May 12 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

April favorites

french strawberries

Warmer afternoons. Quelques showers and a couple of mistral-y days. Life in Provence during April was sweet.

Here the moments that made it special:


This Mexican Heidi finally visited the Alps! More accurately la vallée d’Ubaye. Those Mountains are a beauty,  and La Durance river view is just amazing. Oh and the food, of course! Local products are to die for: caillete paté, la Tomme au genepí (Tomme cheese made with milk infused with artemisia flower liquor), and floral raw honey are not just absolutely delicious but affordable. We bought the paté at Les Sommets Boucherie in the town of Jaussiers, and all our dairy products at this cooperative.

To Chiner, it has become our favorite activity. We love les vide-greniers (a sort of communal garage sale). Luckily, since la belle saison is finally here, there are vide greniers practically every day. Check the official page to get the daily vides-greniers location in the PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur), and acquire that vintage, #madeinFrance object du desir. #traveltip

I attended (as guest photographer) a Pastry demo by Chef Quentin Bailly (Meilleur Patissier du Monde 2013). It was organized by Voxia-Restauration, and my review was posted here.

Panisses & Chichis. We always get ours from Chez Magali, located at Promenade de la plage de L’Estaque. Chichis Fregis, are beignets made of wheat and chickpeas flours with a bit of Orange blossom water.  Deep fried á la minute, is best to eat them sur place, or while walking around this very traditional Marseillais neighborhood. Anyway, you will be hooked.

Our friend Damien invited us to watch a match of Billiard Français (carambole). Such an experience that I really enjoyed, unlike “common” billiard, french one happens in a quiet and respectful ambiance.

Strawberries invasion in french markets! And as proof, my IG was invaded with strawberry concoctions, jams, and even a not very traditional Easter Strawberry Cake (and there’s more coming).

Speaking of Easter, we went to La Calanque Bleue to try la vrai Bouillabaisse which is served in three courses: first a thin Soupe de Poisson with its fixings (rouille sauce, croutons & fromage rapé), a second course consisting of a platter with all the traditional poisson de rocher (rascasse, Saint Pierre, lotte, daurade, grondin, congre and merlan) cooked in the soup, and finally as third course, a thicker version of that same Soup with all the previous fixings. Miam, there´s such thing as #Bouillabaisecomma

Sharing my favorite Instagramers is becoming a regular in my Monthly Faves. This month I admired the photography of @inayali, @camillebecerra, @dialaskitchen and @dylanandjeni. #instacrush

La Saint Jordi by the beach. Beach, books, and sun. #nothinglikethesun

Mes copines from La Joyeuse Clique and I, we were featured in MarieClaireMaison here, and our guacamole tostadas made it to this CondeNastTraveler round up. Awesome.

Oysters with Mignonette (shallots and red wine vinegar), and the last sea urchins of the season enjoyed at our cabanon’s terrace.

Paella day with our new friends at Le Cercle des Pêcheurs de Carro.

My neighbor Dominique, she cooks wonderfully and she always has something to share with us. Her Fiadone (rustic, Corsican cheesecake) is to die for.

Life is tasty.

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  1. Dorota says:

    Everything looks so tempting. Love your pictures and the way you see life and things…

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