We are pleased to announce that this year one of our favorite chefs in one of our favorite hotels has won his Michelin star in St. Tropez!
Congratulation Chef Philippe Colinet! It has been too long in coming! He apprenticed at another one of our favorite restaurants in Tour under Jean Bardet, also worked at “La Roche Le roy” in Tours, “Le Copenhagen” in Paris, “Gray d’Albion” in Cannes and the “Chateau de Fere at the Portes de la Campagne.
He has been holding down the fort at the “Bastide de Staint-Tropez” in their restaurant “L’Olivier” since 2014.
You can read our story on the hotel, the restaurant and Chef Colinet and watch him prepare a fantastic desert and join us for the dinner we enjoyed. And since the hotel and restaurant is open almost year round, you can celebrate there even in the off season. Click here >>
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The first of our food stories in the Palm Springs to La Quinta Food Trail and it starts with a bang!
Restaurant "Le Vallauris", Palm Springs, CA ***
“Le Vallauris Restaurant”, on a quiet street off the main drag in Palm Springs, has been a favorite of the glitterati for many years. It is iconic, timeless and consistently delicious. With French born owners M. Brugemens and M. Haddedou and French Executive chef Jean Paul Lair, it reminds us of the wonderful meals savored in France in each of its many regions that honored their local produce and turned out the kind of plates that you journeyed to that glorious country to enjoy over the years.
It is the tree shaded patio that is the star; straight out of summer days in Provence, Dordogne or Brittany or anywhere in France when the sun is shining and filters through the leaves. This is about both the enjoyment of food well prepared as well as the embience in which it is enjoyed. read more >>
(See the first two video recipe demonstrations from Chef Lair and his talented Pastry Chef Laurnet Dellac - Posted one at a time over a month or so from the demonstration we witnessed on December 12, 2016) Click here or watch the mini version top right.
Restaurant "L'Olivier”, La Bastide de Saint Tropez*****, St. Tropez:
A delightful small, intimate restaurant with modern cuisine that drips with the products Provence served either in the Victorian "conservatory" glass and girder dining room or in the shade of the ancient olive trees on the terrace outside. One of our favorite eateries in France.
With the arrival of Chef Philippe Colinet in 2014, the cuisine has reached new highs of skill and professionalism. The dishes are at once simple and complex. This experienced chef brings to the kitchens of l'Olivier a deft touch and creates both a visual appeal and feast for the senses. read more>>
The hotel La Bastide de Saint-Tropez***** has been one of our favorite relaxing and private places to let down and relax for many years now under the capable and delightful hand of Director M. Fabien Delaffon. read more>>
A 5 Star Jewel on a hill top just outside St. Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France:
Hotel Château de la Messardière *****, Hotel & Spa, St. Tropez, France.
Château de la Messardiere is a fabulous five star sprawling hotel with a view over the bay of St. Tropez on one side and on the other the beaches and Mediterranean sea as well as the green quilt of vineyards and wineries of Ramatuelle in the valley below. It has very recently been given a complete make over which never stops so now it is also the "Shining Jewel on the Hill". Its 45 suites and 75 rooms are contained in a variety of different levels, annexes and square pill boxes around the 25 acres of gardens as well as in the original château. read more >>
Pastry Chef Laurnet Dellac demonstrates how to prepare his "Pistachio Christmas Log Dessert". If this catches your fancy, click here for the full page and larger video >>
Recipe: Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair of Restaurant "Le Vallauris" in Palm Springs, demonstrates the first of three videos how to prepare his "Maine Lobster Soufflé. click here for the full page and larger video >>
Take a tour of Château Hotel de la Messardière ***** (see left) and listen to the informative introduction by General Manager Alexandre Durand-Viel.
Visit the spa of La Messardière with its own indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, and extentensive treatment rooms not to mention its own garden with fountains to sun and relax.