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: April 2016
Thursday was the grand viewing of the episode of this M6 tv reality series featuring friend K looking at three places to buy in Bordeaux. This was the show where K skyped me as I pretended to be her friend … Continue reading
Pronounced like Captain Bligh. A city north and downriver of Bordeaux, 60 km from the Atlantic in the Gironde estuary, with a claim to fame for wine and a UNESCO World Heritage citadel. This area of the river is wide … Continue reading
I love being surprised by a film. Our BWC cinema group outing was yesterday afternoon and I was in charge of selecting the movie. There was very little to choose from and I read many synopses and reviews before reluctantly … Continue reading
A quick comment… While upgrading to the latest version of Skype, I lost all of my Skype contacts and I have to change sound settings, which means I may not hear the skype ringtone come through. If you’d like to … Continue reading
I can’t fathom anyone visiting Cambridge and not visiting King’s College Chapel. First, it’s enormous. At 289 feet long and soaring 80 feet high, you can’t miss it. The Chapel is also artistic. There are 26 sets of stained glass … Continue reading
It’s a pretty awesome thing to have your own personal computer help desk guru waiting in the wings and at your beck and call. Recently, I am the beneficiary of two “tweaks” that make my computer life So Much Better! … Continue reading
For all of you who play computer MahJong, including me before yesterday, give it up! It’s nothing more than a glorifed game of Concentration…making pairs and hoping you can clear the board. The real game is much more fascinating and … Continue reading
France does love its rules and regulations and french people impose a fair number of rules on themselves for expected behaviors, dress, and conversation topics. With my recent houseguest, Fudge, I am discovering they even impose rules on their dogs! … Continue reading
I cannot recall ever having a surprise birthday party. As a dedicated introvert, I really have never even liked being the center of attention, which birthday parties tend to exaggerate.(Please forgive me if you are a person who once planned … Continue reading