“Le dessert?,” the waitress asked.
I looked at S with eyebrows hopefully raised, thinking about the French treats we were just drooling over on the restaurant’s chalkboard wall.
“Oui!”, he said.
I turned to the waitress, “Oui! Les profiteroles, s’il vous plait!”
“What just happened? I thought we were getting the check?,” S said. “L’addition.”
“No…she said dessert. I thought you said yes to le dessert not l’addition….”
And so began our first trip of the new year…with a mistaken dessert that we didn’t regret and the subsequent order of another bottle of wine. About two hours from home, we were exploring the beautiful French city of Metz, with it’s gorgeous cathedral, excellent restaurants (I especially recommend L’Escalier, which specializes in steak and frites…and profiteroles), and fun bars (I especially recommend Les BerThom, part of a chain of bars serving excellent IPAs and Belgian beers). We’ve already vowed to go back.
The covered market in Metz deserves another pass through. It’s filled with fresh fish, cheese, meat, and — Stephen’s favorite — meat pies.
We stopped into a little place called Cafe Bleu purely to get out of the cold for a bit. It looked like a random corner cafe – nothing special. And not even “nothing special” in that cool locals-only-hole-in-the-wall way. It looked kind of like the interior of a Dunkin Donuts. We ended up getting the best cheese and charcuterie plate and the best bottle of Bordeaux of the weekend!
My favorite Belgian beer in a very cool French bar.
On our way to Nancy, we took a major detour and drove through Verdun. The landscape of the old battlefield and bunkers was striking. While the freezing rain kept us mostly in the car, we’re planning a return trip in the Spring.
Next stop: Nancy. S and I did not love it quite as much as Metz (it’s hard to beat that small town charm), but it was still a nice addition to our road trip.
And for one final stop before returning to Metz, we climbed the mountains to see Dabo Rock.
There she is: Dabo Rock.
À bientôt, France! Here’s to many more trips in 2015!