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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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We happened upon La Familia by chance last week and were struck by the warmth of the welcome and the welcome warmth from the feu de bois oven as we went into the restaurant. That’s what you need on a chilly damp November day! 

The menu is on a blackboard and has a wide range of pizzas (they looked good), fresh pastas and salads.  We opted for the tatin des legumes which was delicious and at 10€, good value.

I think this is what the French call ‘une tres bonne addresse’ because shortly after midday, the restaurant was pretty full.

You can find it at 20 rue Boulegon (04 42 23 51 58).  It’s open daily, lunch time and evening, except Sundays and Monday lunchtimes.

Other culinary inspiration can be gleaned from the November issue of A Table from La Provence.  It has restaurant recommendations from across the region and ideas on cooking food from the markets this month.  2.80€ from kiosks.

Thank goodness the rain has finally stopped.  But pity the people/buildings in Venice where there has been a deluge and high tides.  Click for photos:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/nov/11/venice-hit-floods-in-pictures?intcmp=239

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La Fromagerie

La Fromagerie in the passage Agard which opened a couple of months ago is nothing if not stylish.  I called in there recently and was dazzled by decor and the variety of cheeses on offer but I had one choice in mind: Cheddar.  I know I shouldn’t be buying English cheese in France but it really is the only possible ingredient for Cauliflower Cheese in the Aixcentric household. 

Now, 0.27kg of cheddar for 8.70€ did strike me as being rather excessive but it was strong and very tasty in my dish.  And I was interested to find out what lunch there is like.

Diners can choose from a small dining room on the 1st floor or climb further up to the roof-top terrace which has parasols and heaters, both required in this exposed spot among the roof-tops of Aix.

The lunch menu has a fairly good choice.  My companions opted for Tataki de Thon, fromage blanc au Thé Matcha (19€) and Hamburger de Boeuf a la Fumainson de Brebis (17€) and I got the one vegetarian option which was Penne Rigate au Gorgonzola Cremificato with Poire rôti aux noix (15€).

Clearly the theme is cheese in everything!

But mine was delicious, especially the roasted pear in the middle which I am going to try and recreate chez moi.

The desserts were all cheese-based too – we shared a cheese-cake with sorbet pêche – which was OK but a little claggy.

Verdict?  Delicious main courses all round, very cool atmosphere (great for taking visitors), slow service (not always a bad thing), reasonable prices……….but next time I’ll get my Cheddar in Carrefour.

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