Author Archives: Jim

Asador Extebarri

We recently had the chance to have lunch at Asador Etxebarri, a restaurant that has gotten a lot of attention from the culinary press for its grill-centric take on traditional Basque food.  I had read how great the food is … Continue reading

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Visit to Charcuterie Louis Ospital

En route with friends from Orthez to Spain, stopped for a morning visit to Charcuterie Louis Ospital, where we were welcomed by  owner/operator Eric Ospital.  As mentioned in a previous post, Maison Ospital has grown from a tiny storefront selling … Continue reading

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Old and new favorite addresses in Toulouse

Passing through Toulouse has become a habit, as it is the closest major airport to our house in Orthez. For this reason, magnificent main dining room at Bibent on the Place des  Capitouls has become our go-to first meal in … Continue reading

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Fall Desserts at Café Presse

The new Fall 2018 menu at Café Presse also featuresa whole slate of warm and cozy desserts perfect for Fall.  Check out the new dessert menu here.

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Café Presse Fall menu photos

On Thursday October 4th, Café Presse chef de cuisine James O’Hern unveiled his new menu for Fall.  As always, the day started with a menu tasting for the waitstaff.  Here are some photos of the new dishes that feature the … Continue reading

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August Quarterly Dinner Photos

The August 2018 Quarterly Dinner at Cafe Presse featured a celebration of the food and festivals of the region of the Languedoc-Roussillon.  The dinner kicked off with a tapas and sangria reception featuring live Spanish guitar from local musician Jon … Continue reading

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Paris recommendations Summer 2018

Recently, a guest of Le Pichet asked me for advice for an upcoming trip to Paris. She is to stay on the Île de la Cité, and was hoping for recommendations on a simple Left Bank restaurant in the style … Continue reading

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Menu for August 2018 Quarterly Dinner

     Feria en Languedoc-Roussillon Menu Tuesday August 28, 2018, $60 per person  Buffet de tapas à la Feria A selection of small bites from the Languedoc-Roussillon: Anchovies stuffed with green olives Fougasse, rustic bread made with olive oil, black olives … Continue reading

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August 2018 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

Feria en Languedoc-Roussillon! In the south of France, Feria is the word used for the summer festivals that bring together everyone in town to celebrate the season, good food and the sweetness of being alive.  The menu for our August … Continue reading

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Bastille Day T-shirts still available

If you missed your chance on Bastille Day to purchase our limited edition t-shirt celebrating the 16th anniversary of Le Pichet’s Fête de Quatorze Juillet, fret not…Yes they are still available! The shirts are 100% cotton, made in America and … Continue reading

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