Friday, January 21, 2011

Notre Premier Vin! (Our First Wine)

We finished our first two bottles of French wine - both of them were from this region - the Languedoc-Roussillon Region

Andy purchased the bottle on the right the first day we arrived - he just checked out the bottles on the shelf and picked one - it was o.k.  The bottle on the left was given to us by Mrs. Boisson when we invited her to have pizza with us on Wednesday evening since Mr. Boisson left for a meeting in Brussels where he would be for the rest of the week.  That bottle was FANTASTIC!  The wines in this area are blends of various grapes. According to Mrs. B, Mr. B is quite the wine expert so we are excited to discuss things with him when he returns!! 

It's not very easy to shop for groceries here - I don't think I've addressed this in my other posts.  All of the measurements are in metric units (I should have studied that more!) and finding more than 4 slices of lunch meat in a package is unheard of!  They do not measure the lunch meat by weight, but by number of slices - 2 or 4 and it isn't cheap!  Brie, on the other hand, is only about $4.00 a wheel (normally about $10 at Acme!) - there is something to be said for eating local foods :)  When I made a shopping list, I listed the English word in the left column and the French word in the right column - AND took the French dictionary to the store!  Trying to determine laundry soap from fabric softener was fun and so was trying to figure out the cooking instructions on some of our food since the temperatures are in Celsius and the dial on our oven is 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 - I don't know which number is equivalent to 350 let alone whatever that is in Celsius!  I know that we have to multiply by 9/5 and then add 32 but I'm not very quick with the calculation (I need a prepared table!)
That's it for now - I need to go pay our rent, talk to Mrs. Boisson about how to take our dishwasher off of a 12 hour delay and ask her why Emma's beds (she has 2!) keep breaking!
Take care everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to hear about your travels this weekend! Sounds like you are off to a great'll get the food/oven thing figured out soon enough! Love reading Andy's emails and your blog! Love from the Milligans!!! :)