Friday, January 24, 2014

kismet


There's this restaurant not too far from Le Petit Village called Lupin Blanc. We used to go there all the time (like this time, and this one, oh, and don't forget this one), but then the couple that owned it sold it and it changed a bit. Not loads, the food was still good but they messed with the simple, rustic decor and it lost its charmed (if it's not broke don't fix it... wise words to live by) so we stopped going and I didn't think much about it.

Then something magical happened a couple of weeks back (magical might be a bit strong but hey, I like the word), when a frown got turned right upside down thanks to Lupin Blanc.

January is a dull, dull, dull month anyway, but in the small villages of Provence, it's extra dull. As soon as the sparkle of New Year's is over, all of the restaurants here (well most of them anyway) shut down for the month. They're all closed, for pretty much the entire month of January. It's bubkis.

But on this one Saturday, when I really didn't want to cook, and we were aching to go out just for a little something special, I got an inkling. I said, "lets call Lupin Blanc and see if they're open". Gregory eyed me suspiciously (as he does) but grabbed the phone anyway and lo and behold, they were open! But get this, they were closing for a month the very next day... FATE!

We were shown to our table in front of the roaring fire fueled by old copies of La Provence and set upon the business of ordering. First up, the ever important apéro which usually means a Ricard for Gregory and a Kir Royale for me. I've been known to take a Martini Blanc in summertime or a glass of Champagne if I'm feeling extra fancy, but normally, I'm a Kir Royale kind of girl

Apéro was followed by the entrée which in France is not the main course but the starter (as if France isn't confusing enough). Gregory had the fois gras and I chose the Saint-Jacques; scallops simmered in creamy white wine and leeks. 

The photo doesn't do it the least bit of justice because trust me, it was gooooood. But as good as it was, it didn't hold a candle to my main course, which the photo of not only doesn't do justice to, but is a downright lie. (In fairness, the presentation was a bit on the blah side and when the plate was put in front of me, I felt my stomach drop a smidgen which was foolish because OMG y'all. OMG.)

Pasta parcels filled with Gorgonzola (one of my favorite cheeses even if it is Italian and not French... shhh) and truffles. My taste buds basically freaked out and I'm sure if they could have, would have done a peppy jig all over my tongue and right out of my mouth. 

We topped it off with a Crème Brûlée for me and Profiteroles for Gregory. (Gregory will always order the chocolate and I will always order the cream. Fact.)

I couldn't have been happier that night; happy to find a restaurant near us that was actually open in January, happy to have a date night, and happy to say a final goodbye to a place full of so many of my happy LPV memories.


Bisous!

25 comments:

  1. Well, that's a super meal. I might choose the same things, although I'll go with Gregory and the profiteroles for dessert. When someone asked me what French food I like the best, I had to admit that for the most part, it's Italian. By the way, will Fifty be immigrating to the US with you?

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    1. Of course he will be! He got his passport yesterday so he's all set :)

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  2. Gorgonzola is in my top five cheeses, too! The Italian place across the street from us makes the most decadent gorgonzola gnocchi ever. May have to pay them a visit this weekend...

    How many days do you have left in the LPV?

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  3. I am salivating.....! x

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  4. I'm a kir royal kind of girl too. This looks like a great send-off.

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  5. The meal looks wonderful ... the experience "feels" bitter/sweet ... Bon Voyage et Happy New Beginnings! Aloha

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  6. Kismet indeed. I would have loved those packets of gorgonzola. Sheherazad that you are, keep on posting while your moving. Want to hear how it's going.

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  7. Yum!! That looks so delicious. Cheese and pasta is always a good idea. It's funny you mentioned the entree because I keep finding myself looking for the main course on American menus just to realise the entree here = the main course. We life in a confusing world ;)

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  8. Got to disagree with you on entrée, it makes literally no sense for that to mean the main course!

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    1. It makes sense if you grow up in a place where it's called the main course ;)

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  9. I love a fireplace in a restaurant, gives it such a warm and cozy feel. That food looks so delicious as well!

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  10. I really want a kir royal followed by that pasta, and I don't care if it is only 9.30 in the morning!

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  11. I love a good Kir too and I like the way the scallops in France are often served in the big shells. Leeks and white wine, my mouth is watering! Good to have the opportunity to visit the restaurant once more before you leave. Exciting times ahead though.

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  12. Looks fab! I have to say I've never understood why the North Americans call their main course the entree, it just doesn't even sound right lol

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  13. Oh...those scallops! They look so fantastic!! Yum yum yum.

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  14. I wonder how English came to adopt entrée as the term for main dish? It does make sense in French - it's the "entrée" to your meal, after all - so how did the meaning come to be completely twisted in English?

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  15. Yummy! This looks and sounds delicious. You make me want exactly that for lunch....like right now :)
    So happy for you you got to go there. It must have been fate! :)

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  16. I am glad that the restaurant was open and you were able to make some more great memories! I am sure your last month in France will be filled with fantastic memories.
    (I guess you know that I will never understand how people can eat Foie Gras but that is another topic).
    Hope you are having a nice Sunday!

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  17. Happy you had a chance to go back down memory lane with a very nice meal at Lupin Blanc. Gregory had better get his fill of fois gras while he can. It won't be on every menu and restaurants are getting pressure to take it off. In California, it is illegal to sell or serve fois gras. The animal rights people have run amuk in this state.

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  18. How nice when Fate gives you a helping hand instead of a boot up the bum. Those pasta parcels do sound yummy. I hope you give them a good write-up in Trip Advisor. :)

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  19. January really is about appreciating the little things like cozy dinners like this to beat the post-holiday blues. (I'm a kir royale kind of gal too. ; ) ) Enjoy as much of these dinners as you can before you go, but I trust that you two will find your little nooks like these in States!

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