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.
July 26, 2016
In June, 2015, Linda and I had dinner at Pierre Reboul’s restaurant in the center of Aix-en-Provence. We enjoyed it a lot. Shortly afterwards Reboul closed his restaurant and became the chef at the Château de la Pioline, a picturesque hotel on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence. Linda and I stayed there June 13 and 14, 2016, dining in Reboul’s restaurant the first evening.
July 19, 2016
On May 6, 2016 Ian and Jeanette invited us to dinner at L’Âne Rouge. We had been there for a light lunch on the terrace two years before. But we had not been for dinner for eight years following a disappointing meal and the loss of the restaurant’s Michelin star. Despite this, it still gets good ratings and is a showcase for local cuisine so we were interested to see how it was doing.
July 12, 2016
La Réserve Paris Hôtel was opened in January 2015 by Michel Reybier, who made his fortune in packaged charcuterie and is now expanding his luxury hotel company. It is in a newly renovated 1854 mansion on the Avenue Gabriel, just north of the Champs-Elysées between the Avenue Matignon and the Elysée Palace gardens. La Réserve’s restaurant, Le Gabriel, received two Michelin stars a year after its opening. Linda and I went for dinner on May 15, 2016.