Paris: You either love it or you hate it. For years I fell into the latter category. My guess is that it's because I'm such a reactionary person. Years of condescending Parisians placing me in the same category as the thickheaded loud guy from Boise in the Bermuda shorts who orders a Coke with his crêpes. Can you blame them?
Our sound engineer told me a great story. He's out to a nice dinner in a local French bistro and the "American guy" with him orders a Coke with his meal. Waiter rolls his eyes, returns a few minutes later and slams a Coke down muttering, "American Beaujolais," then storms off. Nice.
We all have similar stories. The love/hate, cat-and-mouse exchanges between us "silly Americans with your Mickey Mouse!" and the locals are very entertaining. So as an inside joke among my band mates and friends I started taking photos throughout Paris of myself holding Starbucks Quad Decaf Soy Mochas or McDonald's Happy Meals or wearing Mickey Mouse ears, etc. Chalk it up to my dry northern Michigan sense of humor.
I, of course, enjoy Paris now. It just took me a while to learn how to ask for "direction" rather than "directions." You would have to live there for years to truly take it all in. On my evening off, I had my first Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2003, if memory serves. Grenache with a capital G. (For photos of the trip, check out the journal section of my winery/vineyard website, www.caduceus.org.)
On the home front: Paula and Eric Woolsey (of the Asylum in Jerome, Ariz.) have officially opened the Verde Valley Wine Co. and Recovery Room, in Cottonwood, Ariz., on Calvary Way across from the hospital in the Copper Dome Plaza. The reason I mention it is because it's the only restaurant in Arizona with Caduceus/Merkin Vineyards wine on the list. The retail wine store is connected to the restaurant, where the wine-friendly menu features "contemporary comfort cuisine." I recommend the chicken risotto and the always satisfying and simple wedge salad with blue cheese crumbles. My stomach just murmured.
Anacleto Ludovic — paris france — January 9, 2007 6:33pm ET
Anna Patterson — Michigan — January 9, 2007 7:02pm ET
Brandon Miller — Roseville, CA — January 10, 2007 1:55am ET
Paula Woolsey — Jerome, Arizona — January 10, 2007 11:06am ET
Robert O Bartolini — Scottsdale, Az — January 10, 2007 6:34pm ET
Maynard James Keenan — page Springs, az — January 12, 2007 12:31am ET
William Newell — Buffalo, NY — January 15, 2007 2:35pm ET
Torano — January 16, 2007 4:22pm ET
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