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Three Weeks of Eating In & Around Vaison-la-Romaine


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Three Weeks of Eating In & Around Vaison-la-Romaine

Steve R | | Jun 13, 2014 03:35 AM

I will do this in a series of posts so that I can stop to eat & drink...and smell the lavender. We rented an apt. on Chemin Du Couradou for 3 weeks, overlooking the ruins. We leave tomorrow. As anyone who knows us from the NYC Outerborough Boards can attest to, we don't eat at home very often. I mean, why spoil a perfectly good new renovated kitchen, right? But here, with an outdoor terrace off the kitchen, beautiful weather, a great weekly market 3 blocks from our door every Tues. morning & a very, very good cheese shop (Lou Camesteou - Mme. Josiane Deal presiding) 4 blocks from us, who could not wind up eating (& drinking) many lunches and some dinners at home? All that by way of explaining why there aren't going to be 25 restaurant reviews for the 21 days here...well, that plus we don't drink and drive, but we do drink...limits the going out at night somewhat.

First of all, the 2 lunches of note: we walked around Seguret early in the stay but I didn't bring my obsessive listing of recommended restaurants (Michelin & otherwise) with me, figuring we'd only need it for dinners. Well, we stumbled into a place solely due to its drop dead gorgeous outdoor area, overlooking everything. What the hell, we'll get something to eat. Turned out that Le Mesclun was on my list & now we know why. Owned by the same folks who own Le Bateleur in V-la-R (well, until today anyway...more about that in a future post), this was a really nice lunch. Well presented dishes with a very good wine by the glass selection (one glass each), we'd highly recommend it. I even took pics of the food, something I never do...and if I ever find them, I might come back & mention what we ate. Remembered fondly, whatever it was. Similarly, our 2nd mentionable lunch was part of a small group wine tour of Gigondas & C-du-Pape with Olivier Hickman (, where he arranged a 4 course wine pairing lunch (36euros/person extra) at Les Florets in Gigondas. Again, I have pictures somewhere but, suffice it to say, this is a good choice for upscale lunching, well worth going. Also was on my Michelin list when I checked it later on. Each of the 4 courses was a winner & they served very nice wines as pairings.

That's it for now. I'm checking my dinner listings & will start on them next. Did I mention the lunches in the apartment with runny cheeses, bottles of good wine, sausages, radishes, tomatoes and greens from the local market, olives (& olive oil) from Nyons, bread from any of our local places & even a pate or two? I have not lost weight & do not want to convert the found kilos to pounds.