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The Neighborhood Cafe

January 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · France, Languedoc, Travel

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Our little town in the Languedoc has just the one cafe. Across from the church, in the main place of the little town. Le Coin des Aromes.

We tried it tonight, and liked it. Quite a bit. We even encountered a local wine that was quite good, ending our losing streak.

Cost of dinner for two and a nice bottle of wine?

That would be 35 euros, and 14 of that was the red from the Domaine de Nizas.

Our hearty dinners — whipped up in the back by the gregarious owner, Patrick — were 11 euros and 10.

One was slow-cooked veal with olive sauce on pasta, and the other was a nice steak, about six ounces, with a pepper stuff, mixed greens and some excellent sauteed potatoes that were made with bacon.

The owner was relentlessly friendly, taking the time to chat with us and tell us about himself and the business — which is primarily a wine bar that makes a lot of pizza.

Half a dozen people were in the bar area, where the TV was set on a local station. Patrick also was moving pizzas and, had we not been in the mood for some traditional French food made by a Frenchman, we might have ordered pizza.

The wine was a 2012 cabernet/syrah, named Le Mazet del Salleles, and it was quite nice, strong and smooth, as we got back on the grid of proven (at least to us) makers. We will be drinking more of that as we go along.

We also will be returning to Le Coin des Aromes — “the corner aroma” (which hints of coffee, which they serve every morning.

It’s the┬ácafe, here in town.

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