Tuesday — September 20, 2016 — Mas du Capoun and a visit to the castle at Tarascon

David picked me up at dialysis and we headed to Molleges to join Anne and Jay for lunch at Mas du Capoun, one of our favorite dining destinations in the area. It is owned by a wonderful family, the Roumains, and every meal is a family affair. Michael holds forth in the kitchen while his wife, Michelle, keeps everything on track in the dining room. Grandma helps out as well, warming the tables with her smile and doling out the wine. There is a 19 Euro three-course meal that is an incredible value, with a choice of two entrées , two plats, and dessert. Add a whopping six Euros and the menu includes a glass of wine, mineral water, and coffee.

We strolled in a bit early to a warm welcome from Michelle and took the edge of our wait with the usual kirs. Anne and Jay showed up right on time and joined us. We opted for the 39 Euro menu for all of us, which gives more options for the entrée and plat. David ordered a salmon carpaccio, followed by cabillaud (cod). Anne had a terrine de fois gras followed by volaille – chicken breast stuffed with truffles. Jay had a flambé mackerel to start followed by veal. I went with a ravioli with wild shrimp with the cod as my main course. Everything was terrific, including the framboise (raspberry) dessert and small cheese platter we shared. David looked south for a wine selection and opted for a Paternel rosé from Cassis that was so good we ended up going with two bottles (there are four of us for those who might be critical of our consumption.)

Anne and Jay hopped in their car and headed for the town of Tarascon, on the Rhone. There is a major castle there with views of the Rhone and countryside from the tower, and lots to see. David and I headed for the InterMarché at the Orgon roundabout to pick up a few items, then meandered down the road.

Later in the afternoon, we converged on Café de la Place for a glass of wine. Anne and Jay got some terrific photos of Tarascon, and were impressed with the castle. Then it was back to the mas for a light dinner. Tomorrow will be a full day for Anne and Jay with a trip to Nimes with its Roman amphitheater and then the Pont du Gard – the iconic Roman three-level bridge. David and I have plans for lunch in St. Remy with our friends Christine and Philippe Theme from les Baux de Provence at Maison Drouout.

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