Saorge via @FibiTee
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTasteWhere the "locals" Go

Third Culture Kid’s Provence

Phoebe Thomas has lived in nine countries; she carries two passports and now resides in Roquefort les Pins with her French husband and tricultural kids. You can read her full story here. They chose Roquefort les Pins for practical reasons, to minimize commuting time and allow their children ready access …

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Calanque En Vau #Calanques in #Provence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreTaste

Discovering Provence as Retired Expat

Journalist/Writer Anne-Marie Simons and her husband Oscar (retired international banker) have lived and worked in the US and Europe. They could have chosen anywhere to retire but decided on sunny Aix-en-Provence. Anne-Marie says, “Our choice of Aix-en-Provence was a bit of a stab in the dark but has worked out …

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Barba Juan Barbagiuai or fried ‘ravioli’

By PestoPistou Barba Juan, or Barbagiuai if you’re over in Liguria translates as ‘Uncle John’ and the relevance of the name for this delicious, local dish remains a mystery for most. In his book ‘Flavours of the Riviera’, Colman Andrews offers one or two possible explanations, and the one that …

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Promenade des Anglais #Nice via Liz Lord
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Mangia in Nice at l’Italie a Table

Bless the Italians who seem to be rushing to the French Riviera at the end of May every year. In brief,  a chance to stroll along the Promenade des Anglais (the eastern side),  and be accosted with as many delights from the spectrum of Italian cuisine – as you can …

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Le Jardin Restaurant Mallemort #Mallemort #Provence #Villages @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottRestaurant ReviewsTaste

Le Jardin Restaurant in Mallemort

My previous “encounters” with Mallemort had fleeting, passing through either in a car or on a bike. Mallemort has the benefit and possibly the curse of having the D23 intersect the town. This is the route that crosses the Durance and joins the Vaucluse to the Bouches du Rhône. It …

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Black Diamonds Truffles
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreLocal ProducersTasteWhere the "locals" Go

Local’s Tips from a Truffle Hunter for Perfectly Provence

11-years ago, Lisa and Johann Pepin switched corporate jobs for a rural lifestyle and became expats (Lisa). This Franco-American couple live in Provence at Les Pastras a property that Johann’s grandfather bought in the 1970s. You can read their full story and more details on Les Pastras truffle hunting and …

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Pointe Rouge Photo by Franck Pennant in La Provence
AixcentricRestaurant ReviewsTaste

Restaurants at Pointe-Rouge

By aixcentric Last summer, I posted about a trip taken down to Pointe-Rouge (Marseille), by navette from the Vieux Port, for lunch by the sea. You can read about “Marseille lunch pieds dans l’eau” here. It was a lovely excursion. Now I read that things are changing down there. The …

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Cooking Classes Marie Helene @dreamyprovence
Cooking ClassesMy Dreamy ProvenceTaste

Provence cooking at the home of Marie-Hélène

A little while ago I enjoyed a glass or two of local wine with Sarah Pernot, a fellow Brit and founder of Discover Provence; a tour company offering authentic trips around the region.   Sarah suggested I come on one of her newer trips, a Provencal cooking experience, to the …

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Aigo Blanco Restaurant #Forcalquier
Hilda StearnRestaurant ReviewsTaste

Where are we going to eat in Forcalquier on a Sunday

Hilda Stearn visited Forcalquier in Haute Provence in the autumn. You can read about the lovely place she stayed and the local spa here. In today’s 24/7 society it is easy to forget that in some parts of France this development has yet to take hold. Arriving late in the …

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Clafoutis aux Cerises
DessertFlans, Puddings & OtherRecipesTaste

Recipe for Clafoutis aux Cerises

This dessert originates from the Limousin region of France, but is often seen on Provencal menus. The beauty of this easy dessert is it can be prepared with almost any fruit, although strawberries are not recommended.  The traditional version is made with whole cherries (not pitted) otherwise the juice will change …

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