The Hawaii State flag will have to do…

Hawaii will have to do

I’ve got a couple bottles of Pabst in the fridge and a luscious-looking berry tiramisu, but what I really hope for is that this 3-minute pulled pork will be as tasty as it looks. We’re lucky to have perfect weather this evening – not too hot – so dinner al fresco is as close as it gets to a classic outdoor barbecue. Happy 4th!

Pulled pork 3 minutes

Tri-berry tiramisu

A very special 14th

Anniversary 2017

There are so many promising restaurants in Provence that you could go bonkers making a list of the best places to eat and drink. Factor in special occasions and the list gets smaller, but if you had asked me a year ago where we’d end up celebrating our 14th, I never would’ve dreamt of a place backed by an association for autistic persons. La Bourguette is an amazing project, and to that end, I invite you to watch the 10-minute video at the following link:
www.bourguette-autisme.org

We lunched at Le Grand Réal, one of 2 dining locations connected with La Bourguette. The daily menu is on a blackboard ranging in formats from 13€-23€. Food, service, and overall ambience was top notch. The servers spoke only french and we took care to listen carefully and speak clearly, but there was one person in charge who worked with the waitstaff in case there were any problems in communication. We returned the following day – we were that impressed!

Le Grand Réal in La Bastidonne
Served with an aperitif, it was some kind of basil mousse

Le Grand Réal in La Bastidonne
Entree of yellow/green zucchini flan and salad greens

Le Grand Réal in La Bastidonne
Stewed pork and vegetables

This was the 13€ menu (entree+plat), water, 1/2 liter wine and tax included. Coffee additional but the entire bill for 2 just 30€.

Glamping under the Provençal sun

It wasn’t too long ago that we were doing “glamorous camping” in Tuscany, but while neither that b&b or this one in Provence tout themselves as glamping accommodations, I couldn’t help but point out the details that made me feel like I was living large and comfy in the great outdoors. On the day of our departure I remarked to the hosts of Le Jas du Boeuf:

“I wake in the morning and on one side of the room, I watch the sun cast shadows on the roller shades — it’s like I’m in a big tent. And then when I turn around and look out the window, I’m in the middle of nature. Right out the door is the pool, so there’s your glam!”

Chenes room - interior
The Chênes room at Le Jas du Boeuf

Morning view from the room Chenes
We had the pool to ourselves most of the time as other guests were away for the whole day.

There’s enough space between the 4 rooms (2 are located at the main building) to afford an atmosphere of privacy. The outdoor kitchen/dining area next to the pool is handy for simple meals. We had fun putting together a picnic and eating right next to our room.

Picnic in Provence Picnic supper at the pool

And coffee and dessert afterwards, plus the obligatory Maddie-on-vacation photo. So yeah, the pool was the main attraction being that we’ve never stayed at a place like this.

Dessert by the pool Maddie at the pool

Only once did one of the resident dachshunds come by, but it was more of a property patrol instead of a visit. We saw them at breakfast every morning at the main house. Dachshunds can get pretty vocal (I can sense the collective nods of doxie owners reading this!), but they were super friendly, especially Addis who came out to greet us from the very first day.

Addis and Maddie