Tuesday, January 20, 2015

La Diligence in Metz, France

How have you been coping up with going back to work after the holidays?

Me? Not so well, it seems. I don't know if it's the fact that there was a break in my work momentum, but I don't feel like I'm picking things up from where I left them off. It almost feels like I'm beginning from zero and figuring out a routine or a flow again. It's unnerving. Strange things have been happening around me too. Strange and not so good. I guess it started with my husband's car accident last month. He came out of it perfectly fine and uninjured, but the car is gone. We've been sharing one car .... which is not the easiest thing to do! The holiday break was good because I was able to rest, but it felt almost too short. On the first week back to work I, unfortunately, missed out a major and important class. When I changed my day planner, I forgot to write it down. Then I had to make up for those missed classes and was given a crappy schedule. I can't do the things I want to do and often times I'm stuck at home when MR takes the car to work. Grrrr!

If you're wondering how we are achieving sharing a single car for two, it's hard. I've been working less. Not exactly by choice though, it was just coincidental. On days like today in particular, where we both work, our day starts super early and is planned out perfectly.

5:30 AM: wake up
5:30-6:30 AM: breakfast / getting ready
6:30-7:30 AM: drive hubby to work
7.30- 8:00 AM: drive to my work
8:00 - 9:00 AM: breakfast in the office and getting ready for work
9:00-11:30 AM: work on a Saturday morning
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: drive to hubby's work
2:30 PM - it's officially the weekend with my man!

As much as I like to fancy myself wonder woman, I know I'm really not. Which is why, from time to time, I like eating out alone. While some might find it weird and others would probably not do it, it's my therapy. Sorta like reading a good book in a warm bed or watching a pick-me-up movie on a lonely night.

The restaurant, La Diligence in Metz, is traditional, unpretentious, and my feel-good lunch place in town. In fact, I thought about it twice before writing this post because I thought I would keep my safety place a secret for a little while. But after last Saturday, I thought it deserved to be featured.

Last Saturday, I had 2 hours for myself for lunch before picking up MR from work. After the crappy days I had, I thought I would self-indulge and try out a restaurant not so far from work - known for its good meat and for being pricey. Unfortunately, when I got there at 11:45 AM, I was told the place was full for lunch. Bummer! Not wanting to be disappointed a second time, I decided it would be wiser to go to my safety place. At least there, I was sure to be welcomed with open arms, a huge smile, and delicious food!

Just me and my lunch companion .... a bottle of wine apparently.

After a shot of Martini Bianco (3.80 Euros), everything suddenly seems clear.

Pork Rillettes Toasts - complimentary appetizer

Entrecote Garnie (saignant), Patates Roties, and Sauce au Poivre (15 Euros)
Rib-Eye Steak (rare), Roasted Potatoes, and Black Pepper Sauce

Perfection! Just the way I like it.
Note to self; when craving meat, just order this!

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