Christmas in France is a fat ass's dream!! Honestly, if I had a last meal on Earth, it would be a Frenchified Christmas menu! FORKS DOWN!
My mother in law, bless her heart, goes out of her way to make it special and we are grateful for the time we get to spend together, but before I talk about the food, I must talk about my family.
My French family is not a typical 'classical' family -- we are a mix from different countries - Africa, The United States, and France - and what is set out on the table also reflects that! Sure, we'll crack open three dozen oysters, but you best be sure I'm swallowing them down with a dollop of African hot sauce! Foie gras is served and eaten with gusto, Cashew LOVES FOIE GRAS, then more courses (soup, salad, scallops, main dish) are served all culminating in the coup de grace, le bûche de noël --- a Yule log looking type dessert that everyone in France seems to serve!
This year, instead of capon (castrated cockerel or rooster) due to some members of my family who decided to go meatless, we ate a seafood bake that reminded me of Mardi Gras! I was in FAT GIRL HEAVEN! It had fish, shrimp, crab, mixed with spinach, African cheese, and spices -- only thing that was missing was corn on the cob! The French don't eat corn on the cob, they consider it animal food, which is dumb, and yes, I have told them this because corn on the cob is good, and besides aren't humans animals?! The French, awww, bless their hearts!
I wish I had more photos of that evening, but when food is in front of me.......
Happy Holidays, my fellow humans!
May you eat well, drink well, sleep well, do well and be well!
Big Mama, Big Papa, and The Cash!
MIAM-YUM-NOM! Foodies Unite!
If you are planning a trip into my beautiful city, here are some restaurants you MUST visit.
I am a very practical person, therefore, IF I decide to go out, I make sure that each restaurant I go to meets the following two requirements:
1. the food is very, very, very good
2. it is reasonable priced.
That said, check out some of
My Favorite Mini-Restaurants in Bordeaux
Ok, perhaps this is a shameless plug for my friend, Adriana.
Afterall, she is the chef for this great little café! Go and see her, tell her "Hello!", then scream,
"WHERE ARE MY NACHOS!?"
She has become accustomed to this from me. ;)
Puffy Coffee -- 23 Cours Portal 33000 Bordeaux.
GO GO GO here! On her menu -- its a sweet slice of Americana in France! Example: Cobb salad, carrot cake, cheesecake, NACHOS, ranch dressing, burgers, BBQ ribs, shakes, and coffee à la Starbucks! (Everything is fresh made and with quality ingredients.)
Expect to spend less than 15€ for lunch!
UPDATE: PUFFY COFFEE HAS CLOSED DOWN. Thanks for the memories!
The next restaurant is located in Quinconces. (pronounced Can-konzzzzz) I have been here on several occasions, as it is located next door to Bordeaux-USA, an assocation created to improve Franco-American relations.
Fuxia -- 40 Allée d'Orléans 33000 Bordeaux.
The food, Italian, is good and their staff is welcoming and kind, ok and VERY CUTE too! Cute Frenchies! Love them!
They serve mostly pastas, pizzas, salads, anti-pastas, and very creamy desserts.
In the photo, I ordered a charcuterie plate (Italian deli meats) with fresh vegtables and fresh bread. MIAM! YUM! NOM!
There is also an outdoor shaded space for enjoying the warm sun and to smoke (something one gets use to here in France) overlooking the hustle and bustle of the tram stops and an EXCELLENT place for people watching!! The price is reasonable for what it is, with a carafe of wine and a meal, expect to spend for both lunch/dinner 25 - 30€.
UPDATE: Recently had dinner here again and ordered the veal topped with aged ham and mozzarella with a tomato creme sauce and a side salad and whoaaaaaa-doggy it was fantabulous -- fantastic and fabulous jammed together at the same time!
MY LITTLE CAFE
I love this little cafe, aptly named, My Little Café.
My Little Café -- 21 Rue de la Vieille Tour 33000 Bordeaux.
They serve fresh salads, sandwiches, and quiches, plus homemade pies that are worth the wait (they are usually very busy, so get there early before they sell out of your favorite one, I speak from experience! The couple of times I have been there, I ordered a sandwich that tasted like a veggie Thanksgiving meal. I have also ordered a ham and veggie quiche, it was like butter!
The owners are also so kind and nice, you will love it here. Expect to spend less than 9€ for a hearty portion of your choice of salad, sandwich or quiche, plus a drink, plus your homemade, delish dessert!
I did remember having a conversation with the owner, I asked him if the cheesecake was made with Philadelphia cream cheese. He said No, they used St Moret (the French version of Phillie cream cheese) hence, I choose something else. He said to me that I should try it, as it is very good and to trust him. I smiled and said cheese cake should only be made with Philadelphia! I mean, DUH, right!??!!!
We laughed and smiled and I have been a fan of this place EVER SINCE!!!!!!
TEX MEX in France? You betcha!
Arbol - 4 rue de la Merci 33000 Bordeaux.
The food here is sooooooo very very delicious, however, I don't go there often, as it is not efficient. SERIOUSLY!
There is a common sense order to things, and even though the food is so very very good and everything is fresh and homemade and tastes just like Texas, HOWEVER, I cannot get past how annoying it is to eat their delicious food! (The French, annoying?!! You betcha!)
WHY? Arbol is designed like a Chipotle or a Subway Sandwiches, (think about it!) but backwards!! When I first came here, I lined up to order food first, then pay, then walk out the door with food in hand, as it would be efficient and keep the line moving, but NO! I was told to order first, then pay, then wait with other people who are waiting for their food, plus wait with other people who are in line to order their food (it's called fast food for a reason, dumb asses!) then wait some more before eating. Hence, it becomes this stinky sticky web of sweaty French people mixed with aroma of Mexican food. Sigh.. Understand?
To combat this problem, I casually walk by to see if there is a line of people waiting, if not, BAM, I'm the first one at the cash register! I simply erase the annoyance from the picture and it works like a charm everytime.
** I can ONLY recommend this place under these specific circumstances! **
For a hearty burrito or 3 tacos (carnitas, beef or chicken, they also have JALEPENOS!) a drink, and a side of chips and guacamole, expect to shell out less than 13€ for either lunch or dinner! MIAM!
The Magic of the Season!
Hello my fellow humans! I hope you are happy, warm and well relaxed during this holiday season. I wish you and yours nothing but the very best in 2017, because, let's face it, we all deserve the best!
As this year comes to an end, thank the Gods, I started thinking about my little life and remembering some good times that have happened to me through-out the years, which has made me into the person I am today. (Still a work in progress!) Which brings me to my friend Julie M, who could make me cackle like a witch over a cauldron!
She, a beautiful witchy looking proper English woman with a toothy smile with a fondness for French cheeses, and BELLY DANCE!
Me, I had just arrived in Bordeaux and was looking for a job and at that time, was thinking about teaching belly dance classes.
Let's just say that magic brought us together, because honestly, I can't even remember how we met.
We have a fondness for Dolphina, one of the many belly dancing Goddess to step on our Earth. We shared our love of good food, massages, dancing, flowing fabrics, and salt and vinegar crisps, rather chips, we took the piss out of each other with the American English vs British English, discussed Harry Potter like it was real, because it is, and she introduced me to one of the best pizza restos in Bordeaux, Le Bistro Rigoletto.
She needed a belly dance teacher - I am a belly dance teacher. I needed a little part time job - she needed someone who could cover her cleaning shift at the bar. We helped each other out and even though I haven't seen her in a while, I miss her.
Julie and I met when I first moved from the outskirts of Bordeaux to Bordeaux proper.
I only knew a handful of people, still do too, and when Julie and I met, we were instant friends. But, life happens, the good and the bad, and we fell out of touch, but I am sure our paths will cross again soon, because I believe in magic.
When I first moved here, I was having a difficult time adjusting to French life, you can read all about it in the I hate France! section of this website.
Julie's outlook on French life changed my view point, she helped me fall in love with France by reminding me that when French life kicks you around, she gave me permission to take the piss out of the French!
By the way, 'to take the piss out' of something or someone or some situation means simply to mock it. The Urban Dictionary defines it as: To rile, mock, or be a jerk to another person whether or not the person is joking or being serious.
Working at the bar was my second paying job in France. My first paying job was a written piece for a national English newspaper about France named, The Connexion.
I remember I was thrilled and so proud when I landed that writing job only after landing on French soil two weeks prior. I was published, in France! I was in heaven, I was so high on confidence... well, you get the idea, but that's pride f*cking with you.
Pride, like all the deadlys, is an endless time loop of consumption. It's their way of f*cking with us. But, that's life, and, as dark and dim as that sounds, that is why I believe in magic.
I believe in magic because of people like Julie. I believe in magic because of people.
I believe in magic because of Mother Nature. I believe in magic because I am a witch.
December 21st marked the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
We ready ourselves for the darkness of winter, even though the days are getting longer.
It is perfect balance, a perfect magic.
The handsome husband and I celebrated Yule, feasted on a roast pork with stuffing I prepared for the occasion and celebrated the shortest day of the year by lighting candles and incense for a romantic ambiance that was sure to have pleased the Gods! It was a great night! The humans were happy too!
We celebrated Yule together, and Christmas with my husband's family and for New Year's, well, we haven't thought that far in advance, but we do know sushi is on the menu!
My fat ass is always thinking about, preparing or eating food! It's one of my many talents, along with drinking and sleeping.
But, I digress -- I have thought about my New Year's resolutions -- it is simply be good to myself, make magic when and where I can, be responsible, but also not worry so much. It's my definition of perfect balance and perfect magic for an imperfect person!
And as it is written, so shall it be... Blessed be to you and yours, my pretties!
Be careful what you wish for; for you just might get it!!
Goodness to you -- and remember, life is too short to eat bad food!
Peace and be wild,
Le Bistro Rigoletto
18 Rue Parlement Ste Catherine
33000 Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 51 76 40
Located in the heart of downtown is this bistro, my favorite resto in all of Bordeaux!
Everything on the menu is great, everything!
Let me know if you get a chance to try it out, I'd even meet you there.
MIAM! YUM! NOM!
Breakfast of Champions...
Cafe creme with a chocolatine!
For all the daily annoyances I have to deal with being a foreigner in the foreign land of France,
starting the day with this power duo, sets the day!
MIAM! YUM! NOM!
Mayo Maison avec avocat et crevettes
Homemade mayonaise served in an avocado and topped with shrimp. This is one of the first meals my sweet husband made for me, needless to say, it was love at first bite.
How can I describe the taste of homemade mayo?
I really can not, but what I can do, is give you the recipe:
one egg yolk
oil (sunflower or vegtable)
Then, beat and beat, adding small drips of oil until it expands in size! Also add fresh chopped garlic and parsley too!
You will know that it is truly done when you flip the bowl upside down and it doesn't fall out!
We eat it with fresh baguette and shrimp, in fact, any seafood will do!
Goat cheese salad
Again, so simple to make and at all times, think of presentation.
Cut the cheese (teehee) in slices, place on toasted bread and serve with your favorite lettuce salad.
The dressing on this salad is sooo good and good for you as well - it is balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Stir with muscle and pour on top!
Magret du Canard avec frites
Duck breast served with fries and a salad!
As you will notice, the sauce on top is a peppercorn cream sauce, again super easy to make.
After your cook your breast to your liking, add butter,
(heavy whipping) cream and peppercorns to the drippings in the pan, stir, and pour on top! HEAVEN!
Goose or Duck Liver!
Lately, I have decided to lay off this delicacy.
Still... love it!
I love eating it with on a baguette slice with jam, such as fig or apricot!
In this photo, it is served with carmelized fruit, looks like cherries and apricots.
Blanquette de Veau
Veal Stew! HEAVEN!!!
Another one of the first meals that the husband made for us!
It is soooo good!
So good in fact, that I have asked him to make it for us earlier in the week! Love at first bite! Again, super easy to make!
On a low/medium heat, pan fry the veal, onions and garlic together with butter, throw in the potatoes and carrots, add water and let simmer and cook. When it begins to smell HEAVENLY, then add the cream, salt and pepper and top off with parsley, stir and allow it to meld together! Then when cooked to your liking, serve and enjoy!
MIAM! YUM! NOM!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...