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February 2012


a photograph of a plate of caneles, the formed dessert with a carmelized shell with a custardy-cake center. The offcial pastry of Bordeaux France.

“He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.” — Matthew Henry When you speak of French pastries, what comes to mind first might be Proust’s childhood memory of madeleines or the obsession-producing macaron. But in Bordeaux, you reminisce about canelés. Canelés are baked in small molds and have a dark, chewy caramelized crust with […]

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Château Penin

photograph of a bottle of  Chateau Penin Bordeaux Rose with a wineglass to the right

“The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what makes some artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.” – John Updike Château Penin has been in the Carteyron family since the vineyard was planted in 1854, with five generations tending the […]

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Where’s My Wine?

Photograph of the detail of the the Monument of the Girondins, Bordeaux, France. With Dionysus/Bacchus with grapes leaves and berries as a crown and an excited expression shouting for wine

 “If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food, and art – as a way of enhancing life.” — Robert Mondavi Detail of Dionysus/Bacchus from the base of the Monument aux Girondins, Bordeaux France. photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011

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Flea Market at Saint Michel

photograph of a glass of pilsner beer resting atop a map of Bordeaux, France with a pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses resting to the right

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block What to do in Bordeaux? Clearly, wine is the name of the game. But when you want an escape from your enological endeavors, Wine Harlots say grab a beer, pull up […]

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Locks of Love :: Paris, France

photograph of the padlocks attached to the Pont de l'Archeveche in Paris, France. A testament to undying love

“My heart to you is given: Oh, do give yours to me; we’ll lock them up together, and throw away the key.” — Frederick Saunders In Paris, the bridge Pont de l’Archevêché, which connects the Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Left Bank of the Seine has thousands of padlocks and ribbons attached to its railings creating a […]

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photograph of macaron cookies, raspberry, passion fruit, rose petal and hazel nut from a bakery in Bordeaux France

“I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts.” —  Graham Kerr Proust had his madelines, Wine Harlots are in love with macarons. Framboise […]

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Valentine’s Day

photograph of red roses in cellophane in a green bucket with a label in French in Paris France

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” — Leo Buscaglia Red roses in Paris. How much more romantic can you get? Happy Valentine’s Day, mon chérie! photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011

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The Flirtation :: Eugène de Blaas

The Flirtation by Eugene de Blaas 1909 an oil painting in a private collection

Must, bid the Morn awake! Sad Winter now declines, Each bird doth choose a mate; This day’s Saint Valentine’s. For that good bishop’s sake Get up and let us see What beauty it shall be That Fortune us assigns. — Michael Drayton oil painting: The Flirtation by Eugène de Blaas (1909). private collection.

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Château L’Escart

bottle shot of Chateau L'Escart Omar Khayam and Agape Bordeaux wines

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ― Omar Khayyám On the last day of our sojourn in Bordeaux, we dropped in on Damien and Lorena Laurent of Château L’Escart, […]

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Château Sainte Barbe :: The Film

photograph of a sunrise over the banks of the Garrone River in Bordeaux in from of the Chateau Sainte Barbe estate

via Vimeo Here’s a closer look at Château Sainte Barbe and it’s owner, Antoine Touton. The beautiful estate borders the Garonne River in Bordeaux, France. The film is by filmmaker  Luc Plissonneau.

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