Food, wine and all things delicious…
Americans would call it my guilty pleasure, the French my péché mignon (delightful sin), but to me it is just NIRO by Le Gambetta – my favorite bistronomie restaurant in Aix-en-Provence.
With their Belle Epoque, 1900’s décor, French comfort food at thrifty prices, “Bouillon” restaurants are once again popular in Paris. Proof? Chartier, a pioneer of the concept, is resuscitating one of its original Left Bank venues right in the heart of Montparnasse.
In Bordeaux, the city at very heart of one of the oldest and most revered winemaking regions in the world, the recently opened Cité du Vin takes visitors on a journey of discovery of the varied vineyards and wine cultures on the planet.
Ravaged three centuries ago by a major volcanic eruption, the arid, windswept Spanish island of Lanzarote, off the coast of western Africa, didn’t seem conducive to wine-growing. Yet its inhabitants have managed to create thriving vineyards by shaping a unique landscape of tiny craters of black volcanic ash, each planted with a vine.
Barcelona is said to have the most restaurants and bars per capita in Europe. Discovering memorable ones is a fun exercise for food conscious visitors.
In the heart of Perigord, medieval Château La Fleunie lives on as a charming three-star boutique hotel, especially notable for its gourmet restaurant, La Table du Chevalier.
In off the beaten path Provencal village of La Roque d’Anthéron, tiny Auberge du Castellas is a foodies’ lucky find.
From its popular Bouchons to internationally revered local chef Paul Bocuse, Lyon is a city that takes its cuisine seriously. Nowhere is that more obvious than at the little known teaching restaurant Vatel.
There are thousands of neighborhood bistros in Paris, dishing out meals that go from banal to “can’t-wait-to-tell-my-friends.” With its generous and imaginative cuisine, newly open L’Accolade is a clear winner in the “tell” category.
Hard to imagine that in the historic center of Aix-en-Provence, where even the tiniest of squares is crammed with bistro terraces thick with tourists, cookie-cutter menus and hurried waiters, there still exist an intimate heaven where you can enjoy imaginative cuisine and considerate service in a relaxed atmosphere. Welcome to La Table des Saisons
The cuisine of northern France goes far beyond the regional stereotype of mussels and fries to dish out delectable specialties that reflect its dual French and Flemish heritage. Waterzooi anyone?
From simple roadside clams-and-fries shacks to noted restaurants with impressive views of the ocean and menus to match, the Massachusetts North Shore is a foodie heaven where catch-of-the-day really means fresh-off-the-boat seafood.
My favorite place to linger on the Quai des Grands Augustins is not a bookstall but rather the habit-forming “avec Guy Savoy” bistro across the street, Les Bouquinistes…
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