Sunday, January 06, 2008

Cantada II - lucid night




The cast:
Failed/Useless Food Writer/Hospitality Slave (ie, "Yours Truly")
Luisa: Travelling-uber-chef/Talk-Show Host, Mega-Fixer, bloggeuse-extraordinaire
Heather: Smoking hot yankee hack and guidebook writer
Peter: absintheur, historian, niche businessman wunderchild and all around nice guy
Daniel: white-hot young yank chef in the City of Lights, bored of his golden existence, yearing for something new, soon to travel afar...
David, famous cookbook author,experienced pastry chef and expat
Olivier, funny guy, from a wine family, with his own special, unique tour company , highlighting France's wines..
... and assorted side characters..

Place: the Cantada II, Paris' (France's?) finest absinthe bar, retrofitted funnily enough into a strange goth/punk bar, peopled with aging New Music fans of all kind and persuasion (perversion?).

Fuelled by Pete's extraordinary absinthe offerings (100 year old Berger anyone?), this turned out to be a unique and enjoyable evening.

Funniest (most illuminating?) moment: A newbie, when proffered the ultra-rare, pre-prohibition CF Berger absinthe to taste, tipping back the contents of the glass into his mouth , then proclaiming, with a shrug of his shoulders :"Tastes like Ricard". Puzzled sigh coming from Peter's corner..Heathens never die..

21 comments:

Le Meg said...

I am most amused by the thought of you four hanging out in that goth den. Did you wear your eyeliner?

David said...

Thanks for not mentioning the stag-stew.

Otherwise, it was a great night!

Adrian said...

or the $100,000!

Olivier said...

I awkwardly had a headache the next morning...

I totally blame it on the deer thing.

David said...

Louisa blamed...perhaps fairly...le Scooby-Doo...

Heather said...

I thought the public should know about the stew, LOL! (and David, that's a good look for you with the horns):

http://www.secretsofparis.com/heathers-secret-blog/2008/1/10/ringing-in-the-smoke-free-new-year-with-absinthe-and-parisia.html

Heather said...

Stupid long link. Try this:
www.secretsofparis.com/heathers-secret-blog/2008/1/10/

Brian Hamel said...

Adrian Moore of New Hampshire, this is a ghost of years gone by. Funny I was just eating dinner (not as good as what you have been eating) and you came into my mind. It is I Brian Hamel of the Illustrious Haverhill Hamels. It looks like you have been doing well, travel safely and enjoy life!

MATTHEW ROSE said...

Hi Adrian,

Well well... enjoyed your absinthe tour. According to a friend of mine, the real stuff no longer exists except in some grandpa's backyard on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Best,

Matthew Rose / http://lalandedigitalpress.blogspot.com/

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