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Provence for 8 Nights - Done my homework but could use some feedback please!

Having concentrated originally on your (now) WED visit to Senanque and lunch at Ferme de la Huppe, I just realized that since you still want to have dinner the same evening at la Bartavelle, that won't work. La Bartavelle is closed on TUE & WED , so maybe you should switch your Arles plans to WED (Rabanel is closed MON/TUE) and leave the Senanque/Huppe/Bartavelle plans for THU. Sorry for adding confusion!

Oct 18, 2014
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Provence for 8 Nights - Done my homework but could use some feedback please!

Regarding your arrival day, if you are still looking to have lunch on the way to the hotel, here's two suggestions:

1/http://www.mas-rose.com/en/restaurant : Le Potager du Mas, the restaurant for le Mas de la Rose in Orgon, would be a great place for your first lunch. However I do think following this with dinner at le Fournil would be too much. (But that's just me….and probably Parigi). If you do decide to go, take the autoroute to Senas (not Cavaillon as they advise) and head north on the RN7 to Orgon. It's a lovely spot - and so very very "Provence".
2/ http://creperie.le.repaire.monsite-or... : Le Repaire in Vernegues is great for a light lunch of omelets, salads, or savory crepes - followed by sweet crepes or ice cream sundaes - which you can enjoy on their perched terrace. The best way to reach it is by taking the RN7 from Aix. From there you could take the scenic route - as opposed to the autoroute - to Coustelet (if the timing is right for Maison Gouin's re-opening) or to Bonniex (via Charleval, Cadenet, Lourmarin).

re:your Friday plans: In case I was not clear, the 'tarte man' is at the Lourmarin market (not Bonnieux). I have no idea if he participates in the Tuesday evening producers market, which is in a different part of the village.

re: la Bergerie (Domaine de Capelongue): We went there in August and enjoyed our meal - several of the dishes on their small menu were prepared in their roaring fireplace. My beef was fabulous. I don't remember any of the other simple dishes we & our friends had, but we would go definitely go back. What bothered us was that the lovely room became just a little too hot for the middle of summer…but if you can ignore the heat, it's a nice follow up to those apéritifs on the terrace of the main restaurant.

Oct 17, 2014
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Provence for 8 Nights - Done my homework but could use some feedback please!

As already said, you should ease up on some of your double-meal plans, as it will end up being too much to appreciate. A few comments:
(first)Saturday: Parigi's suggestion of shopping at Maison Gouin is great, but keep in mind the shop closes at 12:30pm...in case your flight is delayed. Have dinner at le Fournil. (reason explained below)
Sunday: I'd like to think that lunch at le Castelas in Sivèrgues would be much better than the Auberge de la Loube - I hesitate to push it only because I don't know what the situation will be like there come July. (See other threads.) In any case, A/Loube is just ok.
Monday: According to my notes from this past summer, the Ferme de la Huppe is closed all day Sunday and lunch Monday. So besides discouraging 2 big meals in one day, I'd suggest moving your Sénanque visit + Huppe lunch to WED. Have dinner at l'Arôme on Monday after your day at the Pont du Gard.
Friday: I much prefer l'Auberge des Carrières to la Closerie (more form than substance, IMO). I also prefer the market in Lourmarin over the one in Bonnieux. If you opt for the former, be sure to look for the 'tarte man' as we call him, just in front of the steps to the 2nd level, as you approach the market from the château. He sells delicious savory pastries.
(last) Saturday: I second Parigi's suggestion for la Petite Cave in Saignon.
As for the Bastide de Capelongue (& a great but expensive meal), here's an alternative for a day where you plan to have a big lunch : in the evening go to the Bastide for apéritifs on their terrace overlooking Bonnieux. As we've experienced more than once, they will serve a variety of amuse-bouches to accompany the drinks, which can be a light "starter" for your picnic at home later on. It's a great deal with a beautiful view. (Expect apéritifs to be around €18-€20 each.)

Oct 15, 2014
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"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

I too am normally suspicious of restaurants with a view, but the River Café (which has a Michelin star, if that matters) steps up to the plate. To be sure, you can find more creative food in NYC - there's so much good quality to choose from - but it's the whole RC package that is unique. I had the foie gras & rack of lamb and loved them both. For an out-of-towner especially, I think it merits serious consideration.

Oct 12, 2014
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"Eating weekend" without kids in NYC: We want to live it up!

I'd recommend the River Café http://www.rivercafe.com for a memorable "adult" dinner overlooking Manhattan. It's just across the Brooklyn Bridge, so a taxi ride is easy enough from wherever you'll be staying in Manhattan. Our dinner last March proved they were back on their game - or even better - after they had closed for 15 months following Hurricane Sandy. Service was great, food was delicious & the view can't be beat.

Oct 11, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

No one has mentioned one of the reasons restaurateurs decide on no-reservation policies: that even when reservations can be made & cancelled within seconds via the internet, there are still way too many no-shows, & this can be very costly. This is the inconsiderate customer's fault, and it's not unreasonable for a restaurateur to choose not to lose money in this way. That said, I would never plan on dinner with friends on a Saturday night (in New York City) without being able to make a reservation....somewhere.
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Anchovy Paste: advise, please

Try this recipe and substitute the paste for the mashed anchovy filets:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
Your wife should not be able to figure out what makes the lamb so tasty.

Oct 06, 2014
boredough in Home Cooking

Help with meringues for dacquoise, please!

Have made (& eaten) several dacquoise and a slight spongy consistency on the inside is normal. Sort of like what you find in a macaron.

Oct 04, 2014
boredough in Home Cooking

Beetroot party snacks?!

As evidenced by Elster's question, the term "napoleon" is not generally used in the UK (if at all). Even in France, "millefeuille" does not necessarily refer to pastry, but can be a concoction of savory layers (as I've seen on several menus), and JungMann's recipes are just that.

Sep 26, 2014
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Beetroot party snacks?!

I see you are in the UK, which explains your confusion. I recently translated a French menu and learned from British friends that the term "napoleon" is unknown to them - that you use the French term "millefeuille" instead.

Sep 26, 2014
boredough in Home Cooking

Need help with Provence itinerary

Thanks. It sounds like they've gotten back on track. We'll have to go back next year!

Sep 26, 2014
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Need help with Provence itinerary

Thanks for the report. We haven't been back to Bastide de Marie in several years, having read some lukewarm reviews. They used to start off with a variety of simple hors d'oeuvres with apéritifs before the 4-course meal (which also included bottled water and coffee). Then I read that the new menu's first course became a salad or something comparable, as opposed to what used to be a creative composed dish (this possibly in an effort to reduce their costs instead of increasing the 89€ price). It's unclear from your post whether you were served a separate appetizer once you moved to the dining room. Can you elaborate? Thanks again.

Sep 26, 2014
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Beetroot party snacks?!

Sep 25, 2014
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Special occasion restaurant

Also not in Manhattan but with a great view: River Café http://www.rivercafe.com
They offer a 6-course tasting menu at $145 in addition to their regular menu.

Sep 23, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Where do Manhattanites eat in the Hamptons?

Starr Boggs in Westhampton http://starrboggsrestaurant.com has a pretty good 2-course prix fixe if you're willing to eat at 5:30. You don't say when you'll be out there, but it'll be worth the short drive if it's before they close for the winter on Thanksgiving weekend.

Breakfast marylebone area

We just stayed in the area and had breakfast at the Portman (Upper Berkeley at Seymour Place) & were quite happy. It's open everyday and just a block from your hotel. http://www.theportmanmarylebone.com

Sep 16, 2014
boredough in U.K./Ireland

Zucchini bread: why?

Not a brownie recipe, but this makes a tasty chocolate cake :
http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recip...
As many have said, the zucchini adds moisture & 'fluff'.

Sep 09, 2014
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Marseille Trip Report (spelt correctly)

For anyone else looking for a restaurant on SUN or MON, you might want to try the new Roy René in the new Terrasses du Port shopping center right on the Mediterranean. It might not sound appealing, but in fact it's on the top floor (along with about 3 other restaurants) on a big terrace that overlooks the sea (& l'Estaque) - with the outer barrier designed like a ship's railing (in case you want to pretend you're on a cruise ship). We only had oysters for our lunch, but they were all plump & delicious. (We chose 4 kinds out of the 7 offered on the mostly-shellfish menu.) It's open every day and the view is lovely....

Sep 05, 2014
boredough in France

Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

La Bergerie: The restaurant prepares many of the main dishes in their fireplace, which was blazing when we entered at 8pm. Unfortunately that also made it a bit hot & stuffy inside, even with the glass doors open. The terrace's tables & stools are more suited for drinks & light snacking, so we did not ask to be seated there. All that aside, we enjoyed our dinner. Most of the main dishes are cooked in the fireplace - my grilled beef was delicious. The 38€ no-choice menu changes according to the chef's whim, but there are 5 or 6 à-la-carte dishes (starter, main, dessert) as well. I highly recommend getting there early enough to enjoy apéritifs on the hotel's beautiful terrace overlooking Bonnieux (weather permitting) - with the added treat of the staff trotting out 4 or 5 delicious amuse-bouches to accompany the drinks. So there are no surprises, I should add that their house cocktail (crème de truffe & champagne) goes for €20. The setting & the extras make it a pretty good deal.

Aug 29, 2014
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Anniversary dinner in or near Avignon

The Mas du Capoun in Mollégès ( http://www.masducapoun.com ) will fit all your requirements (although traveling time of 30mins will depend on where in Avignon you will be staying). The website shows otherwise, but the 3-course menu is now at €37 - and their "featured wine" is always a good & reasonably priced choice. Our total bill on Monday came to approx $128 (€96). You could throw in a couple of apéritifs and still be ok.

Aug 27, 2014
boredough in France

Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

merci :-)

Aug 25, 2014
boredough in France

Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

I actually can't speak about the head chef, but Ferme de la Huppe has been owned/run by the same family for a few years. The wife apparently works in the kitchen; the husband supervises the dining rooms. We've been waited on by a daughter as well. We had dinner there twice over the past few months and the cuisine has been consistently good.

Aug 25, 2014
boredough in France

Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

I just spoke to Gianni and he confirmed they are open 7/7 for lunch & dinner of roast pig at €30/pp. (Cash only, of course.) As for other 'finds', we've been on a serious hunt these past few months & tried an assortment of places previously unknown to us - with none particularly outstanding - so we end up falling back on a few old favorites (Auberge des Carrières in les Taillades, le Mas du Capoun in Mollégès, le Bistrot du Paradou, la Ferme de la Huppe in Gordes, l'Arôme in Bonnieux). This week we will be trying out la Bergerie, which is the new casual restaurant at the Domaine de Capelongue in Bonnieux, where Edouard Loubet has his 2-star restaurant. - three courses for €38. I'll report back if there's anything to say....:-)

Aug 25, 2014
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Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

Yes, we went on a TUE (June) and a SAT (July) for dinner, and both times we had roast pig with the usual fixins. Friends went there one day for lunch during the week (also in July) and they too had pig (which surprised me, since I thought that happened only on Sundays). I think the price used to be €25 (instead of €30) for lunch. If you'd like me to phone them & try to pin them down, I can do that. We're here another 2+ weeks before crossing back over to the "other side".

Aug 24, 2014
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Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

It's still on the market according to the realtor's website - these things take time, especially in France. We were there in June and again in July and it was pretty much the same as it used to be (goats & all) - although Gianni does not seem to be as engaged as he used to be. For anyone who's never been there before, I don't think whatever is "off" would be noticed.

Aug 24, 2014
boredough in France

Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

looks great...I'll have to look for it next time I'm at Kayser.

Aug 22, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Pistachio muffins ... from Food Emporium ... Any reviews?

I think you're referring to the pistachio financier. Good news: Maison Kayser is supposedly opening up in October at Broadway & 76th....

Aug 21, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

Le Bistrot du Paradou still does aïoli for lunch every Friday . (I just phoned to make a dinner reservation and verified this point.)

Aug 19, 2014
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Specialties from the Vaucluse (Avignon) part of Provence?

For lack of any better answer to your question, I'd throw out being sure to have anchoïade and tapenade while in Provence....and maybe tasting various olive oils. Although many wineries also produce olive oil, if you head towards les Baux you will see loads of olive tree groves and producers who welcome visits to sample their products.

Aug 17, 2014
boredough in France

Ideas needed: beets for someone who hates beets

Beet chips are delicious, especially when fried (as opposed to baked). Here's a recipe:
http://localfoods.about.com/od/spring...
It's not a bad idea to dredge them in flour beforehand - this dries them out a bit so they end up crispier. Like the best ones in a bag of Terra Chips, but even better.

Aug 16, 2014
boredough in Home Cooking