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To attract visitors back to frequenting – and spending money – in centre ville, the mayors of the 1st and 7th arrondissements have devised a programme of entertainments in a pedestrianised Canebiere on the last Sunday of each month, a great idea.  I reported on our visit in January here: https://aixcentric.com/2017/01/24/marseille-surprises-on-sunday/

This coming Sunday, March 26th, the event will have ‘Musique’ as the theme. (more…)

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This is a useful 6times-yearly publication from La Provence.  It has lots of info on recommended restaurants, the latest on the local chefs, and details of new products.

This spring issue for instance has:

  • the fascinating story of Yazid Ichemrahen who, at 25 years old, was part of the team who won the title of world champion Chef-Patissier. His new venture, Patisserie Vernet in Avignon, provides traditional recipes but also ones he develops.  This spring he is experimenting with honey, raspberry and violet flavours.  Each cake is 4.50€ but, during the last hour, it’s two offertes for every two bought.  Good marketing too…hurray!
  • news of a Turkish sociologist at Cambridge who left academia to do a stint with Gérard Passedat at his restaurants in MuCEM.  This month (to 12 April) she is responsible for a special menu at both the restaurant and café….and also an unusual sandwich at the kiosk.  All Istanbul-influenced.
  • new place to eat in Marseille combined with photo-expos. Owner Jac Demars has opened Le BistroGraphe in a former guitar shop in bd de la Corderie.  Here he will be drawing on his restaurant experience as well as indulging his passion for photography.  All freshly cooked food (plat du jour 15-18€) in ‘le quartier qui bouge le plus a Marseille’.

Right, that’s three things on my list for the next couple of weeks!

A Table (#27, April-Juin 2017) is now on sale in town.  3,50€ for over 90 pages.

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Le Petit Palais. Credit: Directphoto collection/Alamy

Cafés in museums and galleries are often a good place for a rest and a restorative snack. (more…)

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Apologies as this post is late (more…)

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Here is a useful link for ideas of outings in the Vaucluse.

It covers vineyards, bike-hire and cycle routes, antiques fairs and also has details of discounts and promotions for accommodation.

http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/highlights/spring-break-206-1.html?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=printemps2017GB-generale#_atscid=1_104560_117970860_13319549_0_Tzzdjdtawzddp8phucd

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It’s a while since we have visited La Table des Saisons so were happyla-table-des-saisons on  a recent visit to find the same standards of quality that this young couple have insisted on from week one back in December 2013.

The chef is Lionel who has 20 years’ experience as a patissier, both in France and abroad, and he makes all the plats and desserts in-house.  His partner Martina welcomes their customers and is happy to explain how the dishes are made – in English and Slovak as well as French.

We had a delightful lunch, unhurried, calm atmosphere and unobtrusive service, ideal for a catch-up with friends.

The menu of course changes with the seasons – have a look at their website -https://latabledessaisons.com/ – they have special dishes of the week,img_2667 alongside a variety of savoury tartes and salads.  Desserts are Lionel’s speciality and I had an unforgettable ‘Delice poire, pain d’épices’ (pictured).

Open:  Daily, except Wednesday, for lunch and as a salon de thé during the afternoon.

They also open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Address: 6 rue Lieutaud, Aix. 04 42 22 97 07.

Traiteur service: one can order savoury and sweet tarts, salads and a range of aperitifs to wow your guests at home, with 48 hours’ notice.

Prices: very reasonable.  During the week, various formules are available at lunchtime.  Here is the board……

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Have  you made plans for Saint Valentine’s Day yet?

If not, the Aix tourist office have a long list of eateries in town offering a special menu.  (more…)

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