Month: September 2006

The opposite

A strange letter appeared in the Times on Tuesday: Sir, My wife and I enjoy drinking wine but are finding it increasingly difficult to find acceptable bottles. Why are producers increasing alcoholic strengths from 12 per cent to 14 per cent...

Lapsang Souchong

I tried green tea and found it flower-like and fragrant, but don’t think I’ll make it my regular tea. It seems weak by comparison. My regular tea is the premium supermarket line, drunk black, without milk or sugar. For special occasions...

Sparkling bubbly

I was fortunate enough last evening to try a real Champagne made by André Diligant and his sons. It was a typical 12%, brut and from Bar-sur-Seine. It poured beautifully in that it took about a minute and a half to...

Les Vapeurs

Over in Deauville on Saturday to check arrangements at the airport, we decided to pop into Trouville for lunch at Les Vapeurs.  Deauville and Trouville are effectively one, but divided by the harbour and estuary.  There is an engaging ferry service...

A dry, slow pint

Yesterday I had the honour of trying Old Bill’s Cider at the Live and Let Live pub in Cambridge. It’s a local cider, brewed from Cambridgeshire and Somerset apples, this time in the Cambridge blend. At 7%, it packs a fair...

Pretty Cool Moules

At the Bistrot du Port in Dives-sur-Mer they are proud of their mussels, and deservedly so. They offer them done with cream, paprika, curry, and other things, but the basic staple is moules marinières, done with onions, butter and Muscadet. Moules...