Would you rather visit France vicariously or get a meal deal? How about both? Along with a chance to win a round trip to Provence, of course.
The Irvine-based Mimi's Cafe chain, with six stores in the Greater Sacramento area, is celebrating Bastille Day (French Independence Day) on Thursday with an offer: "Guests can enjoy a free two-pack of muffins, including the new chocolate mousse flavor, with a valid coupon and any purchase." To print the coupon, go to www.mimiscafe.com or www.facebook.com/mimiscafe.
More eats: From now through Oct. 5, Mimi's "Taste of France" program is featuring "Tour de Provence" seasonal menus, with Provence-inspired dishes. We dropped by the Folsom store for breakfast and had the sweetish cinnamon brioche french toast (one of four choices; $7.50).
Better was the three-course dinner deal for $14. In between a decent Caesar salad and an OK apple cinnamon crisp was the "country French beef gratin" (one of three entree choices). Described as a "French-inspired shepherd's pie," the ramekin-bound casserole was tasty and filling. There's a three-entree Provence-inspired lunch menu, too ($11 with beverage).
And: To enter the "Chance for France Giveaway" - five days in Provence, plus 100 other prizes - go to Mimi's Facebook page and "like" it. If you're not a Facebook member, you can register at Mimi's website.
"Taste of France" will continue with more seasonal menus. "Tour de Paris" will be Oct. 6-Jan. 25, and "Tour de Burgundy" will run Jan. 26-May 30.