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Paris to Provence!

Jardin des Tuileries © Alice Joyce

I invite you to accompany me on a virtual tour as we stroll around Paris, then move South to Provence. We begin with an obligatory visit to Ladurée .. the unparalleled pâtisserie. Floral touches on the windows, sweet!

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Foodie Pleasures

Bay Area Green Tours Nicasio Valley Cheese Selection Bay Area Green Tours Photo: Alice Joyce

a wonderful day participating in a recent Whole Foods Farm Tour organized by Bay Area Green Tours. Our group enjoyed various tastings, along with informative talks and presentations. After meeting at the San Rafael Whole Foods Store, we visited Christine’s Upper Crust Pies, moving on to All Star Oganics Farm, and then to the Lafranchi ranch’s diary and Nicasio Valley Cheese Company.

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Thomas Hill Organics: Farm to Table Flavorful!

Thomas Hill Organics Graphic Photo: Alice Joyce

It’s the rare occasion when a meal surpasses my expectations in every way, but lunch at Thomas Hill Organics qualifies. The dishes were so memorable that I returned the next evening for dinner. The owners’ discerning taste extends to the bistro’s graphic design sensibility, while the ambiance of the covered dining patio is a relaxed and inviting space. The Wine Wrangler, Coy Barnes provided my introduction to the eatery presided over by Joe and Debbie Thomas – with a menu based on the fresh organic produce grown on their Paso Robles farm. Coy put together an itinerary that called for a satisfying mid-day meal between our morning and afternoon winery visits. A confident, flavorful melding of ingredients emerged in each outstanding dish.

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