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Provence Local’s Tips by Chef Giuseppina Mabilia

Italian by birth, Giuseppina Mabilia first visited Provence in 2004, and now she calls the Luberon village of Goult home. The years in between have allowed Giuseppina to establish herself as a private chef in the region, and more recently launch her cooking school Venise en Provence.  Although the geographic distance between the Veneto region (near Venice) and Provence is not great Giuseppina says there are some perishable items and spice blends that she cannot find in Provence.

“However, I miss vegetables like the small artichokes and some thin-skinned, sweet eggplants from the island of Sant’Erasmo. The winter salads that we can only find in Veneto. The white asparagus from Bassano del Grappa, the red beans from Lamon (a small village in the mountains), the sopressa that looks like a huge salami but it is different in taste.”

Giuseppina Mabilia #CookingClasses #Provence @venisenprovence

Keep reading the rest of her story click here.

Or, you might want to try her recipes and gorgeous photos for a “True” Niçoise Salad and Savoury Melon Soup.

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We asked Giuseppina to share her “where the local’s go” in Provence tips with readers.

DISCOVER – near Goult

The ruins in Oppede le Vieux are a fantastic walk trough time

The terraces of Goult – just outside the village

The view of the Luberon from Bonniex at sunset

TASTE – of Provence

Local goat cheese, there are some excellent producers

Provence Goat Cheese #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence

Truffles in wintertime. Next year, we are going to propose truffle hunting in January.

Local lamb is in season from Easter to the end of October. If you can find one that has been raised eating the plants of the garrigue, you will understand why.

RELAX–  in the Luberon

Chilling out at the Café de la Poste in Goult

Attend a mass at the Sénanque Abbey (a mystical experience even for those who are not believers. The monks’ songs will “take you” to Paradise)

Rent a kayak in Fontaine de Vaucluse, paddle for a couple of hours and forget the world

Fontaine de Vaucluse @PerfProvence

Image credits: Photos 1-3 were provided by and published with the permission of Giuseppina Mabilia.



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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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