worth a thousand words
food, glorious food
It does exist! A steakhouse in Bordeaux where you saunter up to a meat counter to choose your cut of boeuf and the size of your personal slab. Accompanied by anything between a green salad and potatoes gratin (with duck fat french fries a popular choice), the entire meal is presented family style in short order. Along with a dazzling wine list, Le Bar du Boucher delivers a friendly and tasty experience…who could ask for more?
I just watched a short video about how the French culture reveres food…and particularly lunch. It is a social occasion in no hurry…lasting at least an hour and many times two. Typically, the three courses include an: entréé (appetizer), plat (main course), and dessert. Most people will have a glass or two of wine and a café afterward, the tiny shot of espresso to energize the afternoon and balance the digestion. The french are some of the most productive and creative workers in the world…maybe it’s because they don’t work through lunch!
the wine cellar
Do you remember the dance “Tequila”? That’s the dance I’m doing these days as I have a bottle of Jose Cuervo margarita mix, salt, and limes. What a perfect combo! Thanks N and C for the contraband from the German/American commissary :)
Château de Reignac
A beautiful castle located northeast of Bordeaux between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, this estate produces some of my favorite bio wines. Apparently “the wine gurus” agree because it’s been awarded more prestige than some of the Grand Crus of Bordeaux even though its appellation is Bordeaux Superior. There simply isn’t a bad Reignac even in the years that other estates have a thumbs down approach to the harvest. We’re going to visit the vineyard in person for a tour and picnic in May. There’s an aroma garden within an Eiffel glass greenhouse with plants growing for all the scents that are perceived in their wines…how fun is that? The picnic will be VERY french and I truly cannot wait to see, small, and taste it all in person!
My latest reads are “How to Play Bridge” in English AND French and Lonely Planet’s Guides to St. Petersburg and the Baltics. I haven’t touched a french lesson in two months and my goal to read War and Peace before traveling fizzled out completely. I thought about Doestoevsky and Chekhov too but never downloaded a Kindle word of it. It might be nice to take along a book while traveling but suitcase space is tight and I’d rather have an extra pair of shoes. So, my life without words and pages will continue for a few more months and when I begin again, I think I will be the stay up until 4 am voracious reader. Maybe I’ll even finish W&P.
In addition to online news sources, a print copy of The Connexion is almost a must-have for English speakers in France. It’s a monthly news magazine with stories ranging from world to community issues and events. There’s always something to learn and something to enjoy and usually, something to do because of reading it. The perfect trifecta!
Monthly Archives: March 2013
I don’t know anyone who likes speed bumps. We might all acknowledge that they’re useful in deterring reckless mph’s, but if no one was reckless, the rest of us wouldn’t have to endure the underside of our vehicles falling out. Around here, … Continue reading
The color of the sky is so vibrant here. I remember Crayola’s cornflower crayon from the 64 count box. That’s the color of early morning. Pacific Blue is noon although Atlantic Blue would be more descriptive for this peninsula. Later, … Continue reading
Four chefs, three judges, a basket of mystery ingredients, and 20-30 minutes on the clock. Create the most awesome appetizer, entreé, and dessert using the basket ingredients and staples from the fridge and pantry and you win $10,000. That’s the … Continue reading
My thoughts haven’t just been about chocolate bunnies, although I plan to get a big one at the Monday 1/2 price sale. Our resident brood of eight adorable ducklings dwindled to none as the days passed. I just wanted to nuzzle their … Continue reading
More than a trend, more than a cult following, more even than a casual first date spot or high school hang-out, frozen yogurt shoppes are ubiquitous in soFlo. With names like Tutti Frutti, Yo UR Way, Yogurtland, Pink Papaya, and … Continue reading
My tv show addictions are few and intense, meaning if I miss the scheduled broadcast, I usually search for the online repeat to avoid withdrawal. Tuesday is Parenthood (currently on hiatus) and Thursday is Project Runway (only 5 more designers … Continue reading
The beach was our favorite. T and I rented a cabana and felt like celebrities as we chatted at Pompano. T oiled and burned while I did a slow bake. Our Ben & Jerry’s that night was appropriately titled half … Continue reading
The flocks of college students arrive to jam the beaches and bars, dance and romance, and do anything to stay away from a book. In southern Florida, the seasonal change is not climatic, it’s populaic! And here, the special pastel … Continue reading
Coral Springs is celebrating its 50th birthday and this weekend’s Festival is one of the signature community events. Being only a couple blocks away, my neighbor and I sauntered over to the many tents filled with artwork, craftwork, and the … Continue reading