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Clamato cheer and bean bliss

Before my lunch today, I enjoyed a Bloody Caesar cocktail, made with Clamato. If you know what I mean, you’re almost certainly a Canadian reader; if not, you’re from another part of the world. In fact, I’m not sure that … Continue reading

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A hint of winter (2021)

Since Jan and I moved to France, we have had only one “bad” snowfall in a Daglan winter. By “bad,” I don’t mean “bad” as we would use the term in Toronto, where it refers to conditions like high winds … Continue reading

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A different sort of Remembrance Day

For some years, Jan and I have been pretty consistent in paying our respects on Remembrance Day, which is called Onze novembre (November 11th) in France, by attending the special service at our village’s war memorial. But for a variety … Continue reading

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On the plate in Bergerac

Last week Jan and I left the Atlantic Coast town of Arcachon with good friends Keith and Kathy, and headed east toward Daglan. But did we rush to our village right away? Of course not, since we had a chance … Continue reading

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My kind of town (and art)

Before we headed west to Arcachon last Monday (September 27), I had very little idea of what to expect. I figured that the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Arcachon would play starring roles in the area, and that there … Continue reading

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Seafood by the seaside

This past Monday, Jan and I headed out to a place in France we had never visited — the Bay of Arcachon, or le Bassin d’Arcachon, as it’s known in French. We were travelling with good friends Keith and Kathy, … Continue reading

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Fine dining: Start me up!

Not long ago, I posted a fairly unfavourable review of a Paris restaurant where we lunched in September to celebrate Jan’s birthday. It was called “Disappointment at a starred restaurant” (September 13). And one of the reasons for our disappointment … Continue reading

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As good as it gets

It’s taken me quite a while to get around to writing this, but we’ve been busy. In any case, last Sunday we had another marvellous lunch at O Moulin in Carsac with our good friend Joanne, and the dishes were … Continue reading

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Disappointment at a starred restaurant

We had been very much looking forward to dining this past Tuesday (September 7) at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, chosen by my wife Jan because the specialty was seafood, and Tuesday was to be her special birthday lunch, with … Continue reading

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A few tastes of Paris

Paris is our feel-good city, so Jan and I were feeling good when we headed off by train for the City of Light last Saturday. We were travelling there to celebrate Jan’s birthday, to enjoy some culinary delights, and to … Continue reading

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