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You choose: Le Pichet or Café Presse?

Both Le Pichet and Café Presse have, once again, been nominated for Best French Restaurant in the King 5 “Best of Western Washington” 2015 poll.

If you agree, be sure to visit the King 5 site and make your opinion known by voting for one or the other.  Or both…is that possible?

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Come by on Labor Day

Café Presse and Le Pichet will both be open regular hours Labor Day Weekend, including Monday September 7, 2015.

Le Pichet open 8am to midnght everyday

Café Presse open 7am to 2am everday

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Two-sided totes now available

Two-sided totes, featuring Le Pichet and Cafe Presse logos, are 100% cotton canvas and made in America.

Two-sided totes, featuring Le Pichet and Cafe Presse logos, are 100% cotton canvas and made in America…lookin’ pretty stylish.

Just in at Cafe Presse and Le Pichet:  our two-sided cotton canvas totes featuring both the Le Pichet Cafe Presse logos.  Sized as a generous book or grocery bag, these totes are made of 100% natural cotton and are 100% made in America.  You can pick them up at Le Pichet or Cafe Presse for only $16 while supplies last.

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Restaurant Arrantzaleak, Ciboure, France

Arrantzaleak May 2015

Located on a quiet street fronting the estuary of the Nivelle river, behind the fishing docks in the Basque coastal town of Ciboure, Restaurant Arrantzaleak doesn’t give the impression that it might be one of the best known restaurants in the region.  The decor is modest, with even a bit of seaside schmaltz…the walls are decorated with fishing nets, colorful cork floats, mounted trophy fish, tables are wood topped  and sky blue painted benches standing in for chairs.

However, when we arrived, the table of 15 Chinese tourists near the door left no doubt that this was the place we had read about.

Fortunately, Arrantzaleak, or “Chez Remunctxo” as it is known locally, lives up to the billing.  The formula is simple:  very fresh fish , grilled over hardwood coals (the grill is situated in a alcove that you pass through on your way to the bar), accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables.  Done.

Although everything we tried was very good, selections from the daily fresh sheet were particularly good:  grilled razor clams served with leeks, fava beans and asparagus; wild caught sea bass with more favas, pickled shallot and garlic butter;  excellent whole prawns with persillade; and little flat fish called “langue d’avocat”, which resembled sand dabs and were served with herbed beurre blanc.

Restaurant Arrantzaleak
Address: 18 Avenue Jean Poulou, Ciboure, 64500
Tel: 05 59 47 10 75
Reservations:  Definitely, during the high season

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Falafel is on the menu at Le Pichet

LP New Menu Aug 2015 falafel

Crispy chick pea fritters served with a salad of melon, cucumber, parsley and pickled melon rind, with a creamy melon-harissa puree.

If you are a falafel fan, you probably know that these crispy chickpea fritters have been on the menu at Cafe Presse since early July.  But now you can also find them at Le Pichet.

Le Pichet chef de cuisine Jack Spiess has paired falafel with a salad of heirloom cucumbers, summer melon, parsley and pickled melon rind, as well as a sweet and spicy puree of melons, labneh and harissa.  Available beginning today at 5:30pm and then all day through the end of the summer!

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New dishes on the menu at Le Pichet

LP new menu Aug 2015 tomato

Local tomatoes marinated with red wine vinegar and olive oil, with oil-cured albacore tuna, basil and chopped hard-cooked egg.

New late summer dishes (yes it is late summer…Labor Day is only 3 weeks away!) have arrived on the menu at Le Pichet!

Chef de Cuisine Jack Spiess has gathered the best of the market tables in creating four new dishes that were added to the menu on August 9th.

Check out these photos of the new dishes or take a peek at the new menus here.

LP new menu Aug 2015 socca

Nicoise-style chickpea crepe served with ratatouille and a fried duck egg.

LP new menu Aug 2015  soup

Walla Walla sweet onion broth with wheat berries and mustard greens, with smoked mackerel butter crouton.

Pan roasted Washington coast salmon filet, on a ragout of sweet corn, confit peppers, cherry tomatoes and lovage scented broth.

Pan roasted Washington coast salmon filet, on a ragout of sweet corn, confit peppers, cherry tomatoes and lovage scented broth.


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Thanks for Helping us Celebrate 15 years

Le Pichet would like to say a great big THANK YOU to all our friends, family and guests who stopped by during our 15th Anniversary Celebration in the week leading up to Le Pichet’s birthday on August 3rd.

In the same way that we would not have made it to our 15th Birthday without all of you, our Birthday celebration was extra special because so many friends old and new, made time to stop by, share a glass and say “Hello”.

Thanks for 15 great years and looking forward to our next 15!

Le Pichet

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Menu for Susan Herrmann Loomis Luncheon at Café Presse

On August 19th, Café Presse and Le Pichet Executive Chef Jim Drohman will prepare amenu of dishes from Susan Herrmann Loomis’ new book In A French Kitchen.

Susan Herrmann Loomis Book Signing Luncheon Menu

Wednesday August 19th, 2015  12noon

Cervelle de canut, concombre en purée
Œufs mimosa
Coques à la vinaigrette
Passed appetizers:  Herbed fresh cheese with cucumber purée on crostini;  Deviled eggs à la Française; Clams in vinaigrette

Salade de melon à la vinaigrette aux échalotes
Melon salad with shallot vinaigrette

Tagine simple d’Emilie, son couscous, poivrons grillés à l’ail
Emilie’s chicken thigh tagine, couscous, garlic roasted red peppers

Sorbet aux nectarines
Nectarine sorbet scented with rosemary, lemon sable cookie

$65/person  includes beverage and a copy of In a French Kitchen
(tax and gratuity not included)

Space is limited

Click here for full details

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Author Susan Herrmann Loomis at Café Presse

In a French Kitchen image

Café Presse is very proud to welcome

Chef and Cookbook Author
Susan Herrmann Loomis

For a luncheon and book signing in honor of her new book

In a French Kitchen

Wednesday August 19th, 2015
12 noon at Café Presse

Café Presse and Le Pichet
executive chef Jim Drohman will prepare a four-course menu of dishes from In a French Kitchen.

Book Signing Luncheon:
$65/ person includes beverage and a copy of In a French Kitchen.
(tax and gratuity not included)

See the menu here.

Space is limited for this very special event.
For reservations, please contact Cafe Presse at 206.709.7674

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