Today, Jack and Betty Fisher arrived. They spent some time in Paris and Normandie, and are now at the mas for a few days enjoying Provence with us.
As I felt a little better today, after dialysis I puttered around the mas getting things in order, then we headed into town for a bite to eat. We decided to go back to another restaurant we enjoyed in the past, Aubergine. The dishes are Italian-influenced, with a lovely shaded terrace for dining. We had a kir to start, and ordered a refreshing bottle of Terre Blanche white wine to go with lunch. I started with a delectable carpaccio of beef, while David had crayfish crevettes. Both were excellent. I then opted for the Lotte (monkfish) and David for a seared tuna. Monkfish used to be known as “the poor man’s lobster” as it tastes much like lobster and it used to be very inexpensive. Now, it costs as much as lobster, if not more. C’est la vie. The owner was very charming, as always, and welcomed us back to Eygalieres .
After lunch we went back to the mas for a bit before heading to the TGV train station. Jack and Betty arrived just as we reached the station, and we were off and rolling. They were here with us a few years back when we had the mas, so were happy to return.
After settling in, we sat down to share a glass of wine and catch up on things, then it was off to dinner at Sous les Micocouliers.
Desipte the balmy weather, we decided to eat inside. The dining room has been re-done – freshened up. Fabien greeted us and started us off with three kirs and a martini (Jack) while we perused the menu. We went with the trois assietes to start, and everyone raved about all three components. The asparagus mousse was replaced by one made from petit pois and menthe and was fantastic. After that, I went with the Charolais rumpsteak, and Jack, Betty, and David with the sea bream. For wine, we stayed with the Domaine Valdition Cuvee Filles, which was excellent – crisp and refreshing.
After cheese and coffee, we retired to the mas and turned in to end a long day.