My 60th birthday was last month and I celebrated it in England with my friend Ruth. I wrote about it here
I celebrated my birthday again yesterday in Paris surrounded by friends old and new. We went to La Cabane à Huitres to eat more oysters, foie gras, cheese, dessert, and some very very special wine.
Here we are starting out with our oysters:
That's Eleanor Beardsley, NPR correspondent on the left, Odette Lefevbre, my Parisian friend of 35 years, and me.
After the oysters, we moved on to foie gras accompanied by a 1971 Sainte Croix du Mont (a sweet white Bordeaux wine that goes particularly well with foie gras).
After the foie gras, we had cheese - a brebis (sheep) cheese from the Pyrenees. And to go with the cheese, Francis opened a very very special bottle of wine - a bottle of Medoc from the year I was born!
Francis actually opened the bottle of wine ahead of time: the rule of thumb is one hour for every year . . .
The wine was DELICIOUS! Everyone in the small place joined us for a toast!
That's Monsieur Ponce in the background - he is the 96 year old regular that I've mentioned before.
A wonderful time was had by all!
Special thanks to Francis for the gracious gift of a very special wine. And thanks to Lauren and Odette and Emma and Julie and Eleanor (who had to leave early to work) for helping make this a very special occasion for me!