Discover and explore the Pink City and it's best kept charms. The most interesting and useful addresses revealed here, as experienced by a British expat living in Toulouse.
Oyster Season Once Again

Oyster Season Once Again

Only eat oysters when there’s an ‘r’ in the month, as the saying goes. I for one am more than happy to stick to this rule of thumb. Not least because these months apparently produce more flavoursome oysters of a better quality, but also because my oyster craving has been...
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Have a FAT Lie-in

Have a FAT Lie-in

At my recent language exchange night I learnt a new phrase. Faire la grasse matinée. I love this expression which simply means to have a lie-in or literally translated, have a FAT morning. Now, I love my bed and love nothing more than to have a lie-in. It hadn’t escaped my notice that the Toulousains...
Green Juice Monday

Green Juice Monday

It’s Monday morning, rather cloudy outside and a busy day ahead awaits me. No better day than this to start juicing all the lovely fruit and veg I bought in the market yesterday. Inspired by a friend who recently came back from Thailand after a juice detox week, my juicer, collecting dust in the cupboard...
Sound System Culture at Le Musée des Abattoirs

Sound System Culture at Le Musée des Abattoirs

Notting Hill Carnaval legends, Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb of Channel One Sound System, will entertain us at the Abattoirs Museum on Saturday 4th May. Closing the exhibition ‘Sound System Culture’ in the run up to this year’s Rio Loco festival in Toulouse, I-Station Sound System will warm up the crowd before the London duo bring a...
Horticultural Toulouse Weekend

Horticultural Toulouse Weekend

Every year in Toulouse the doors to the municipal greenhouses, where all the flowers around the city are nurtured, are open to the public. This horticultural weekend falls on the 4th and 5th May 2013 and is a great occasion for those with or without green fingers to discover some gardening secrets. I’ve visited the...
"Muay Thai" Boxing with Champions

“Muay Thai” Boxing with Champions

Many moons ago as a student I took up kickboxing. All those memories of watching Karate Kid in my youth came flooding back; I was motivated and already earned a top rank…in my head! Unfortunately it was short lived. I clearly wasn’t ready to put in the hard work and dedication to get that top...
No-Cook Sunday Lunch

No-Cook Sunday Lunch

When I first arrived in Toulouse 8 years ago, the first meal I ate the day after the gruelling journey was a hearty plate of paella from Place des Carmes market. I always remember how very Spanish the city felt in those early days and the infamous dish from Valencia rubber stamped that feeling. I quickly...
4 Indoor Play Areas for Kids

4 Indoor Play Areas for Kids

With 2100 hours of sunshine a year in Toulouse, there’s no need for the kids to be stuck indoors, but when the sun isn’t shining it’s always handy to have a few places in mind to take the kids. Here are 4 indoor play areas to keep them entertained. ZePlé’Graounde
 This is the only indoor...
Vintage Cars and Antiques

Vintage Cars and Antiques

The first Sunday of each month the Jardin du Grand Rond hosts an exhibition of classic and vintage cars. Open to all owners and free to exhibit or spectate, it’s a lovely way to spend a sunny Toulousain morning. It also coincides with the monthly antiques fair and flea market on Allées François Verdier. This Grande Brocante...
5 Ideas for Valentine's Day

5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Love it or loathe it, St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching to remind us to celebrate love. If you have a special Valentine or not it’s a great excuse to indulge and in Toulouse you’ll find many ways to do exactly that!     Romantic Dining There is a fine choice of romantic restaurants serving...
A Taste of African-Creole Cuisine

A Taste of African-Creole Cuisine

The South-West is known in France for it’s love of traditional cuisine and people eat very well indeed. However, if you’re looking for cuisine from further afield, it’s not always easy to find good, authentic restaurants. This isn’t the case with Zio, an African-Creole restaurant managed by couple, Annie and Hans Flycht. Hailing from Togo...
Hot Spiced Apple Punch

Hot Spiced Apple Punch

It’s Sunday morning and a beautiful snowy sight outside my window. At least once a year the snow comes to Toulouse, but rarely stays long and a wintry day like this calls for some hot spiced apple punch to warm the belly and the heart. With that in mind a trip to my local market,...
Christmas Programme at The Science Museum

Christmas Programme at The Science Museum

If you’re spending the Christmas break in the city and need some activities to keep the kids entertained, a visit to the Science Museum is a great place to start. The programme begins with ‘Le voyage de Jul’EAU’, based around the theme of water. Stories and poetry readings, whilst listening to whale songs as well as...