I met my friend and her six-month-old son last Sunday afternoon at Café Provencal in Herne Hill, London My friends who grew up in London say that this place has been there “forever”. It’s a charming and laid back, family friendly establishment with good food and friendly staff. The perfect place for a long late breakfast stretched to lunch – Sunday lazing bliss.
There are not many things better in life than a lazy Sunday afternoon. I just love the pace of time on Sundays – so slow, no rush, no hustle. It’s the only time in the week when one can just waste hours without feeling guilty about it. These are the beautiful hours spent chatting, eating and relaxing with family and friends.
If I look back on my life, my best memories often resemble a collage of Polaroid snap-shots taken on Sunday afternoons. I don’t know why or how it works but after a while the clouds and rain are gone from them, and all the images are bathed in a warm sunlight and all of the faces are smiling. The human brain is a marvel…
WINE OF THE WEEK
My new find: I picked this up at Dulwich Vintners on the way from the café.
Finding this made me very happy indeed because I know and love M. Chapoutier’s wines from the Rhone where most of his estates lay. He is a well known rule breaker in the wine world who rarely plays by the book, bringing in such novelties as new blends, labels in Braille or as one of the first to make commercial biodynamic wines.
He joined forces with his friends to make Sylvaner in Alsace and as always when M. Chapoutier is involved, the result of this joint venture is great if a bit unusual.
Schieferkopf Sylvaner 2013 Alsace is a pale yellow colour with a touch of green reflections. It has a beautiful nose of citrus aromas with a touch of liquorice and eucalyptus and floral notes, while the palate is fresh and crisp with a refined minerality. You can taste hints of liquorice on the long finish.
To sunny Sunday afternoons!