Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi

since my days in France or in Europe are soon going to end within a few months, i've decided to make a list of the places that i would like to visit here in France, and in Europe, if still possible.

i have included in my list some of the nearby places like Lourdes and Albi. the latter, we have already visited a couple of weeks ago to see the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec museum and the cathedral just beside.

entrance to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi

the museum was worth visiting because it contains a vast collection of his famous works, which were mostly donated by the Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist's mother. and the garden outside, with the view of the Tarn river is just beautiful even with the bleak wintry landscape. i should try to go back in the spring, and with a real camera.

the garden of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum overlooking the Tarn river

 finally, i would also like to include all the places in France (and some of the others in nearby European countries) that Jose Rizal has visited. i've been doing a lot of research today and reading about the places he visited and lived in during his time in this continent.

i was quite surprised to find out that i have already visited some of the places that he had been to. first off, he was on board a ship that took him to Singapore from Manila, and from Singapore to the port of Marseille here in France. and then from Marseille, he took a train to cross the Pyrénées and to visit Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya. it was quite interesting to know this fact since i myself came from Singapore on the way to France.

some old cathedral along La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

and that he enjoyed walking along La Rambla, Barcelona much like i did.

it's also interesting to stumble upon a place called Place Jose Rizal in Paris during my web search. i will make a point to visit this on my upcoming trip to Paris. Coincidentally, it was his death anniversary just a few weeks ago.

more on this soon!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Foie gras for the new year

My husband cooked up a special new year's eve meal with foie gras.

the chef at work

foie gras poêlé

As you know, duck is one of the major produce in the south of France, and foie gras de canard (duck foie gras) is a specialty. There is also foie gras from the goose but the duck one is more common.

foie gras poêlé with some risotto paired with dry white wine

Foie gras usually goes well with sweet wine, but we paired it with some dry white wine from the region famous for truffles. I liked this wine very much. According to some wine expert i know, you'll know if a wine is really good if it passes through the throat really smoothly and when all the flavors linger in your taste buds even after you've swallowed it.

Personally, I like any wine that is smooth on the throat and is not too bitter or too old. Old wine tends to have these sediments that gather at the bottom of the glass, which i really don't like.

melts in your mouth, like M&M's :)

And you know foie gras is really good and really fresh if it just melts in your mouth like butter. I like it like this, but not in huge servings.

And since he knows these are my favorites, we had this for dessert:

strawberry tart

The next day, we still had some leftover foie gras from last night. we didn't want to waste it, so we had it for lunch again.

foie gras poêlé again with some beets, mache and rocket salad

bet you wanna have a bite! :)

This time with some salad on the side.

And we had some dessert too.

a box of chocolates with special holiday packaging

I just love these Christmasy packaging on chocolates during the holidays.

Bonne annee!