Good Eats in Provence… La P’tite Cour

Greetings dear readers and friends. We had a special occasion to celebrate (wedding anniversary) so we headed to our new favorite restaurant in Sanary-sur-Mer:  La P’tite Cour. And, as it turns out, this restaurant isn’t just for special occasions as the two “set menu” options are both very affordable at €30 and €45 respectively. This…

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How to order in a French restaurant

Greeting dear readers and friends! Here we are… vacation time! The beaches are filling up, and honestly, it’s difficult to get any work done around here. I’m not officially “on holiday” yet, but seeing all the tourists coming and going, spending our weekends by the sea, and having a few “extended” apéro hours in the…

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Gourmet lunch at L’Esperance… Food heaven in Bandol

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 spending too much…

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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.…

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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 the…

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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…

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A Great Restaurant in Aix… Le Poivre d’Ane

One thing that I love about France (among the many) is that there always seems to be a food festival happening just around the corner. And this week one of the biggest gourmet “festivals” of the year is taking place:  Tous au Restaurant. Much more than a typical festival, Tous au Restaurant is a chance…

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An Excellent Restaurant in Bandol… L’Esperance

There’s not much that can be said about this stellar restaurant that could be any better than what we overhead our fellow diners exclaiming on Saturday afternoon:  Qu’est-ce que c’est beau! (it’s so pretty) Wouaou! (the French wow) & C’est trop bon! (it’s so good). If you’ve ever eaten in France, you know those are…

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Corsican Ballads & Warm Mussels at Le Caribou, Marseille

Corsican ballads played on the speakers of the Le Caribou’s brightly colored dining room as we sat down for a six or seven course meal (I lost count after a few glasses of vin blanc).  Our host, a somewhat portly gentleman (read: six or seven courses…), proudly sported a bright-pink dress shirt and a welcoming…

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Fall Comfort Food at Le Clos du Père Louis

Deep in the heart of the Var, off autoroute A57 (way off), lies the colorful village of Collobrieres.  Known in the summer for its growing Fête Taurine (bull festival), Collobrieres real claim-to-fame is its annual Fête de le Chataigne (chestnut festival) – 29 years and counting. While we set out on Saturday to take advantage of one fall favorite,…

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