Archive for June, 2015

June 21, 2015

At least Father’s day is special, still.

Well here we are on a hot day up to 28C or about 82F sunny dry. it’s day that makes me think of my mother too, but at least I have my father. This is our day, it should be every day but we take at least one. To remember, think, enjoy the good things we have around us even if small.

Today, I went out with the family all five of us, and my father =6, he is already 80 with a pharmacy of medicines but looking strong. We had a restaurant reserved in medieval nice Vannes at 1pm or 13h.

We set out from our house knowing that it was music festival day as well, Fête de la musique in France and Vannes had circulation limited in the center. So we gather our knowledge and went around it parking on boulevard de la paix and going into the old quarters of Saint Patern by rue de la Fontaine.

This is marvelous area full of shops , libraries of old books, restaurants of many lands and bars. Including some traditional Breton créperies and restos. We choose our old reliable La Gavroche. http://legavroche-vannes.com/

Before the lunch, we had our walk around the area , always pleasant; noticing some new business like the Portuguese resto now has a grocery store just a couple houses away!

Finally, it was time to go in, they already remember us!! It’s always a great thrill to be recognize when you patronize one of the local places here, very typical and nice we think. We had our table in the middle section so by now we have try it all front , terrace ,and middle.  The whole place is painted by a local artist we will contact to make them do some work in our house too ::) Many dolls, and puppets and a great wines , and local liquors collection.

The food of the day was pigs head so not our fancy ….we settle for the fish Dos de Colin with a herbal thai sauce(hake) in the menu for 17,90€ including a delicious entrée on goat cheese with tomatoes, and finish with a great rice pudding with caramel sauce. All with a porto rouge for apéro. We had a muscadet white wine from the Loire ,Chateau le Coing de Sainte Fiacré, and a expresso coffee to finish. All with excellent prompt service of breads, water, and change of utensils, perfect as always here. The rest had different things from steak with mashed potatoes, basque chicken in sauce, coca cola, aperitifs from vodka base to fruity non alcohol, More fish colin or hake, and ice cream from two to three scoops of different flavors all for 26,20€ per person.

We finished with the house serving of a digéstif liquor mix of rum, honey, and banana liquor on the house. Delicious. We went home with no traffic at all , I guess folks were either at home or at the beach…. Tomorrow one day and then on my four nights holiday vacation in Fontainebleau, Paris and Versailles! and coming back from that no time as off on business trip to Madrid, Spain ::)

Happy Father’s day to all celebrating! Cheers , life is beautiful, la vie est belle.

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June 3, 2015

Some news from France, XCX

I come back to this series, so many since my humble beginnings in this blog , the Roman numerals are becoming more difficult to find lol!!! Already five years of blogging and counting it’s so much fun. We have sunshine today temps in the upper teens and up to 29C tomorrow! Can’t wait for another weekend….In the meantime in France,

We have a brand new brasserie Guy Martin at Roissy CDG airport, I Love Paris in terminal T2E hall L, try it this is from one of the most famous chefs of France (Le Grand Véfour).  Scale down version at the airport, with sandwiches gourment!

Some bars to have the sun in Paris; Buddha Bar Hôtel. 4, rue d’Anjou (8éme). Tél.: 01 83 96 88 70. From  18 h.http://www.buddhabarhotelparis.com/fr/buddhabarhotelparis-official-site.php#boutique-hotel-paris-8.php . The former Hilton Arc de Triomphe is this one now , Hôtel du Collectionneur  51-57, rue de Courcelles (8éme).  Tél.: 01 58 36 67 00. http://www.hotelducollectionneur.com/fr/terrace.html . The Molitor at the toit terrasse or roof terrace. 8, av. de la Porte-Molitor (16éme).  Tél.: 01 56 07 08 50.http://www.mltr.fr/fr/ ,   Prince de Galles. at Le Patio, 33, av. George-V (7éme). Tél.: 01 53 23 78 52.http://www.hotelprincedegalles.fr/cuisine  One showcase n my blog before the Mama Shelter. 109, rue de Bagnolet (20éme). Tél.: 01 43 48 48 48; http://www.mamashelter.com/fr/paris/restaurants/rooftop/  ; Le Méridien Etoile. 81, bd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr (17éme).  Tél.: 01 40 68 34 34. You can see the sun here on a sunny day its flashing at you and great jazz music; resto jazz here http://www.jazzclub-paris.com/en/ ; and remember you don’t have to stay in these hotels to enjoy their restos/bars:so enjoy them!

How about pique-nique in Paris! the picnics are a popular event once weather starts to show up friendly::: Some of my favorites in Paris from a long list are:

by the Opéra Garnier, the small square or  place Boieldieu you can have some goodies from Grillé, 15, rue d’Augustin (2éme). Tél.: 01 42 96 10 64 . Small garden by  87, rue Vieille-du-Temple and get your goodies here Causses, 222, rue Saint-Martin (3éme). Tél.: 01 42 71 33 33, webpage http://www.causses.org/

Take a baguette at Landemaine ,26, rue des Martyrs, and head for Rap 4, rue Flechier (9éme). Tél.: 01 42 80 09 91.http://www.rapparis.fr/  .Do try the Le Bagel Corner 40, bd Haussmann (9éme).http://bagelcorner.fr/

To have some bellota and pata negra hams of Spain go to Bellota Bellota, 11, rue Clément-Marot (8éme).  However, several stores in Paris see it http://www.bellota-bellota.com/nos-adresses.htm ; see something wonderful along the SEine, the jardin flottant de Niki-de-Saint-Phalle, (7éme); near the port du Gros-Caillou.after getting loaded at Papa Sapiens 32, rue de Bourgogne (7éme). Tél.: 01 44 05 97 54.http://www.papasapiens.fr/

The square Saint Gilles du Grand Veneur,  between boulevard Beaumarchais and the rue de Turenne,but first go up rue de Hesse or rue des Arquebusiers , and load up at the wonderful Maison Plisson 93, bd Beaumarchais (3éme) http://www.lamaisonplisson.com/ ; continue to Fontaine St-Sulpice (6éme) and facing the marché Saint Germain here is  Le Petit Capri Bazar 6, rue Mabillon (6éme),  and behind the rue de Charonne by no 159 you go to square Colbert , nearby load up on Caffe Da Rosa 15, rue Basfroi (11éme). Tél.: 01 77 37 99 98.http://www.darosa.fr/#!vierge/c5j9

And to finish what I could have call the foods of Paris ::) I leave you with one museum that needs to be known more, I do meetings next door and escape to its beauty many times. Musée des arts et métiers, 60 rue Reaumur, (3éme) open Tuesdays to Sundays 10h to 18h, and Thursdays to 21h30, considered one of the oldest industrial technical museums in the world;;; http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/visitor-information

Cheers and enjoy the week, we are almost there ::)

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