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: February 2016
I feel like I’ve been granted a special secret day…one not on the calendar often and with a little bit of a holiday feel. This morning, my meditation was calmer, my yoga was more flexible, and I successfully finished my … Continue reading
I have been laughing all day long. Last October, friend K submitted her name to the French version of HH. At the time, she was considering a Bordeaux property purchase and thought it would be a lark. Knowing how much … Continue reading
I spent twice as long as I thought at this beautiful museum in Cambridge. Exhibits included impressionist paintings, porcelains, antiquities, and a special temporary showing of caricature cartoons. But my favorite “exhibit” was the building itself, inside and out. I … Continue reading
My first night in Cambridge included dinner at a nearby pub. The place was modern and lively and I felt the need to “have a pint” without it being beer. The staff suggested a warm winter Pimms which was a … Continue reading
I adore film festivals! The films are typically independent and extraordinary; many times there are provocative themes; usually there are classics from the past worth a re-viewing; and it can be that many cultures and languages are featured. In Milwaukee, … Continue reading
Paris is bidding on hosting the 2024 Olympics, along with Los Angeles, Rome, and Budapest. The last Olympic Games held in Paris were in 1914. The logo was unveiled recently and I like it very much. It’s modern and colorful, … Continue reading
I’m a pretty good keyboardist but just to give you an idea of what I am adjusting to…here it is with no edits or spellchecks… Little ?iss ?uffet sqt on her tuffet eqting her curds qnd zhey* Qlong cq,e q … Continue reading
Women Who Wine met today for a wine and chocolate pairing at Entre Deux Vins beginning at 11 am. Five of us decided dessert first was a perfect way to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day and what was estimated as a … Continue reading
One of my favorite things in Cambridge was sitting in Auntie’s tea room for a couple hours just resting my feet and enjoying a lovely hot cup of tea and Auntie’s special. It arrived on a three tiered tray with … Continue reading