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: August 2015
I tried to withdraw my carte vitale application only to be told that it was impossible. So my case is going to a mediator and in the meantime, I’m desperately trying to prevent my bank from releasing funds to pay … Continue reading
Old churches are beautiful, even, and maybe especially, when in ruins. This Abbey has a remarkable past. It dates to 1079 and became the head of 70 Benedictine priories in France, England, and Spain in the 12th century. Devastated by … Continue reading
I received my approval for French health insurance today after spending $200 to translate documents and submitting two separate dossiers. That’s the good news. The bad news is six months of coverage costs 3,248 euro…about $3,700. No thanks. Back to … Continue reading
I have a margarita recipe which uses unreconstituted limeade, cheap beer, tequila, and ice. So while I’m summer-sitting a blender, I experimented with frozen lime syrup, cheap beer, tequila, tiny ice cubes, and sugar. Not bad. I’ve already stuck some … Continue reading
There’s a gluten free craze in the US with huge sections of some supermarkets devoted to all our favorite floury foods made with alternative non-gluten sources. These items are expensive and usually not super-sized so sometimes you eat more than … Continue reading
A recent survey places the French attitude on top of the world at 85% on being pessimistic about the quality of life being better for their children than themselves. (Japan is a distant second place at 72%). It makes sense … Continue reading
I have a friend who submitted her dossier for a first year visa renewal in May for a September 15th expiration date (a three month lead time is required). She had not heard one peep from the prefecture, despite providing … Continue reading
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that no matter who or where you are, the combination of being alone and sick really sucks. And for me to even use that word indicates how bad yesterday’s bout … Continue reading
My private health insurance expires August 25th so there is some urgency to finding out if I am eligible for the French healthcare system using a carte vitale. My application and documents were reviewed and found lacking. I’ve now hired … Continue reading