Kir, a taste of Dijon

      The first weeks of my life in France my French was a bit rusty and I could pronounce only two drinks well – bière and cafe au lait- suffice it to say I spent my first week or two drinking one or the other. But, I kept noticing that the people at the tables around me were drinking some pretty little red drink served in a cognac glass- wanting to immerse myself completely in my new French life, I got out the guide book and started researching. The drink was a Kir, easy enough to pronounce, I finally tried one at a little terrace under the trees of lively Place Zola in Dijon. It was lovely-the taste a little like cranberry,tart and sweet, with a subtle kick of dry white wine.

It turns out the Kir is Dijon’s specialty cocktail, made famous by Dijon’s most famous mayor Félix Kir (the local lake is named after him too). The Kir is a blend of Creme de Cassis, black-currant liquor from Dijon, and white wine, usually an Aligote from Burgundy. Fresh, sweet, tart, pretty and so easy, it’s my go to drink for practicing that perfect nonchalant at the local cafe pose.

Be sure to order a Kir for happy hour in Dijon or anywhere else in France…and if you’ve got something to celebrate (Valentine’s day, perhaps?) make it a Kir Royale-Creme de Cassis and Champagne, mais oui!

What’s your favorite French cocktail?

Besos, Dianne

(Image via Hospices-Beaune)

Links for le weekend


Fisher Building, Detroit

I’m back in Spain and unfortunately the end of the summer countdown has begun. But, I’ll be living up the last week of August with an end of the summer wedding and a big family meal in the pueblo. Can’t wait to get dressed up and have some fun with our Spanish friends who we’ve missed all summer and catch up with old friends and the family over a long meal in the country. And, I’ll be taking along my fantastic new camera (Happy Birthday to me!!) to capture the moments to share with you soon! What are you up to this weekend?

If you’re looking for some interesting reads, check out these links that I loved this week. 

You’ve probably only heard about Detroit’s bankruptcy this summer, but take a look at all the positives in the city at the Pure Detroit blog and their fantastic free tours of the city. 

Is Paris really so rude? I’ve never had any problems with Parisians, in fact I think they’re pretty nice, but  the city of lights is making their service friendly for tourists!

The Hedonista‘s post about drinking in Barcelona is a great guide to Spanish culture. I’ll be enjoying a vermut this weekend!

Sweatsuits are not in my travel essentials but maybe these Madewell lounge pants or this Zara sweat “suit” could change my mind.

And in case you missed them, here are a few extra Spain related posts from A Beautiful Journey.

Got lots of end of the summer tomatoes? Try my delicious and healthy Andalucian Gazpacho! 

A few of my favorite simple things to pick up while in Spain. 

And, wondering what to wear on your next holiday to Spain? These Spanish style blogs will give you some ideas for vacation or anytime!

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget to stay connected with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! 

Besos, Dianne