Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Seeing Julie & Julia for the first time dug the well a little deeper, but the thing that pushed me over the edge into trip planning mode was moving to Lexington, Kentucky. It’s not a coincidence that two of the three “Lexington Love” posts I’ve done so far have been about French/European-inspired eateries. There’s an atmosphere and an old-world charm built into a French crafted experience that just can’t be matched. Dozens of restaurants in this city have phenomenal food, trendy interior design, friendly hosts and personality that instantly turns first-timers into regulars — but Le Deauville French Bistro at 199 North Limestone makes you believe you’re actually in France.

From the beautifully aged signage on the trademark green and yellow exterior, to old tile, exposed brick and ornate ceiling panels, you can feel the rich history of the building itself. In combination with truly authentic French food, open air seating during the warmer months and soft French music drifting out into the streets, it’s like being in an enchanted bubble that transports you to a quaint bistro in the heart of Paris. I’m a seriously lucky girl to be living in the apartment above this magical thing.

I can go on for hours about the captivating ambience of this place, but that’s only part of the allure. The food…it’s mind-blowing. I’ve dined here a dozen times, I always try something new and I’ve never been dissatisfied in the least. My first meal at Le Deauville was the Duck Leg Confit with Potatoes Lyonnaise and Baby Spinach in a Creamy Mustard Sauce. Everything was cooked to perfection. It set the bar high for my subsequent visits and every expectation has been met (or exceeded) consistently. I’ve also had the Poached Chicken with Creamy Truffle Sauce, Vegetable Stew and Mushroom Risotto, the Grilled Chilean Seabass with Braised Potato, Tomatoes Confit and Beurre Blanc, the Salmon Crusted with Herbs, Celery Purée, and Mixed Garden Vegetables with Tarragon Sauce, and a smattering of other mouth-watering menu offerings. In a nutshell, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order. Pair a glass of wine or a cocktail with your dinner, finish with an espresso and the Banana Mille Feuille and you’ll likely be inspired enough to finally learn French.

Now I’ll let the photos do the talking!

Marc Puil, owner of Le Deauville and our wonderful landlord!

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

The space.

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

The food.

Pan-Seared Scallops topped with Mango Salsa and Beet Risotto

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Duck Leg Confit with Potatoes Lyonnaise and Baby Spinach in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Port Wine Vinaigrette

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Escargot in Garlic Butter

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

French Onion Soup

The dessert.

Banana Mille Feuille, Decadent Chocolate Cake, Creme Brulee, Cappuccino and Espresso

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | A Taste of France at Le Deauville - offbeat + inspired

Le Deauville also serves All You Can Eat Crepes (both sweet & savory!) every Monday and All You Can Eat Mussels & Fries every Tuesday. I’ve had both and they are a MUST.

Follow Le Deauville on Facebook, Instagram, and check out their website here!

Have you eaten here before? What did you think? What was your favorite dish? If you’re going to be visiting Lexington anytime soon, definitely plan a meal here and be sure to leave a comment on this post sharing about your experience! I would also love to hear from people who have been to France! Does Le Deauville take you back? Let’s discuss!

And stay tuned for an upcoming post highlighting a special gathering sponsored by Le Deauville and other Lexington gems. SO excited to share this one with you guys!!

Lavender-Honey Iced Latte

Lavender-Honey Iced Latte - offbeat + inspired-7

I’m a little obsessed with making flavor infused simple syrups (as evidenced by the excessive number of my recipes that include them in some form). The flavor combinations are endless and, in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to add variety to drinks like iced tea, lemonade, cocktails and of course, coffee.

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Lemon-Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake

Lemon + Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake-3

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Luckily, many breakfast foods are basically cake. Ergo, the most important meal of the day is cake. Flawless logic, right? I’m not quite sure how muffins, pancakes and coffee cake made the cut when it came to deciding which foods were socially acceptable to eat first thing in the morning, but hey, I’m not arguing.

This Lemon-Basil Whole Wheat Coffee Cake has all the fixings of a decadent treat, but you can get away with enjoying it any time of day. It’s topped with buttery, sugary crumbles and has a layer of creamy and tart lemon curd. Fresh basil and lemon zest give it a bright pop of flavor that’s perfect for the summer months. It’s also made with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt, so you can feel even better about eating cake for breakfast.

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Cookbooking: Joy The Baker | Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread

Cookbooking: Joy The Baker | Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Banana Bread - offbeat + inspired

For the longest time, I didn’t consider myself much of a baker – the idea of having to measure turned me off. I generally have more of a “let’s throw in a little of this and a little of that until it tastes good” mentality.

Enter Joy The Baker. Joy has been sharing her kitchen creations for a while, but I just started following her regularly several months ago (what the heck was I waiting for?). Her witty, endearing writing makes you feel like you’re chatting over a cup of coffee and a plate of Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes, while her recipes have the power to induce spontaneous salivation. Coffee Bacon Sandwiches will be happening very soon in my kitchen, and Dark Chocolate, Pistachio + Smoked Sea Salt Cookies inspired my own cupcake version.

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Japanese Method Iced Coffee

Japanese Method Iced Coffee

Summer is officially here! That calls for fresh farmers’ market produce, backyard barbecues and, of course, cold drinks. I’ve shared before how to make smooth, full-flavored, cold-brew coffee for drinks like a caramel iced latte or coffee cocktail. While I love that method, it takes about 8-12 hours for the coffee to steep – and let’s face it…sometimes a craving for iced coffee hits when you don’t want to wait that long.

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Cardamom + Vanilla Coffee Cocktail

Cardamom + Vanilla Coffee Cocktail

The weekend has officially arrived, which means it’s time to kick back, relax and shake up a cocktail. Cardamom and vanilla are two of my absolute favorite spices – and luckily, those flavors pair incredibly well with my most beloved beverage – coffee.

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Coffee-Maple Candied Bacon

Coffee-Maple Candied Bacon - offbeat + inspired-5

What’s better than bacon? Candied bacon with rich, earthy flavors of coffee, sweet maple syrup, caramelized sugar and spicy black pepper.

This recipe is dangerously easy to make, with only a few ingredients: bacon, freshly roasted coffee (I like using a full-bodied, dark roast such as FreshGround’s Sumatra Aceh), sugar, maple syrup and a touch of black pepper. Word of advice? Make this in small batches – or at least have friends over to share the results with. Otherwise before you know it, you’ll have consumed a shameful amount of bacon all by yourself. (Yup, I’m speaking from personal experience.)

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The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY]

The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY] - offbeat + inspired

Moving from a big rental house to a small third floor apartment has been a bit of an adjustment. In a really good way! For starters, it dawned on me that although I’ve been patting myself on the back for the last 5 years on how responsibly I’ve avoided all manner of hoarding…I am, in fact, a hoarder. With all the extra space in our house rental, I didn’t even realize how much useless STUFF I had been hauling with me. Stuff I wouldn’t even know existed until it was time to move again, and I’d think,  ’Awww, someday I’m gonna want that!’ Girl, no. Someday you’re gonna admit that a tattered cardboard box is the only love that thing will ever see. Basically, this little apartment has helped me master the art of tossing boxes without opening them. A major space saver.

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Coffee + Cardamom Zeppole

Coffee + Cardamom Zeppole - offbeat + inspired-4

In an effort to expand my cooking repertoire, I’ve been experimenting with new dishes, techniques and recipes. I don’t often make desserts, so I figured that would be a great (and tasty) area in which to step up my culinary game. The latest sweet treat? Italian fried doughnuts, also called zeppole. Yup – deep-fried, buttery, sweet dough covered in sugar. What’s not to love?

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“Wistring” Spiced Mocha Buttermilk Pancakes

Wistring Spiced Mocha Buttermilk Pancakes - offbeat + inspired

These are the in-between days. It’s not hot, it’s not cold, it’s not dry, it’s not wet. One day it’s uncomfortably warm and the next it’s snowing. I’m never quite sure how to deal with this little window of not-still-winter-not-yet-spring, but my tendency has been to dive head first into skirts, sandals and barbecue planning — which of course lands me in a fit of frustration. Not fun. I’ve decided it’s time for me to start treating these in-betweens like their own special season. I’ll call it “Wistring”.

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