There was a definite French theme to this last weekend, spanning Saturday's visit to our favorite bistro here in Santa Rosa to a visit on Sunday to a lively French Antiques fair/Flea Market in San Rafael. Some images from a yummy dinner at Rendezvous Bistro (an establishment not making its first appearance on this blog!): barbecued oysters served with a lovely garlic butter parsley sauce:
Country pâté and baguette with grainy mustard and cornichon pickles:
Grilled salmon served with delicious French Puy lentils (must buy some for fall cooking at home!) fennel and artichokes
Jamison's hearty and tasty burger with roasted tomato, served with amazing truffled french fries and a truffled aioli:
This cozy and consistently delicious restaurant is about 15 minutes from our house, a nice walk that takes in a range of architectural styles, gardens....and cats!
Sunday's French themed market in San Rafael offered a transporting mix of objects, many French, others American...a feast of old things in colorful, nostalgic, bric a brac'd collision
How beautiful are these old French seed packets?
Love these warm colors and curvy pear shapes
The farmer's market was a adjacent to the antiques fair...we admired this amazingly aromatic mint
My treasures from the antiques fair: a Victorian creamer set with one tiny tea cup, all embossed with Japan-inspired flower and bamboo motifs:
....and a French apple picking basket that seems to have jumped from an Impressionist painting
Today's bento featured salmon and lentils from the bistro, fennel blossoms, a tiny lemon from one of our trees, garden-grown arugula and baby tomatoes from the farmer's market:
Happy cooking this week, mes amis!