Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's all in a Crush

We never get too old for a crush. It is just that the older we get, the less often it happens, and the more it surprises us!

A few weeks ago I stumbled across Comptoir Gascon, having just indulged in some comfort food at Smith's, and the look of the cake counter left me breathless. Comptoir is the bistro off shoot of the more formal Club Gascon. We let the lunch settle and proceeded to sample some of the delicacies. For Jules, a triple chocolate mouse cake and me, a chocolate fondant. The latter, the best example of a cold fondant. Usually in restaurants the chocolate fondant would be prepared especially for you. Served warm, the centre would be gooey and delectable. But this, is in a class of its own. It looks like a chocolate muffin, but you are in for a gorgeous surprise.

Jules and I vowed to return and experience the rural French bistro menu and booked a follow up the next week. What followed was a warmly satisfying experience. The food is rich, yet simple. The way you would expect to eat in the French country side. Being a fan of duck I could not resist the Duck Confit. It was very rich and perfect! Jules had a beef dish (which I cannot remember the proper name for), it arrived medium done and with richness to rival the confit. The lentil side dish was perfect accompaniment.

The wine list is exclusively French, which I do not know too much about. The waiter's recommendations has worked each time.

And I have been back since ... the rustic French decor, the cheese plate (comes on a slate block), the coffee, the dark chocolate raspberry tart, the tall Aussie waiter ...

Friday, March 23, 2007

In a Nutshell

So what has been going on ...
  • Booked skiing over Easter, the flights, the car ... accommodation will be last minute ... oh the thrill!
  • Spring cold snap has been welcome
  • Reassessing my careers choices ... constantly
  • Sadly missed a week in Chamonix with Mark ... work is so not worth this!
  • Saw Footloose on stage ... what is it about the 80s
  • Convertible on a sunny winter's day, with heated seats ... I'm sold!
  • Daylight savings ... long days here we come!
  • Rediscovering my cooking skills ... Bill Granger's Everyday a much appreciated gift
  • Finding a hidden gem in the local french deli ... eating too much chocolate fondant cake!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

She is Alive!

Just in case you were wondering ... I am indeed still among the living. Not that you could tell reading the blog ...

It has been a restless few weeks ... too much work, not enough sleep and a bit of partying. Have lots to tell ...

Friday, March 02, 2007


It has been a good week. Not so many hours spent at work. A passed exam. Lunch with Julia today. Footloose tonight!! Sleep in tomorrow! Does it get any better?