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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.

about 23 hours ago
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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
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Ferme Auberge Le Castelas, Sivergues, France-Updated Info?

merci :-)

Aug 25, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Tavel - Gigondas, Wine Tasting Sept 2014

We haven't used Julie Mautner's services, but here's a link that may be of use to you:
http://theprovencepost.blogspot.fr/p/...

Aug 04, 2014
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Kouign Amann in MSP

If you can't find one ready-made, Trader Joe's has one that you bake from pre-made dough. It's pretty good and not overly sweet.

Tipping in Europe

And not for the first time in a restaurant in Provence this year, we ate last night at one of our favorites and noted on the bill something like " tips appreciated" - in English, with no equivalent printed out in French. This saddened me, since it seems directed at American tourists. (I say 'American' since many Americans are so unsure of what to do.)

Jul 30, 2014
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Where can I find Valrhona cocoa powder?

Jul 28, 2014
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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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