It has been slow settling back into my normal routine. We arrived home from Provence and Paris Thursday evening. An early Friday morning chouquette baking spurt was followed by preparation of a huge dinner on the patio that night. Susan and Renate, my traveling companions, weren't flying out until Saturday. My husband also planned to leave Saturday for his father's home in Iowa. The meal was a combination welcome home and Father's Day celebration. We had perfectly glorious weather and dined on radish sandwiches and a rib-eye steak salad with roasted peppers, Parmesan chards, and tiny potatoes drizzled with a balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette. Dessert was a strawberry-rhubarb custard tart.
The upcoming days (possibly weeks) will be filled with photos and stories about our travels through Provence and our short, one-night return stay in Paris. The drink above is an aperitif cocktail Renate and I enjoyed outdoors at a small café on the corner of Rue du Dragon and Rue de Sèvres on the left bank of Paris. I'll be serving this next weekend at a dinner I'm planning on the patio.
le Parisien Aperitif...
• I am leaving the ingredient amounts of this cocktail up to you. Combine Vodka with Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice. Top off with French Champagne... ENJOY!
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