Bordeaux- Glouton Le Bistro

Monday evening in Bordeaux was pretty quiet.  Most of the restaurants were closed but we were able to find a cute little bistro called Glouton that was listed as vegetarian friendly and accepted online reservations for six people (not an easy find in Bordeaux).

Although it didn't seem vegetarian friendly at first.  The tiny chalkboard only listed two appetizers, two entrees and dessert; but after speaking with the waiter we were presented with a few additional options that sounded wonderful.  I'm obviously not vegetarian but the options sounded so good I jumped on board with the veggie set.

Burrata is always delicious on its own but add on freshly ground pesto, basil and some of the thickest, juiciest heirloom tomatoes in existence and a this normally delicious Burrata became knock your socks off kind of good.

It was followed by a wonderful creamy Risotto studded with mushroom, cherry tomato and spring onion that tasted just as fresh and seasonal as the Burrata.  

For dessert a Bl…

Le Bordeaux- Gordon Ramsey

Our first full day in Bordeaux got off to a sleepy start. We had treated Brussels a bit like Spring Break with 10:00 AM brewery visits each day and nonstop eating and drinking thereafter.  I guess my body was a little tired because I didn't open my eyes until it was almost noon.   Luckily I woke up just in time for lunch at Gordon Ramsey's Le Bordeaux. 

I've honestly never been a huge fan of Gordon Ramsey but this restaurant was absolutely gorgeous.  A lovely patio sat out front overlooking the elegant Bordeaux Opera House, while inside was a much more formal affair with white linen tablecloths, cushy red velvet love seats and a beautiful spiral staircase extending from the center of the room.

Le Bordeaux offers an amazing three course prix fixe at lunchtime but I wasn't excited about the options that day so Mr. T and I decided to split a few appetizers beginning with the delicious Cesar Salad stuffed with chicken, marinated anchovies and Parmesan cheese alongside a thic…

Brussels Day IV- In De Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst

Our final morning in Brussels we packed up our bags and headed out for one last beer-centric stop to In De Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, which translates to The Insurance of Great Thirst; a cozy little pub that's the last remaining cafe in the town of Eizeringen and only open on Sunday's.

The small brick building looks like something out of an old fairy tale with exposed wooden ceilings, tiled floors and a delightful mix of church goers and beer geeks all chatting over a few bottles of delicious lambic. 

Grote Dorst has one of the largest selections of kriek and gueuze in the entire world with fantastic bottles like the Bokkereyder Wijngaard brewed with Muscat and Riesling grapes and the Toots Tribute a dry, funky gueuze I absolutely fell in love with that Sunday morning.

Of course it's hard to just order one or two bottles when faced with such an incredible list so we stayed for a few vintage 3 Fontenien's...

...a super dusty bottle of 50 Degrees North- 4 Degrees East…

Brussels Day III- 3 Fonteinen & Nuetnigenough

Day III in Brussels we woke up bright and early for a trip to my favorite place in the entire world, 3 Fonteinen's Lambik-O-droom.  This beautiful brewery located in the town of Beersel creates the most exceptional gueze in all of Brussels (in my humble opinion that is).

We arrived right at 10:30 AM for the Saturday  morning tour which takes guests through the history of the brewery, barrel room and bottling facilities.

Since I had already been to Lambic-O-droom before I hung out in the tasting room while my friends explored and enjoying a solitary bottle of Oude Geuze Vintage 2012, one of my absolute favorite geuze's of all time.

Followed by an Oude Geuze Vintage 2008 and 3 Fonteinen's incredible geuze cheese paired with mustard and apricot preserves.  I was really hoping to bring some of this fabulous cheese back to NYC but it was completely sold out by mid-day.  I guess everyone else loves this wonderful cheese just as much as me.

We spent the rest of the afternoon making o…

Brussels Day II- De Heeren Van Liedeckercke, Belga Queen & Moeder Lambic

Friday morning we kicked off our day with a delicious Belgian waffle,  then headed back over to Cantillon where we had spent most of the day before.  We just had to get one more bottle of that delicious Lambic D'Anuis.  

Of course that one bottle turned into about five more other wonderful delights but finally we pried ourselves away and hopped on a train to Denderleeuw for lunch at De Heeren van Liedeckercke.

De Heeren opened its doors as a specialty beer cafe back in 1991 by owner Joost de Four.  He had always wanted to sell lambic and reached out to various brewers in the area to stock his bar.  However one brewer, Armand Debelder from 3 Fonteinen, refused.  He would not allow Joost to sell any of his bottles without first being trained on how they were made.  So Joost was trained by the great Armand himself and today De Heeren is known as one of the best lambic bars in the entire world.

In fact many brewers have created special lambic just for Joost and De Heeren like the elderfl…

Brussels Day I- Pistolet, Cantillon, La Fruitiere & Pasta Divina

Day one in Brussels feels a bit like a dream.  We hopped off the plane and instead of doing the usual nap, we headed directly to Pistolet for a classic Cantillon Gueuze and some crispy Croque Monsieurs.

This tiny little sandwich shop was the perfect place to shake off some of the travel fatigue before heading to Cantillon, one of the best places in Brussels for all things lambic.  I've written about this spot countless times before so if you need a refresher just click here.

The old, dusty brewery was quite crowded when we arrived with people taking tours and sharing bottles.  Since there were six of us, we were easily able to work our way through the entire list which included some of my favorites like Lou Pepe Kriek, Saint Lam and Nath, along with some new bottles like Cinsault and the delicious Lambis d'Anuis that had an addictive spicy, fruit flavor I loved. 

After Cantillon we split up as a group.  Some went off the take a shower, others off to bed (Mr. T and I went to M…

October Wine Events!

We love the month of October for so many reasons.  There's a nice brisk chill in the air, Sundays are consumed with football and fantastic wine events start popping up all over the city.  Here are two great picks for the month ahead:
James Suckling Great Wines of the Andes
Experience the incredible wine regions of Chili and Argentina right here in New York City at Great Wines of the Andes.  Over 140 wines hand picked by James Suckling with a score of 90 points or higher (two which have the perfect score of 100 points) will be on hand with delicious grape varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Malbec.  This is the perfect opportunity to take Andes exploration to a whole new level. Tickets
Spain's Great Match

Spain's Great Match returns to New York for it's 25th year to celebrate the food and wine of this fantastic country.  Explore their award winning interior design program while some of NYC's top Spanish restaurants pair delightful bites with the 300+ world clas…