What is it? Doesn't the lovely Virginie love me anymore? I don't know. I took my husband on our first night in Cannes (our twice-yearly visit to the MipTV/MipCom events). We both enjoyed our meal (he had the last gambas brochette and I had a melt-in-the-mouth veal Marengo) but felt a bit left out. Not that I'm a sucker for freebies but I've always been treated to a free aperitif at Pause Café and this time, nothing. The two ladies next to us were offered a limoncello but not us. OK, I thought, not to worry, we're not regulars.
The next day, I went for lunch on my own. Virginie offered me (as she'd had before) a magazine to read which was great (it helps avoid that 'staring into the distance look when a woman lunches on her own). But no aperitif (other tables did have it, not just regulars but Mip delegates with their badges around their neck). No limoncello. My salad main course was pretty awful - good dressing but over-cooked lardons, stodgy potatoes with cheese and not really that well presented. My glass of rose was fine. Coffee was fine. But I felt I wasn't a valued customer anymore, just a punter coming in for lunch.
Thankfully, I've now found a new favourite in Cannes, which I will test over the next couple of days.
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