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Brunch With Sherlock Holmes

 
Last year, our party of four visited the charming town of Saarbrücken. There is more to come about our stay in Saarland and discovering the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Völklinger Hütte, but for now let’s concentrate on our breakfast with Sherlock Holmes…

I am sure the girls would have loved for Benedict Cumberbatch to join us, but even without his presence, our brunch at the Baker Street Criminal Pub was a very enjoyable experience.

Upon our arrival, we were ushered into the Adventure Salon. Decorated in a colonial style, the room serves as a small museum for the collection of Saarbrücken explorer Heinz Rox Schulz. Admiring his mementoes and photos, we certainly wished we had travelled the world with him… There are also a bar area and another two spacious, interesting rooms in the pub. In the delightful tearoom, you are most likely to order cakes or scones with clotted cream. As for the quite gentlemanly Dr. Watson’s Club, complete with comfortable leather sofas, it is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of sherry or a drop of whisky.

The service was very efficient and friendly. There was plenty to choose from the traditional Full English Breakfast buffet and the homemade soda bread and scones were delicious.

The Baker Street Pub is definitely an address worth remembering, which we will do during our next visit in Saarbrücken.
 
 
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Château Pech-Céleyran

 
During our holiday in the South of France last summer, we discovered a wine growing estate with a particularly interesting history: the Château Pech-Céleyran. Not only has this gorgeous domain been in the hands of the Saint-Exupéry family for five generations but also the grandfather of famous painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was once the lord of Céleyran!

Château Pech-Céleyran is situated in La Clape, an area of the Languedoc region close to the Corbières. The size of the whole estate is 145 hectares, 94 of them being dedicated to vine. The owners grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan to produce their red wines and Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache blanc for the whites. The „Cers“ and the „Marin“ winds take turns to blow over the vineyards, bringing the fragrances of the garrigue with them, an integrant part of the aroma of the wines.

When we arrived, the family dog greeted us before we entered an impressive wine cellar. Amidst huge wood barrels, a permanent exhibition about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known for his book “The Little Prince”, is on display. A compelling read before starting with the wine tasting. We learned all about the domain production and left with a nice selection of bottles! There is a little corner selling handmade goodies and house items too. We can really recommend the scrumptious caramel au beurre salé…

If you fancy a stay at Château Pech-Céleyran , there are several B&B rooms and gites to choose from. The estate is of course the perfect location to organise a wedding, a seminar or a party for a special occasion. The full gallery can be viewed on Of Lens And Pen.

The owners also organise events such as concerts, exhibitions and a Christmas market. As for the wonderful Mediterranean coast, the Cathar castles, the old town of Carcassonne and the rugged landscape of La Clape, they are just waiting for you to pay them a visit…

Château Pech-Céleyran - La Clape - South of France

Durant nos vacances dans le Sud de la France l’été dernier, nous avons découvert un domaine viticole possédant une histoire particulièrement intéressante : le Château Pech-Céleyran. Ce domaine est non seulement entre les mains de la famille Saint-Exupéry depuis cinq générations, mais le grand-père du célèbre peintre Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec fut aussi le seigneur de Céleyran !

Le Château Pech-Céleyran est situé dans La Clape, qui fait partie du Languedoc, région proche des Corbières. La taille complète du domaine est de 145 hectares, dont 94 sont dédiés à la vigne. Les cépages Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre et Carignan sont utilisés pour la production de vin rouge et pour les blancs, les cépages Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne et Grenache blanc. Les vents „Cers“ et „Marin“ soufflent en alternance sur les vignobles, amenant avec eux les parfums de la garrigue, qui se retrouvent dans l’arôme des vins.

A notre arrivée, nous avons été accueillis par le chien de la famille, avant de d’entrer dans l’impressionnant chai. Parmi les immenses tonneaux, une exposition permanente sur Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, l’auteur du “Petit Prince”, offre une lecture captivante. Durant la dégustation des vins, nous avons appris les détails de la production vinicole et nous sommes repartis avec une jolie sélection de bouteilles ! Une mini-boutique propose également des produits faits maison et des objets de décoration. Le délicieux caramel au beurre salé est vivement recommandé…

Si vous désirez séjourner au Château Pech-Céleyran , vous aurez le choix entre plusieurs chambres d’hôtes et gîtes. La propriété est bien entendu idéale pour y organiser un mariage, un séminaire ou pour y célébrer une occasion particulière. La galerie photos complète est à découvrir sur Of Lens And Pen.

Les propriétaires organisent aussi des manifestations tels que concerts, expositions et un marché de Noël. Quant à la magnifique côte Méditerranéenne, les châteaux Cathares, la cité de Carcassonne et les paysages sauvages de La Clape, ils attendent votre visite avec impatience…
 
 
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Organic Box Delivered To Your Door

 
This is a service we recently signed up for and we are big fans. Every Wednesday, an organic box filled with fresh vegetables, onions, eggs and a loaf of bread is being delivered to our door. All contents have been cultivated or made in our region.

What do we get? It is a surprise, although you can let the shop now if food allergies or personal preferences mean that some veggies have to be left out. I love the fact that you have to get creative and compose your meals with what you find in the box. For example, a whole celeriac was once part of the delivery. I had always bought part of one before, to add to a soup. I started flicking through some cookbooks and decided to try an Ottolenghi recipe called “Celeriac and Lentils with Hazelnuts and Mint“. The salad was a huge success. With the other half I prepared a puree, served with grilled salmon and carrots. Very nice too.

As for the bread, you can either pick which one you want or opt for a rotation of the (many) sorts available. We chose the second option to discover new flavours and the bread keeps significantly longer than shop-bought.

Going on holiday is not a problem, a quick email and there will be no box waiting for you. When I am not home, we have an agreement about a dropping off place out of the rain, sun, etc. Should you wish for specific vegetables, not need some products one week or want to add something from the online shop, again an email will do the trick.

Supporting local farms and businesses as well as cooking with very fresh, seasonal vegetables? A winning combination, if you ask me.

 
 
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The Perfect Weekend

 
Friday night, Sexy Hubby, Second Daughter, Cute Doggy and I headed to one of our local restaurants for a family dinner. I was having a bit of an off day, to be honest. Annoying little things such as iPhone syncing problems – still not resolved! -and builders keeping you waiting, on top of feeling like I had a cold coming. Still, most of the evening was enjoyable until I decided to have a moan. On the way home, Second Daughter told me in no uncertain terms what she thought of my complaining. She was spot on and it was kind of a wake up call. I was grateful to her for pointing out to me things that should have been obvious.

On Saturday morning, I was feeling much better and headed off to my Pilates class together with a neighbour, who is quickly becoming a good friend. We had a nice chat afterwards and then she had to go. As for me, I made my way to the wellness area, fairly quiet at that time. The sun was shining and it was bliss to simply relax. I enjoyed my two trips to the sauna, the homemade bircher muesli I had brought with me and I finished my book. I drove home and it was then time to get some fresh air. Sexy Hubby and I had a lovely walk with Cute Doggy, the sun on our faces definitely hinting at the arrival of spring. Back from our stroll, Second Daughter joined us in the kitchen and we started preparing some dishes for our Sunday brunch with friends. A glass of Prosecco for us adults, lively music on, soon a tortilla, an olive and tuna tart and a carrot cake were ready. We ended the day enjoying the warmth of our tiled stove while watching a movie.

Sunday came and there was no stress in the morning as so much had been done the day before. Sexy Hubby took Cute Doggy out and Second Daughter and I finished preparing the food and setting a pretty table. The day with our friends was delightful, lots of chatting and laughing, and a walk to make room for the cake!

In the evening, Sexy Hubby and I snuggled up by the fire again to watch Vikings. At some point in the episode, a search party left with dogs and Cute Doggy made us laugh. He stood up, alert, and barked in response to the on-screen dogs, clearly ready to join them. When the scene changed, he looked a bit confused, then eventually settled down again and went back to sleep.

For me, this was exactly what a perfect weekend should be like and I was happy that even the Friday night, which could have gone wrong, ended up on a positive note.

How was your weekend?
 
 
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