Today we finished putting everything away and finally felt settled in. We didn’t have any definitive plans for the day so we decided to drive into St. Remy and have lunch. Luckily we found a parking spot on the street, no mean feat.
We checked out a few restaurant menus and decided on one that either has never been open or we passed up, Restaurant Xa (pronounced ‘zah’). It was cool so we ate inside. The restaurant has two small rooms with an eclectic collection of furnishings. We both picked out two courses and a bottle of Chateau Estoublon white wine. I started with a plate of eggplant, peppers, and zucchini, with a nice vinaigrette. David had a plate of anchovies in olive oil. Both were terrific – a bit zesty with the dressings. I then moved on to a pasta with fresh spring vegetables, while David had a brandade dish of assorted seafoods. Again, both were excellent, and the woman who runs the place was a delight.
Then, it was back to Eygalieres to relax in the Cafe du Centre with a cup of coffee while waiting for the boulangerie (bakery) to open so we good get our baguette and some pastries for breakfast. Once stocked with this, we headed just outside of town to Domaine de la Vallongue for a few bottles of their excellent and inexpensive (10 euros/btl) wine. They are now also making olive oil, and – the oils from this region being very good – I bought a half bottle to try.
We relaxed at home for a bit, then put together a quick salad with fresh lettuces, tomatoes, avocado and shrimp. We are making lunch our big meal of the day, and eating light at dinner. Tomorrow I will roast a Provencal chicken with potatoes and fresh vegetables, while David will make croutons from our stale baguettes.
Tomorrow being a dialysis day, and the first time we have gone to the center in Salon de Provence from Eygalieres, we turned in fairly early.