June 12, 2008

Photo du Jour

a beautiful, natural centerpiece

Meeting new people can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking for me. This time it was easy.

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of spending a good chunk of the day with a group of eight who have come to stay in a gîte in our village for part of their European vacation. We were introduced through a friend of a friend and hit it off immediately.
They are a mélange of Americans and Germans who currently live in Seattle and love food, wine and traveling as much as I do. And they all have a magnificent sense of humor.

After a shopping trip to the morning market in Olonzac, we gathered in the evening and cooked together and shared stories and drank some stunning local wine that they introduced me to (yes, I was embarrassed that I'd never had it before, so I owe them one).

Here's to new friends! Pin It


La Belette Rouge said...

I would have never thought about pairing artichokes and pine cones---but they are lovely together--and it makes a lot of sense.

Ooh, I want a pasta with artichoke hearts, pine nuts and bacon. Where did that come from?

Happy you had such a lovely time.

Jean Z. said...

I can't decide which is better, your photos or your written blog. You're wonderful. Besides artichokes and pinecones, what were the leaves in the centerpiece?

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What a great way to spend time with new people..Yes it is the same for me sometimes quite nerve-wracking...pleased you didn;t find it too hard this time.

Love evening like yours, it sounds like a lot of fun, great new friends, good food and great wine :-)

B said...

Here's to new friends, indeed! I love this centerpiece, too!


Jennifer said...

la belette rouge
They picked up those beautiful little violet artichokes at the market and one of them went for a long walk and collected the pine cones. It is lovely, isn't it?

who has time to cook,
Thank you!
The leaves are from an olive tree.

I love evenings like that too! Nice people, easy conversation, great food. A perfect combination.

I wish I could take credit for the centerpiece, but alas I cannot. (but I'll try to duplicate it in the future!) :)

Paola Westbeek said...

sounds absolutely gorgeous, loulou! what a perfect way to spend an evening!


Jennifer said...

Good food, good wine, good conversation.
What more could you ask for? :)