Mathieu Jaguelin personifies the definition of “world traveler” and is a master storyteller. He is a 9-year Tauck Director, fluent in four languages; he grew up in the Basque region of Spain, and studied in both Spain and France; he’s worked in Ireland; he has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Portugal, Cuba, India, South America, Morocco, and Scandinavia; and he shares his intense love of learning with Tauck guests in every destination explored.
Mathieu also has a keen interest in unique French cuisine, which he shares in his video message; his observations include unusual notes such as:
Foie gras: from its Egyptian origins to being the #1 bestseller on the table for Christmas, serve with sweet white wine.
Escargots: the legend of the Burgundy snails! Cooked snails with herb butter, commonly called “escargots à la bourguignonne.” Cooked, as the name suggests, with a butter parsley sauce, they are presented in their shells and you can eat them with a little skewer. Perfect match with the white wines of Burgundy of course (Alsace is okay too).
France’s “famous frogs’ legs”: They are generally breaded or fried with a bit of onion. The meat is delicate and soft, and tastes a bit like poultry. Perfect match with the white wines of Burgundy, of course (Alsace is okay too).
Camembert cheese: It is the same recipe as Brie.
Blue cheese: Fourme d’Ambert used to be a currency to trade goods.
We’ve also curated some how-to-cook en Français video presentations as well as a look at that other French pleasure, wine:
Looks great! Interested in any trip to la Belle France!
Thank you for your interest. Visit this link for all of our river cruises to France. https://www.tauck.com/tours-and-cruises/european-river-cruises/french-river-cruises
Great presentation, Mathieu was the tour director for one of my river cruises and I thoroughly enjoyed his humor and attentiveness.
Mathieu is the best!
Thanks! My wife and I traveled with Tauck on the Rhone River Cruise. The video on the Northern Rhone wines was great and brought back wonderful memories. Between our visits to wineries on the tour, and the wines on board our ship, i tasted more than 60 Rhone wines. An incredible experience.