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THE FARMHOUSE MOULES/FRITES NIGHT - DEAL OF THE DECADE

The Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmaus has always been one of my favorite area restaurants. Chef/Owner Michael Adams is a skilled cook, the selection of beers is unique in the region and is outstanding, and the ambiance is country inn peaceful and serene. But The Farmhouse has outdone itself this time.

Tuesday is moules/frites (mussels and fries) night. Anyone who has spent time near the Mediterranean, especially in the south of France, knows how plump and juicy the mussels are. I'm a steamed clam guy myself, but the mussels near the Med are completely satisfactory, even if completely different.

The French steam these black-shelled, wing-shaped bivalves and accompany them with an amazing array of sauces, everything from just plain broth to exotic bleu cheese concoctions. Moules/frites are sold in all sorts of restaurants, from sidewalk cafes to pizzerias to joints that only serve moules/frites but serve a veritable Heinz 57 varieties. A steaming pile of moules with a healthy serving of …

QUICK LINKS TO PLACES WE'RE GOING IN MAY, 2010

Cities/Towns to Visit:
Cazouls les Beziers: Our village. Not a touristy town but near to all the good stuff.

Narbonne: Population of about 50,000. Nice city to walk. Great cathedral.

Beziers: City of about 70,000. Another great cathedral. Commercial center.

Carcassonne: Walled city where Costner filmed the exteriors for his Robin Hood.

Montpellier: City of 270,000. University town with loads of culture and history.

Albi: Scenic city. Home of the largest collection of Toulouse-Latrec's works.

Coilliure: Tourist trap on the Med where the Impressionists came to paint.

Arles: Center of Roman influence with a canal built to the Med 2100 years ago.

Avignon: Seat of the Papacy in the 14th Century.

Wineries:
Domaine Treloar
Chateau Caza Viel
Chateau Saint Martin des Champs
Domaine La Croix Belle

Restaurants:
Auberge de la Croisade

MISC.
Olive Co-op