Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Read Part Deux of Ah, The Writer's Craft is Like a Good Zabaglione.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Now back to the question; what was the best thing you ate in France?
I hear that pretty often, and yet, my response is often -- well, you can't really say. I apologize if my answer sounds like an oxymoron or a platitude. Or that I am avoiding the question.
Or about the most local or the most veggie or the most of anything, really?
Around 9:30 am on the 3rd Day in the Twelve Day Tour I felt the pleasure of drinking in the deep and reflective experience of being with Cori and Brenda and Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light author and travel, food, wine and pilgrim extraordinaire, David Downie who Michael Ondatjie says is "The master of educated curiosity." He and his amazing photographer wife, Allison Harris, showed us the secrets of the Marais. We walked into (yes, not just by...) the small and chi-chi Chez L'Ami Louis, frequented by Bill Clinton and other celebs, then through Marche des Enfants Rouge, were led to the gorgeous boutique of astonishing chocolate, Jacques Genin and ate an authentic bistro lunch at Cafe des Musees. Allison and David were generous, gentle and energetic historians of the many layers of the Marais; which must be made of stone, chocolate and Moroccan delicacies. It was at the Cafe des Musees where we also returned to the Veau Debacle.
And going back in the tour (not in actual time..) even further, on the very first day I was in Paris with Cori, my assistant, we were planning and frankly, we got so incredibly hungry! For dinner we visited Parnassus 138 in -- I know you'll be surprised -- Montparnasse. It was fun to show Cori, and fun to waych their crack-up-laugh-out-loud video. The little place has retained and remained a small neighborhood jewel.
Come along with C'est si Bon! to La Belle Gasconne - and see for yourself.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The sun has set over our time, for the time being, in Poudenas and I'm feeling a wee bit guilty about leaving you in the lurch!
What have you been up to?
We've entered Phase Five - no Six - of our trip to France.
It's hard to believe that soon it will be 2 weeks since our little group of "Twelve Days" disbanded.
What's happened since?
Rich and I had a couple of days to ramble around the small villages that lead out of (or into) Condom on the Chemin de Santiago, in preparation for where we are now.
Plan de Lot et Garonne (a map of sorts)
Then our sons, Erick and Jaryd arrived...what a long journey from their homes in Colorado and California.
We enjoyed cooking as a family and one night full of stars for the lovely entourage of Marie-Claude, Christian, Sandrine, Jean-Claude and Jean-Antoine.
Then, beaucoup Le Market in Condom and Auch.
Armagnac tasting at Gelas in Vic-Fezensac.
And then Kayla - Erick's girlfriend arrived - another long journey behind her. Welcomed in the only proper way, a Reblochon Pizza from La Galerie. She shared a beautiful bottle of 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company!
Wear 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit!
Nerac's amazing market..
Here are some litle moments from last week.
I bid you a lovely Vendredi, Friday!