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: June 2014
5 people meeting up to queue at L’Entrecote at 7 pm for the first seating at a restaurant that has 0 menus because it operates on a 1 plate fits all formula of garlic sauced steak and frites and we … Continue reading
I have done a very, Very, VERY bad thing. Without any intention of baking cookies or making fudge (at least not today), I opened my 36 oz bag of Nestlé’s chocolate chips. These came all the way from California and … Continue reading
No one ever told me…nor did I even think…that animal sounds would be different across languages. Can you figure out these French animal sounds? ouah! ouah! (wah! wah!) miaou (meeaahoo) cocorico (kokoreeko) glou glou (gloo gloo) meuh (myrrh) cui cui … Continue reading
It’s a pairing that’s perfect…Bordeaux celebrating it’s biannual wine festival while welcoming Los Angeles and honoring their 50th anniversary of sister cityhood. The wine tents were crowded with empty-stemmed tasters surging in five deep. The pourers, in quintessentially French fashion, ignored … Continue reading
Pont is the French word for bridge. My Walk and Talk group left the Quinconces quais this morning on the BatCUB, Bordeaux’s water taxi on the Garonne River, and headed toward the ancient fortress village of Lormont. The Pont de … Continue reading
Almost ten months ago, when I arrived in Bordeaux, I needed to buy facial moisturizer and body lotion. I walked into a pharmacie and chose a set of large pump bottles on sale from Caudalie, a name I did not … Continue reading
(All) gone but not forgotten. (u) x(o)x
I just read an article that announced the delivery of a pair of chickens to all interested residents in two Dordogne towns. The chickens, along with a users manual, a basic henhouse, and some starter beans, are being offered as a … Continue reading
From sunflower fields to balcony petunias…from market berries and peaches to a much treasured stash of twinkies…from brasserie sangria to sweet yellow aperitifs…from bright and hot sunshine to balmy late night sunsets…from the breeze on the streets to the whir … Continue reading