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Atelier Lime Sorbet

It’s the tail-end of summer and we’ve cursed the sweat and the funk everytime we’ve opened the car door, right?

I’ve mostly gotten acclimated to not having air conditioning here in France. I kinda prefer it (I can hear the collective gasp from all of my Texas friends right now), I have fewer sinus headaches and mold and mildew are not a problem. However, the southwest of France experienced a heatwave in August that saw the thermometer reach above 40° (104°F) and everyone was hiding out in the climitized grocery stores during the day. And like most of the civilized world, we purchased excessive amounts of ice cream that half melted on the way home.

One flavor we decided to test was citron vert (lime) sorbet. The packaging boasted all-natural flavors with morsels of lime peel. They weren’t kidding! I don’t know how anyone could eat this straight because it has a serious pucker factor. I mean, the acid hurt my teeth it was so intense. So I used it to make cocktails instead!


We recently picked up a pack of Limonade Mascaret while visiting Brasserie Mascaret and a bottle was chillin’ in the frigo. This artisnal lemonade is all natural and has a light, refreshing flavor.

In champagne trumpet glass:

*Two scoops lime sorbet

*One ounce Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur

*Fill with Limonade Mascaret.

The finished product was still tart, but quenching with a margarita vibe. I’ll do this one again.


The Cuba Libre is my go-to in dive bars and merits its own blog post. It’s so much more than a simple rum & cola when you add the lime juice, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use up this citron vert sorbet.

In a tall collins glass:

*Two scoops lime sorbet

*1 1/2 ounces aged rum (don’t you dare use white rum)

*Fill with Coca-Cola.

I could drink this year round. I immediately went to Amazon.co.uk to replace my copy of Hemmingway’s Islands in the Stream and introduce Yannick to Le vieil homme et la mer.


During the Sex and the City heydays, I rolled my eyes everytime a Charlotte wannabe came to me with the ingredient list for the Cosmoplitan. Eventually, the popularity of this cocktail died off (much like the careers of those four ladies), but since lime juice is a component in this vodka based drink, I decided to revive the recipe.  I skipped the vodka for this one because I didn’t feel that it added anything flavorwise and would’ve been alcohol-overkill on a hot day.

In a goblet (because I don’t have martini glasses):

*Two scoops lime sorbet

*1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier

*Fill with cranberry juice.

This ended up being the sweetest of my three experiments. Not cloyingly sweet, but my gosh, have you ever noticed how much sugar there is in industrial cranberry juice? The sorbet and juice balanced each other out (what we’re always looking for) and the orange liqueur added some roundness. BTW I tried coming up with a creative name for this cocktail, but failed. Any suggestions?

So, I was able to finish up that sorbet (substitute lime sherbet, if you like, but know it will be more creamy and sweeter) and beat the heat. In three months, we’ll all be whining about forgetting to wear a scarf and gloves and I’ll think fondly of remaking these chilly cocktails!

Yes, I take pictures of food now.

I’ve become one of those ridiculous people that takes iphone photos of  food – and I’m not even good at it! I’m sure at least a few of you have noticed the crumbs on the tablecloth or the stack of bills sitting in the background, but I’m showing what I imbibe IRL and frankly I don’t want to spend hours staging a photo.  Ok, that’s a lie; I’m kinda diggin’ staging these photos, but let’s not go overboard. Problem is, it takes up a lot of my memory and then when I’m trying to take an adorable photo of my kid I get a message that I have no more space.

So here are a bunch of my random photos from the last few months that didn’t exactly fit another blog post. Let’s see how many times my reflection shows up on the bottle or the glass! Hopefully I was wearing something other than pyjamas at the time.

Bon, ok, je suis maintenant une de ces personnes ridicule qui prennent des photos de leurs bouffes. Même si je ne suis pas douée – on vois mes miettes sur la table et les traces sur les verres – je vous simplement vous montrer “ce que je bois” In Real Life <dans la vraie vie> quoi.

Je commence a n’avoir plus de place de stockage et il me faut de la place pour capturer mon adorable gamin, donc voici quelques photos qui ne correspondes a aucun article déjà écris. Allez! On vas compter combien de fois on meut voie dans le reflet de la bouteille – en espérant que je suis habillée!


BODEGAS ANGOSTO LA TRIBU, Garnacha, Monestrell, Syrah 2014 – Valencia, Spain [< 12€]

An easy, everyday red that blends three grapes normally seen in the Rhone region of France. Stewed plum, spice, violets, bacon, and black peppercorns. Perfect for a cool spring evening and a bowl of lamb couscous.

3 1/2 stars.

Un ‘tit vin rouge du quotidien. Typiquement on voient ces trois cépage dans le Rhône. Prunes confites, cinq épices, violettes, viande grillée, poivre noire. Parfait pour accompagner un couscous d’agneau.


This was the last jar of the foie gras that we made ourselves! So good!

ANTOINE BARRIER Brouilly 2014 – Beaujolais, France [< 6€]

Normally, I love gamay Beaujolais- especially for a Sunday lunch of fruit, cheese, charcuterie, and homemade foie gras! This one tasted like they did not do a selection of the fruit and probably left the stems and seeds (we all know how annoying stems and seeds can be).

1 star

J’adore le Beaujolais – normalement – surtout le dimanche (A.près M.arche) avec fruits, fromage, charcuterie et foie gras fais maison! Mais il me semble qu’ils ne font pas une sélection pour celui-ci et qu’il est vinifié avec la grappe et les graines (et on sais tous a quel point les tiges et les graines sont embêtantes). Berk.


L.A. CETTO Petite Sirah 2013 – Baja Califorina, Mexico [< 6€]

I never thought I’d have to come all the way to France to get my hands on a wine from Mexico.  Petite Sirah is a variety that originated in France as a cross-pollination of two other varieties, but has pretty much disappeared from the region. The Pacific coast of North America seems to be a good home though. This one offered blueberry jam and blackberry notes and slight hints of cocao powder. I served it chilled to smooth out the jammy mouthfeel. Really surprising!

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Le cépage Durif (dit Petite Sirah) a ses origines dans le Dauphiné. C’est une croisement spontanée  de peloursin et de syrah qui a presque disparu de France pendant le ravages du phylloxéra . On le trouve maintenant sur la côte Pacifique d’Amérique du Nord.  Celui-ci nous offre des notes de confiture de myrtille,  de mûre, et de cacao en poudre. Je le bois légèrement froid pour mieux apprécier sa rondeur. Une belle surprise!

Bertrand & Vincent Marchesseau Bourgueil “Funambule” 2014 – Bourgueil, France [< 12€]

A faux filet (sirloin) from the BBQ with rosemary pommes dauphin. Garnished with radishes sliced all fancylike.

Funambule is french for tightrope walker – a task that requires tremendous balance. Balance is the quality that every winemaker aspires to manifest in their wines. These guys attained that goal for this vintage of 100% Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, but it didn’t go “over the bigtop” so to speak. A little fruity in the cranberry range, a little bit of baking spice, and just a touch fleshy.

Tiramisu cake with a coffee mascarpone glaçage.
Tiramisu cake with a coffee mascarpone glaçage.

I liked it better with dessert when the blueberry tones came out of hiding.

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Ils ont bien trouvé leur équilibre pour ce vin. Un peu de fruit dans la gamme cranberry, un peu d’épices, et un peu de charnu.  Je l’ai préféré en dessert quand il a fait ressortir ses notes de myrtilles.

Some randoms:

Wolfberger Signature Pinot Noir 2014 - Alsace, France.
Wolfberger Signature Pinot Noir 2014 – Alsace, France.


This was a pinot noir from the Mâcon region of Burgundy. Not worth mentioning the name. The pork roast was great.
This was a pinot noir from the Mâcon region of Burgundy. Not worth mentioning the name. The pork roast was great.
Domaine des Clos Godeaux Les Maupas 2014 - Chinon, France.
Domaine des Clos Godeaux Les Maupas 2014 – Chinon, France. Cabernet Franc