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Lunch at Bistrot Paul Bert

Prix Fixe: 16,50 euro includes entree, plat et dessert.  With my 5 euro glass of Bordeaux and tax, meal came to 24 euro.  Bistrot Paul Bert had popped up in numerous articles as a solid neighborhood joint with excellent traditional French fare.  It happily fulfilled my expectations- I had a simple beet salad (you have no idea how much I appreciate a good salad after two weeks here), followed by juicy roast beef and “puree a la maison,” followed by a decadent big chocolate macaron filled with some seriously rich chocolate mousse.  Wow.  Great value, and I loved the ambience.

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The Tastiest Treat in Capri

 

Sean and his sorbetto at La Fontelina in Capri

Sean and his sorbetto at La Fontelina in Capri

If you can tear your eyes away from the wickedly handsome man in this photo, you’ll notice his dessert. It’s a simple and incredibly refreshing sorbetto del limone, served in a hollowed-out lemon and dotted with wild strawberries.  Isn’t that EXACTLY what you want in a summertime dessert?  And how is it the Italians make their sorbet look so, well, deliciously creamy?  

The wickedly handsome man who discovered this treat for me is my friend Sean Krebs. When he told me he was taking vacation in Capri, I immediately swallowed a boatload of burning envy because I knew it would be an amazing trip.  Sean, as you can see, is a stylish traveler (awesome anchor necklace!) and stylish travelers generally know what to do when it comes to eating well abroad.  His qualifications are strong: he’s the publicist for one of my favorite lines (Generra) and the new fashion director with a magazine called Instinct.  He’s like stylish traveler to the 9th degree, plus he’s smart and cool and fun!  This photo was taken at La Fontelina, an outdoor restaurant on the southern coast of Capri that serves only lunch, only in the summertime.  La Fontelina is where Sean spent at least one lazy afternoon, capping off what was probably a perfect lunch with this sorbetto, which was apparently so good it made a grown man grin like a kid at Christmas.

Ed note: Just yesterday I made the bold claim that Club 55 is the best lunch spot in the world. Today I learned of La Fontelina.   Anyone out there want to compare and let me know?

view from La Fontelina, home to the tastiest treat in Italy

view from La Fontelina, home to the tastiest treat in Italy

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From Firenze, with Love

A very special someone, knowing I’m more interested in dessert than the statue of David, sent me this photo from Florence, where he’s spending part of the summer (and living richly, it appears). That cone is so decadent it kind of makes me swoon.  Creamy tiramisu gelato, enjoyed with an espresso.  Um, what could be a more perfect afternoon break?  Thanks for sharing, JFS.

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