Wednesday Dec 19, 2007

Birthday in Brussels

Back to Brussels for a flying visit, but planning to stay on for a couple of days to enjoy the sights, food and drink in Belgium's and the EU's Capital. Today, after my meeting, opposite the Berlaymont, we walked around the lower town looking for somewhere to eat. We enjoyed the "Winterfest" at La Bourse & Place St. Catherine and returned to the Grand Place and were able to enjoy the opera and lights together, having eaten some Tapas, with a rather fine Rioja. A Faustino No 7.

 

Hotel de Ville, Grand Place

 

While I had broken one of my rules by working on my birthday, it was a good way of spending it. I rather enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Monday Sep 25, 2006

A french man's nose...

Most of the Europeans are flying in today and we arranged to visit a 'french' restaurant called "The Left Bank" in Palo Alto where we let Eric Bezille, the only frenchman choose the wines. This was an excellent move; he found an American Chenin Blanc (Ballantines 2005), which was quite tasty and herby, an excellent french Vouvray and a Californian Pinot Noir, called Irony, which is one of the best I've drunk in California, lacking that meaty earthy taste which presages the mother of hangovers. I was able to crack my "mmmm, I get the taste of grape" joke, which most hadn't heard before so that was good. We may have to go back as the some of the other starters sound too good to miss.

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Monday May 15, 2006

Tomorrow dawns

I've been invited to spend the day at BT's Labs in Ipswich tomorrow to see what they think is happening soon and in the future. I travelled up this afternoon as its an early start tomorrow. I ate at Seckford Hall, which is very pretty and old. At dinner, I tried a Chateau Montaiguillon, sadly can't remember the year. I've had better but must really get to grips with learning about Claret. I want to get beyond "I don't know much about Wine, but I know what I like.", or Nick Hancock's famous summary of his wine knowldege "Don't buy wines with pictures on the label, they're crap" and "£4 good, £5 better."

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