Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Haute Cuisine Meets The Humble Tomato
French chefs are renowned for their ingenuity. Some offer entire menus based around the truffle; for others foie gras or lobsters are the star ingredient of choice. But, for Christian Etienne, the tomato is his fetish-ingredient. For eleven years, the Michelin-starred chef has offered an ever-changing, endlessly inventive seven-course menu at his Avignon restaurant celebrating this everyday provençal fruit. Click here to read more.