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: February 2014
I field tripped with the BWC to tour a company that makes wine barrels. It was fascinating and I was surprised at the craftsmanship and individual attention devoted to each barrel. I was also very aware that this could not happen in … Continue reading
Wintertime is clemen-time. Or at least that’s what I always believed. How can you not become addicted to those miniature easily peeled seedless orbs with enough juice to quench your thirst on a dry Sahara day when the furnace has … Continue reading
I don’t remember ever posting twice in one day. I am participating in a webinar about tapping which is an exercise of sorts for healing and wellness. Over ten days and about 30 sessions anywhere from 20 -60 minutes each, I … Continue reading
Today is my six month anniversary of arriving in Bordeaux, France. Here are the top ten ways that I’ve become a little more frenchified: 1. There isn’t a week (sometimes a day) that goes by without a baguette. 2. I’m going … Continue reading
Bordeaux has been deemed worthy of another Michelin star in their Green Guides. Going from two to three is a big deal and bound to put the city on more regional and country tour itineraries. It wasn’t always so. I’ve … Continue reading
One of my friends bought a ground floor flat about ten minutes up the street from me. The entire building has three floors, very high ceilings, a lovely staircase and a private garden. The exterior was just cleaned and shows … Continue reading
One put into practice. Starting yesterday, I’m setting my phone timer for an hour every time I sit at the computer. The hour and I get up together to do something else for at least another hour. So far, I’ve cleaned, … Continue reading
For afternoon tv viewing, I was definitely an Addams Family kid. Gomez and Morticia, Wednesday and what’s his name (google to the rescue-Pugsley), Uncle Fester and Grandmama, Lurch and Thing, and don’t forget Cousin It. Their crazy house and antics … Continue reading
…but heading in the same direction. Instead, I will spend my birthday trip tiptoeing through the tulips in Amsterdam! Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are some of my favorite flowers and instead of buying myself a bouquet, I’m anticipating full immersion in … Continue reading