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Northern Provence Part 2

Antoniad | Nov 11, 201710:22 AM

We are coming to the end of this year's time in Mirabel aux Baronnies and want to share the last of our experiences eating (and drinking) in northern Provence/Drome Provencal.

Montelimar. Lovely lunch in La Moderne on the Allee Provencal. Again a husband and wife team with the addition of a female chef, who came out to greet all the customers as lunch time was ending. Another reminder of how nice it is to have such a set time for eating/preparing food.

Nyons Just east of Nyons, on the road to Gap, is the delightful Charette Bleue. Charming 17th century converted house, with delicious and inventive (and inexpensive) food. It is also one of the few restaurants in the area open for lunch on Monday, even in the winter.

Nyons. Gout et Autre. Our alternative to Verre et Soie. Like that delightful resto (see Part 1), it is run by a husband and wife and the children are present, which actually adds to the experience. Food just delightful and wonderful "house" wine.

Gordes. Not Northern Provence, but we took a long trip down to visit this iconic village and also go to Roussillon. Had a lovely lunch, just outside of Gordes, at Auberge Carrcarilles, which is a hotel and restaurant. The decor and setting reminded us of Coteaux et Forchettes, on of the best restaurants in the areas and while the food was not quite up to that standards, it was very, very good.

Lastly, two plugs. The first for Sabine Suter of Provencal Cooking in nearby Vaison. We took a morning class with her and it was delightful. She and her British husband also own a winery, La Almondine, and their Cote du Rhone was very nice. We made bread, a tian of zuchini, a pate, and an apple cake and ate it all at lunch. Very, very special and we will do again next year. I consider myself an experienced cook, but I learned some "trucs" that I will use at home.

The second for Olivier Hickman of Wine Uncovered. We took an afternoon tour of two wonderful wineries with him. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable about Cote du Rhones and we learned a lot and tasted some great wine. We met with the owners themselves, which added to the experience.

So, almost at the end of our time. A bientot.

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