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: August 2016
Today would have been my dad’s 80th birthday…a milestone event, at least in my opinion, although he probably wouldn’t have wanted much of a fuss. Just his favorite things…being on the boat with my mom on Yellowstone Lake, raising a … Continue reading
Three years ago yesterday, I began my life in Bordeaux. Determination helped me through the initial hurdles and setbacks of becoming an expat citizen and now, I can’t imagine enjoying any other lifestyle as much as I do here. My … Continue reading
A while back, friends and I spent the day visiting two châteaux. The first was in Cadillac and I’d been there before. The fireplaces are still beautifully impressive and this time, I could read more of the the exhibit about … Continue reading
Death and the French system screwing up my taxes. Once again, I must go to the tax office and explain that there is a direct and equal tax credit in France for any taxes I’ve paid in the US. Following … Continue reading
We French (I can include myself in this particular group) grocery shop all the time. There is no weekly trip to Carrefour or monthly visit to the super Auchan. Bread is purchased daily and fruits and veggies every couple days. … Continue reading
Sometimes you have to go to a place to know that you didn’t need to go there. Such was a recent day out exploring the southern and eastern shore of the Bassin d’Arcachon. I dutifully ordered brochures from the tourist … Continue reading
…on a US shelf of a bio store in the suburbs. Made it today and ate the whole box! Also found and bought a bottle of ginger ale and Canadian maple syrup, which is getting easier to find although I … Continue reading