Visitors to Ménerbes and indeed, the Luberon are familiar with the Restaurant La Veranda – packed he year round and well known for its consistent food and great service.

Sister restaurant – two years young – Le 5 on a panoramic terrace, opens during the season and after an extensive 5 month refurbishment, it re-opens (bravely) on 1st April.

We’ve followed the building progress…. here is pre-opening and pre setting out the tables.

The new Bar and lounge area behind

The View!

The small building on the left is the kitchen; the big building apartments and a ‘wet weather’ restaurant.

Just for Madame – a fountain!

The Bar – modelled on a Provençal house

 

To reserve a table: 04 90 72 31 84.

 

 

Springtime and it’s time to switch the fountains ON!

 

Farecompare.com is a great website for comparing a multitude of fares and also picking up some hand travel tips. Here one about How to Avoid ‘Crappy’ Food when travelling by air.

Farecompare takes over:

A friend once told me, “Food consumed in the air has no calories.” I like the way she thinks but alas, it’s not true. Here’s the question: Can you avoid crappy food and find the healthy stuff while traveling? Sure you can, and here are some ideas. Be sure and see the update below.

Disclaimer: We are not doctors, nutritionists or even restaurant reviewers. If food is an issue, consult a health care professional. This is for those who try to avoid crappy food when possible and might want a little guidance.

1. First, Find the Cheapest Flight Possible

Why? You’ll have more left over to spend on anything from great food in wonderful restaurants to fun events at your vacation city. So start by getting the best flight deal possible and that means comparing airfares. Tip: If you’re don’t have to travel on a specific date, you can often find very cheap flights year-round on the Getaway Map.

2. Eat the Free Food on Planes

Yes, free food is making a comeback – on a couple of airlines anyway.

Delta: As of March 2017, Delta began offering free meals in coach class on several long-haul routes and more are coming. Healthy stuff: Turkey and vegetarian wraps, plus fruit and cheese plates (and certain overnight flights feature a breakfast bar).
UPDATE: One air travel industry insider believes American and United may join Delta in free economy meals, if only to maintain their competitive edge. When this could happen isn’t known.
Hawaiian: Flights from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii also offer free meals in economy. Example: Ginger chicken with peas, carrots, corn and steamed white rice.
International flights: Most offer free food in economy including a wide range of chicken and pasta dishes; Emirates Airlines, for example, serves a chicken and herb-seasoned dish or sweet and sour fish; both come with vegetables.
International flights with no free food: Ultra-discount carriers such as Norwegian and Wow only provide food for purchase but it includes plenty of healthy (and tasty-sounding) options like salmon salad and bags of nuts.
Free snacks: Both Southwest and JetBlue have reputations for a wide array of free snacks that include healthy-ish type items like JetBlue’s dried cranberries and popcorn chips.
3. Bring Your Own Food

Make a sandwich the night before you leave; you’ll have something cheap to eat you know you’ll like. It can be healthy – and filling – and maybe you’ll be less tempted by those overpriced bags of candy and chips in the airport news kiosks. More ideas:

Hummus or peanut butter-smeared rice cakes
Small plastic tub of salad
Granola bars, fruits and vegetables
Remember, no liquids in containers larger than 3.4 ounces through security so bring an empty bottle to fill up past the checkpoint or get a free drink on the plane. Note: You have to pay for soft drinks on most of the super-discount airlines including Frontier, Ryanair and Spirit.

4. Avoid the Crappy Food – Fast Food

Many food-conscious travelers already know this stuff; it’s kind of common-sensical, but it may be news to some.

Fast food burgers: Tasty? Absolutely! But if you’re looking to cut calories, might want to go with a fast food salad and skip the fries. And the milk shake.
Pastries: Yes, sometimes you do deserve a treat and those giant sweet rolls with white icing are delicious. On the other hand, they are not necessarily ideal for dieters. One popular airport-and-mall bakery franchise offers a pecan/caramel treat that sources say is 1,080 calories but these shops also offer donut-hole snacks for 260 calories.
Pizza: What would the world be without pizza? But for the health conscious, it’s all about the toppings. One popular airport pizzeria’s site says a slice of its extra-meat pizza has 600 calories but they also offer a tomato & spinach slice with just 370 calories.
5. Avoid Crappy Food – Airport Restaurants

Most airports aren’t foodie destinations but that could be changing thanks to an explosion of good dining options. We’ve got some examples of good food at good airport restaurants around the world but please not that menus can change without notice. Tip: Click the city to find a cheap flight.

Hong Kong: This award-winning airport has a wide array of Asian and Western options including Chinese, Greek, Italian, French and numerous establishments serving vegetarian dishes. Try the fish balls or get a taste of home at McDonald’s. See more restaurants here.
London Heathrow: So many restaurants but we like the sound of Leon because one reviewer wrote, “Fast food that’s good for you might be a confusing concept, but a quick look at what’s on offer [at Leon] proves it’s not an impossible dream.” Rhubarb sounds good too; it offers “a welcome alternative to the ‘stodgy’ full-English breakfast.” See more here.
Los Angeles: Try Petrossian for caviar; it’s only about 40 calories per tablespoon and heck, how much can you afford to eat? Plus there are lots of salads at Lemonade. See more here.
New York (JFK): Deep Blue Sushi has – well, sushi – and Piquillo is recommended for paella and ceviche. See more here.
Frankfurt: Okay, so maybe Deustch doesn’t top the list of healthy options thanks to all those wonderful sausages (reviewers say they’re really good) but sauerkraut is kind of light. See more here.
San Francisco: Napa Farms Market offers a changing seasonal menu but usually includes a yogurt bar, rotisserie meats and fresh berries, while fans of Cat Cora’s Kitchen love the oysters and artichokes. If you overdo it, you can always visit the airport’s yoga room. See more here.
Sydney: The airport’s website lists a bunch of ‘healthy eating’ options including Little Bok Choy and Soul Origin. See more here.
Safe travels – and savour the journey.

Launching to-day 13th March 2017, Footsteps. Provençal Paradise. is launching on world-wide Amazon sites. This is the Second Edition of the popular Luberon, Provence guide. Now updated; further tours included and many other features. It’s available in print or on e-book via the Kindle store.

To purchase, lend or browse, click here.

An annual highlight !

 

Are they nervous, or bored, or completely oblivious? There’s no one-size-fits-all diagnosis for the airplane seat kicker, but they’re universally annoying.

For the third year in a row, rear seat kickers have earned the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 most offensive type of airline passenger.
They beat out inattentive parents, aromatic passengers, seat recliners and more in the fourth annual Expedia Airplane Etiquette Study, released Tuesday.
Drawn from feedback from 1,005 Americans age 18 and over, the study shows that 64% of respondents find the rear seat kicker annoying. Inattentive parents rank second, aggravating 59% of those surveyed, followed by smelly or “aromatic” passengers (55%).
Rear seat kickers have topped the rankings since 2014. In 2013, the first year of the study, inattentive parents topped the list.
Despite some variations, there’s a common theme from study to study.
“A prevailing theme across all four years of the study is the importance people place on the sanctity of their personal space within the tight confines of an airplane,” said Dave McNamee, Expedia spokesman.
The good news?
“A sizable majority of Americans — 70-80% of people — consider their fellow passengers to be ‘considerate,'” McNamee noted.
Annoying passenger rankings
So how do all the aggravating passengers stack up? Here’s the full 2016 list:
1. The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 64% of respondents)
2. Inattentive Parents (59%)
3. The Aromatic Passenger (55%)
4. The Audio Insensitive (49%)
5. The Boozer (49%)
6. Chatty Cathy (40%)
7. The Queue Jumper (35%)
8. Seat-Back Guy (35%)
9. The Armrest Hog (34%)
10. Pungent Foodies (30%)
11. The Undresser (28%)
12. The Amorous (28%)
13. The Mad Bladder (22%)
14. The Single and Ready to Mingle (18%)
Commissioned by online travel company Expedia, the study was conducted by GfK, an independent market research company.

 

The Clubhouse and restaurant.

 

Provence is blessed with many fine golf courses, and some not so fine! However, one course which has recently undergone a revival is the old Chateaublanc course near Avignon, bordering on the Avignon airport. Now renamed Garden Golf and falling underthe national Garden Golf umbrella, and endorsed by the FFG Federation, is comprises a 9-hole ‘compact’ course and a challenging 18-hole Championship course.

The course is in fine condition and boasts plenty of water hazards. Visitors are most welcome and the restaurant L’Approach serves very acceptable food in a pleasant atmosphere. There is a driving range and numerous pitch and putt practice areas.

Looking down the 9th hole on the ‘compact’ course – Le Ventoux.

For more info on green fees, click here.

34+3 and counting!

Happy Anniversary, darling!

No New Year’s Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring, no song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day
No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies
No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the joy you bring

Hong Kong – 1983….

The ‘La Caja’ China roasting box has been placed firmly at the top of my new BBQ wish list:

Although, called the La Caja China, the concept hails from Cuba.

There’s a pig and a chicken inside that box – along with coals burning down from the top.

A quick check

Coals burning away

Some of the accoutrements needed to make this whole thing work – quite an event

At La Caja China, we believe barbequing is a work of art meant to be shared with friends and family. However, we know many people don’t have the time to truly enjoy barbequing because of all the work required to cook meat with traditional grills and rotisseries. With the La Caja China roasting box, the work and time required to grill meat is cut in half. Our China box roasters can cook up to 100 pounds of meat in four hours, meaning you can prepare more food in less time. The BBQ box, known as a Cajun microwave in some areas, requires little supervision because it builds up and maintains an even heat fast and effortlessly.

Our La Caja China pig cookers and grills are perfect for personal and business use and have been used by master chefs, including Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart. No pig roaster will get your skin as crispy or meat as juicy as our China box. La Caja China is also portable, allowing for seamless transportation between events for caterers. Our family designed La Caja China in order to give everyone the best possible BBQ experience, regardless of their budget. We know a La Caja China will help you in your backyard, at your event or business, and leave you and your friends with a full stomach and a smile.

Interested, click here.

 

 

The 2017 Michelin Guide is out, and let’s have a peep who cracked it in Provence.

The newest Michelin ratings for France were announced in early February, 2017. Below you’ll find a complete list of all the Michelin-starred restaurants in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region for 2017,  and the number of stars they currently hold.

There are now just two Michelin three-star restaurants in Provence: Le Petit Nice in Marseille and La Vague d’Or at the Residence de la Pinede in St. Tropez.

MICHELIN RATINGS FOR PROVENCE 2017
(BY DEPARTMENT)

LES ALPES DE HAUTE PROVENCE (DEPT 04)

Chateau Arnoux — La Bonne Étape *

Forcalquier / Mane — Le Cloître at the Couvent des Minimes *

Manosque — Dominique Bucaille *

Moustiers Sainte Marie — La Bastide de Moustiers *
LES HAUTES ALPES (05)

Briançon — Le Pêché Gourmand *

Saint Crépin — Les Tables de Gaspard *

Saint Veran – Le Roc Alto * NEW 2017
ALPES MARITIMES (06)

Antibes — Le Figuier de Saint Esprit *

Antibes (Cap d’Antibes) — Bacon *

Antibes (Cap d’Antibes) — Les Pêcheurs *

Beaulieu sur Mer — Le Restaurant des Rois *

Biot — Les Terraillers *

Cannes — La Palme d’Or **
Cannes (Mandelieu La Napoule) — L’Oasis **
Cannes — Le Park 45 *
Le Cannet (Cannes) — Villa Archange **
La Colle sur Loup — Alain Llorca *
Èze — Château de la Chèvre d’Or **

Èze Bord de Mer — La Table de Patrick Raingeard *
Grasse — La Bastide Saint Antoine *

Grasse (Magagnosc)– Au Fil du Temps *

Juan les Pins — La Passagère*

Menton — Mirazur **

Mougins — Le Mas Candille *

Mougins — Paloma **

Nice — Chantecler **

Nice — L’Aromate *

Nice — Flaveur *

Nice — Jan *

Le Rouret — Le Clos Saint Pierre *

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat — Le Cap at the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat *

Tourrettes sur Loup — Clovis *

La Turbie — Hostellerie Jérôme *

Vence — Les Bacchanales *
Vence – Le Saint Martin * NEW 2017

BOUCHES DU RHONE (13)

Aix — L’Esprit de la Violette *
Aix – Mickael Feval * NEW 2017
Aix – Pierre Reboul at Château de la Pioline * NEW 2017
Aix (Le Tholonet) — Le Saint Estève *

Arles — L’Atelier de Jean Luc Rabanel **

Arles — La Chassagnette *

Les Baux de Provence — L’Oustau de Baumanière **

Cassis — La Villa Madie **

La Ciotat (Le Liouquet) – La Table de Nans – Auberge le Revestel *

Marseille — Le petit Nice ***

Marseille — Alcyone at InterContinental Hôtel Dieu *

Marseille — AM par Alexandre Mazzia *

Marseille — L’Epuisette *

Marseille — Une Table, au Sud *

Saint Rémy – Fanny Rey at Auberge de la Reine Jeanne * NEW 2017

Saint Rémy (Paluds de Noves) — La Maison de Bournissac *

Ventabren — La Table de Ventabren *

LE VAR (83)

Les Arcs sur Agens — Le Relais des Moines *

Bormes les Mimosa — La Rastègue *

La Cadière d’Azur — Hostellerie Bérard *

Callas — Hostellerie les Gorges de Pennafort *

Le Castellet – Christophe Bacquié at the Hotel du Castellet **

La Celle — Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle *

La Croix Valmer – La Palmeraie* NEW 2017

Fayence — Le Castellaras *

Lorgues — Bruno *

Lorgues – Le Jardin de Benjamin at Château de Berne * NEW 2017

Porquerolles Island — Le Mas du Langoustier *

Ramatuelle — La Voile at the Hôtel La Réserve Ramatuelle *

Saint Tropez — La Vague d’Or at the Résidence de la Pinède ***

Saint Tropez – L’Olivier at the Bastide de Saint Tropez * NEW 2017

Saint Tropez (Gassin) — Villa Belrose *

Tourrettes — Le Faventia at the Terre Blanche Hotel *

Tourtour — Les Chênes Verts *

LE VAUCLUSE (84)

Ansouis — La Closerie *

Avignon — Restaurant Christian Etienne *

Bonnieux — La Bastide de Capelongue **

Cavaillon — Prévôt *

Cucuron — La petite Maison de Cucuron *

Gordes — Les Bories *

Gordes — Pèir: Pierre Gagnaire at Bastide de Gordes *

Gordes (Joucas) — Hostellerie le Phébus *

L’Isle sur la Sorgue — Le Vivier *

Lagarde d’Apt — Bistrot de Lagarde *

Lourmarin (Cadenet) — Auberge la Fenière *

Lourmarin (Lauris) – Le Champ des Lunes * NEW 2017

Orange (Serignan du Comtat) — Le Pré du Moulin *

MONACO

Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse ***

Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo **

Le Vistamar at the Hotel Hermitage *

Le Blue Bay in the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel *

Elsa in the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel *

Yoshi in the Metropole Hotel *

Thanks to The ProvencePost web site for the info.

www.provencepost.blogspot.fr

 

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