Second Wind, Damn the Jet Lag, Cocktail Le Bristol

Holly Mule

Holly Mule

In my post from yesterday, or is it still today? I was headed to bed at 6pm local Paris time when a second wind overcame me. Maybe it was that I finally digested (literally and figuratively) my gourmet lunch complete with wine pairings. Time for a cocktail Le Bristol style…

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Chef Jean-Luc Rocha Hotel Cordeillan Bages

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Rum baba: Sponge cake, soaked in rum-flavored syrup with strawberries

Approachable and effervescent two-Michelin star chef Jean-Luc Rocha at Hotel Cordeillan Bages in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region in Pauillac makes staying at this Relais & Chateaux property owned by the Cazes’ family, a dream come true for foodies like myself. Delicious eye-candy, plate after plate came my way when I dined there on my last visit to area.

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A Non-Tourist Walk in Paris 16th Arrondissement

DSC_0334Hotel Saint James Paris is just around the corner from a vibrant city area not much visited by tourists. While staying here, I took a stroll along Avenue Victor Hugo in the Paris 16th arrondissement. The 16th is not as sexy as the Right Bank, or as glitzy as the Place de la Madeleine, nor as trendy as the Marais, but it is definitely a cool neighborhood to hang out and be a global local amongst its wealthy residents.

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Le Victory, Paris a Low-Key Brasserie in an Upscale Area

dessert victoryOne of the more difficult tasks when strolling along Avenue Champs Élysées is to find a low-key restaurant with decent food at reasonable prices. Le Victory, Paris is a local brasserie and bar just off the famous retail mecca. While a far reach from Michelin-star cuisine, Le Victory serves comfort food in a traditional French atmosphere.

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