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Urth Caffé – Los Angeles

The day we went to Beverly Hills was a gloomy one…

There were a lot of options for brunch in Beverly Hills but I picked the celebrity favourite, Urth Caffé.

 It’s like a high-end cafeteria cause you line up to order food and find your own table.

Chicken curry sandwich / Pizza Catona / clam chowder / Earl Grey tiramisu / Spanish Latté….

Surprisingly, the food was really good and it was big portioned.  First time trying Spanish Latte, which is basically espresso with condensed milk. OMG so fattening yet yummy!

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Urth Caffé

267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States
Phone:+1 310-205-9311

Les Deux Magots – Paris, France

I love the neighbourhood St. Germain de Prés….. it’s just so Parisian with the art galleries, boutiques and cafés…

After an entire day of shopping, I needed a break! I headed to Les Deux Magots, a famed cafe in the area.  It was once a rendezvous location for the city’s literary and intellectual figures (Sartre, Hemingway, Joyce, Picasso, Camus) but now, it’s largely frequented by fashionistas and tourists…..I opted to sit outside since the weather was perfect that day and sat beside a pair of Parisians.  We had a great conversation and I actually felt like I had a more “local” experience at such a touristy café!

I ordered café crème….. the cheapest item on the menu yet the most expensive coffee of this trip..at 5.5 euros!  What made it different was that the coffee and milk came separately and you can make your own coffee as milky as you want…..

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Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

Phone:+33 1 45 48 55 25

Eating in Avignon – France

Our next base in Provence was Avignon.  Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.

Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).

The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond

The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee.  Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!

We also had really good meals in Avignon…

First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.

This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!

tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…

Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….

We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream

For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras…..so yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras…..  the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..

Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…

La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…

Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin….  another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…

Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…

Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….

For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..

a stall just for potatos!

we had coffee at the bar…..so authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…

We arrived and  also departed Avignon from the TGV station..

The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!

Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.

I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!

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Crep’Café

Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Regal Glace

2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France

Le Petit Gourmand

37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94

Marché les Halles d’Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Eric Kayser

Gare d’Avignon TGV

Eating in Nîmes – France

Nîmes is another town in Provence that has a rich Roman history and like Arles, it also has an arena.

Les Arenes…

I only had a coffee as lunch as I was eyeing for more pastries later..

another millefeuille!

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Boulangerie Maison Villaret

13 Rue de la Madeleine, 30000 Nîmes, France

Eating in Grasse – France

From Cannes, we took the bus to Grasse, the perfume capital of Provence.

breakfast before touring Fragonard’s perfume museum…..

We had a free tour of Fragonard’s perfume museum was actually quite informative.. and there was perfume shopping at the end!

For lunch, I picked a restaurant that served traditional Provençal cuisine. 

Lou Pignatoun has decent lunch deals starting from 10.5 euros for one main dish…aïoli (supplementary 2 euros)this is actually the name of the sauce made of garlic, olive oil, egg, lemon and mustard…   It was a bit too mustardy for my liking…

steak…..

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Lou Pignatoun

 13 Rue de l’Oratoire, 06130 Grasse, France
Phone:+33 4 93 36 11 80

Eating in Antibes – France

We spent a wonderful afternoon exploring Antibes, another resort town on the Côte d’Azur.

There’s a Picasso Musuem in the old town but online reviews of it was meh… so instead, we decided to walk around town and have ice-cream.

There’s Amorino everywhere in France and Italy!

 hazelnut and speculoos…. They scooped the icecream into flower-shaped… so pretty!

the town is really small.. we walked around twice to find someplace for dinner….. but instead found a famous pâtisserie.

Foie Gras et Confit d’Oignons / Chocolat 80%.……. The foie gras onion macaron was toooo weird to be good…. I could taste a bit of foie but the onion was too overwhelming… I had to rinse my mouth so many times!!! The chocolate was decent but wasn’t crispy enough….

Since it was Monday, a lot of restaurants and shops were closed …  we ended up eating an early dinner at a less “touristy” restaurant..

moules-frites…. 3rd night in a row! In comparison, these mussels were the smallest and the least fresh……

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Amorino

45 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France

Jean Luc Pelé

27 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France

Cafe des Chineurs

28 Rue Aubernon, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France

 

Eating in Menton, France and a stop in Monaco

One of the anticipated highlights of this trip was Menton, a colourful beach side town next to the Italian border.

Menton is famous for lemons and I found a bakery that is famous for their lemon tart.the espresso in France is slightly more expensive than Italy… by .5-.8 euros…

lemon tart!!!! nothing too special…

croissant with almonds…

 coffee eclair…. I like the white chocolate spoon on top… don’t know it’s function but at least it’s edible!

For lunch, I found a crêperie that is highly ranked on Tripadvisor.such a club-like decor……

My friend and I ordered two crêpes to share…crêpe complet (egg, ham and cheese)….

Crêpe flambée… they were too generous with the rum…..

After lunch, we took the train to Monaco….Monte Carlo!!! so glitzy!

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F Leroy La Cigale

27 Avenue Carnot, Menton, France

Fleur de Sel

 2 Rue du Vieux Collège, 06500 Menton, France