Brunch with a View

June 24, 2018 (175/365) • Harbor House Milwaukee

"A Sunday well spent brings a week of content." - Proverb

French Friday: French 77 + Champagne Macarons

 le 22 juin 2018 (173/365) • Le Rêve, Wauwatosa, WI

« Le Champagne aide à l'émerveillement. » - George Sand

French 77 Cocktail: 1 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice, Champagne, and a twist

Photos du déjeuner avec des amis au Rêve and a treat chez moi:

le macaron du jour - Champagne!

French Friday: Hemingway's Paris

le 25 mai 2018 (145/365) « Paris est une fête. » | "Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway

Much like Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris, I have often wandered the streets of Paris in search of my own literary idols. I have even perched upon the steps of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, dreaming that a classic Peugeot would pull up and whisk me away to the Paris of the 1920's. 

"Hemingway slept here" has become a cliché, but it's true that Ernest lived on the third floor of 74 rue du Cardinal Lemoine with his bride, Hadley, from January 1922 through August 1923. Their time here became the inspiration for his Paris memoire, A Moveable Feast

The Hemingways left Paris in anticipation of the birth of their son, "Bumby," (John Nicanor Hemingway), but returned in 1924 to an apartment on the rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs near the Luxembourg Gardens.

During this second sojourn in Paris, Ernest fell in love with Hadley's friend, Pauline Pfeiffer. When Hadley discovered the affair in 1927, the couple separated and divorced. Ernest and Pauline occupied to 6 rue Férou before moving to Florida. (Of course, as a true fan girl, I have also visited the Hemingway Home in Key West.) 

While in Paris, Hemingway spent a lot of time at Sylvia Beach's bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The original was on the rue de l'Odéon, but it was permanently closed during the Nazi occupation. The second iteration of Shakepeare and Company is still thriving on the rue de la Bûcherie, across the Seine from Notre Dame. Read more about this iconic bookshop here and here

Since his earlier Paris apartments had neither plumbing nor heat, Hemingway spent much of his time writing at the Closerie des Lilas on the boulevard Montparnasse. Most of The Sun Also Rises was written here, as well as the journal entries and notes that would later become A Moveable Feast.

When he wasn't reading or writing, Hemingway was often found at the cafés in Montpartnasse and Saint-Germain.

Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore were two favorites.

Papa's presence can still be felt throughout Paris, yet nowhere is he more celebrated that at the Ritz. In 1944, Hemingway famously "liberated" the hotel and, of course, the bar of the remaining German soldiers by drinking 51 martinis. 

"When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz." - Ernest Hemingway

When I'm Paris, I do a lot of "girly" things -- shopping, fashion shows, high tea, etc., but for the past two years, I have chosen to toast both my 50th birthday and my 50th "Gotcha Day" at the Bar Hemingway

I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated by the very "macho" Ernest Hemingway, yet to balance out the testosterone, I sipped a Miss Bond, served by the incomparable barman, Colin Field. Cheers to Hemingway in Paris!

Aloha, y'all!

 April 18, 2018 (108/365) • Hula Hut on Lake Austin

To paraphrase Dorothy, "Toto, I don't think we're in Texas anymore!"

French Friday: 50 ans (bis)

February 23, 2018 (054/365)

Last year, I celebrated my 50th birthday with a cocktail at the Bar Hemingway in the Paris Ritz. This year, I'm once again celebrating a milestone anniversary -- 50 years ago, my parents adopted me. This is my first "Gotcha Day" missing both Mom and Dad, but, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “No one you love is ever truly lost.”

Blue Monday

January 15, 2018 (015/365) "Feeling a little blue in January is normal." - Marilu Henner

For the past few years, I have heard the third Monday of January referred to as "Blue Monday." Apparently, researches have devised a formula accounting for variables such as weather, post-holiday debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year’s resolutions, low motivation levels, and feeling the need for change and action to determine that today is one of the hardest days of the year. 

What would cheer you up on this Blue Monday? A vacation, good book, a walk in the freshly fallen snow? This evening, perhaps a boat drink would help -- this is juniper after all. Now all we need is tonic and lime!

Sunday Funday

July 30, 2017 (211/365)

Working in the garden, a long walk with Piper, relaxing on the deck with a cocktail and a good book...

"Summer afternoon— to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."

- Henry James

French Friday: Bar Hemingway

July 21, 2017 (202/365)

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris...then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” -  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

During my birthday week in Paris, I did a lot of "girly" things, but I chose to toast the big day in the Bar Hemingway at the Ritz. The hotel boasts that "Cole Porter would spend up to 9 hours a day in the Hemingway Bar: he's said to have composed Begin the Beguine here. F. Scott Fitzgerald had his favorite seat; Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper made it the epicenter of their life in Paris." In fact, in 1944, Hemingway "liberated" the bar of German soldiers by drinking 51 martinis. I had only one very lovely, very expensive French 75 (to be fair, it did come with olives, almonds, and chips). I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated by the very "macho" Ernest Hemingway, but since high school he has been one of my literary idols. So it's fitting that today's French Friday post, on what would be "Papa's" 118th Birthday, features the Bar Hemingway. Cheers!