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: November 2013
Read the books. Now. Redbox or Netflix the first movie. Then, see the second part of the trilogy which was just released. I don’t see how you could be disappointed. Arguably, Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, is the main character. … Continue reading
Much of my current lifestyle factors in a practical mentality and with that in mind, it would be difficult to send Christmas presents to friends and family in the USA. Other past celebrations included sharing a holiday lunch or cocktail…currently, … Continue reading
This is going to be fun! There are no turkeys to buy so there are no turkeys to roast. There is no product in a Campbell’s can or Knorr pouch that calls itself turkey gravy. No turkey soup base, bouillon, or paste. … Continue reading
Do not attend a wine tasting without having had anything to eat and then sample so many that your feet don’t really feel like they’re touching the ground all while buying some bottles and leaving them in the care of … Continue reading
More and more, as I look at my image in a mirror, I see signs of heredity and age. Dark circles now surround my eyes, eliminating the need for eyeshadow on the top but increasing the need for cover-up on the bottom. … Continue reading
I have had the best day…found and bought most of my vitamins/supplements at a boutique health store, found and déjeuned at a terrific bio restaurant, found and shopped at the only specialty spice store in town, found and drooled at the … Continue reading
I have discovered through several days of outdoor trial and mostly error, that any degree Celsius lower than 10 should be accompanied by a coat and gloves. Also that wall heaters only heat the space one foot in front of … Continue reading
I bet that headline got your attention, n’est-ce pas? This was the topic of the BWC conversation group which met this afternoon for discussion, sweets, and tea. The idea of the group is to spend one hour speaking anglais and … Continue reading
Drizzly darkness with a whipping wind. Leaves already fallen and trampled rising like ghouls and dancing a macabre tango. Intermittent streetlamps shining intermittent spheres of light in a labyrinth of the same twisted narrow street over and over again. Black-hooded … Continue reading