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: November 2014
I have had so many adventures lately that they are running together in my mind. So, taking one day at a time and working backwards, today was a photography expedition to a place I’ve wanted to explore in the nittier … Continue reading
Le Black Friday Sales a la français. I’m serious. That’s the ad. Thursday is not a holiday. People do not take off work Friday. No one stays up late or gets up early to wait in line in front of … Continue reading
Today I screened Third Person with Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, and some other notable credits. It was the monthly BWC cinema outing and the movie generated some confusion, a lot of conversation, and no clear or right answers. … Continue reading
Some sale coupons for Eurodif were running out tomorrow so I took the bait and bought a few clothing items…including a bra and a cami…without trying anything on. What a joke! The only things that fit are the scarf and … Continue reading
Gesundheit. Or the yummy treat I bought from the Chartrons market today. (Mine is gone so I had to use an internet picture!) (u) x(o)x
I haven’t had time to post recently; in some ways I haven’t even had time to think about what to post recently. So today I will borrow from an online English publication for Brits living in France called The Connexion. … Continue reading
“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.” ~ Ansel Adams (u) x(o)x
This is one of my favorite philosophical questions. We have a word for the absence of something. Nothing. But if we have a word for it and if you can have it, is nothing something? Can the lack of something … Continue reading
I am joyful with excited anticipation. Christmas is coming. It’s not just that I’m playing Christmas carols on the piano or listening to my iPod Christmas playlist. It’s not just that I’m co-coordinating the BWC December holiday luncheon and receiving emails about … Continue reading