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: September 2014
Ok, it’s a good thing that I don’t comprehend French because at last Sunday’s Cap Association event, I picked up a limited number of brochures that matched my interests and now, in addition to trying out the photo club this … Continue reading
I viewed a documentary titled Tim’s Vermeer and found it fascinating. To theorize that the painter of light accomplished his feat using something as simplistic as a mirror, and then to prove that the theory is probable by recreating one … Continue reading
Ok, I have chosen 27 photos from the past year that I like very much from an editorial or architectural standpoint and that can stand alone in telling a story. I have to reduce these to five. If you want … Continue reading
I get excited about possibilities. I ask questions and then I ask questions of the answers. I smile. A lot. Most often I decide “this” was put in front of me to find at this moment. And there are so many … Continue reading
For the second time, I failed a sensory test for smelling and identifying different fragrances, and in some cases, odors. In what I think would be a great party game, vials of scent are passed around, sniffed, and guessed at…and … Continue reading
They say (and don’t ask me who they are) that learning numbers in French is easy but thinking numbers in French is not easily assimilated. Un, deux, trois…up to dix and a few beyond is within school children’s grasp but … Continue reading
or…an update on various open items. My new appointment for a visa extension or titre de séjour is October 3rd. Originals, copies, and spares once again of every document that has my name on it. Found the Mexican restaurant Arbol and … Continue reading
It is Automne’s birthday. The date changes back and forth by one or two every few years, but it’s always heading toward the end of Septembre. During my wonder bread years, seasons fit neatly into three month blocks with autumn … Continue reading
I rsvp’d to a BWC board meeting scheduled to begin at 10 am this morning. Choosing the bus as my transportation option, I mapped out a route which should have taken a half hour. Well, getting on the wrong bus … Continue reading