Thursday, November 21, 2013

soirée en amoureux au bar à vin

My favorite spot for date night with Gregory is the wine bar. It's a cozy, family owned place not too far from home that serves what I like to call, 'French tapas', a plate of morsels of deliciousness as opposed to the normal entrée, plat, dessert. And since we only have a plate of tapas to eat instead of a full meal, I don't have to compete with a bunch of food for Gregory's attention (trust me, it's a problem).

We always start with an apéro (when in France and all), that means a glass of Champagne for me and a whisky for Gregory. Pierre-Edouard (the sommelier who owns the wine bar... I like to think of him as my spirit guide) knows we like to check out what we're drinking so he leaves the bottles after he pours so we can investigate. 

Sometimes Gregory discovers some new whisky to add to his whisky wish list (if he's lucky this one might find its way under the Christmas tree), and I indulge in my bubbles. But only ever one glass, two, and I'm swinging from the chandeliers.

After l'apéro, one of my favorite parts of the evening occurs... Pierre-Edouard returns to ask me what kind of wine I would like. He is usually holding his newborn in one arm while his three year old hangs off of him until she spies her cat Balthazar and chases away (told you it was a family place). We begin to have a little back and forth about what I'm in the mood for... something light, but not Beaujolais light, and nothing as bold as a Côtes du Rhône. As always, he found me a perfect meet in the middle... a Bordeaux that made my heart aflutter. 

Then comes plate of nibbles, it doesn't look like much, but trust me it is so much, just the right much. There are always the same type of things, but what those things are change depending on the season. There's a small sip of soup; during the summer it might be courgette, in the colder months maybe a potato or mushroom, but whichever it is, it's always delicious. There are bitty toasts with delectable spreads on them, some local cheese, some sort of a tart or quiche, and slices of Serrano ham. 

But my favorite part of the plate is this, le jambon à la truffe. It's ham with truffles all up in its goodness. If little Michelin star angels made ham, this is the ham they would make. I always leave it for last and take the smallest bites possible, savoring every teeny-tiny morsel that I can. If I was ever in a last meal type scenario, this ham would make an appearance on the menu.

We stay for hours, sometimes even past closing depending on if Pierre-Edouard is in the mood for a whisky or not (he usually is) and I stare at the clock wondering how much time I have left before I turn into a pumpkin.

I wanted to take a photo of Gregory to preserve our date night memory, and this photo shows exactly how he feels about having his picture taken #notimpressed #crankypants #IwouldratherbewithMrLondon.


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32 comments:

  1. hahaha...i love your sense of humour. Really love the photos of each of you at the bottom. That wine bar sounds great, especially that it is family owned. A perfect date night location. x

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  2. I love a good sommelier who can recommend just what you want without being a snob about it.

    And now I know where LPV is! Is it a secret? If so you might want to take a couple of the photos down. (Sorry, as Ella knows, I have the tendency to use my super-sleuth librarian skills to sniff out information!)

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    1. The wine bar isn't in Le Petit Village!

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    2. Damn, foiled! Just curious, not a stalker ;)

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  3. Sounds like a great date night location! I love date night…. You have just reminded me that when we first moved to London we planned on doing a "date night" every Friday evening and somehow over time it has been forgotten….. how did that happen! Thanks for the reminder ~ nothing nicer than a "soiree en amoureux"!

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  4. That sounds like such an adorable date night!

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  5. Oooh is this the wine bar I think it is? You know, the one that I should have called you for a meetup at when I was in your 'hood last week save that I slept THE WHOLE TIME? That one? Sigh. I am such a loser. And you both make one fine looking couple. :)

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  6. What a charming place! You've made me miss Abruzzo. This post really reminded me of the places we frequent, where the owner knows you, it's family-run, small and cosy, you get a bit of food, they give you this and that to try.....[wails!]

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  7. Oh that sounds fabulous and the"tapas ^plate" looks really great!

    Depending on what kind of whisky he likes, might I put in a suggestion of either Dalwhinnie - which is a soft, peatyish whisky - or, for something really out of the ordinary, Cù Dhub whisky. I have blogged about this, but can't find where! It is a dark whisky described as being "quite thick and sweet. Notes of fudge and aniseed, a touch of something nutty with cappuccino and gentle smoke." on this site (http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/cu-dhub-black-whisky/)
    I have seen Dalwhinnie in Carrefour, but I think you'd have to have the other delivered.

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  8. lol, I LOVE your hashtags, they made me laugh. Your skin and hair look amazing! #hairenvy :)

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  9. Love this! It all looks fabulous. They boy and I don't do date nights... unless going to the Irish pub to watch football counts?

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  10. The other Sara stole my comment! Your skin in that photo is just glowing! Date night agrees with you, even if it doesn't always with Gregory :-). I choose not to believe that, anyway, I have no doubt he loves it!

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  11. The other Sara stole my comment! Your skin in that photo is just glowing! Date night agrees with you, even if it doesn't always with Gregory :-). I choose not to believe that, anyway, I have no doubt he loves it!

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  12. I have many photos of my kids frowning because they were tired of Mom taking pics. After all these years, I have very few pictures with me in them. They didn't have cell phone cameras and selfies back then. Oh well, they'll just have to try and remember me as I no longer want my old self picture taken.

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  13. A glass of Champagne for your apéro sounds like a good start to an evening and I actually enjoy plates of nibbles like this as much as a meal as there are so mant different tastes on the one platter to try. The ham looks so good!
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  14. I'm drooling over your little snack plate. It all looks so tasty! but especially that truffle ham - oh my gosh.

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  15. I want to go on date night with you! :) This is so my kind of evening. Although, how in the world do you stretch one glass of champagne and one glass of wine out for hours? I'm not that good at pacing myself, I suppose. ;o)

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  16. what a nice neighborhood place to hang out. and so different from most places in America! and now I want to start all my meals with an apero :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  17. It is nice to have a place where you are known and feel comfortable to hang out at near home. We have several ourselves. I have a picture of your Bistrot & Cave a Vins that I took on a day trip to taste our favorite frommage.

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  18. What a wonderful place for a date :) Good food, good drinks and lots of time to talk - aren't those the best times? :)

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  19. I always love your stories, Sara! Sounds like a pretty cool place! I love that they have a cat there. :)

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  20. That plate of nibbles....yum!!! Sounds perfect!!!

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  21. Ok, I'm coming to visit and we can have a date here. And then you can come to visit and I'll take you to Karlsruhe's Vin Fou, which I'm pretty sure is a wannabe of this but great nonetheless.

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  22. I love everything about this. The pre-meal champagne, the customized wine selection, THE FOOD...yep, all of it.

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  23. tehe! Y'all are so cute!! Sounds like a great date night. :-)

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  24. So, err, how much champagne had you quaffed when you took the photo of the booze? I think the whisky's from just up the road from me though! The ham sounds divine, and good to see some banons sneaking in at the back there.

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    1. About a sip, I'm just not a good photographer.

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  25. are there any chain places in/around LPV? I love that almost every place you blog about is family owned :)

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  26. Somehow I missed this one. So much fun! Balthazar? What an adorable animal name.

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  27. You two are so good lookin' you should have your photos taken every day. And shame on Gregory for being cranky about it! Doesn't he know we all look forward?? Ha!

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  28. Perfect evening, even when you're with crankypants. Thanks for sharing!

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