Mistral Sur La Route

Mistral soaps and candles have just arrived in the gift shop and they smell amazing, however, their fragrance isn’t the most intriguing thing about them, it’s their story. Each bar of soap represents a stop on a Provence bike trip through the countryside! So…if you’re not giving your Valentine a trip through southwestern France (If you are – ten gold stars for being the ultimate spouse ever!) this is the next best thing!  If you’ve visited France and want to relive the journey or haven’t had the chance and want to experience that joie de vivre, these are a gorgeous gift!

Beginning in the ‘Pommier de Grignan” where you glide up and down the hills and arrive at an apple orchard where you lean your bike aside an apple tree and stroll through the rows of trees,  placing a few golden red apples in your basket for the journey.

Passing the Rhone River you come to the “Lavande de Senanque” and smell that incomparable sweet floral of lavender fields. Feeling an utter sense of relaxation as you pass the delicate purple rows of French lavender.

As you continue further, you stop at my favorite spot on route,  “Calanques de Cassis”.  Rocky cliffs dive down to the crisp blue waves of the Mediterranean while sailboats sway lightly in the wind, having the only access to these sandy beaches.

With the salty air at your back, there is just one last stop, “Citron de Menton” at Palais Carnoles a public garden full of citrus trees! Grab a lemonade and rest after your journey under the lemon-laden trees just in time to see the world renowned Lemon Festival beginning on February 15th.

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Deliciously scented and delightfully watercolored packaging that give you a sense of adventure and experience.

Acacia

Red Velvet Cupcake Contest

February  11th – February 14th

Last Valentine’s Day we held a Red Velvet Cupcake Contest where the opportunity to win a piece of jewelry when purchasing a cupcake was yours!

It’s back by popular demand  this Valentine’s day, so come down and buy a delectable red velvet cupcake and look for the marker to win a piece of our featured Curia jewelry for you or your loved one this Valentine’s!

Acacia

This Week’s Specials

Wednesday February 4th – Saturday February 8th

Beginning tomorrow we are featuring two brand new sweet and savory sandwich specials jam packed with local ingredients!

Turkey Bacon Focaccia

Rossdown Farms turkey breast, strawberry-onion jam, double crème Brie, balsamic-thyme aioli on Bread Affairs focaccia bread, served with our mixed greens

Short Rib Ciabatta Sandwich

Local beef glazed in cherry demi-glace with pickled red onions, pecorino cheese, arugula & smoky cracked pepper aioli, served with our mixed greens

Je T’aime Macarons!

There is an indescribable sense of when you eat one of those foods that instantly transport you to a foreign land.  For me, most of these foods are sweet treats; a perfect flaky croissant, a Belgian dark chocolate mousse cake,  a creamy hazelnut gelato, a fluffy fruit filled pavlova (can you tell I have a sweet tooth?) In this case, the Parisian macaron.

The petite nature of these delicacies requires perfection, one that only an experienced pasty chef could achieve.  These live above and beyond the average cookie realm, they’ve be hailed the Queen bee. The crisp shell that leads to a moist center arriving at a perfect line of not-too-sweet and not-too-almondy filling that makes you close your eyes and dream of aristocratic France!

You were concerned that I was making your mouth water and the faint sound of Edith Piaf’s sultry and romantic voice trail in and out of your ears with no resolve to your cravings…. fear not!

Macarons have arrived at Brambles Bistro!!

Our very own pastry chef, Thea makes a variety of delectable flavours:

Double Chocolate

Chocolate Raspberry

Vanilla Bean

Baileys

Sour Cherry

Raspberry

Salted Caramel

Cassis (black currant)

Earl Grey

Lemon

Pistachio

Come in and try one or two….who’s counting! Try all of our flavours! Or take some home for your sweetheart! (HUSBANDS – Just a friendly reminder that Valentines day is just ten sleeps away!)

Acacia