|The Le Provencal iced latte and a chocolate cookie|
Le Comptoir in Columbia offers an iced latte flavored with lavender that has become one of Mrs. HowChow's favorite things. Le Provencal is pricey at $6, but it's her treat as we sit on the lakefront. Done right, it's a revelation. Perfectly iced coffee with a waft of lavender.
Not the flavor of soap, which is a common problem when you cook with lavender. This is a hint of flavor, more of scent than something strong. We assume they use a lavender simple syrup, but we're happy to enjoy without knowing the secret.
And then there are always cookies if you want a treat without flowery flavors. Le Comptoir makes a variety of baked goods that have made it one of our favorite places. But those chocolate cookies have become our favorites -- crunch on the outside, moist inside. Not cakey (because we're not a cake family).
Le Comptoir is a terrific place to stop before checking out the new Whole Foods on the lakefront. Walk from the grocery down towards the lake and Clyde's. Le Comptoir, Petit Louis and Sushi Sono are all perpendicular to Clyde's overlooking the lake.