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 2017
There’s a British sitcom I was introduced to while in Lalandusse titled Not Going Out. I found it on youtube and started watching from the first season-it makes me smile and laugh. I find the British stereotype of a young American … Continue reading
Something wonderful happened to me yesterday. Actually, many wonderful things happened, but one stood out from all the others. One guess is all you get. (u) x(o)x
Last night, our Women Who Wine evening was at chez K for apéro and games. I arrived at 17h15, guests arrived between 18h-19h, and all left around 21h30 but K, J, and I who talked until midnight. There were 11 … Continue reading
This film, for me, is flat. I’m not impressed by the story, acting, or even cinematography. Next up is Kubo and the Two Strings, an animated feature length film nominated in that Oscar category. Hope it’s more entertaining and engaging. Bought … Continue reading
So happy to be on the verge of a new week! The one ending was notable for many reasons but the lowlight was being without a functional toilet for three days! And while friends offered their bathrooms, that doesn’t solve … Continue reading
and everything in its place. I spent the greater part of the day finding room (an empty suitcase) for Christmas, washing a new flannel (hard to find here) fitted sheet, hanging up the charging unit for my first french dustbuster, … Continue reading
Which basically means, have pancakes for dinner. Of course, the local version is crèpes and there will be few households who bring out maple syrup. It’s all tied in to lent and luck and tradition…and since I can’t flip my … Continue reading