Eating The Tour De France Stage 12: Tonnerre – Vittel. Quiche Lorraine
Presenting one of the last chances for the sprinters to flex their muscles, Stage 12 of this years tour from Tonnerre to Vittel takes the race east into the foothills of the Alps. Starting in Tonnerre, east Chablis the race will run through some of the best kept vineyards on the planet before heading for the home of the other mineral water Vittel.
The spa town of Vittel has been popular with those looking for therapeutic cures, and for hundred sof years people have made the journey to take the waters. The water that springs from the ground in this beautiful region of France is used for the treatment of arthritis, gout, allergies, kidney & liver disorders as well as migraines. Whether it works on saddle sores remains to be seen, but as one of the official sponsors of the tour you can be sure that thousands of liters of Vittel will be guzzled by the thirsty riders on their way to the finnish line. But enough about water, what will the riders and supporters be eating in this part of France?
Sitting in the heavily wooded district of Lorraine, that borders Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium, quiche has to be on the menu and the quiche Lorraine is king of the mountains here. In the UK there are rumors that real men don't eat quiche, but having just come back from a week cycling and eating in Saarsland, just over the border in Germany, I can guarantee that there is nothing more manly than tucking into a heavy slice of quiche Lorraine after a hard days cycling in the hills.
Real men eat quiche!