1. Wow! How long of a post do you want? Favorites are in no particular order…

    La Feniere – near Lourmarin -Excellent dining experience. Provencal inspired dishes. One of the best "restos" around.

    Chez Bru – in Eygalieres – Excellent meal – inventive – has a nice casual feel.

    La Petite Maison – in Cucuron – The chef Eric Sapet is a master – he has a great pedigree of having worked for many top chefs but remains very open and friendly in his own restaurant. He is often mingling with the guests and talking about his preparations, the area, his favorite wines, etc.

    La Closerie – in Ansouis – a small little restaurant with wonderful, simply but perfectly prepared meals. Has become a local favorite so call days in advance for reservations.

    Actually, I cannot think of a bad meal while visiting Provence.

  2. We just returned from renting your two places in Lourmarin and loved staying there (June, 2010). One of our favourite restaurants was L'Arome in Bonnieux (10 km away)- a bit pricy but excellent, and also enjoyed many restaurants in Lourmarin. My favourite was the Tea House 3 doors down from your place, next to the book store and the potter – both wonderful. We had lunch at the Tea House twice -loved her pizza-type (but better) pies and salads and desserts and interesting conversation about her work. We had great meals and "beaucoup de" wine everywhere.
    Lorna Romilly
    August 9, 2010

  3. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in La Bonbonnière. We will be there soon and plan to follow your recommendation for dinner in Bonnieux—we know of it, but have not been there. We also love the tea house you mentioned, Le Thé dans l’Encrier, (see on our website). And, we, too, love the tomato tart (tarte aux tomates)! In fact, Mapi always prepares a double serving for our daughter, who is crazy about it. Another one of our other favorites is the chicken crumble (Crumble au Poulet), a meal that was created by one of our good friends, Muriel, who, with her husband Pierre originally opened the restaurant several years ago. You can find the crumble recipe at http://tinyurl.com/3x2jfvk, a wonderful culinary blog created by friends of ours—all serious foodies will enjoy following Cocoa & Lavender! Thanks so much for your comments.

    Susan and Towny

  4. Hello Susan
    All this brings back all the wonderful memories of staying in your apartment, and all the beautiful villages around and including Lourmarin, just to go into a restaurant or maybe many restaurants, sit for hours with some wine watching the world go by. Just writing this has prompted me to get a glass of wine, cheers. I don't know when we will be visiting that area again as we have just bought an 18th century barn conversion in Lincolnshire UK, but Lourmarin is always beckoning us,so who knows thanks for the memories Paul and Anne

  5. Hi Paul and Anne,
    You are absolutely right….a glass of wine and a table at a cafe from which one can watch the world go by is all you need to be happy here! But, I imagine your 18th c barn conversion will be pretty inspiring, too.

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