This holiday season has got me in the mood to explore and taste different flavors of delicious food. It’s a time to splurge on your taste buds and regret the extra pounds later. As they say, to get to someone’s heart is through their stomach.
Today, I decided to venture out on a new favorite. I’ve stopped by at La Provence for their sweet treats and desserts in the past, but I’ve never had the opportunity to actually try any of their meals. I’m always a sucker for breakfast, and thought what a great way to start the weekend morning.
I drove up to one of their locations and instantly saw the high volume of people inside. As I say, if you want to know if a place has good food, go to where you see a lot of people. If you see it’s empty, there is usually a reason for that. The wait wasn’t too long, about 15 minutes tops by the time we got a table.
I was looking around at the decor and instantly it made you feel as if you weren’t in Oregon. My imagination kept taking me to Parisian cafes and the smell of fresh coffee and baked treats. At least, this is what I imagine the streets of Paris would be like. The tile looking cieling and the distinguished chandeliers hanging up above gave a very cozy, but traditional European look.
Looking at the menu, I was astounded by the great selection. I wanted to order everything, but I usually like to begin with something safe. I think if the most basic food item ends up being delicious, then you know the rest of the selection will be exquisite, if not even more. Today, my intuition of sticking with my comfort zone didn’t fail me.
I decided to order “Day Breaker”, which consisted of two fresh-farm eggs, chicken basil sausage, their specialty Provençal potatoes & butternut squash. This was accompanied with a butter croissant topped with Brie cheese and a side of Raspberry jam (at least, it tasted like Raspberry). To drink, I ordered a Passion Fruit Iced Tea. This order, you have a choice of also toast and different side meats, but I couldn’t help to notice that almost every person sitting on the other tables had a croissant and I’ve been trying to avoid Pork products since it tends to break my skin out.
The butter croissant was first provided and I thought it was the most beautiful croissant I have ever seen in my life. Almost too perfect to eat. The taste was delicious and not too buttery. The flavor of the brie cheese was right on point and it was a great compliment with the jam. I usually ask for iced tea with no sugar, and you could really taste the different fruity flavors swimming in your mouth.
My order finally arrived and I only felt even more excited to try this plate. The chicken-basil sausage was juicy and had a hearty flavor. There was a good balance of sweetness of the butternut squash, the eggs were made exceptionally fluffy, and the seasoning of the potatoes is what tied everything together.
If you’re looking for a good high-end breakfast spot (one that is surprisingly affordable), and want to feel as if you’re in France, then this is the place to be. I’m looking forward to stopping by and trying their other items on the menu such as their Banana French Toast and Berry Crepes. Be sure to stop by and visit one of their locations!