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Restaurants and cafes in Aix seem to be in permanent mutation.  Maison Nosh (in the cours Mirabeau – great Guatamalan coffee and vegetarian wraps and muffins…) has closed its original café in cours Sextius, premises now occupied by ‘Mr Chou’ which was in the Quartier Mazarin.

The ‘Mr Chou’ story started when Loic Derbay, then a stubborn 5-year-old, insisted, ‘Je veux etre patissier, je veux etre patissier’, which is just what he eventually did. (more…)

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‘Easy Peasy’ Savoury Cake

French yoghurt cake is a great invention – I got the recipe from le petit-fils Aixcentric who made it at maternelle.  I thought if a 4-year old could master it, then so could I.  (https://aixcentric.com/2015/04/28/childs-play-french-yoghurt-cake/)

Now Kristin Espinasse, who has the terrific French-language blog French Word a Day, has written about a savoury version, cake salé(more…)

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After a couple of gloomy posts about things closing, it’s good to be able to welcome a new enterprise: BRUT, is a spacious restaurant which opened in the place des Tanneurs last month to offer an interesting menu ofassiettes‘ for diners to combine and enjoy. (more…)

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This Weekend in Aix

Aix centre ville, last Saturday, was as busy as I have ever seen it.  The markets and carousels are in full swing, and the

Customer service – love the way they always provide seats for shopped-out parents at the carousels!

new pedestrian access to the Rotonde is a delight, after months of disruption.

Here’s an update/reminder on what to expect this weekend:

  • The International Twin Towns market starts tomorrow at 10.
  • The Christmas market, santons fair, chalet of santons, and children’s carousels are all in business
  • The town Christmas tree is up in the Place des Precheurs
  • The International carol service at the Cathedral 16:00 Sunday
  • Sunday is also ‘free museums’ day….the new expo at the Granet for instance is free.

If your thoughts have turned to festive food, Picard’s Christmas dessert this year is, as usual, rather wonderful. They have some imaginative aperitifs too, and I was very taken by their ‘Sapins de pomme de terre’.

Just a word on gifts.  There  have been two new publications this year by local writers which would make welcome presents for people who love Provence.

You can read about ‘Surviving Provence’ and its author Barbara Farber here, https://www.languedocsun.com/magazine/articles/109-meet-the-author-barbara-farber, (thanks to Jules for this) and ‘Passion for Provence’ and its author Gayle Padgett here, https://www.languedocsun.com/magazine/articles/108-meet-the-author-gayle-smith-Padgett.  Articles contain details of how to buy both books – but both are stocked at Book-in-Bar.

Just a note on the Languedoc Sun – it has just ceased publication after 12 years.  Information will now be on a facebook page.  That’s a shame as it always had interesting articles – download the last issue here: LeSUN_N69_Autumn_2018

Enjoy your weekend in Aix!




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Two Aix Restaurants Close

Such a shame to report on closures.


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Aix – Central Café to Try

Imagine going from this:

to this….. (more…)

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All of a sudden it seems that Christmas is upon us and Aix really celebrates Christmas in style.

Here are the main festive markets (more…)

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