‘Awesome’ French hosts treat Crestview visitors ‘like family’

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

“We had shrimp and crab for lunch today that Pompom and I caught this morning,” Embree said. “We went out in his boat, pulled the traps and got the crabs.”

“Jocelyne made us quiche with herbs from the garden and eggs from their hens when I stayed here,” Diamond said. “Everything is always fresh from the sea or the garden.”

Jocelyn Pontoizeau prepares meals that include regional dishes and treats, like homemade pizza, that are popular with student palates not adjusted to French country cooking.

“I like staying with people instead of hotels,” Embree said. “People who stay in hotels miss out on this,” he said, waving his arm around the sunny courtyard. He and Fella sat drinking coffee from cups that were more like small bowls.

“I can sum it up in one word: awesome!” Fella said. “I feel like I’m family here.”

Contact News Bulletin Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian

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