January 17, 2017
For over fifteen years La Bastide Saint-Antoine was one of our favorite restaurants, but it changed as it grew and the level of cuisine and inventiveness that we had enjoyed for many lunches gradually altered. We stopped going; there were many new restaurants to try. La Bastide lost one of its two Michelin stars. But La Bastide is a charming place and we know that its chef and owner, Jacques Chibois, is very talented; we have followed his career since he was in Cannes, twenty five years ago. Linda and I returned for the lunch of its 21st Truffle Market on January 7, 2017.
January 10, 2017
L’Atelier d’Emile was opened in July 2016 by the owners of the nearby, very successful African Queen in the port of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Linda and I first went for dinner on October 25, 2016.
November 29, 2016
On October 20, 2016, Linda and I returned to La Chèvre d’Or for dinner. A new chef, Arnaud Faye, had arrived during the summer and we were interested in what changes he might have made.
October 25, 2016
When we dined three years ago at the Restaurant Monte Cristo in the Hôtel du Castellet, we were very impressed with the cuisine and resolved to return. Since then, the restaurant has been redecorated and renamed after its chef, Restaurant Christophe Bacquié. Linda and I went for dinner on September 23, 2016.
October 18, 2016
On September 22, 2016, Linda and I took the noon boat to the Ile de Porquerolles, off the coast between Toulon and St. Tropez.
Most of the island is a national park, but there are vineyards and, on the west end, a lovely, isolated hotel, Le Mas du Langoustier. It has two restaurants, La Pinède and L’Olivier. The second has had a Michelin star for many years.
October 11, 2016
We used to go often to Biot to admire and shop for its pottery and glass. But we had not been there for a while until Daniel and Nicole invited us for dinner on September 17, 2016.
August 2, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Linda and I dined at La Table du Pigonnet in the Pigonnet Hotel on the edge of Aix-en-Provence. It was a lovely early summer evening; we were seated at a table on the corner of the terrace looking out into the garden with its varied sculptures, including a dancing mouse in a tutu.