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. . .