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: September 2015
Purchasing and preparing the ingredients for pumpkin spice brownies, apple praline cake, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, and chocolate pudding cake. All will be shared with friends at bridge club, discussion group, what’s cooking?, and a birthday celebration. I haven’t … Continue reading
Yesterday’s lunch plat was….pigeon! It was delicious and I would order it again in a heartbeat. This morning’s trip to the CPAM (health system) office went better. R accompanied me and conversed in French and finally, there’s an acknowledgement that … Continue reading
Free tai chi is offered on Sunday mornings in a grassy square inside the Jardin Botanique. My first visit this morning was friendly and fun. Philippe is the instructor and he teaches a different method than the one I’m familiar … Continue reading
Translation: fireworks. The 15th annual International Symposium of Fireworks just concluded in Bordeaux. Last night, a beautiful choreographed show, designed by a French company, lit up the Garonne River near the newest bridge. It was spectacular. We saw glitter and … Continue reading
A place that typically hides behind solid gates is the old Château Labottierre which now houses the Bernard Magrez (of wine fame) Cultural Institute. Eclectic exhibits are on display here and during my visit the most unique one was a … Continue reading
The Palais Gallien, a bit of the Roman Empire, is a block away from my place. Typically, you view it from an overlook but during the JP, the gates were unlocked and you could pretend to be a gladiator or … Continue reading
Another of my visits during Bordeaux’s Journées Patrimoine was to the house of Paul Berthelot. Influenced by the art deco movement but firmly grounded in French curlycues, take a look at some of the beautiful features. I absolutely love how … Continue reading
I was up close and personal with the pipe organ in Église St. Ferdinand on Sunday as part of the open house visits offered throughout Europe, known as Journées Patrimoine in France. Accessed via a circular and narrow staircase and … Continue reading
…is when the alarm coincides with the need to pee. (u) x(o)x
You can be ticketed and fined for driving while wearing flip flops or high heels. That’s some powerful radar! (u) x(o)x