Monday, November 17, 2014

making up for messing up

Remember how I told you about Gregory messing up our last day in Paris by booking that awkward hour of 12:49 train? Well, it turned out there was a reason for that. Gregory was surprising me with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, and that awkward, early afternoon train, was the one that would get us to Toulon in time. As soon as I found out we'd be dining at Le Tournebride (where we celebrated my last birthday), Gregory was quickly forgiven for making me miss the Musée d'Orsay again

It felt surreal piling into Mr. London's car and driving to the restaurant. While I had been gone from France for four months, being back in Toulon with my family made those four months all but disappear. We were all together again, just like I had never left, and when I walked through the doors of the quaint, Provençal restaurant, I truly felt like I was home again; a luxurious, drawn out dinner kicked off with an apéro before slowly making its way through each course, was exactly what I had been missing. It was scrumptious.

Being July, the cozy, winter atmosphere of the restaurant kind of lacked the magic it had had back in February, and instead of the food being cooked over a fire in the diningroom, the fire was flaming outside. But, the food was still every bit as delicious as I had remembered.

 
Gregory and I ordered the medallions of beef and scallops, which came on a large, wooden plate, with each succulent bite layered over the other. And for dessert, the four of us requested the Café Gourmand which was served on this humongous platter of perfection; chocolate cake, apple tart, crème brûlée, slices of watermelon, and a bowl of freshly whipped cream. It didn't take me long to remember how I had survived for so long without Tex-Mex.

If you would, please forgive the quality of the photos. While the lighting in Le Tournebride is lovely for dining, it's pretty bad for iphone photography. But even though I knew the lighting wouldn't be conducive for decent blog photos, it still didn't stop me from capturing this cuteness...

Clearly, somethings never change. 

14 comments:

  1. Awww adorable! Loved the photos :)

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  2. Is that cafe gourmand for one person?? Clearly they don't mess around in this place

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  3. You can always forgive a man who surprises you with amazing food. The quality of the photos might not be great, but my mouth is still watering just looking at it. How does American food compare to French?

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  4. Oh, yummy. Love what you ordered!

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  5. I totally get you with the lighting - so many Paris food pictures went unposted because of this.
    That last shot is 100% precious though.

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  6. Haha that last picture is hilarious! :) What a nice surprise!

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  7. How fun!! Good food, good company, great atmosphere. Looks like an amazingly fun time!

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  8. Seriously, that is one memorable dining experience and I'm getting super hungry just looking at your pictures. Jealous, so jealous

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  9. What a fantastic surprise! That's one thoughtful hub you've got there. :)

    The food looks absolutely delicious.

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  10. Haha, aw this is lovely.
    I had no idea you'd moved your blog OR that you'd moved back to the states! Wow! I have a lot of catching up to do!

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  11. Haha! Those boys crack me up! It's very sweet that he planned this dinner all for you. :) The way you describe this place in February makes me yearn for cold winter days near a fireplace!

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  12. Ah - so there was a method to his madness! How sweet - sounds like the evening turned out magnifique!

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