We wanted a place within walking distance of the hotel and without the crazy London dinner prices. It was a good find. Very Italian, very nice staff and the food was great. Bricole includes a deli, cafe bar and trattoria all in one. They also have outside seating if the weather cooperates.
The food is authentic Italian, mostly from the Latium region, (Where Rome and the Roman Empire started) but they also offer plates from other regions. The cheese selections are quite extensive and the dinner menu has plenty of options and there are specials too. We started with 2 proseccos and a light appetizer. For the main course we had the Tagliolini con gamberi (tagliolini with red prawns) and the Tagliatelle al ragu di cinghiale (tagliatelle with wild boar ragout). Both were quite delicious. A nice bottle of Nero d’Avola made the meal complete (we passed on desert!). Reasonably priced by London standards at just under 70 pounds for the two of us.
Everyone who worked there was Italian and extremely helpful. They did a nice job of explaining menu items and answering all questions. The service was polite, timely and not rushed.
We didn’t have a reservation and they were able to seat us. It might be a good idea to make one though. You can do it from their website or OpenTable.
Casa Grande at The Willows is proud to announce our participation in the Fredericksburg SHINES Home Tour. We are the 3rd home on the tour and will have Lynn Herrmann, designer and builder of the house, on the property to answer visitors’ questions.
Fredericksburg SHINES hosts their second annual Fredericksburg fall tour of homes to spotlight local examples of sustainable-living practices. Nine homes (ten locations) are on the tour which will be Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sustainable practices to be showcased on the tour include solar applications for electricity generation, water heating, and solar tubes as interior light sources. For those interested in water applications, there will be examples of xeriscaping and rainwater collection systems. Compressed earth block, rammed earth, strawbale, and “cool roof” type constructed homes will be included on the tour.
Tickets for the event are $25 and include a map and a description of what is available for viewing at each home. Tickets are available at these locations in Fredericksburg: Judy’s Liquor, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Peach Basket. Tickets may also be purchased in Ingram at the office of Rainwater Systems, Inc. and Solar Power Systems. For your convenience, tickets may also be purchased online. Maps will be emailed to online ticket purchasers. Program booklets will be available at our base home, listed as home #1 on the map.
For more information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (830) 997-3543, ext. 27
Summertime at Domaine de St. Remy and the living is easy. The pool invites our guests to come sit outdoors with a glass of our award wining wine and enjoy the late afternoon sun.
Close to the village of Aimargues, St. Remy offers great hospitality in quiet comfort.
for more information: http://mas-saintremy.fr/
Just in from Nicaragua….a new update on Las Cinco Playas de Rancho Santana. For the non-Spanish speakers the name translates as The 5 Beaches of Rancho Santana. And beautiful beaches they are.
Most outposts and camps are small, boutique properties. That’s because it’s hard to find the attention to detail, beautiful accommodations, and expert guides that we so value at big name resorts around the globe. Las Cinco Playas de Rancho Santana in Nicaragua breaks the mold. The 2,700-acre resort on the Western shore of the country merges a wildly large operation with first class hospitality and lodging, creating a destination perfect for the entire family to visit.
Rancho Santana boasts five distinct beaches, a farm to table restaurant literally stocked by a farm on the resort, and enough activities to convince you to move there – which you can do, if you’d like to purchase a private residence on the property. We think you just might.
For more information on Rancho Santana: 1-888-870-0903
We recently had the pleasure of staying at Marrowstone Island in Washington State. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it. Our home away from home had pots of flowers on the deck, immediate access to the lake, a fire pit that we used almost nightly. What you can’t see is that it is a magical place for observation and contemplation – a true sacred space.
On a more practical level, the house was fully stocked with every important appliance for cooking a great meal and all the cupboards were filled. We will definitely come back.
Enjoying a little alfresco music on the deck
One of our favorite dining spots in the City is Le Charm, a small neighborhood bistro that serves up some scrumptious French dishes. Lena manages the restaurant and she has a top notch team that provide excellent friendly service. There is usually live jazz on Thursday nights which makes for a fun evening. We went this past week and started our dinner with two Kirk Royale, then partook of the prix fixe menu. I had the goat cheese salad to start, Derek had the saluted chicken liver salad. For the main I had the special fish, which was a petrol sole in a lovely sauce with a very tasty crispy potato. Derek had the Risotto with mixed mushrooms, parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Both were delicious! The prix fixed includes dessert so we had to take part – I had the chocolate cake and Derek had the tarte tatin. An awesome deal for $35 each. Our server suggested a very nice bottle of Marsanny Louis La Tour 2009 which was a great value at $45.