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Friday, 29 March 2013

Lou Cigalon, a Treasure in Valbonne

Big surprises come in little packages and this is what I will say about Lou Cigalon in Valbonne.
A small restaurant with a BIG heart and excellent service. There are not many tables so do reserve..in fact it is a must otherwise you will be disappointed.

Once the menu was handed to me ...I had my Pavlovian reaction and immediately started salivating. There are 2 Menus on offer: Menu Decouverte at 39€ with an either/or selection of mouthwatering suggestions and the Sensation du Marche at 68€ which we chose. We savoured the dishes that were beautifully presented...each dish had little "crumbs/seasonings " to one side to be "tasted with your finger" and I did...each and every time : there was a dusting of cumin with the lobster, sugared verveine with the refresher sorbet and ginger bread with the Camembert.

Fabulous French cuisine that is neither humble nor over exaggerated. Bring an appetite,sit back and enjoy LaDoucette Pouilly Fussee...you can thank me later!
Check out the website for the menus which they change every 2/3 months...I am so excited,because the change is imminent and so is our return to this enchanting little restaurant with the most charming hostess and chef.
What are you waiting for? Make a reservation for your next trip over.

I am kicking myself for forgetting to take photos...I was so distracted I didn't want to take my eye off the prize!

But you trust me...no?

Get Set.... Glow!

So Spring is officially with us...yet no one has thought of leaving a memo to Mr. Weather. No matter, what it is time to do is reboot our skin and our insides to get ready for the healthy glow of summer.

As each season brings about its changes so must we: a detox is always a great way to kick start  things and it is advised but all pharmacists (I speak of here in France).
I have been taking these daily wee bottles of herbal goodness:plant extracts,herbs and fruit... at each change of season coming on to a year now and I feel better for it...no hokum, on the level.
And they taste good too!

Moving on to the face: I have discovered and subsequently tried : PAYOT Pate Grise and have been pleasantly surprised.
This thick clay-like substance ( if it smells like it and feels like it...) is to be used to cover those pesky spots that pop up and annoy the hell out of you while you try to make them disappear while mercilessly picking at them while watching TV ...STOP!! 

*DELAROM Exfoliating face mask & PAYOT Pate grise*

Dip your finger in,and cover the offending spot  with a layer and go to bed. Yes...go to bed and in the morning...angry spot has been beaten to submission and the inflammation has gone down. Seriously..this is my new "go to" remedy for all spots and blemishes.

I was persuaded to buy this skin exfoliating face mask by DELAROM( see above photo) because it apparently has been "flying off the shelves"..(don't believe the hype...) and because the pink clay (more clay...sorry!) acts not only as a 7-10 minute mask but also becomes a scrub  and actually renders your skin extra soft and extra touchable.

It can also be used twice a week and is recommended for all skin types.