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Where can I find Valrhona cocoa powder?

about 19 hours ago
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Help with southern France Honeymoon next month

In Cannes I'd recommend la Table du Chef, which we loved when we had dinner there last year (June 2013). You should be able to find other suggestions for the towns you mention by doing a search on this site (upper right-hand corner). Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

Jul 26, 2014
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Need help with Provence itinerary

With reference to erikp's comments, the lavender & sunflowers will be long gone by the time you get to Provence. Bonnieux itself requires little sightseeing, but many of the villages erickp mentions are still beautiful on their own (including Oppède-le-Vieux, Lourmarin, Ménerbes, Gordes) as is the general landscape of the area. Apéritifs on the terrace of Bastide de Capelongue, overlooking Bonnieux, will still be memorable. Although we love visiting Aix - unless you intend to check out the wonderful Pearlman Collection at the Musée Granet - les Baux would probably be a better choice if you want another grand meal (at Oustau de B) and don't mind the zig-zagging. According to their site, the restaurant is open every day through Sept 30.

Jul 23, 2014
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Provence report July 2014 part 1 (Luberon)

Le Petit Café is definitely closed. (I believe the map for la Petite Cave is on their former premises.) La Petite Cave is open for dinner TUE thru SAT, according to my recent phone call, in case that's of interest to anyone.
Thanks to degustazione for the review of le Moulin de Lourmarin - a place we've been curious to try but never got around to. (Now I'm motivated....) I think they've been through a few chefs since Edouard Loubet earned his 2nd Michelin star there, and moved over to his mother's other hotel/restaurant, the Bastide de Capelongue.

Jul 22, 2014
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Fish Soup in Provence?

Maybe this is what you are looking for:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8504...
OTOH I think the soupe de poissons at Chez Fonfon in Marseille is excellent, especially their rouille.

Jul 20, 2014
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Need help with Provence itinerary

There is no comparison between the César and Capelongue, as far as hotel rooms go. Quite a difference in price, atmosphere, quality. Have you checked the Clos du Buis for availability? In any case, the walk back to either hotel will definitely require a flashlight (or iPhone) as Jake says. It's an unlit (downhill) road, but perfectly safe. Just get familiar with the route on your way uphill when it's still light....

Jul 13, 2014
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Restaurants in Aix

I know nothing about the restaurant in your hotel, so can't help you there. Of the restaurants we've frequented (& enjoyed) over the past few years, the only one I can find open on MONs is le Poivre d'Ane in Place Cardeurs. (In fact it's open every day in season.) Check out the menu at Pierre Reboul (not the Bistrot) and see if that appeals to you for your birthday dinner and maybe switch to SAT or TUE for the celebration. Le Formal is also a good choice, but they're closed SUN/MON as well.

Jul 05, 2014
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St Remy/Avignon and French Riviera on budget

Cannes: La Table du Chef
St Rémy & environs:
Maison Drouot (St Rémy)
Mas du Capoun (Mollégès)
Le Bistrot Mogador (at the Château d'Estoublon, between Fontvielle & le Paradou)
Bistrot du Paradou (le Paradou) - now up to €53 including the usual 3 courses, house wine, cheese course, coffee

Jul 04, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

There was no action to be seen at the Presbytère, but there were folded up chairs propped up next to a table. We think the "place" may be used by another café on the other side of the street.

Jul 02, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Reporting in on la Petite Cave where we dined last night. Great meal prepared according to chef's former standards. We spent €124 for 3 courses & a bottle of Cairanne. Menu should change every week. Here's last night's (with prices cut-off...sorry...from top to bottom: starters were €16 & €14, mains were €24 & €19, dessert/cheese were €12).

Jul 01, 2014
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Overwhelmed -should I worry about making more reservations Paris 7/23-29

As already stated, most Parisian restaurants have no problem swiping an American MasterCard or Visa credit card. (In the countryside an occasional restaurant or shop won't be able to handle it.) But if anyone is concerned, you can get a British Airways Chase Visa card - with a chip - for their annual fee of $95. https://creditcards.chase.com/credit-...
Although it's not "chip & pin" (it's "chip & sign"), a shop or restaurant without a swipe machine can accept it. However it still won't work at a kiosk (gas station, métro, train), where you need a human to handle the transaction.

Jun 28, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

Maybe the new owner will develop a rent-a-goat business. We just learned of this:
http://www.explorimmo.com/annonce-936...
Le Castelas is up for sale. Goats not included.

Jun 28, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

On the contrary, we've now got the feeling that Gianni rents out someone else's goats. Why not? If you've taken one of those cheesy boat rides in Stes-Marie-de-la-Mer and seen the cowboy on his white horse miraculously come out of hiding as soon as the boat arrives...and you know he just got "the call" on his cell phone...you might be as cynical as this New Yorker! :-)

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

We stopped at Saignon on our way to Sivèrgues - so that was June 8 - so that we could show off the adorable village to our visiting friends. From what I can tell, that was not too long after you had been there, but when we ran into Andrew & his partner, he very assuredly stated that the Petite Cave was about to re-open. So maybe the conversation he had with you pushed him over the edge about what he was going to do. I'm hoping our upcoming dinner will be as good as 2 years ago....

Jun 27, 2014
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Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

I think it's hit & miss at le Castelas, since Gianni no longer seems to house the goats in his pens...the ones we saw may only be 'guests'! Anyway, we were there about 3 weeks ago, and first noticed many, uh, gifts left along the path, so when a small herd of goats showed up, we were not surprised. They hung around the tables until dusk and then....? We wondered if they belong to another property but sometimes graze at le Castelas. As for the food, instead of the delicious potatoes, they served a very good spaghetti (remember Gianni is Sardinian). Our only complaint was that the bread was on the stale side. We are planning to go back with a decent-sized crowd in about 10 days.
On another note, la Petite Cave has re-opened. (See Jake Dear's comments above.) Chef/owner Andrew claims to have spoken to too many disappointed former customers who miss the old restaurant, so it is back up & running. He warned us that there would no longer be the (seriously underpriced) 3-course menu, but instead à-la-carte dishes only. We plan to check it out next week.

Jun 27, 2014
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Need help with Provence itinerary

The Bastide de Capelongue is a great choice (provided you are prepared to spend a few extra euros). They have a lovely view of Bonnieux from their terrace, where, at the very least, you could have apéritifs, followed by dinner in the courtyard or dining room, depending on the weather. (I think the restaurant is closed on WEDs.) Another good restaurant with a lovely terrace is le Fournil, also in Bonnieux. La Ferme de la Huppe in Gordes, where we've had 2 very good dinners in the past 2 months, is a charming place with a terrace; likewise for l'Auberge des Carrières in les Taillades. Hopefully in early September it will still be warm enough to dine outside.
The last 3 places have menus around 35€ - 45€ for 3 courses.

Jun 25, 2014
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A meal to remember 'til death!

Glad you enjoyed your lunch at le Castelas, but surprised you ventured there without a "reservation". Not that you necessarily needed one, but they do occasionally have private functions so it's not a bad idea to make sure they are open for drop-ins (or maybe you did just that). For anyone thinking of going there for dinner, I'd like to add that my husband prefers driving home along the switchbacks in the dark because any oncoming car's headlights will be visible long before the car itself. Evenings allow for a view of a beautiful sunset as well.

Jun 18, 2014
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Can we talk Paris restau prices??

We couldn't identify the restaurant that Lindsay & Jim skipped out of in 'Le Weekend', but did recognize the one at the end of the film. It was Josephine Chez Dumonet, where we had dinner in early April. Bill came to €137 for 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of wine - plus at least one dessert. (Can't remember that last detail.) Check out previous posts on this restaurant for more info.

Jun 17, 2014
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Dinner in Cannes or surrounding area

Last summer we had a wonderful (no-choice) meal at la Table du Chef in Cannes (5 rue Jean Daumas). We'd go back in a flash were to be in the area again.

Jun 07, 2014
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Visiting Manhattan in July, seeking restaurant suggestions

You should keep in mind you'll also be paying almost 9% tax on your food & drinks.

Jun 06, 2014
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3 weeks away ....Please review my food itinerary

We recently had an excellent dinner at Café Fleurs in l'Isle sur la Sorgue. It's open on Sundays so it would work for July 6.
http://www.cafefleurs.com/uk/restaura...

May 28, 2014
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Need rec, traveling from Saint Remy de Provence to Marseille

Yes, Parking du Pharo is an indoor parking lot, as secure as any other. What everyone else has said is imperative: do not park on the street in Marseille. I suggested this lot because it is somewhat between the Vallon des Auffes and the Vieux Port. The 2 museums I mentioned are actually not close to that lot, but definitely walkable (if you like to walk). In any case, you can stroll around the city and get some "coast" time. As for Uncle Jamie & Aurelia, we too watch the movie every December. (Note the Bar de la Marine is on the south side of the Vieux Port. You might also pass the brown & white Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure, also in the film.)

May 23, 2014
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Need rec, traveling from Saint Remy de Provence to Marseille

Restaurants usually close at 2/2:30 and do not re-open until 7/7:30pm, making a "late lunch" not late enough for your plans. Why not head to Marseille, park in Parking du Pharo, and walk along the Mediterranean to the Vallon des Auffes, where you can have a bouillabaisse lunch at Chez Fonfon. When you are done, see something of Marseille, such as the new Museum of European & Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCem), or the temporary exhibit at la Vieille Charité http://vieille-charite-marseille.com/... . If you still have time to kill, have a drink at la Bar de la Marine on the Vieux Port - where Colin Firth proposed marriage in "Love Actually" - before heading to the airport.

May 23, 2014
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Buying Milk/Cream in France?

A suggestion for your whipped cream: buy Isigny Sainte-Mere Crème à la Vanille de Madagascar. Just cream, vanilla, sugar, + stabilizer. No preservatives, not too sweet, and perfect for when you have an urgent craving for chantilly. As for milk, you should find 3 kinds in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. I think it's the red-capped bottles that are "entier", or whole milk. (Blue caps are "demi-écrémé", or 1.5% milk. The 3rd choice is skim milk - I don't remember the color.)

May 23, 2014
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South of France Kitchen/Cookware Shopping

In Aix, we just spotted Maison Boyer (10 rue Paul Bert), plus there's Guy Degrenne at 14 rue de la Glacière.

May 15, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

just an update on Maison Gouin in Coustellet: Mme Gouin sold the traiteur/restaurant 2-3 years ago. Her shoe concession is now gone. (Women's shoes used to be sold in the back of the shop.) The new owner bought the name; the current chef is the former sous-chef from the old days. The other Maison Gouin in Cavaillon was also sold and is now a restaurant (without the Gouin name).

May 11, 2014
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Recommendations for Cote d'Azure area?

We loved our (no choice) dinner at la Table du Chef in Cannes last year: http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Restau...
You might get more replies if you indicated which cities you plan to visit on the Côte d'Azur.

Apr 30, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

My favorite villages are Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Gordes, Saignon, & Roussillon (some CHers feel this one is too touristy, but I love the ochre rocks and a few of the galleries). I had already suggested (see first post above) that you have dinner at the Bastide de Capelongue, which brought on a separate discussion about its merits. In view of the reservations you already have, I think it would be too much of a good thing anyway. Maybe start off early in Gordes (10am?), have a light lunch in one of the cafés in Roussillon, head down to Lourmarin via Bonnieux (Bonnieux is great to look at from afar, but doesn't have much in the village besides a few good restaurants IMO). In Lourmarin relax & have a drink in one of the cafés in the square (such as Café Gaby) until you're ready to go to le Castelas in Sivèrgues. (You should aim for 7:30pm.) If by some miracle you still have time on your hands, you could stop in Saignon before you hit Sivèrgues. I wouldn't suggest as much as this were you not to be limited to one day....but it would be a shame to miss these highlights of the Luberon.

Apr 25, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Unless I've misunderstood, you've already bought your train tickets and only have 4.5 days in Provence, so there isn't much room for flexibility. Would you consider skipping Aix entirely? You could spend that day visiting a few Luberon villages, and end it with dinner at le Castelas. "St Rémy" - or the Bistrot du Paradou in le Paradou - would be tough to fit in with the dinners you've already planned.

Apr 24, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

With reference to VinoEd's comment on the goat farm, le Castelas serves lunch and dinner every day, but the delicious roast pig only at Sunday lunch (as well as every dinner). At least this was their formula in the past. We hope to be back there in early June & will see how/if things have changed. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they're not having a private function that day/evening.

Apr 24, 2014
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