And, another fine week it has been!! The holiday flew by and we are well on our way into the summer. My sister Liz and I had the pleasure of riding in a Dressage Clinic a few weekends ago. We hauled the guys, Picasso and Z, to a farm in Metamora and rode on Saturday and Sunday. The clinician, John Lasseter, from England, was trained at the Spanish Riding School (SRS) in Vienna and the L’institut national D’equitation with the Cadre Noir (CN) in Saumer, France. He was admitted to the SRS in 1969 and was the first student accepted by the school in 15 years. Founded in 1572 and named after the Spanish Lipizzaner breed of horse, the 68 stallions are schooled and shown in the winter but have the summer months off to re-energize. It is the oldest of its kind and the horses are traditionally trained and ridden by men although women are not banned. Two passed the exam in 2008. CN, French for Corps of Instruction was founded in 1828 in city of Saumur in West France. It is considered one of the most prestigious horsemanship schools in the world and historically its role was to train officers of the French Calvary. After WW2 the Calvary was drastically reduced and the training center transformed into a national riding school. There are 50 horses, of various breeds, and 22 elite riders many of who go to the Olympics or World Championships. Needless to say Liz and I had fantastic rides and learned much from watching the other participants too. John is a gifted instructor with a distinct teaching method and enthusiasm which brings out the best in horse and rider. We can’t wait for his return visit next year!
June 6th, Wednesday, marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Allied troops in Normandy, France during World War II. General James M. Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers warned his men that “When you land in Normandy you will have only one friend, God.” The largest amphibious invasion in history consisting of over 7,000 vessels and 130, 00 men, half from the US, the others from Canada, Britain and Free French forces. 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes were involved in the assault along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast, the first successful opposed landing across the English Channel in over 8 centuries. The operation began with overnight parachutes and glider landings with the amphibious landings taking place in the early AM hours. Only 10 days were suitable for the landings as the moonlight and spring tides were essential to its success. At the end of five days almost 10,000 Allied soldiers were killed, wounded, missing or captured. Estimates of German casualties were similar and they suffered one of their biggest defeats of the war. What a privilege be the recipient of the freedom won by those brave men and women. I’m very thankful.
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalkboard Features Per Se! As a Starter there is a Summer “Jar” Filled with Pickled Tomatoes, Green Yogurt and Cucumber Scoops. Bistro Plates Include a 1# Bone-In Ribeye Grilled and Presented with a Savory Summer Tomato Cobbler & DJB Zip Sauce; Pan Roasted Pacific Halibut Served over Kimchi Fried Rice and topped with Miso Spinach; Corn Tortilla Crusted Walleye Accompanied with Fried Green Tomatoes, a Watermelon, Arugula, Cotija Cheese Tangle and Fresh Lime Splash; Cheese Filled Ravioli tossed with Grilled Corn, Spinach and Garlic-Herb Butter. For Dessert there is Limoncello Tiramisu and the Drink Feature is an Amazing Compari Mojito! YUM!!
We look forward to seeing you at the Bistro!!!
And remember –
“It’s Another Million Dollar Day”
Niki, Pico, Ziezo and Picasso too!!!