It’s Saturday night, and Wade & I are living our normal party animal lifestyle. He’s watching HGTV, and I’m reading about wine on the web. It’s actually quite nice, a mellow end to a day spent working on our house, and attending Staple.
Wanna be like us? Here’s how:
Salad Lyonaise (pantry version)
- Baby Spinach
- 4 slices of bacon
- handful of croutons
- mild vinaigrette
- 2 eggs
Fry the bacon in a pan, then cut up into chunks. Toss the spinach, croutons, and bacon in the vinaigrette, and spli it between two plates. Either poach the eggs, or fry them over-easy, then put the egg on top of the salad.
Eat this with a glass (or half a bottle) of Cour Cheverny. It’s a super tasty white from the region around the city of Tours in the Loire valley – made from a local grape called Romorantin. We had the 2002 Domaine des Huards – purchased from Cissi’s Market here in ATX.
After dinner, while finishing the bottle of wine (if there’s two of you, how hard is that?) check out the following places on the world wide web:
More than Organic – la Crémerie is one of the best places in Paris to drink wine, eat cheese, and generally live life to it’s fullest. This site, developed by one of the founders of la Crémerie, provides a great overview of what natural wine is all about, and references some of the figures of the Vin Naturel “movement” in France. There’s also info on the authors new spot Racines (god I want to go to Paris!)
SF Joe’s Loire Valley tasting reports on Wine Therapy, parts 1 & 2 – For the last two years, I was lucky enough to visit the Salon des Vins de la Loire with l’Equipe Dressner. Even though two trips does not a routine make, I felt a little blue that I wasn’t there with the team this year. SF Joe is a regular on the trip – a trained chemist and securities broker who lives in New York (but spends much time in SF), Joe is one of the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever had the opportunity to drink wine with. His descriptions of what he tasted in early February are amazing, they’re gonna make you want to drink all sorts of great wine.
Prog Archives – I’ve been on a serious Krautrock bender lately. It started when I made a playlist for my iPod with a whole slew of 70’s experimental rock (Bowie’s three albums with Eno, Eno’s pop albums, Roxy Music pre-Avalon, Can, Faust, Harmonia, Neu!, etc). Then my friend Dax hooked me up with Cluster’s Zuckerzeit, and I found a CD bootleg of the first two Kraftwerk albums.
Now I’m just obsessed. If you like Stereolab, Electrelane, Tortoise, Radiohead, or anything a little bent and groovin’ this is a musical scene you should check out. The Prog Archives obviously cover a lot of other types of music, I’m sticking with the Krautrock and Post-Rock/Math-Rock sections for now…
Well, the bottle’s empty, and House Hunters is on, so I’ll leave you all to check this stuff out until my next post.