13 hours ago
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The food here is very different than in Paris. Eggplant and red peppers are served on every menu, as are olives and tapenade.
I learned about the famous confection of Aix-en-Provence called the Calissons. Made with the locally grown almonds. A sweetmeat in the shape of an almond with ground almonds and icing. Fabulous! I have a huge box to bring home!
My favorite store in all of Provence is La Cure Gourmande. They sell local biscuits and cookies along w/ Calissons and CHOCOLATE COVERED OLIVES!
No, they are really just nuts w/ chocolate (like a delicious M&M), made to look like olives!
The shop is amazing and will make your head spin.
There are many local olive oil stores that sell a variety of olive oils, and Provence has different regions, each with their own wine. Rose seems to be the summer wine of choice here.
Breakfast on the patio each a.m. is heaven.
Tomorrow to the Luberon Mountains and its surrounding villages.