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A leading street artist is exhibiting in a gallery in Aix centre ville.

There’s Marseille’s first ever Oursinade

Museums are free in both towns on Sunday

……and Aix’s fun fair continues

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“No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses…The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine,” – Marcel Proust

Being far from an intellectual, I had no idea what people were talking about when they mentioned Proust in relation to madeleines (I had never read any of his work), writes Susan Gish. All I knew was that I am addicted to them. Not all madeleines, just those from Christophe Madeleines. (more…)

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It’s hard to talk when your mouth is full of yummy, sugar free dark chocolate spread! I can’t get enough of the ‘Paté a Tartiner sans sucre’. Perfect to spread on toast, writes Susan Gish.  I stood there and watched Christophe, my confiture guy at the market – for about an hour. He was jammin’, haha, but I did manage to talk to him in between customers. He is so charming, friendly, and passionate about his product. He smiles all the time. He really enjoys talking to every single person. Children, older people. Those from Aix and tourists from all over. 

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Sometimes it’s a treat to go to lunch where there’s a nice ironed white tablecloth and silver plated napkin rings writes Susan Gish.

The two small, bright dining rooms are not stuffy or fancy at all. It’s bustling, with all of the servers saying, ‘J’arrive, j’arrive!’, but in the end you aren’t rushed. (more…)

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New! Aix Food Reviews on Aixcentric

I am happy to welcome on board Susan Gish who will be adding reviews of local restaurants and markets to Aixcentric – Susan and husband Sam arrived in town with four suitcases two years ago, ready to embrace French life after running their own casting company in Philadelphia. They also had experience in hotel and restaurant management which should add lots of credibility to Susan’s reviews aided by Sam’s photography. As well as writing about restaurants, Susan will be profiling some of the familiar faces in Aix’s produce markets which should be interesting for all of us visitors.

So we start today with two posts: first you will find a review of Entre Midi et Deux, a small restaurant in rue d’Italie which has long intrigued me as it is always so busy; and an interview with a market-stall holder, Christophe, who explains what brought him to his metier and his passion for his produce.

Do read on….

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The monthly street-party this Sunday in Marseille sounds too good to miss.

One theme is Rugby and visitors can literally have a try on the specially constructed pitch, 25x10m, at the bottom of the Canebiere which is newly pedestrianized. Lots of animators to show how it’s done.

Elsewhere, there are workshops for Circus arts with opportunities for children to learn new skills. Programme here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Plus the usual produce market, street-food sales, games, and more and more restaurants open.  If you come in from Aix, parking under MuCEM is easy on a Sunday and you have a nice walk by the Vieux Port to reach the action.

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Aix: Les Petits Plats de TRINIDAD

I’ve been curious about this restaurant in rue d’Italie as it is so crowded every time I’ve passed at lunchtime and after eating there on

Detox salad – not such a ‘petit plat’

Saturday, I’m not surprised.  The menu has lots to choose from, is based on fresh produce from the market and caters for vegans and vegetarians too.

I was though slightly puzzled by the name: first of all I expected a Caribbean twist to the food but no, the ‘Trinidad’ comes from the chef-patron’s second name; and the ‘petits plats’ was deceptive given the size of our portions.  Now I learn, ‘Cette expression du XIXe siècle signifie que l’on engage des frais ou que l’on fait de gros efforts pour plaire à quelqu’un. …’

Their website gives an idea of menus, though these change in line with seasonal offerings: https://www.lespetitsplatsdetrinidad.com/  The desserts are worth saving space for. I had a fondant chocolate with caramel ice-cream, delicious and, like many of the puds, gluten-free.

There’s a small terrace on rue d’Italie and an interior dining area, which leads to a dining room at the back with an open kitchen.  Open 9-6:30, Tuesday – Saturday.  Despite the number of places, you really do have to book for lunch.

NEW!  Just opened opposite the restaurant, Le Comptoir Trinidad where you can take-away dishes from their kitchens.  As well as their walk-in service, you can order and pay online so your dishes/salads/desserts will be waiting for you.

Tues – Sat, 11-16:30.

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