Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
|So, after spending a good long week in 80 degree heat on an island my brain is a bit clouded with summer recipes, bbqing and dreams of eating outside on a big wooden bench. While it still may be in the 40's in France a girl can still dream of her next island escape and eat like she's still on the island. I think this is a nice twist on a traditional burger and is super quick to make. All you need is some fresh Ahi from a good fish market, bread from a your corner baker, some wasabi from a little Japanese store (or a few packets you saved from your last sushi endeavor) and a lemon and voila you are good to go. I think the lemon olive oil adds an nice different punch of flavor and the cucumber leaves the dish bright and airy. |
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
|Ally with a gigantic bottle of Veuve|
Both Mumm and Veuve Clicquot are two "Grands Maisons" de Champagne in Reims. Visting both houses while in Reims is fun and you will have a tasting and tour of two very old and prestigious houses in Reims with history of nearly 250 years of champagne making! (This history is awesome but keep in mind that its always nice to do a mix of these huge corporate giants and small charming local spots. I'd personal like a mix of Veuve and following the locals secrets ie driving out 15 minutes outside Reims to taste with small producers, loung in cozy tasting rooms, get dirty in the fields around vineyards and chateaus. It's hard to do on your own b/c these houses don't speak english but hire a driver from a company like ours.
To American's Veuve Clicquot is a mainstay name. From popping a cork for a celebratory promotion to the clinking of newlywed glasses, Champagne and Veuve in general has engrained itself in American society! The story of how Veuve Clicquot pioneered a Champagne movement is a fascinating story of a determined widow who at the age of 27 lost her husband, Francois Clicquot and thus was thrown in charge of her family's wine business. She took over reins amid totally chaos, during the Napoleonic wars. During this time she became a prominent female leader in a hugely male dominated industry and has grown her small family business to what it is today.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
"One of the world's most expensive bottles of Champagne, 1907 Heidsieck Monopole was recovered from the Baltic Sea in 1997 and sold by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow to a Russian collector for $35,000"
"Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector" - Graham Greene
"One night at the Ritz, Tallulah Bankhead drank Champagne from her own slipper"
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of Champagne is just right" F Scott Fitzgerald
"Champagne is full of polyphenols, the plant chemical which scientists believe expands the blood vessels-great for boosting brain and heart power"
"Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it"- Madame de Pompadour
"A Champagne cork is said to pop at around 38-40 mph, 100mph is the fastest recorded pop"
" As symbols go, Champagne is extraordinarily powerful, it makes you feel like it's Sunday and better days are just around the corner- Marlene Dietrich
"There are about 25o million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne"
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
One of these gems, La Bigarrade, I had the pleasure of eating lunch at last week. La Bigarrade is really the epitome of the Franco-Zen movement, with a precession in terms of texture and perfectly balanced flavors. Dinner is booked solid for 4 months but lunch is possible. I was quite frankly blown away. The space is in the tranquil 17th and is quite small, about 9 tables and is filled with an airy, light and whimsical feeling. Cherry blossom trees are softly painted on the walls and the chairs are covered in comfy bright colors with cushions leaving you feeling like you could quite possibly be doing Yoga while devouring a exquisitely prepared meal from 2 geniuses.
A very zen/ japanese influenced palate cleanser. A quick shot of sake, quail egg, seaweed and scallions.