Friday, September 26, 2014

a Whale of a Tail

It didn't take me long during our visit to Arcachon to notice something unusual offshore.  In addition to the swimmers and sailboats, there was also something that looked like the tail of a whale.  But it's lack of movement indicated it was not what it seemed to be.... And after closer inspection it was actually revealed to be a statue of some sort.

I posted the photo on facebook and was surprised how many people thought it was an actual whale. While I was enjoying friends' congratulations on being so fortunate to see such a sight, I décided  i had to " fess up."  And after a little research, I discovered that the sculpture by Emanuel Janssens Casteels was placed there in 2011. Every year it is painted a different color so this must have been the year of pale yellow.  In years past, it has been painted white, pink, and blue.  

What color would you like it to be next year?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lunch in the Lot

Here in southwest France, we are used to traveling a good distance to get the fine dining we enjoy much.  In fact it's not common to drive as much as an hour to some of our favorite restaurants.  For a long time I had heard of the Michelin starred Restaurabt Marco east of Cahors, and it just seemed a little to far to go just for lunch.  However, at the end of my family's visit, I was running out of places to go so I thought we'd take a chance on a beautiful fall day. A lovely drive along the Lot River it was to La Magdalene.

Except for one other table, it was virtually our private terrace for dining.

There is a daily 30 euro lunch Market menu that we decided to explore  ( Beverly however chose  the pricier Menu tradition that consisted of foie gras tatin, roast lamb, cheese and a pineapple dessert)). 

The meal began with an unusual potato mousse and octopus amuse bouche that was delicious.

It was followed by a starter of gambas carpaccio with an olive oil sorbet and marinade.  I was afraid it would be too exotic for my parents but they enjoyed it immensely.

The cod on a bed of vanilla flavored carrots was also a winner.

And the strawberry soup with pepper yogurt sorbet was a refreshing end to a meal that was well suited to this warm sunny afternoon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

50th anniversary of the Confrerie du Vin de Cahors

The Confrerie has been inducting new chevaliers into its ranks for over 50 years.  I became a member 4 years ago after promising to defend the honor of Cahors wines.  The latest group of inductees were introduced at the harvest festival at Chateau du Port on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Afterwards there was a group photo of all the chevaliers, past and present, in attendance.  Long live Cahors.