Virginia Travel Blog

Recipe for Romance :: Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Valentine’s Day is a special time of year for lover’s to make special treats for their loved one.  At L’Auberge Provencale, here in the Shenandoah Valley, we have made many a Valentine’s Day especially with Chocolate!  Looking over the archives of recipes, we thought we would share this easy but delicious recipe that you can easily make at home.

RASPBERRY BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE

Ingredients for the Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

  1. 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped                                                                                                                                                                                       Ice Cream Cake Recipe
  2. 4 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. flour
  3. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  4. 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter-softened
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  7. 1/2 Cup Sugar
  8. 1 Egg Room Temperature
  9. 1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped
  10. 1 Pint of Raspberry Sorbet- softened
  11. 2 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream-softened

Topping:

  1. 1 Cup Whipped Cream
  2. 2 Tsp. Sugar
  3. 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  4. Fresh Raspberries

Directions for the Fudge Brownies

Line 8″ Square pan with buttered parchment paper or foil.   Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler, (hot, but not boiling water)stirring until smooth.  Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.  Blend eg and sugar using mixer at medium speed.  Add Vanilla.  Gradually add chocolate mixture.  Stop mixer when combined and mix in dry ingredients using a wooden spoon.  Spread Batter in pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 19 minutes until it is springy to the touch, but not dry.  Cool completely, invert onto rack and remove paper.

Directions for the Topping:

Mix ice cream and sorbet together by folding in together.  Spread over cooled brownies.  Top with Whipped cream and raspberries.  Chill for 10 minutes before serving.  You can add the whipped cream and raspberries if you want to freeze ahead and remove the brownies 15 minutes before serving.  Then top.

This recipe is easy and fun and we hope it helps with your romance this Valentine’s Day!

It’s That Time of Year Again – L’Auberge Provencale Gift Cards

 

 

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Holidays in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With holidays fast approaching, why not give a gift that creates happy memories, L’Auberge Provencale gift cards.

We offer gift cards to suit anyone’s budget, no black out dates and can be used any time of the year.

Be it a special occasion,  a weekend away to rekindle ones love for one another. Not forgetting all those family and friends.

Click on the gift certificate above or below, to give the gift of happiness. A gift that you will never gather dust, only special and unique experiences.

 

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Ten Things We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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When I was growing up my mother told me to think of things I was grateful for during Thanksgiving. So this year I am thankful for many things here at L’Auberge Provencale.

1. Thankful for the wonderful housekeeping staff that has been with us for many years, who love to see things sparkle.

2. This beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing thus far; crisp days and brilliant nights.

3. A well stocked, and eclectic selection of wines in the cellar dating back to a bottle of 1905 Madeira and a cozy salon and restaurant in which to enjoy them in.

4. A talented and hard working restaurant staff that always strives for perfection.

5. Thankful for such loving and caring parents; Celeste and Alain Borel, the backbone of L’Auberge Provencale.

6. For our little corner of Provence in the heart of Virginia, with the Blueridge Mountains as its backdrop.

7. Being surrounded by such a concentration of passionate vintners, in the heart of the Northern Virginia Wine Region.

8. For having the Virginia State Arboretum and all its beautiful grounds just two minutes away.

9. For the health and happiness of our children and families.

10. And for Noel, the office cat.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Shenandoah Valley this Fall

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Chardonnay, Ripe for Picking.

We all love lists.  It helps us get things done and gives us direction.  Now that summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and fall is in the air, it is a great time to visit L’Auberge Provencale in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Here’s a list of things to do while you visit our bed and breakfast to help you plan the perfect  fall getaway.

1. The best time to visit Virginia Wine Country is in the fall, for the wine crush.  Visit Linden, Delaplane, Glen Manor, RDV, Fox Meadow, Chateau O’Brien Vineyards, just minutes away.

2. Great hiking at Sky Meadows State Park and the Shenandoah National Park.

3. The 76th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Race at Great Meadows in the Plains, Saturday, October 18th.  Tailgate and enjoy a day at the races.

4. The serenity of the Shenandoah River can be enjoyed on a kayak or canoe from the Front Royal Canoe Company.

5. Hannity, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious and over 100  other varieties of apples are in season in Apple Country at several “pick your own” orchards.

6. See the leaves with a catch of a breath on a tree top zip tour in Harpers Ferry, 20 minutes north of the inn.

7. The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, features music of all types, from jazz, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, to country every weekend.  Bring your dancing shoes!

8. Throw your bags in the back of the car, pick up a gourmet picnic prepared by our chefs, and enjoy a picnic at the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm.

9.  The Art at the Mill Show in Millwood, with well judged artists works, from oils, to watercolors; wood crafts to potter all on sale and display.  And while you are there pick up some freshly ground corn and wheat flours from one of the oldest working mills in the country.

10. Take advantage of our one and two night “Wine Crush Specials” here at L’Auberge Provencale from Sunday-Thursday.  Wine, dine and tour!  BOOK NOW!

76th Annual Virginia Gold Cup Race

76th Annual Virginia Gold Cup Race

 

Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday at L’Auberge Provencale

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Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue

Come Celebrate our Nations Birthday and Meet the Staff of L’Auberge Provencale!

An Alfresco Event Featuring Chef Joseph Watters and Sommelier Christian Borel with the  L’Auberge Staff.

The chefs will be on hand at this casual experience featuring a bountiful clam bake and slow spitfire roasted pig.  There will be a tasting of domestic and Local Brewery beers and Bourbons.  The wine lovers will not be forgotten  as we pour the wines for local vineyard Glen Manor.  Enjoy the best of Northern Virginia in the lazy days of summer.

THE MAIN EVENT-

Slow Spit Fire Roasted Pig

Clam Bake on Seaweed with Sauvignon Blanc, Garlic, Parsley & Butter

Lobster, Corn, Potato, Littleneck Clams, Mussels, Fresh Crab, Sausages & Shrimp

Sauces Include: Creole Sauce, Lemon Butter, Garlic Butter and Lemons

Served with Coleslaw, Vegetable Skewers, Tomato Provencale, & Vegetable Anti-Pasta Fresh From our Garden

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Blueberry Pie

Dress-Summer Casual

                                      For Reservations to join the fun.. 1-540-837-1375                                               lobster-tails 89.00 per person excluding taxes and gratuities.

Help the Orphaned Babies of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

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Something different to do with the kids this Father’s Day.  Have a super brunch here at La Table Provencale and then take the whole family to Long Branch for the “Baby Shower.”  The event here in White Post, benefits the Blue  Ridge Wildlife Center.  The Wildlife Center rescues and raises thousands of wildlife orphans.  So bring them:

  • Puppy Chow, Ground and Canned
  • Kitten Chow, Dry and Canned
  • Baby Cereal, Rice and Oatmeal
  • Rolled Oats or Cheerios
  • Bird Seed, Finch, Mixed, Sunflower, Suet
  • Baby Food:  Sweet Potato, Fruit, Applesauce
  • Chick starter

Or just some cash to buy Special Formulas and Foods, Insects and Fish

You and the family will learn how to raise wildlife orphans and there will be demonstrations of native wildlife.  There will also be games and raffle prizes!

No reservations necessary at Long Branch,but you may want to call us for a brunch reservation and sample Chef Joseph’s amazing Eggs Benedict and, without a doubt, the best burger in the area.

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100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day

Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

This year is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day and we think that calls for a special celebration. Executive Chef Joseph Watters has created a fabulous Mother’s Day Dinner Menu which we will serve all afternoon starting from 12:00pm until 7:00 pm. We also have a gift for each mom, a piece of Provence, a French lavender plant, for them to take home and enjoy all summer long.

The Virginia State Arboretum, just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, hosts their annual plant sale that day. Local nurseries, farms and conservation groups will have their wares on display and for sale. Local craftsman are also on hand with great creations for the garden and home. This is a great way to shop for the coming season, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Arboretum and stop by La Table Provencale for a fabulous dinner featuring the best of the season and our garden here at the inn, L’Auberge Provencale.

Our flower gardens and vegetable gardens are in full bloom. If the weather is beautiful we will serve al fresco on the terrace as well. We are booking up fast, so give us a call now to secure your table for this fabulous feast.
FOR RESERVATIONS: 1-540-837-1375.

Villa La Campagnette

Baby sheep grazing in the lush grass of our neighbors farm by the Villa La Campagnette

World Wines of Interest, Wine Dinner March 23, 2014

wine-glasses-red-wineFor this dinner, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at L’Auberge Provencale, we will be traveling around the world exploring “wines of interest” paired with foods of interest.  Our wine dinner starts at 12:30-1:00 for a meet and greet and then we will be seated for this exceptional event.

For a chance to discover small production, little know wines this dinner is a must.  We will be pouring wines from Moldova, Lebanon, Slovenia and Hungary.  Just for fun we may sneak in one from Greece and a white wine from Lebanon which gets better the older it gets.  Secret little treasures like these, accompany the wine tasting menu created by Chef Joseph Watters and his team.

The menu will feature such tantalizing goodies as King Crab, Boudin Blanc, Seasonal Black Truffles, Braised Rabbit, Beef Wellington Modern and Lychee Souflee.  Great food, great wines, and great friends…what a better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.  Oh, so very French.

Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and information.

Civil War Buffs with Cabin Fever

Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Well, we have all had enough of the snow and ice and I know we are all saying enough is enough.  Today, the weather is balmy and it is time to get out of the city and visit the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at L’Auberge Provencale.  For those history buffs of the Civil War there is a unique opportunity to visit the Kernstown Battlefield in Middletown.

You can join the Kernstown Battlefield Association as it commemorates the 152nd Anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown.

Gary Eclebarger, historian and author of the book “We Are in for It, The First Battle of Kernstown” will be giving a tour of the battlefield on March 15, 2014 starting at 9 am.  The tour will last approximately two and a half hours.  Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.  The tour is free.  Donations are always appreciated.  For the Civil War buffs this is an excellent opportunity to visit this historic property just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale.  We will be happy to pack you a picnic to take with you as you explore the battlefield and the surrounding area.  Just let us know 24 hours in advance.

The Visitor Center will be open and Tours of the Pritchard House will be available.  In case of inclement weather, the tour will start at 9 am on March 22nd.  Additional information can be found at www.kernstownbattle.org or on the Kernstown Battlefield Association Face Book page. You may also call KBA President Gary Crawford at (540) 869-2896.

We have just a couple a rooms still available, so book now for the opportunity to combine luxury with history.

 

 

South African Wine Dinner at La Table Provencale

La Table Provencale restaurant at L’Auberge Provencale, had another great wine dinner this past Sunday, February 23rd, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the heart of Virginia wine country, featuring the wines of South Africa.  On hand for the afternoon was Nicola  from Mullineux Vineyards, who  graciously showed  and explained the pairings of the wines of Keermont and Kloof Street, from Swartland.  Also, we enjoyed Riebeek Vineyard wines with Morne representing his great wines, also from Swartland and the western Cape.

Chef Joseph pulled out the stops with his South African menu, featuring ostrich, wild boar, scallop ceviche and a fabulous apricot souflee and Koek Sisters  paired with Mullineux Vineyard’s, very rare, Straw Wine.

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From left to right, Morne from Riebeek, Craig, from Jip Jip Rocks, Ben, from Thorn Clarke, Nicola from Mullineux and Celeste from La Table Provencale

Joining our group were two new friends from Australia, Ben from Thorne Clarke Vineyards and Craig from Jip Jip Rocks.  We made plans for an Australian themed dinner this same time next year, so you might want to mark your calendars now for this great Virginia wine country event at our restaurant La Table Provencale.

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