Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dining bliss

Despite the chilly and sometimes rainy weather yesterday, we managed to get in a little sight-seeing with mom. But the big fun of the day came last evening when we went to Au Pied de Cochon. What a treat. Everything was so perfectly prepared and concocted, I'd go back daily if I could afford it. I convinced Serge to get the specialty - Pigs foot stuffed with foie gras. Mom and I ordered the foie gras (of which they have 9 preparations) and helped Serge finish his. We still couldn't finish it. (Notice how Serge's plate is way more than both our plates.) I would've taken the rest home in a doggy bag, but that's still viewed as tacky here, so I didn't. It was so impressive though, that the lady at the next table asked if she could take a picture of Serge's plate.

At the end, we asked the waiter what kind of cuisine we had eaten was. (Try explaining that last bit to a student learning English) He said simply, "Terroir." Which is like country cuisine from the local region.

Today we're off winetasting in the countryside.

21 comments:

Cooper said...

Your mother is beautiful. You look like her.

Is terroir a form of terrine? I think I'll do a little wine-tasting myself today.

CoffeeDog said...

"At the end, we asked the waiter what kind of cuisine we had eaten was."

Is the was really needed?

You do look like your mother, nice pictures! Serge always has a BIG smile :-)

GayProf said...

My eye was drawn to the cocktails. Screw the foie gras, let's talk about the liquor.

Enjoy the rest of your time with your mother!

Ed said...

So how was the Terrier? You are so brave to eat Goose Liver. My Dad buys Pickled pigs feet in a jar. He likes them. I hope you have a nice day for touring the wine country and make a video please and thank you.

Chunks said...

Great pics! I'm glad you guys are having a great visit!

Anonymous said...

Please, don't try explaining that to your students! It's not proper English!

Lewis said...

Eeeeewwwww! Ick. No animal parts or stuffings for this boy. You guys look so happy with big smiles -- important in our world. Happy grape drinking!

dirk.mancuso said...

"Pigs foot stuffed with foie gras."

Words fail me.

(Hope the winetasting was great fun!)

Cincy Diva said...

Your mama looks so young! she must have had you as a baby! LOL
I could not begin to eat pig's feet. I watched Gerard Depardieu on Graham Norton who talked about how to cook hedgehogs. I am pretty sure that is on my no way list as well

TJ said...

Looks like a good time is being had by all. Hope it continues. Have fun!

em said...

Oh, Mama looks so happy and beautiful!

Devo said...

Wow, do you ever look like your mama. She is lovely. Sounds like a fun weekend, interesting food. I am a chicken when it comes to tasting strange and unique dishes. I'm all about the wine tho!! :)

tornwordo said...

Wrong anonymous! "we had eaten" could be replaced by "it". "that" prior to "we had eaten" is optional. You might want to brush up on reported speech rules, the acceptable variations when using the "be" verb and its placement, and reviewing your subordinate clause rules. Need a teacher? I'm available ;)

Jason said...

Great pic. Fall and foie gras go so well together.

Looks expensive btw.

David said...

Mmmmm, foie gras. Yeah, it's cruel, but mmmm.

Lacey said...

It's true. You do look like your mom. She's quite lovely. Truth be told, you're even prettier than she is. Or maybe I'm just WAY gay.

Dantallion said...

Your Mom looks adorable in those pics.

Patricia said...

your mom made me smile.

your menu made me a tad nauseous.

your winetasting tease made me drool.

i was a very active participant in reading your blog today :)

dawn said...

uh wait. no doggie bags?

get out of that country immediately.

dell said...

If that darned weather didn't detain us at the Claude Postel, I would have "met" you. Pigs foot? Now I'm starting to wonder if what I had in Quebec City was not some limb.

Sin said...

You just sent me into a spiral of confusion, because for a second I thought you were referring to Au Pied de Cochon on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington DC (look, one of those photos had something resembling some sort of vague governmental building in it or something, what do I know?). And then I read the words "treat", "perfectly prepared" and realised you couldn't possibly be referring to the dive in which every DC college student who could speak any French whatsoever wound up, so as not to flash ID.

More importantly though...mmm. Martinis.