Daily Archives: July 14, 2008

The French Know

France flag

The French know how to do food.

I went to a Bastille Day party tonight at my favorite French restaurant, Aimee’s Bistro in Redondo Beach, California.

This was the menu:

Aimee’s Bastille Day Celebration Menu
July 14, 2008

Amuse Busch
Shot of chilled fennel-leak soup with roasted almond pesto

First Course
Rilette of duck with pickled baby artichokes, mission figs and grilled country bread

Second Course
Grilled organic peach and prosciutto salad with Gorgonzola, arugula and balsamic glaze

Third Course (choice of one)
Fresh Atlantic Cod Basquiase sautéed with garbanzo beans, saucisson Toulouse and pipérade
or
New York Steak au Poivre with pomme puree, baby vegetables and cognac-peppercorn sauce
or
Poulet Roti à l’Ail with potato gratin, cippolini onions, oyster mushrooms, haricot vert and sherry-garlic jus

Dessert
Chocolate roulade – chocolate pistachio mousse croquantine

Vive la Republique, Vive la France!

Of course, there was unlimited champagne.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution.

It is a national holiday in France, much like the 4th of July in the U.S., and marks the beginning of the great revolution and the birth of the republic.

Vive la France. Vive la Liberté.