Buon Bakes is going on a culinary adventure this summer! As part of my program at George brown, I'm required to do a 7-week internship to develop my skills in a professional environment. This is a great experience in itself, but I thought to myself "why not try to do it in Europe?". So after a bit of searching, I was able to find an opportunity in the adorable little town of Grignan in the south of France . After months of anticipation, the time is finally now.
So here I am, about to start my journey in the beautiful south of France. The owner of the restaurant, Severine, and her boyfriend, Frank, immediately made me feel welcome upon my arrival. We stopped by the restaurant, Lulu Hazard, for a quick tour and a glass of wine (I love it here already!). The restaurant is small and homey, with a gorgeous terrace outside for additional seating... i'm sure it'll feel like home in no time.
My flat is just a quick walk from the restaurant with a gorgeous view of the classic provincial buildings.
For my first day in town, I figured the best course of action would be to go explore and try to get my bearings a little bit. My first stop was to the restaurant for lunch. Jess, the head chef, changes the menu up pretty frequently so there are only a few meal options on any given day (all of which sound amazing). I decided to try the cod salad... a cold cod salad with celery, fennel, green and yellow apples, topped with arugula on a potato and pesto base. Amazing.
Next stop: the boulangerie for some walking snacks. Picked up a nice baguette and a pain au chocolat... both are necessary purchases at every visit to a french bakery. I wandered around the town for a couple of hours, just getting lost and following roads that seemed interesting. Stumbled onto some great little shops and some spots with amazing views for when I need a place to go read or think.
After a solid walk around town, I settled down at a tea and ice cream parlour for gelato and a bit of reading. I could get used to this...
Stopped by the restaurant later at night to get some dinner with Chelsea. They introduced me to the lovely owner of la Pizza du Château, a pizzeria that I can imagine i'll be frequenting during my stay here... it was absolutely amazing.
Tomorrow is my first day working at the restaurant, mainly observing and getting a feel for the kitchen. SO looking forward for whats in store.