Five Tables and the Sea: The restorative simplicity of Anne Majourel

Steve Hoffman, our Minnesota Spoon columnist, has spent the last five months in the Languedoc region of southern France, and submitted this tribute to his favorite restaurant in the world for our Travel Issue. What if a restaurant existed on a steep hill just outside a French fishing port? And what if this restaurant featured … [ Read more]

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Channel your inner chef and rent Julia Child’s house

Julia Child enthusiasts rejoice: You can book a stay in the little cottage the Childs built in France’s Provençal countryside, where they entertained the likes of M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard for decades, reports Conde Nast Traveler. Sotheby’s put the house—called “La Pitchoune” (meaning “the little one”) or “La Peetch,” for short—on the market at the … [ Read more]

Burgundy granted World Heritage site status

In July, Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural arm, granted World Heritage site status to the “climats” of Burgundy—the “1,247 tiny, oddly shaped vineyards that make up the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits wine regions,” reported The New York Times. The designation was granted after a decade of lobbying and research led by … [ Read more]

Biere de Garde: Getting to Know a Real Farmhouse Ale

Style Profile Goes Rustic By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint The border between France and Belgium is also a beverage border of sorts. It marks the point where the wine culture of southern Europe gives way to the beer culture of the north. While France is rightfully lauded for its fine wines, as one edges … [ Read more]