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The other day I got a texto from the delightful Ksam telling me she had tickets to the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants, and asked if I was interested in going along. Was I interested? HA!
We met up and headed over to Espace Champerret and trundled ourselves inside. We waited in line and when she handed them our tickets, we were each given a tasting glass with the logo for the Vignerons Indépendants.
On Facebook, we'd both become Fans and had downloaded a game to play, which would give us an opportunity to win one of 50 bottles of wine. Obviously, answering the questions became our first task of the day. We decided to get that accomplished before we got into the serious tasting.
One of the great things about these salons, is you can try all sorts of stuff you could a) never afford or b) not want to buy a whole bottle of.
We tasted wine, pineau, eau de vie, crémant, champagne, calvados, but my favorite of the day was a jurançon moelleux.
As we were taking a pause to eat a little some to counteract the affects of all the stuff we were drinking, the delightful Ksam and I heard suddenly heard our names on the loud speaker.
We walked up to the stand, and they recognized us right away. Gee. I wonder how. They asked us where we were from, and when we responded "les États-Unis" they added another bottle each! Yay Us!
If you ever get a chance to go to one of these salons, I highly recommend it!
(And you get to keep the glasses.)
Now I'm a legitimate pirate. And a classy one at that. Bling!
Thanks Janilani! You put glamour in glamorous!
As discussed on episode 311.
Awhile ago we met up with one of our listeners, PH, who brought us goodies from "The Great White North," aka Canada.
Amongst the treasures were Katia's Beaver that you've heard mention a time or two, and my lovely Moose that is now hanging off my bag.
Incidentally, when did hanging stuff off your purse/school bag/satchel become so popular? I don't remember doing that in my youth...
Click to embiggen - I love that you can see the k&k chat and all ;)
Oh. And Steve was frisked before he left the building.
In terms of mushrooms, the pickings are slim this year (as we discussed on k&k episode 290), but there were lots of noxious mushrooms around.
But I did manage to find the motherlode of all Laccaria amethystea (Amethyst Deceiver). Whilst edible, my in-laws tell me that these are rather bitter, and are generally only added to a dish of mushrooms to add a splash of colour.
I just like to pick them. Cos they're pretty.
Last week we caught up with Katiefornia, yet another k&k listener who is in Paris for a couple of weeks. She is terribly open and funny, and heaps of fun to hang around with. She is also very talented indeed, because she gave us these lovely coasters (which are now in pride of place in the k&k boudoir)!
As discussed in k&k episode 282.
recently our good friend dani was in town and crashed at my place for a night before heading off to her rental apt for the rest of her stay.
as a thank you for crashing chez moi, she gave me this thank you gift, which i think is one of the coolest magnets ever.
i'm not sure if i should be concerned that a coroner's office has swag.
although it's giving me some ideas...
I know someone who is looking for leggings and a bodysuit to go with his pink tutu.
For all your flamenco and dancing needs, including Drag-Queen accessories.
12 rue Rambuteau
Believe it or not, even the quintessentially elegant Parisian can stoop to feral behaviour during the twice-yearly sales (they start tomorrow in France). Shopping for yarn in Bon Marché a few years ago on the second day of the sales, a well-dressed lady (hat, pearls and all) literally snatched a bag of yarn out of my hands. I was disgusted to see she had discarded it moments later in favour of another colour.
With the economy as fragile as it is, general sales in France have been pretty low in the first half of the year. I wonder if we'll see more or less people at the sales this year?
Heather has written a few tips on shopping during the sales in France. Helpful if you don't want to lose an eye over a pair of socks, or if you want to avoid going to jail because you've strangled someone with a coathanger for eyeing off the bundle of dresses you've got under your arm.
Les soldes = sales
Our lovely friend Erica gave me a set of childrens chopsticks for my birthday. All the way from Hong Kong Disney. I wonder what my colleagues will say when I pull them out of my handbag next time we go for Chinese food.