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Jennifer Virgilio of luxury DMC Queen of Clubs invites us to pull up a chair to taste one of Paris’ most famous contemporary dishes by Guy Savoy in a sumptuous setting.
Speaking from experience, Guy Savoy is an absolute must. He is truly one of the greatest chefs in France, quoted in the Michelin guide as “sincere and passionate, inventive without excess, unfailing generosity,” and his creations garner equally glowing reviews. An especially famous dish stands out in my mind as one of the best gastronomic experiences I’ve ever had in Paris: soupe d’artichaut à la truffe noire, brioche feuilletée aux champignons et truffes – or put simply, artichoke soup. For the chef, this popular dish deserves its rightful place in the tabernacle of French Gastronomy. A composition of artichoke soup, brioche with truffle butter, and truffle shavings makes this one of the most famous menu items at the 3 Michelin star restaurant.
To make the most out of your experience at Guy Savoy, I highly recommend the “Grand Menu” with wine pairings. The soup is always included in the menu, and you’ll also discover many other specialties of the famous chef!
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Jennifer Virgilio of luxury DMC Queen of Clubs unveils one of the few untouched paradises in the Principality of Monaco.
Tell us about this remarkable natural hideaway.
La Mala Beach is an exclusive and privileged location: one of the few oases still protected from mass tourism on the Côte d’Azur and an address that’s not to be missed for an iconically beautiful seaside experience. Before heading to the beach, be sure to make a pit stop at the Jardin Exotique de Monaco for a unique stroll. Built onto the cliffside, the garden offers one of the best views of the Principality of Monaco. At the bottom of the precipice, you can also visit a breathtaking cave filled with history.
When is the best time to visit?
The best weather is in June and September. When I lived in Monaco, we used to walk down hundreds of steps to get to the resort town of Cap d’Ail…and then back up hundreds of steps after a long day of drinking rosé and lounging at La Mala in this gorgeous natural alcove. The micro-climate of the Côte d’Azur is encapsulated in this area, where nature prevails.
Jennifer Virgilio of luxury DMC Queen of Clubs outlines an idyllic day itinerary on a quiet stretch of France’s Atlantic Coast.
What’s the fuss all about?
For an authentic local hidden treasure, you need to head to La Tremblade. This off-the-beaten-path town is located in the Charente-Maritime, just a 2-hour drive from Bordeaux.
How did you discover this gem?
I came with French friends who would take a day trip here every year during their childhood summer holidays. Although English writing could be found everywhere, not all the locals were comfortable speaking the language – but they were all very welcoming and kind!
How can visitors best experience the area?
The ideal time to experience La Tremblade is in September, after all the summer holiday families have left and only the locals populate the streets. The ideal itinerary would be to start the morning off at the Courbe Lighthouse, the highest lighthouse in this coastal area. Spectacular views await at the top. Before leaving, be sure to visit the small museum which traces the history of the structure. Next, I recommend picnicking on the Côte Sauvage, the Wild Coast, lying down on the warm sand, and perhaps even having a dip in the brisk Atlantic Ocean. Afterward, take a walk along the coast to check out the oyster farming areas. End your day at Cabane des Bons Vivants and savor a local specialty, Éclade de Moules: mussels cooked under burning pine needles. It is a culinary experience I highly recommend!