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: July 2014
They go by in a blur and it’s all done in just a few minutes. But the excitement builds for hours and it’s almost a letdown to realize it’s over. I’m talking about Le Tour de France from an in person … Continue reading
The circular staircase was narrow, accommodating those coming up only if those coming down were flattened with their backs against the wall. The stone steps were original and uneven and the rope railing felt flimsy. 231 steps rose 50 metres … Continue reading
I couldn’t tear myself away from a Jodi Picoult novel and it was only after two in the morning when I started considering the choice of bedside light off or inviting even more mosquitoes to the feast. It had been … Continue reading
Many story themes will come from my past five “in the country” days but here’s today’s snippette. On this day, my 11th month anniversary of living in France, I got my comeuppance for thinking I can handle anything thrown my … Continue reading
It’s puh-tay-toh to both of us but I say tuh-may-toh and she says tuh-mah-toh. She says the way I say “niche” is what someone has if they are scratching. And the way I say aunt is a picnic insect to … Continue reading
You’ve probably already determined that I’ve edited more than 900 photos (from both C and me) that I’m making into a movie titled 2014 Bordeaux and Beyond. Cost: worth every minute.*****I found cottage cheese! Cost: 3,86e for 400g*****The sightseeing book … Continue reading
…as in Cyrano de. He was a real writer and playwright of the 1600’s and also the subject of future fictional operas, ballets, and movies. The de in his name indicates a noble birth and he was a well educated … Continue reading
Actually her name sounded like “lice” and to get her to trot we commanded “tro-teh, lice, tro-teh” in our sternest voices. I think it was “oh-oh” to get her to stop and a willow whip to make her behave. Thankfully … Continue reading
The Château de Biron was the seat of one of the four baronies of the Périgord, which is the old name for what is approximately now the départemente of the Dordogne. As most fortresses, it is situated on a hill … Continue reading