My mom and I took a little trip to California over the weekend. We went to visit my cousin's daughter, Monica. She would be my second cousin but I think we kinda decided we're just cousin's. Monica's grandmother manages this quaint French restaurant called the Beaurivage.
It's in Malibu just a stones throw from Cher's house. It has a spectacular view of the ocean looking towards Catalina Island.
We were very pleased to meet Daniel Forge, owner of the Beaurivage. He's the sweetest little Frenchman I've ever met.
When I walked by this case full of wine and champagne I got trapped. I was craning my neck to read all the labels. Only the best in French Champagne is offered at the Beau.
I can't even tell you how excited I was to be invited to go down into the wine cellar. All the bottles you see here are empty. The good stuff was kept behind a thick wooden door with a padlock. Damn.
The food was exquisite. I had the sole with a heavenly caper sauce. Swiss chard is my new favorite veggie.
As we sat at the "Johnny Carson" table and indulged in champagne, wine and Jack Daniels we toasted à notre santé. French for "to our health!!!" Thank you Monica, Annette and Daniel for my French lesson and a wonderful meal.