Monday, December 19, 2011

Food and Fun in the South of France

Mr. Schmidt and I were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving weekend in the South of France this year. 
Something that I never got around to telling you about (but absolutely should have, shame on me) was the incredible eating experiences we had on our little getaway.
Now I must start off my saying French cuisine and I did not get off on a very good start. In Paris last year we had a continual stream of bad luck concerning our choice of restaurants.

Good Job, France, you have totally redeemed yourself!


Le Vieux Four Saint Anne 
10 Rue Eugène Lisbonne, 34000 Montpellier, France

If there is one thing the french know how to do right, it is bake. For this reason I must encourage you to opt for a breakfast of delicious pastries on a park bench instead of a sitting down for a meal in a cafe or restaurant. Steven and I had the most incredible experience at Le Vieux Four Saint Anne, a charming bakery in the artistic Saint Anne district of historic Montpellier. The woman serving us was loud and vivacious, encouraging us to speak our newly-learned French words while ordering, smiling and laughing with us the entire time. Also, with delicious baguettes baked fresh that morning for only 80 euro can you go wrong? 


Aux Pizza Tavola
8 Rue Copé Cambes, 34000 Montpellier, France

Hidden away in an alleyway just minutes from Montpellier's central Place de La Comedie sits a charming pizza restaurant named Aux Pizza Tavola. My first word of advice to you about this place: come hungry. In lieu of ordering two seperate meals, each guest picks two types of pizza off of the menu. A giant rectangular pizza quite literally the size of the tabletop is served, each of your choices taking up a section. The hubs and I are both big eaters but there was absolutely no hope of finishing off this puppy. So satisfying!


Aux Deux Fondues
5 Rue Faubourg de la Saunerie, 34000 Montpellier, France

This fondue place is truly a must visit. It is hilarious. No, really, the restaurant is genuinely humorous. Cartoon drawings cover the walls, lingerie hangs from the ceiling, and the drinks are served in baby bottles. No, I'm not kidding about any of this. For about €18 a person, customers receive one drink for before the meal, served with a salad, another drink for during the meal, a ridiculously large amount of cheese fondue served with an unlimited amount of bread, and a chocholate fondue dessert with a variety of fruit, cake, and other treats for dipping. We were seated in between two other tables and proceeded to have really enjoyable conversations with the parties on both sides. The service was great, albeit the servers were a little wacky. For those of you that do drink, the servers were passing around free shots, which our newfound friends seemed to enjoy very much. We spent nearly three hours there enjoying the delicious food and company. Go there if you dare, I highly reccomend it! 

Late Night

Le Café du Thêatre
3 Place de la Comédie, 34000 Montpellier, France

Something we really liked about Montpellier was that things actually stayed open late, quite unlike Germany. Restaurants didn't fill up for dinner until after 8, and people could be seen lounging at outdoor cafe tables well past midnight...on a week day. After a long but enjoyable day of sightseeing Steven and I opted for hot chocholate at Cafe du Theatre, a cafe looking out right on the beautiful Place de la Comédie at about 11 PM. The hot chocholate here is served in an unusual but delicious way; melted dark chocholate is poured artfully in a mug and served along side a cup of hot milk. We poured the milk over the chocholate and mixed ourselves...I must say it was the best hot chocholate I've had, possibly ever! Who wants powder mixes when you have have the real thing? 

Our trip to Montpellier definitely ranks among my favorite trips of all time, and our unique and fun dining experiences have certainly contributed to this opinion! You also can't beat the weather there...
I think I'll go back there now. 

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