was, quite seriously, the mother of all food, and the first chef to hold 6 Michelin stars at once! Paul Bocuse became her most successful ingénu a generation later, and the father of nouvelle cuisine. He was even the namesake of one of France's highest culinary distinctions, the Bocuse d'Or. And perhaps one of the most famous chefs of our time, the Lyon-born Daniel Boulud, is in line to become Bocuse's culinary successor.

At the banks of the Saône river, slightly north of Lyon, you'll find a building that looks like it jumped out of your favorite fairytale. It's called L'Auberge du Pont de Collognes. But this "inn" is anything but representative of its humble title. It's more like Le Château du Pont de Collognes.

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This is a restaurant that has not just one menu, but three: "Classique," "Bourgeois," or "Grande Tradition." One of the most impressive and prized French recipes is the Bresse chicken cooked ả la Mère Fillioux. A truffled chicken is delicately placed inside a bladder, which is expertly inflated and boiled in flavorful broth. The divine presentation can serve 2 or 4.

Another stunning serving, and favorite of Anthony Bourdain, is the sea bass stuffed in puff pastry with Choron sauce. Think Beef Wellington, but better. This fresh fish is cooked inside a pastry that is carved with fish scales and decorations to look like a piece of art. This 3-Michelin star restaurant has classic formal French service in a gorgeous dining room fit for Catherine de Medici herself.

If you're looking for an unforgettable dining experience, book your table at Bocuse's today!

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.