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 2018
Malta’s WWII experiences were extreme. Located perilously close to Axis powers and Rommel’s African campaigns, the British colony of Malta was a strategic prize and suffered over 3,000 air attacks totaling over 2,000 hours…the vast majority during 1942. The island … Continue reading
Spoiler alert: Getting my complaints off my chest Malta is an independent EU country consisting of six main islands in the Mediterranean sea, 50 miles south of Sicily. Two of the islands are inhabited and commercially connected via a 20 … Continue reading
Antibiotics to the rescue is today’s motto as I still feel so horrid that the only thing I’m capable of is watching The Crown in between naps. Not sure if or how much my Maltese experience had to do with getting … Continue reading
I started today’s outings with a pedicure. Since I still had remnants of January’s tropical blue on my toenails, it seemed time to freshen things up before sandal season strikes in full force. I like nothing better than a foot … Continue reading
Listening to Pandora’s ABBA station and first up is Take A Chance on Me. ABBA is reviving and reinventing themselves as pseudo avatars on tour, singing their original hits and even recording a couple new songs after 35 years on … Continue reading
And now, the interactive portion of my blog…which German Christmas market should I go to first? If you internet search , you’ll find notables in Dresden, Nuremburg, Munich, Berlin, and others along with photos. Have you been to any of … Continue reading