Come in. Food is fantastic was what a regular customer told me when I first sat my foot on En Aparthé(s); and when a local, especially a french one tells you that; you just can´t skip the recommendation.
That particular day I was on a solo walk tour around Salon de Provence´s centre ville and while I was passing by Victoria Snack, I saw this very inviting and cozy place that completely caught my eye. Even thought after the nice stranger´s suggestion I was still hesitant of having a light meal or not; after I met and chatted with Laurence; En Aparthé(s) adorable owner, I j knew I had to stay and enjoy the food and the ambiance.
To be honest this Pastry Shop with an ultra modern design was not on my list of Incortournables because as you can see on previous VG Editions I have a fondness for old school Pâtisseries. So, yes I think we can say in terms of pastries and desserts I heart vintage (and pedigree).
However I ended up at this sort of ultra-minimal-meets-girly-pink cake shop when Cristina Lasarte (from Buenos Aires to Paris food blog) proposed their cozy and zen salon de thé for the setting of a short but heart felted rencontre. As hundreds of other food writers and bloggers Cristina and I have an online friendship but wasn´t until this past June that we had the chance to finally meet each other. And so we did. We talked about family, expat life, our home countries and of course la Ville Lumière et les Gourmandises!. (As a side note I must say meeting someone from your online world on the real world is a quite bizarre but fun experience. I was so nervous when I first meet her!)
This small cantine (canteen) is located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence´s downtown. Asides its cool, cozy-boho-Orient-ish look it serves vegetarian, vegan friendly and gluten free fare. A new trend, the healthy eatery, that is slowly making its way in the country of la bechamel et la baguette.