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Provence 2011

Six ladies will be renting a house in Cucuron for 2 weeks next September. We will lkely
be touring by day and eating most evening meals at home ( to avoid driving having to curtail our wine consumption ). I am looking for restaurant suggestions - mostly for
lunches - if dinner must be w/in 15 minute drive. We are interested in maybe one or two high price tag meals but for the rest we'd prefer to go to more reasonable spots with good local flavor.
Also looking for best local "super" markets.

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  1. La Fenière in Lourmarin is superb. Reine Sammut is one of the best woman chefs in France. The cuisine is based on the region. Have the big menu. It will just meet your fifteen minute test, although the road is a but twisty.

    1. I was recently in Avignon and if you decide to go there, I'd recommend getting food at les Halles, the covered market there, and taking it up to the Rocher des Doms park for a picnic. We got some nice olives (according to the olive-lover I was with), savory tarts, cheese and terrine. It's a fun way to try a lot of things without going to huge expense.

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      1. re: LiaM

        The HyperU market in Pertuis is the largest in the area.

        Right in Cucuron is a top restaurant, La Petite Maison.

        http://www.lapetitemaisondecucuron.com/

        Another nice restaurant in Cucuron is L'Horloge.

        Next September, wow, that's certainly planning ahead!

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        1. La Fenière is indeed a great restaurant, but you might want to consider Sammut's lower-key, less expensive La Cour de Ferme. Same telephone #; same property.
          Other suggestions are:
          Domaine de la Coquillade in Gargas (beautiful Relais & Château w/winery
          La Flambée in Bonnieux - great pizzas - try to sit upstairs on the terrace overlooking the valley
          L'Arôme in Bonnieux
          Restaurant du Lac in la Motte d'Aigues
          Bastide de Capelongue in/overlooking Bonnieux - expensive (2 Michelin stars)
          La Closerie in Ansouis
          Le Castelas in Sivèrgues - this is in fact a farm (w/goats & pigs that roam around) at the end of a long dirt road in the middle of nowhere, but worth the trip along the very winding road to Sivèrgues. Food is served family style at long tables - delicious roast pig accompanied by various appetizers, goat cheeses made from their goats, tolerable red wine & dessert. Not sure, but the pig might be served only at dinner, in which case you should find a way to go at night. Dinner is €30 ; lunch should be €25/person - cash only. A real Provençal experience.
          Don't miss the Lourmarin market on Fridays, particularly the fishmonger. Best markets are Aix-en-Provence on Thursdays & Saturdays (and Tuesdays, but there may be fewer vendors) - they're spread out over several "places" (squares) so be prepared to walk!
          Have a great trip.

          1. We were there last month, staying in the nearby village of Vaugines. Lunch or dinner in Cucuron is a wonderful experience, at Petite Maison or other village options. There was a market on Monday. The local caveau has a nice selection of reasonably priced wines.