We had such a wonderful time in Provence last October, that we are returning for four days in early September. Need some insight and suggestions on the following:
Avignon Sunday dinner. I have read most of the prior posts. Would prefer to dine outdoors. The reports on L'Isle Sonnate sound great; La Mirande mixed. Any updates on these two, as well as other ideas? Christian Etienne is closed Sundays.
St. Remy and environs. We are returning to St. Remy, which we loved last year. (Once again staying as Mas du Cornud, just out of town). One of the downers last year was having to leave before fully exploring the Wednesday market. This time we will not have time pressure. (BTW, we were not big fans of the Isle-sur-la-Sougue market). We will have a car, and love to explore, which we did a lot of last year. Would love to hear suggestions and ideas, particularly regarding restaurants, especially with outdoor dining, in both St. Remy and nearby towns.
Here are some Chow highlights from or prior trip.
a wonderful dinner at the home of someone we met, with both local and Chateauneuf du Pape wines;
very good first night dinner at Le Bistrot des Alpilles (I do not remember what my wife ate other than an other-worldly mushroom entree...I had leg of lamb, great Soupe Chocolate dessert, and we shared a great 2004 Chave Crozes Hermitage--total 100E);
dinner at Cabro d'Or in Les Baux...nothing really special, expect the single best dish I had on our ten day trip in France was the Turbot Carpaccio!
Chateau Dalmerain...we asked our captain at Cabro d'Or to recommend a local wine. We loved the wine (2000 vintage) and visited the winery the next day. Beautiful 2-3 mile country lane drive from where we stayed. Two delightful and charming young people work there. Bought both the 2000 and the 1999.
Joel Durand Chocolatier...great chocolates, wonderful people. About as good as it gets. In the heart of St. Remy