France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 2 (Part 2)

November 24, 2011

It was clear, upon arrival into Avignon, that we were now in the South of France, as there was hardly a cloud in the sun-filled sky.  Provence would be our home for the next two days of our customized Trafalgar Tours guided vacation.  We were experiencing an abbreviated version of the “At Leisure: Paris & Provence” itinerary.

Besides the glorious weather, the other main reason why people journey to this part of the country is due to the cuisine.  There are many incredibly talented chefs in the area, each specializing in something different.  Thus, our first stop was to visit one of the most celebrated gastronomes, Daniel Hebet, at his world renown restaurant, Les Jardins du Quai, located in the village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

While this restaurant is well known by foodies, it is still off the beaten track, and you feel as though you have stumbled across a hidden treasure when you pass through its gates.  The setting is a tranquil garden haven with indoor and outdoor seating.  Even though I was eager to taste the special dishes that had been created on our behalf, I was also eager to explore the enchanting grounds.

We dined inside, which was just as lovely as the outside, as it was decorated with vintage flea market finds.

Being a vegetarian, my main course consisted of a mixture of fresh vegetables and potatoes.  I do not recall what sauce was used for seasoning, but it was sensational.  However, for me, the best part of the dining experience was the dessert; a new take on the traditional macaron.  Just look at how beautifully it was presented!

After lunch, Daniel honored us by demonstrating how to make the macarons — only it was not just any macaron — it was his top secret recipe that is coveted by many!

And guess what?  He shared his recipe with us, so if you would like to have it as well, get in contact with me and I would be delighted to share it with you. . .

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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63 thoughts on “France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 2 (Part 2)

  1. Lavanya

    Hi Andi! This post got me all nostalgic reminding me of the 5 months I spent in nearby AixenProvence in the south of France as a student… It was my first time out of India and I loved every bit of it..! 🙂

  2. Terra

    Wellllll…..since I am on a mac quest, you know I would love that recipe:-) My dream is to work with a chef in France. Love finding out that Provence has many of the top chefs! Beautiful, oxox

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      You will be receiving the recipe next time we get together!!! I can’t wait for you to make them. I get to try them right??? 😉 You would totally be in your element in Provence! XOXO

  3. Sarah

    All I can say (type) is YUM!

    They are so ridiculously cute! So cute in fact that I just want to squeeze their lil pink macaron faces. Or eat them. Or both! 🙂

  4. Liz

    Oh, thank you for taking us along with you as you travel through France!!! Those macarons look amazing. I’ve popped over from Terra’s blog~

  5. manda

    Hey Andi, Love ya blog.
    I am very interested to read your posts on your Trafalgar Tour.
    I work for a rival company so Im very interested to hear what you have to say about your experiences with the company.


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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awww thank you so much sweetheart! I’ve been a veggie now for over a decade!!! Can you believe I married an Argie? The tour was quite amazing, I can’t wait to share more.

  7. Nanette

    Oh my, it seemed only yesterday that you wrote about your trips to Atlanta and SC. And now Europe! I sooooo… envy you! Well, I enjoy reading all your travel adventures, and I hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Awww what a lovely thing to say!!! Haha I can’t keep still, huh? 😉 And I’ve already had another adventure since Europe! My Thanksgiving was so wonderful, I hope yours was too?

  8. Anji

    They look delicious!!! Haven’t every tried making macarons at home myself!! I would really like it if you could send over the recipe. I’m a vegetarian too so it would be perfect to discover a new recipe! 🙂

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