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 2018
When I walk to the market Sunday morning, I can’t help feeling like Belle in Beauty in the Beast and I start singing in my head… Little town, it’s a quiet village, every day like the one before. Little town … Continue reading
I have started listening to a French radio station rather than my iPod collection or Pandora mixes. But I’ve been away from the current music scene for so long that I don’t know artists or songs or sometimes whether they’re … Continue reading
I’m in the midst of a cold soup fetish. Easy if you have a blender, tasty if you add some crazy ingredients, filling because most recipes call for a soggy baguette, and cooling because they chill overnight-what’s not to love? … Continue reading
But wanted you to see some watercolor artwork I enjoyed at an exhibit in Malta. Wish I could find the titles but check out the captions for some things I do remember. I like temporary art exhibits a lot. This … Continue reading
After liking Valletta the first day and not seeing and doing everything, I returned for a second, slightly more laid back, day of wandering and taking photos. Enjoyed the best hot chocolate of my life in a little café off … Continue reading
It’s practically impossible not to. France will play Croatia in the final match of the World Cup in Moscow on Sunday. I watched the entire semi-final game (thinking it could be the last) and got to know the players’ names … Continue reading
Valletta has been the capital of Malta since the late 1500s, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1980, and the European capital of culture for 2018. It is a day stop for huge cruise ships disgorging thousands of tourists who … Continue reading
Not Bozo or Gonzo or Ouzo but definitely so-so. Malta is an archipelago of six islands and Gozo is the second largest. Accessible via a 25 minute ferry ride, it is Malta’s breadbasket…greener, more rural, more relaxed. My intention was … Continue reading
Pronounced Mar-sash-lock. The largest bay with the largest fishing fleet prompted a number of seaside restaurants to serve the catch of the day. The little traditional boats are called luzzu and all were tethered during my stay. Most have an … Continue reading