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: May 2016
Around here, Thursday night is THE night to go out on the town. Restaurants and bars are crowded, music is playing, people are strolling the city streets, and Friday’s work production plummets! We joined the party by starting at a … Continue reading
Almost 24 hours after one car, two busses, and three planes, T has arrived! What makes it more incredible is Thursday was her last final, Friday was her graduation ceremony, and Saturday was her graduation banquet…all including alcohol and partying … Continue reading
At 2h30 tomorrow morning, I will be watching the live stream of T’s graduation ceremony. I can clap and holler and listen to speeches and then watch my daughter cross the stage to receive her college diploma. I’ve already enjoyed … Continue reading
Do you remember the first time you were called “ma’am”? Up until this point, your title was “miss” at stores, restaurants, hotels, banks…anywhere someone was likely to serve you. The first time you heard “ma’am” you probably looked around for … Continue reading
There aren’t a lot of milestones to commemorate the passage of time when you’re older except for annual birthdays and retirement date. But one milestone that doesn’t get much attention, is when the friends of your kids get married and … Continue reading
Yesterday’s french phonetics class was torture. There are three ways to enunciate a french [r] and yes, one of the ways is that back of the throat, getting ready to spit, hirr instead of hiss. However, most [r]’s are somewhere … Continue reading
Guessing that most people have not been to a urologist. So, in the interest of better health, I’m going to share a couple things I learned from my appointment. First, if you are lucky enough to not get up in … Continue reading
Honoring mothers and those who have a mothering spirit, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world on different days in different ways. The tradition is ancient, going back in history to the Greek god Rhea, known as “the mother of … Continue reading
Finally viewed this movie on my computer. I was not impressed. Not by Leo, not by the repetitive soundtrack and cinematography, and not by the unrealistic sequences of dealing with life threatening injuries (including a totally useless ankle which heals … Continue reading