Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July & Cap Ferret

Happy 4th of July - Enjoy your weekend
Just a quick post this morning to wish all my American readers a Happy 4th of July.  I hope everyone is able to enjoy it and spend it with family and friends.  Additional thoughts going out to military men and women who continue to protect the Free world. Their dedication is truly at the heart of what who we are as Americans.  
 In France, their Independence day is July 14th, but being American and having children who have grown up enjoying time with family and friends for the 4th of July.  We like to celebrate it in some way.  What is lucky about living in a community where we have Americans friends. This year we are headed to Cap Ferret to celebrate. 
 It will be a tradition afternoon barbecue filled with games, fun and of course swimming.  What is lovely about Cap Ferret is that there is a choice of swimming on the Bassin side or on the ocean.  Either choice is  makes for a lovely time and it's such a picturesque setting.
 So as I prepare for our departure for the day - I wanted to take the opportunity to share a few photos of Cap Ferret with everyone.  It's a beautiful - natural spot and so perfect for a hot summer day!
These photos were taken last August - this area is so natural, still a bit wild and I'm definitely looking forward to spending our afternoon there. After of week of being in some of the hottest weather that France has experienced - it will be nice to cool off! It's similar to Cape Cod in Massachusetts - you need to get an early start to avoid the masses of traffic heading out there. 
 So Happy 4th of July for those of you who are celebrating!  Enjoy your day and here' s to toasting Independence and Freedom!  Bon Weekend!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Les Epicuriales - Bordeaux's outdoor food festival - Allee Tourny

Pop up restaurants- in the middle of Bordeaux
So what is better than sitting having lunch or dinner in one of your favorite restaurants? Do you enjoy the fresh air and the concept of eating outside under tents, awnings or umbrellas?  Add top chefs and your favorite restaurants and you have Les Epicuriales! This is Bordeaux's food event of the early summer.  Pop-up versions of some of Bordeaux's favorite restaurants set up shop along the Allee Tourny and serve up some delicious meals.  It's a great way to try out a restaurant or enjoy one of your favorites!

This event runs this year - June 12 through June 27th. and is open from 11am until 1am in the morning.  There are over 20 different restaurants present and the ambiance is superb. I had the pleasure of wandering through this afternoon - opening day at lunchtime.

You can see from the photos that these temporary garden style restaurants give a whole new look to Allee Tourny - usually an open park like setting just off the Place de la Comedie in Bordeaux Centre.
Lunch menus are very reasonable and range in price from a plat du jour around 10 euros to 17 euros for a complete menu.  Today  I chose to eat at Bistrot de Capeyron.
Entree was Gazpacho - a chilled seasoned tomato soup
Main plat - I chose a nice fresh steak served with fries 
For Dessert - A soup of red berries with mint
The meal was delicious and the atmosphere fun, light and fresh. This Bistrot de Capeyron offered several choices for the menu and each dish I enjoyed I was pleased with both the portion and quality.  The service was fast and friendly also. It was so relaxing to sit outside, protected from the sun...but feeling like you have found a little oasis.You can see from the following photos that each restaurant sets up their own style of dining and offers limited menu choices but oh, so good! Definitely a foodie's paradise!
In addition to just sampling various restaurants there are daily demonstrations and reserved dinners with Michelin-Starred chefs.  Feel free to check out more information on their website:  Les Epicuriales 2015
So if you live near or are visiting the Bordeaux area in the next couple weeks, this event is definitely for those of you who love to enjoy a nice restaurant meal!  Foodies come hither!  For those of you who live too far away, mark your calenders as this event is yearly and definitely another plus for the Bordeaux region!!

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