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: June 2015
Every now and then I take one of those online 10 question quizzes claiming to enlighten your personality and preferences. Yesterday I was Perfect at distinguishing slightly different colors. Last week, I earned happiness just from being like a Peony…apparently … Continue reading
Borrowing the name from a friend, K and I are starting a new group within the BWC called Women Who Wine. Come September, we already know our first outing will be at Wine Cellar & Co. on rue des remparts. Owner … Continue reading
What a great name. It works for a dog, a truck, a comic book hero, a river, a city in Colorado, and if you add “& Silverton”, a narrow gauge steam railroad line. What fun it was to visit everyone … Continue reading
A beautiful day, a favorite place, a wonderful time…camellias, iris, roses, treescapes, and a grumpy fish. With a sprinkle just as we were leaving. Totally perfect. (u) x(o)x
A favorite place at one of my all-inclusive resorts in Arizona! It’s going to be 100 degrees or more in Bordeaux today and just these pictures make me feel cool and refreshed. Which is infinitely better than feeling like you’re … Continue reading
Within minutes on the tram and a short walk, my toes were wiggling in warm soft sand. K and I staked out a spot with colorful beach towels and a picnic spread and then started to catch up on several … Continue reading
On a flat paper map there is one point where four states meet and it happens to be in Navajo territory. The states (going clockwise from 12) are Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. During my trip, we traveled from … Continue reading
It is 1943. Workmen, many of whom are conscripted Spaniards, complete the German submarine bunker in Bordeaux. It is a huge concrete structure which houses 43 submarines, each 18 metres long and designed more for ammunition and supply runs in … Continue reading
It’s so easy to be complacent. The details of our lives become routine and scheduled and for every accomplishment, it seems there is another expectation that rises to the top of a list. I don’t want to live that lifestyle … Continue reading