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Gourmet lunch at L’Esperance… Food heaven in Bandol

Bandol Saturday market Greetings dear readers and friends from a very chilly Provence. It’s been a while since the last blog post, and honestly, during the winter months, I’m a bit hard-pressed to know what to write about. Everything slows down here quite considerably… maybe it’s due to the weather, or maybe we’re all just… Continue reading Gourmet lunch at L’Esperance… Food heaven in Bandol

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L’Ardoise Restaurant… Fresh & Gourmet Dining in Bandol

Finally the sun is out and we can really start taking advantage of spring. The signs have all been there… cafés putting out their “deck chairs” for local sun-worshippers, articles upon articles on how to choose the right blooms for your garden, and about a gazillon ads for patio furniture of all shapes & sizes.… Continue reading L’Ardoise Restaurant… Fresh & Gourmet Dining in Bandol

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Cooking Class at Chef Oui Chef

Chef Simon Istria Last weekend we had our second cooking class at Chef Oui Chef in the town of La Garde – a small city sandwiched between Toulon and Hyères. And wow, was it a blast.  Partly because our chef extraordinaire, Simon Istria, has a fantastic personality and regaled us with tales of his past… Continue reading Cooking Class at Chef Oui Chef

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Solliès Fig Festival + Figues à la crème d’amande

Ahh figs… there are few festivals we enjoy as much as the annual fig fête at Solliès-Pont – a small village in the Var department, about 15 minutes from our home in Toulon. And if you can’t tell from the photos, this festival is a food-lover’s dream.  The streets are lined with gorgeous, plump figs in every… Continue reading Solliès Fig Festival + Figues à la crème d’amande

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How to Make a French Apéro

Bonjour dear readers and friends. It’s been a busy couple of weeks around le sud. With spring in full-swing, and the sunshine finally making a (very) long-awaited appearance, the French joie de vivre has been hard to escape. So given that we had our first “official” outside apéro just a few short weeks ago, I… Continue reading How to Make a French Apéro

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Il Était Une Fois Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

Aix is a beautiful city at any time of the year, but in spring it takes on a particularly vibrant atmosphere. Already full to the brim with locals, and the first spattering of tourists, spring is a great time to visit before the real summer rush begins.    And this was exactly how we found… Continue reading Il Était Une Fois Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence

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A Great Restaurant in Avignon… Numéro 75

We had one glorious day in Avignon during our extended weekend at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and instead of making it a mad-dash run to see all we could see, we opted for a morning trip to the Les Halles market and a long, leisurely lunch. The question was, as it often is in an unknown city, where… Continue reading A Great Restaurant in Avignon… Numéro 75