Matt and I always look forward to what France has to offer during both the Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Festivals. As I’ve noted in the past, if duck is on the menu, Matt will likely order it. Fleur de Lys offers Confit de Canard with Pommes de Terre Sarladaise ($5.50, gluten-free), and it quickly became a favorite of Matt’s last year.
The Confit de Canard features Pulled Duck Confit with Garlic and Parsley Potatoes. Last year, the first portion we ordered offered a healthy dose of gravy, but one our second visit, the dish looks much more like what we received this year.
Matt loved the duck itself, and while the potatoes we bland last year, that was not the case this year. He found them to be overwhelming in the parsley category. But as we all know, things change during the course of the Festival. Despite the parsley, it’s very much still a dish Matt will likely order again before the Festival ends.
Last year, I wasn’t crazy about the Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger, and Matt was not a fan at all. I thought this year’s Macaron Guimauve a la Fraise ($4.50, gluten-free) would be more to his liking, as he loves strawberries.
I found the presentation of the “newsprint” sleeve to be more fun than a plain plate.
I took my first bite, and Frankenberry is what immediately came to mind. There was an intense faux-strawberry flavor that I only associate with that cereal. It did something for nostalgia, but eating the whole macaron was a bit of a struggle due to its sweetness.
Matt tried a bite, but just isn’t a fan of a macaron’s texture in general. I thought the filling here was good on its own, with the pairing of a strawberry jam and marshmallow. While it’s not something I’ll order again, macaron and sweets fans will likely enjoy this one.
On a subsequent visit, I stopped by the kiosk to try the Ice Pop ($6.75). This adult take features Gran Marnier Peach Raspberry, Vodka, and Iced Tea.
This treat reminded me of Snapple Peach Tea with its flavor profile. The boozy flavors were noticeable, and it was a fun change from a slushy drink. This was my “breakfast” for the day, and even with the heat at 11 a.m., you’ll want to be sure to grab several napkins, as when it starts melting, the base will start to drip, leaving your hands very sticky. While Matt didn’t try this one, I don’t think he’d be a fan as he doesn’t care for peaches or tea.
We tried the Gnocchis Parisienne à la Provençal ($4.75) last year and weren’t particularly fond of the dishes, leaving it off of our agenda this year.
I think this year that France’s solids at the Confit de Canard and the Ice Pop. The duck will likely be seen again, and I think this year’s macaron is a big improvement over 2014’s. Whether or not we try the gnocchi again it still to be determined, but I’m not opposed to giving it another chance.
Have you stopped by Fleur de Lys? What is your favorite item?