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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
Category Archives: Food
A tacit culinary assumption is that one does not dine posh everyday. Here are four budget-respecting joints in the Luberon to pop into this fall: Restaurant de la Gare, Quartier de la Gare, Bonnieux, Serves lunch only every day from … Continue reading
Provencal cuisine doesn’t depend entirely on elegance although cafes are less in number as are fast-food joints with the exception of populated towns as Avignon, Aix or Apt. As a respite from the haute bourgeois or the haute bohemian, pizza … Continue reading
Mazan: Auberge du Vin Hosts Wine and Cuisine Pros on April 24; Debuts Half-Day Courses For Priming Visitors on Rhone Wines
It began with a concept, a sort of wine-and-cuisine-as-community on a Vaucluse-scale togetherness: bring together high-energy talents whose services and products may enhance the sojourns of clients of hotel/gites/chambre d’hote owners as well as those who live in the region … Continue reading
L’Auberge du Beaucet, Le Beaucet: Among gastronomes, the Auberge du Beaucet has consistently been a must table to book during the summer season. Under new management since last year, the Auberge has returned to its original dining space – a … Continue reading
Lacoste: Sebastian Brajkovic Vernissage at La Galerie Phriem on Saturday, April 13; A Notable Closing
La Galerie Phriem at SCAD Lacoste will hold a vernissage in the early evening on Saturday, April 13 for the Dutch-born designer Sebastian Brajkovic. He is acclaimed for his “Lathe” series of chairs, tables and lamps named so for the … Continue reading
Michelin Guide 2013: Two New Stars Rise in the Vaucluse – La Closerie in Ansouis and the Restaurant Prévôt in Cavaillon
There is pleasure in the predictable. When Michelin announced that first-time one stars were being awarded to the Restaurant Prévôt in Cavaillon and La Closerie in Ansouis in the Luberon, their gratified clients were hardly astonished as these establishments have … Continue reading
Winter is truffle season in Provence. The aromatic black diamond, known by its name in provençal la Rabasse, can be sampled and purchased at markets throughout the Vaucluse. The truffle market in the village of Richerenches in the northern Vaucluse … Continue reading
Fougasse: For the Very Best Traditional Provencal Flatbread for the Holidays Find Your Way to the Boulangerie Du Beaucet
It is the texture of Fougasse that grips you: a mouthful of crisp crust, in disproportion to a chewy inside as its shape is flat, rolled in the form of a ladder or a leaf, accompanied by a lingering aftertaste … Continue reading
The Marseille Caper: Bouillabaisse at Le Péron Touted by Peter Mayle in New Book. A Short List of Other Fish Joints.
The breezy entertaining narratives of Peter Mayle achieve a heightened sensitivity when their characters arrive to “une bonne table.” Afterall, Mayle’s passions are the sensual pleasures of Provence incarnated in its cuisine. With Marseille taking up the décor in his … Continue reading
Follow the Chef: Chez Camille Closes in Flassan; Chef Camille to Join Michel Philibert at Le Gajulea in Le Barroux Jan 25
In 2009 in the village of Flassans at the foot of Mont Ventoux, a young couple Richard and Camille opened Chez Camille. The cheery restaurant is a delightful dining experience, and every evening diners relish the dishes elegantly prepared and … Continue reading