I am Indian by birth, Italian at heart and French in my dreams. Who wouldn’t want to have an innate sense of fashion, a sultry accent, endless access to the best wines & cheese and a romantic existential approach to life? Although I’ve only visited Paris, I am convinced that France is the answer to all one’s problems in life <3
When singer/songwriter and former first-lady of France announced the tour schedule for her 4th album: Little French Songs, my darling husband, Rob, promptly scooped us up two tickets and planned a soirée détendue à deux.
Just a stone’s throw away from Town Hall NY where she performed last night, we began the evening at Bar Boulud near Lincoln Center. We’d been meaning to check it out for some time now and this seemed as good a time as any. I’ve been to a few of Chef Boulud’s other restaurants including Boulud Sud, DBGB Kitchen & db Bistro Moderne. Recently, my husband had been researching his favorite pastime (wine, what else?) and came across the name Michael Madrigale, the Sommelier at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud known for his laid back, un-intimidating approach in the restaurant.
One of the things he’s known for is pouring from rare DOUBLE magnums – each night he selects & serves a new bottle by the glass at a very affordable price, who does that?! So, twist my arm, we ordered a glass and lucky for us, Michael was working last night. He came over to our table and in his casual style, began to tell us about the wine we were ordering. A rare pinot, considered one of the top 5 from the Burgundy Region. Excellent…I’m no wine snob but it was clear this wine was a cut above the rest – needless to say, we ordered a second round.
On to the food – We started with half a dozen oysters from Plymouth, MA. They were medium-sized and a perfect balance of briny and sweet – divine with just a touch of lemon juice. We shared the small Charcuterie board, my favorite meat was the Saucisson Sec (red wine and pepper pork sausage). SO good! Next, we ordered the Aïoli de Homard (Lobster, Mussels, Quail Egg, and Crudité), fresh and seasoned to perfection. The aïoli was so light and perfect for dipping the lobster. We ended with the Sundae, because I never order sundaes and why not? It was almond ice cream, with candied almond crumble, white, milk and dark chocolate pieces, fresh whipped cream and a caramel sauce – umm…heaven.
Rob got a photo with his wine idol:
Fully satisfied on fabulous wine and fare, we made our way to the Town Hall Theatre at 43rd and 6th. The commotion inside was nothing but the former French President, Sarkozy, making his way to his seat. We got up close and snapped a shot and I’m almost positive he winked at me.
Carla Bruni was in full form – I had been hyping this night in my mind for over 2 months so I had no clue how it would all go down. For the next two hours she did not disappoint. Favorite after favorite, she sang, cracked a few jokes (in english, in french and in Frenglish, as she calls it) and in general was just too awesome for words.
Check out Bar Boulud if you’re in Manhattan or when you visit and I think it goes without saying, but definitely check out Carla Bruni’s new album: Little French Songs. I’ve posted a few of my favorite songs below for you – Enjoy!