Monday, April 30, 2012

Decadence: Mussels, French Bread and Pouilly-Fume

Saturday was my day to run around New York City. I met the sister and we did a very adult form of partying...french food in a terrific little bistro called Buvette...

I had the mussels, which were cooked in the richest butter and cream laden sauce. Oh so very good for dipping with some exquisitely baked french bread. Delightfully paired with a lovely and fruity pouilly-fume.



Sister had the brondade, a cod, potato, garlic concoction that just bespeaks the words french country.







If you are dieting or strictly adhere to a low fat and no carb menu this is not the place for you...
But if you are looking for some decadent joy and still want to be respectable in the morning (albeit weigh a few pounds more) this is the place for you.

Qi en Pace,


Elise

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Bard

Today is the 448th birthday of the bard. Why has he lasted so long? Simple. Shakespeare talks to the human condition....














Go HERE for my past post about the poet of all poets....


Women of Mystery has quite the informational post on our Will.

Director of World Shakespeare Festival


Qi en Pace,



Elise

Friday, April 20, 2012

Josephine B. Series; Yes I am a Luddite (at times)



If you adore the Napoleonic time period, meaning you find quite the amusement in Jane Austen, you might enjoy the historical novels by Sandra Guilland detailing the life of Josephine Bonaparte. It is an interesting look into the moraies, ethics and historical reality that pervaded the European continent during the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The series is written in the tone and perception of Napoleon's long suffering wife, Josephine. Her hopes, her realities and her dreams are brought out into the open with such clarity  that you cannot but put yourself in her shoes. You live her life. You feel her joys and her heartbreak.

If you go HERE at amazon, you can purchase the entire three book series at a discount price. Yes I know you can always go to the library.

For me the problem with libraries becomes that when I love a book I have issues parting with it. Books that I am drawn to, embed themselves in my soul. And yes, I have stacks and stacks of books in my house. And no my home doesn't look like an episode of hoarders. Not to worry.

So while I support and happily back libraries without question, when it comes to a book that might speak to my, I do buy it. It is one of my grand luxuries. I can't help myself.

And yes I could buy an eBook reader and store all my books that way. But there is just something about the touch and smell of a paper book that encompasses me. Something very tactile and engulfing about holding that book in your hand. Perhaps in some ways I am still a Luddite and yes I could be saving a lot of trees if I used an eBook. But its truly not the same.

Such a dilemma I have.....paper versus technology....yes another "First world" issue.

Qi en Pace,



Elise