armchair adventures : a “virtual” tour

a few years ago we had wednesdays off…and we rambled about and shared our expeditions + sitings via ‘wandering wednesdays’. we’re reviving the concept – though it will be an ‘armchair adventure’.



troubled times call for engaging escapes. week 2 called for the revival of the entire Bruno, Chief of Police series by Martin Walker. kindles were loaded and ready to roll. the short description is: a mystery series featuring “Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France.  He’s a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it.”  Not your thing? think again ladies – the food, cooking, camaraderie (all strong, engaging personalities) and great self sufficiency of the male characters are awesome…the descriptions of the lovely dordogne + the love of place…and back to it – the food! check out this NYT article – start planning your trip now!

the Dordogne region of France ‘saunters to the beat of a different drummer’ – i want to go! Perigod truffles, goat cheeses, cepes, vin de noix, foie gras, village markets, monzillbac, wonderful walking, rivers + bridges…strawberries….castles


my armchair this week – the Benedict Club Chair from Verellen – a masculine design, perfect comfort – and I can envision a Benedict in a lovely Dordogne home…or 4 as a “conversation pit” at Bruno’s club!

questions – email us at – we are the exclusive Verellen partner for Boston + beyond! we will be delighted to provide you with a quote, suggestions, fabric options etc. let’s get ‘virtual’!


too tired to read? staying with the ‘french thing’? may we recommend:

Marseilles Resistance Call My Agent The Chef’s Table : France


“food glorious food” – what are you cooking? do those perigod truffles have you salivating? asparagus is in season? here are a few ideas – it’s what we are up to!

our 1st virtual dinner party: caviar + creme freche on chips, ina garten’s tagliarelle with truffle butter (shaved perigod truffle will be ‘virtual’ this year, i’m afraid), slow roasted tomatoes, butter lettuce salad with lemon zest vinaigrette with fresh herbs

if you’re in belmont you can purchase truffle butter (make sure it’s BLACK Truffle Butter), creme freche, pasta, chips + caviar at The Spirited Gourmet. You will need to call in the caviar a week ahead, it’s a special order. The Spirited Gourmet will bring your wine + food order to the curb. For orders over $ 75 there is free delivery in Belmont + Watertown.

easter: asparagus wrapped in proscuitto with grilled lemon slices, basil strata (love the silver palate recipe), chocolate delights from Prides Crossing Confections – order now, they ship!