Well, not much new over here this week. If I'm being honest this town is starting to feel a bit like a bubble. Chelsea and I were trying to make plans to go down to the coast for our days off and it is nearly impossible to coordinate a way out of here.. between busses that run a couple times a day and car rentals with crazy policies, planning travel is a pretty frustrating endeavour. With it being such a small town, restaurant and business hours are very unreliable. One day everything is open all day, the next day only two restaurants are open by are closed by dinner time. As charming as it is, it begins to feel smaller and smaller everyday.
But upon telling our sob story of planning a trip to Garett, he told us about this river just outside of town that we could go to for a nice swimming day. Better than nothing right! So we spent yesterday down by the river... it was absolutely amazing. We packed a little picnic and just swam, read and relaxed all day. Another plus side to the river: SO MANY DOGS !!!! Every person that came by had a dog that came up to say hi and hang out with us... loved it. It made me miss Lexi a lot, but at least theres lots of dogs around to preoccupy me in her absence.
After the river we headed over to Garett's house for a drink. His place is straight out of a movie... a cute little one-bedroom with the most amazing terrace that backs on to a lavender field with a view of the castle.
We were determined to make the absolute most out of the day so we went out for dinner at L'Epicurieux... super tasty. We all got steaks with different sauces and spent the evening chatting. Chelsea had a lot of really interesting talking points/questions that really got us all thinking... They were the kinds of questions that help you really get to know someone and their life experiences. Yesterday was pretty close to a perfect day. I got to sleep in and wake up without an alarm, then we made an amazing breakfast (complete with fresh baguettes and homemade hash browns), got to enjoy the southern french sun, and finished it all off with a great meal. Heres our dinner view:
The rest of the week leading up to yesterday has honestly been a blur. Since Christine was gone for the week, we were only open for lunch as a full day of service was a bit too much for once server to handle. It was great to have the afternoons off to chill and decompress after the morning. The busy season is nigh so days (even afternoons) off will be few and far between so i'm trying to savour every moment of freedom and relaxation until then.
I'll try to keep notes this week about how work is going and the kinds of stuff we're making because after all, this is my baking blog! We did try out a new dessert this week though! It didn't sell too well but we all loved it... Rum and Peach mousse topped with a whipped ricotta and fresh peach slices. It's proving to be a little tricky to come up with new and different desserts without the use of a working oven but we're making it work. Its also such a small kitchen that we really have to be mindful of how much space we're using in the mornings because there still needs to be room to prep the food, limiting us even slightly further in the kinds of desserts we can make. Heres a picture of the kitchen so you can imagine a bit what we're working with here.
Yep, that's the whole thing!
Today has been a lovely relaxing day... Chelsea and I went to the market in the morning but it was way too hot to be outside any longer so we came home and watched Anastasia and had a nice little lunch.
It's crazy how hot it gets here! High 30's with very little wind and no air conditioning (SOS). But its always so gorgeous out... never a cloud in the sky.