10 Day Road Trip Down Routa 40, Patagonia

 

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10 days, 4 girls, 1 small car, 1,300 miles and an epic adventure through Argentina and Chile. This trip has been top on my bucket list for a long time and I was lucky enough to make it a reality in early March. With so many amazing photos and memories to share I have put off this blog post for a long time because I just couldn’t narrow it down.

Vegetarian options were surprisingly delicious and available throughout our trip, even in the small towns. I am not a vegetarian but many times prefer the veggies, although I must say there is nothing like an Argentine steak!

There is so much to love about this beautiful world and embarking on a (foreign and adventurous) cross country road trip did not disappoint.

Day 1 – Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche

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Carrot Cake Recipe & Sally’s Middle Name- Restaurant Review

Every year since living in DC, I make my sister her all time favorite dessert- Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Every year I try a new recipe hoping it will be better than the last. This year according to my sister “Was the best yet!” Mission accomplished. Recipe is at the end of this post. We also have a tradition of going out to a restaurant of the birthday person’s choice (as I am sure many people do. So far we have hit up- Thai x-ing, Little Serow, Komi, Barcelona, Roses Luxury, Ambar, and I am sure I am missing a few but all have been fantastic! This year Steph picked a spot none of us had been to before, Sally’s Middle Name. Continue reading

Cooking Class in Luberon, Provence and Poached Pear Recipe

One of the highlights of our trip to France was, with out a doubt, this cooking class(click for link), called Cuisine de Chef. Surrounded by the spectacular French countryside of mountains, vineyards, and orchards, I can’t think of a more perfect setting to feel submerged into the serene Provence. Even if you do not attend the cooking class, visiting the historic hill top villages of Luberon is an absolute must. We stumbled upon a small wine tasting event after our lunch and explored the magical little village with a glass in hand 🙂
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Provence- A food and wine lovers dream

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. – Julia Child 

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I don’t know about you but when my family and I start planning a trip we typically start off by thinking about the food. My sister is in culinary school and did an apprenticeship at a resort in Greece over the summer. We decided to “meet her” in Provence when she was finished. The south of France has been on my travel list for while, as I am sure it is on many food lovers lists, and it did not disappoint. I wanted to stay forever. We managed to packed in a full itinerary,  eating and drinking to our hearts content. I was definitely not ready to leave after our quick week long trip. I will keep this a simple introductory post, with restaurant reviews, our cooking class and Lyon to come!

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Everyone tells you not to go to France in August because things tend to shut down and everyone goes on vacation. We went anyway. Yes, we had a day where nothing was open (not even the local grocery store, but it was Sunday) we made due and found a local pizza place in town that remained opened, it was actually excellent, and hey, you gotta stay flexible on vaca!  Other than that it was beautiful and maybe a little less crowded than it otherwise would have been. As with most of our trips, it consisted of aimlessly wondering through town exploring and eating.

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We stayed at an airbnb in Vedéne, a small town right outside of Avignon. It was quaint and off the beaten path, yet only 8km from the city Avignon. The house was amazing with a large deck, grill, hot tub and park in the backyard, and our host was friendly, helpful and even left us with a bottle of Vino!

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Places to eatLa Vache a Carreaux– 14 Rue Peyrollerie, 84000 Avignon, France

Marché les Halles d’Avignon- AMAZING Market right in the center of town.

Guide to Local Markets

Things to do – The Popal palace or Palais des Papes in French.

Walk the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the midevil unfinished bridge.

Venture to Calangues at Cassis- a must see beach town

Hike Gorges du verdon– visit moustiers sainte-marie

Saint Remy de provence- roman ruins and van gogh

Where to drink

Chuteauneuf du-pape– most famous wine in rhone valley, saint cosmes & gigondas. Amazing area even to simply drive through. Sprawling vineyards as far as the eye can see speckled with charming wineries, small (and some very large).

Favorite winery we tried- Caveau Bureaux

Best service winery- Clus Saint Michel

Tavel – region north of Avignon across from the Rhone river from Chuteauneuf known for Rosé. In fact this region is the “Champagne” or “Bourdeau” of Rosé.

Distillary- A. Blachére, the distillar was behind the counter giving samples of unique cordials, liqueurs, and more. I highly recommend the Lavender.

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