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: July 2016
Some of you know that one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is buy a roast chicken at the market stall and nibble away as I debone the meat and sneak a piece of crispy burnished skin … Continue reading
My eightish daily morning walk in “my backyard” is about 5,000 steps if I loop around every path. There are a few bikers, joggers, power walkers, walkers like me, dogs straining on leashes, and many geese, ducks, and pigeons and … Continue reading
An acquaintance of mine is having the time of her life meeting men through the dating site OK Cupid. Stephan, Dominique, Marc…she is dining and dancing her way through Bordeaux and beyond. She suggested I do the same so just … Continue reading
This time the restaurant was L’Oiseau Bleu and I will try to do last night’s epicurean experience justice. R and T and I began the evening with champagne and prosciutto wrapped garlic and herbs spreadable cheese at my place. Then, … Continue reading
For anyone growing up watching Dennis the Menace on tv, you’re familiar with Mr. Wilson’s favorite saying whenever Dennis was into mischief…which was all the time! These words had another meaning about 26 years ago…when we didn’t know the name … Continue reading
Yesterday was Bastille Day, France’s national holiday celebrating liberty, equality, and fraternity. Much like America’s 4th of July, people picnic and host outdoor activities and watch fireworks at the end of the day. I was one of the thousands of … Continue reading
T and I saw Paris at the height, literally, of the flooding of the Seine. We stayed in the neighborhood Le Marais, which is filled with shops and restaurants and the history of the Jewish Quarter. There’s an active and … Continue reading