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: July 2015
I am not going to say a word about the story that Harper Lee wrote before penning To Kill A Mockingbird. I will say that it is a quick read, I liked it, and I’m glad I read it. It seems … Continue reading
I boarded an early train for Périgueux, a medium-sized city in the Périgord region of southwest France. With both a medieval and gallo-roman past, authenticated by timbered houses, cobbled alleys, and ancient walls, Périgueux also boasts the St. Front Cathedral, … Continue reading
The quais were packed with people and for a change, very few dogs, for last night’s fireworks show. I had fun with my camera and I like the look so I’m sharing. (u) x(o)x
Sort of like Sheldon’s Fun with Flags episodes, here are some observations: my eggs are brown and sometimes they have feathers attached; vegetable produce at the market always has dirt on it; milk doesn’t have to be refrigerated and it has … Continue reading
My Facebook wandering has gotten out of control. There are too many inconsequential posts followed by too many meaningless validation comments. I wade through my home page like a person drowning at sea because I keep hoping for a life … Continue reading
Last Sunday was Bordeaux’s 13th annual Agora competition. The purpose is to encourage, highlight, and reward local artists with a one day “en plein air” assignment to draw or paint a canvas according to a theme. There were about 50 … Continue reading
I have about 6,750 music selections with a playing duration of slightly more than 19 days on my personal iTunes account. The type A portion of my personality is organizing the songs alphabetically, playing them in some semblance of order, … Continue reading
Just returned from the CPAM office which is the place to go if you want a Carte Vitale which puts you into the French healthcare system. If successful, not only would I be able to go to any hospital for … Continue reading
It’s been two months since my visit to Sedona and the memories keep lighting up like fireflies in a summer twilight. Every day things become special there…sharing contraband breakfast pastries, luxuriating in a bubble bath, window shopping in town and … Continue reading