Restaurants – France

L’Atlantide restaurant, Nantes

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“Permettez-moi de vous verser un verre de vin?“, said the charming mustachioed French gentleman standing in front of me. If I had applied brain for a few seconds longer, I would have caught the “verre de vin” bit and would probably have been able to guess the rest and responded appropriately by holding out my […]

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Visiting the Vaucluse – a cherry-themed dinner at Chateau de Mazan

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The story so far:  After a long drive from London, we had finally arrived in northern Provence, spending our first afternoon exploring the lovely Coustellet farmer’s market.  Our next stop was the hilltop village of Menerbes where we enjoyed a truffle-tastic lunch at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin; followed by a visit to the Ochre Conservatory […]

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Visiting the Vaucluse: Edouard Loubet @ Bastide de Capelongue

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In the late afternoom, pretty exhausted by our exploits, we headed for the village of Bonnieux. Our destination for the night was the Bastide de Capelongue, a Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel owned and run by 2 Michelin-star chef Edouard Loubet. I knew I was going to love Bastide de Capelongue, situated in a restored provencal stone farm house, as soom as we drove through the gate and saw the mass of lavender and the secluded courtyard complete with tinkly fountain.

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Visiting the Vaucluse: La Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, Menerbes

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  If somebody were to ask me what driving in Provence is like I would answer as follows: Picture the rigid grid of Manhattan, near-completely flat and 99% in a neat grid pattern wuth dead-straight streets meeting each other at right-angled intersections.  Now put all thoughts of that pattern out of your mind and think […]

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Restaurant Emile – hooray for cassoulet!

June 26, 2007

Can somebody please tell me how on earth I lived before the internet??  Apart from all the wondrousness of blogging (and that’s a lot of wondrousness, believe me!), it’s completely revolutionized the way I travel.  I am probably of the last generation that will remember total dependence on travel agents. You decided where you wanted […]

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Paris food diary – Aux Lyonnais and beyond

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At the end of August, Nick and I took ourselves off for a long weekend in Paris. This is one of the small perks of living in London – the ability to nip across the Channel and spend a weekend in one of the great cities of Europe! This was to be my fifth visit, […]

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