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MikeFree9 Jul 8, 2013 09:57 AM

I'm off on Wednesday to a small town called la croix valmer just west of St. Tropez. We will be staying at a friend's house and most likely cooking many of the nights. First off, what are the days for the best farmer's markets in the region? I seem to remember a great one in St. Tropez on Saturday morning, but I won't be able to go to that as we have to pick someone up in Marseille that day. What other towns around there have good farmer's markets/green markets? Any great food stores around that are must visits? We'll probably be cooking a fair amount.

We also want to go to one or two restaurants. Last couple of times I was in the area, I went to good restaurants. The first time I went to Le Table de mon Moulins, which was in an incredibly charming setting. Just beautiful. We were sitting outside. The food was excellent. It was a great experience. Not too expensive either. The last time we went to a 1-star Michelin restaurant, can't remember the name, and the food was again excellent, but the setting was really drab and it felt like we were put in the back under fluorescent lamps. This time I'm looking for something where the setting matches the food. The two I've identified so far are La Bastide Saint Antoine and Le Relais des Moines. Both are within an hour of me. I'd love some thoughts on those two, but I'd also welcome other recommendations.


  1. Parigi Jul 8, 2013 10:35 AM


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      MikeFree9 Jul 8, 2013 10:43 AM

      Awesome. Thanks. Which of these is your favorite? Ramatuelle is very close to us.

      1. re: MikeFree9
        Parigi Jul 8, 2013 11:01 AM

        Ramatuelle much nicer than St Trop.

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      BrianGilligan Jul 8, 2013 04:47 PM

      There is a maket in La Croix Valmer, but I don't recall how good it was for ingredients. It's certainly very very busy!
      Auberge La Verdoyante is a restaurant that is quite close to you at Gassin. The food is great, and eating on the lovely terrace is a joy.

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      1. re: BrianGilligan
        MikeFree9 Jul 9, 2013 06:34 AM

        Thanks Brian. Gassin is really close and that place looks lovely. Thanks for the recommendation.

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        Greg in Chicago Jul 10, 2013 04:38 AM

        A few years ago, my tour group dined at La Bastide Saint Antoine. Our tour guide, Patrick Chabert, is a chef from Lyon now practicing his craft and teaching classes in French cooking, in Chicago. He is a lifelong friend of La Bastide owner and chef Jacques Chibois.
        Mr. Chibois bought and restored a neglected old country inn, approximately 15 years ago, and his cafe has two Michelin stars, I believe. Our group of 28 enjoyed champagne on the terrace, then dined indoors, but there's plenty of seating on the terrace, weather permitting. We enjoyed it greatly.

        I can't speak to your other choices, but Mr. Chibois would surely provide a grand evening in a memorable setting.

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        1. re: Greg in Chicago
          beaulieu Jul 10, 2013 05:01 AM

          In summer traffic the drive from La Croix Valmer to Grasse would be over an hour.

          1. re: beaulieu
            MikeFree9 Jul 10, 2013 06:41 AM

            Thanks for the review (Greg) and the warning (beaulieu). An hour is OK, but we want to keep it around there. I leave tonight. Thanks for everyone's help. I'll check tips while there so if anyone has any others, I'd appreciate it.

            1. re: MikeFree9
              Parigi Jul 10, 2013 08:05 AM

              Report back !

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          lemarais Jul 10, 2013 07:08 AM

          In Grimaud, a dreamy little perched village high above St Trop, go for dinner at L'Ecurie de la Marquise. A wonderful experience, all factors, food, ambience, and service. The patrons will be there to welcome you.

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            MikeFree9 Jul 10, 2013 07:31 AM

            Looks really quirky and delicious. Thanks for the recommendation.

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