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: December 2014
If the booming business at temporary stands which just popped up on the sidewalks is any indication, Happy New Year Bordelaise style includes lots of oysters! Have fun popping your corks! And on we go to 2015… (u) x(o)x … Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading
“Relationships are about two individuals who maintain their own lives and create another one together.” ~Unknown
If you don’t have a yard…or garden as we say here, a dog takes over your schedule. Giving doggy opportunities to pee and poop, run and walk, play and socialize, means you are outside, and attached by a lead to … Continue reading
My 2015 resolution is to keep all my resolutions. Whether they come on January 1st or throughout the year, my commitments to my priorities will take center stage. I cannot give anything to others unless my own life is overflowing … Continue reading
A friend told me that the origins of Boxing Day come from a rebellion in China long before there was English aristocracy. However, I like the story of the English property owners setting aside the day after Christmas for all … Continue reading
Oops…no, Fudge is my bassett/dachshund doggie that I’m playing host to for Christmas week. His mom and dad are celebrating in the UK. Day one saw us at the jardin public dog park and on a late night walk around … Continue reading
For the second time, I sat in the uppermost rows inside Théâtre Femina to listen to the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux. It was incredibly warm and totally packed and I thought to myself that if there were a fire, we … Continue reading
Like a 16 year old virgin driver, I have just been accepted into the club of people with a French driver’s license who have very little idea about the rules of the road. I do know that I start off … Continue reading