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: October 2014
Being in the right place at the right time allowed me to buy this Korg 5000 electric piano from a BWC friend who is downsizing. It is a full 88 key board with two pedals and five “voices”, headphone plug-in … Continue reading
The English word fudge translates into the French word caramel. Therefore, R and T’s puppy, Fudge, is appropriately named. He’s a nine month old basset/dachshund mix and I think he and his human already have a matched look! Fudge knows … Continue reading
I checked out library books for the first time! I chose an Ian Rankin for book club, Breakfast at Tiffany’s for fun, and eight books from the preschool section, mostly from the Ernest and Celestine series. Now what I need … Continue reading
According to Francois at le photo club de Bordeaux, my level of photography is at the bottom of beginner. It was not said in an unkind way and I’m not sure whether this club is the appropriate place for me … Continue reading
My complete monogram is JSL or just S for short. A recent monogram etiquette conversation offered several opinions about monogrammed silverware so I googled the topic and found differing and interesting views. First, if you believe that Europeans were the first … Continue reading
Seven guests all speaking mostly French except me. Family heirloom dishes and goblets with hand-embroidered linens from Madagascar. Le menu began with the apéro in le salon. Pretzels, nuts, dates and peppers stuffed with cheese, cocktail breads with cream and … Continue reading
Probably all people who love words have THE word that they hate. It might be slang or swear, overused or unspecific, filler or fabricated. I think my dad dislikes the word actually, thinking it superfluous, which it usually is. I remember … Continue reading
I know it’s supposed to train brains, increase mental abilities, and improve the odds of being an alert senior citizen. I know the goal is to increase speed, accuracy, and score. I’m skeptical about the process because adjusting scores, times, speeds, difficulty levels, comparisons, … Continue reading
I watched a short video the other day that I found amazing in many different ways. So, I’m going to see if I can share video in my blog. If not, here’s the site: http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/history.html (u) x(o)x Amazing Video
I am officially titre de séjoured until October 2, 2015. Finally. (u) x(o)x