Some of you email to ask me where I am in Europe, what I do, etc. I will not bore you with all details of my trip, but having a few minutes available, this post from Bordeaux (southwest of France), capital of the best wines in the world (red and white, 14,000 producers, 700 million bottles annually) A city where I have very good friends, 2 of them being some of the very best in their respective businesses and who just gave me a very special welcome back treatment.
First, Dominique Mariaulle, simply known as Dom, owner of a beautiful and very busy shop named V-Twin Garage, and who is probably (just after me…) the greatest supporter of everything American. Dom has not only an impressive motorcycling experience, but has extensively rode both his Harley or Victory ot Custom in exactly 38 US States. Particularity, his shop, from main door to rest room, is exclusively decorated with beautiful Diner furniture, memorabilia, signs, pin ball and pop corn machines included, imported after each of his trip across the Atlantic. You will never meet in France, or in the US when he visits us (he will be in Cincinnati for the 2012 V-Twin Expo), somebody with a larger smile, dealer experience and sense of friendship…Dom organized for me in his shop a TV interview in which he also mentioned that he is about to launch his own designed Chopper & Bobber models line up already approved to be road legal on all streets and highways of Europe.
In France, friendship is always celebrated around a good meal and wine, and it just happens that Bordeaux is home of Gravelier one the most celebrated French restaurants and whose owner, Yves Gravelier, is a long time biker riding to work every day, rain, shine or freeze, his 1974 custom Harley Shovelhead,. Yves and his wife Anne Marie (she is the daughter of Pierre Troisgros, the most famous Chef name, many years ranked best restaurant in the world) prepared for Dominique and myself a surprise menu of 6 courses of 2 to 4 bites each, with names so beautiful and romantic that I can’t even translate them (I post them in French for those of you loving gourmet food…and being bilingual) I have been lucky to have been welcomed in some of the best culinary temples in many countries, but this succession of meals is for me an experience ranking much higher than all I have known before…
I could not end this post without publishing a picture of what French workers are also famous for: protesting in the streets (especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays, guess why?) Front of my hotel, Bordeaux firefighters protest for better salaries… Tomorrow, I will be back in Paris.
Menu. 1- Cèpes et crustacés vinaigrette. 2- Pizza de Rouget Roquette et Foie Gras Vin Rouge. 3- Salmi Pigeon Et Blinis De Châtaignes. 4- Chevre Frit Et Gelee De Piment D’espelette. 5- Mandarine Meringuées. 6- Crêpe Soufflée Framboise. Wine was a 2005 Chateau Raveil De Luze Margaux.