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: August 2014
Today is day one of September challenges with M and T. I just completed three hours of my training program for using Elance to develop a freelance income career. I am now ready to begin the first lesson which I … Continue reading
I think I may have found what I was looking for. But I won’t know for certain for several months or maybe years. Stumped? I had to give up my search for a female homeopathic doctor who spoke English and I … Continue reading
Despite being a democratic nation, the political system in France is worlds apart from that in the US. A couple days ago, the French prime minister effectively dissolved the government and selected new post members at the request of France’s … Continue reading
Perhaps the title says it all. A Bose iPod docking station now takes center stage on my mantel. Music fills and spills with classical trills and I have thrills. (u) x(o)x
I added a feature to my google calendar…the daily sunrise and sunset times. Back around the summer solstice in June, sunrise was at 6:16 and sunset at 9:52. It was light enough on my balcony at 10 pm to read … Continue reading
More than one person has alluded to my single life as the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love. On screen, Julia Roberts does a credible job of tackling Italian gelatos, Indian yoga retreats, and Indonesian island laissez-faire which results in love. … Continue reading
“Most of us live life as a chore.” This was one of the messages from Anita Moorjani’s talk Dying To Be Me. In her words, we don’t begin to live life as the gift that it is until something drastically … Continue reading
It’s a lazy Sunday with a definite possibility of a nap. (Celebrated until 2 a.m. Bordeaux time…had a lovely evening of wining, dining, and walking.) I’ve visited the Sunday Chartrons market and had my desired produce hand selected by the … Continue reading
She was about six years old. Her simple blue dress was covered with a soft white sweater and she may have had on her Sunday shoes. Long brown hair, brushed until every strand was in place, fell down her back … Continue reading