Is Beaune the new Portland?
Excellent piece in the New York Times today on the wonders and splendors of Beaune and my beloved Burgundy - check it out here...
I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Beaune over the years (it's essentially my home-away-from-home), and it's always great to see people experience it for the first time, and see them get seduced and fall in love with its unique and many charms. I've always referred to it as a "magical" place, and I think Robert Draper captures it well in his article. I'm not a big fan of Bistro de l'Hotel, but the other restaurants mentioned are on my recommended list for sure.
The last time the NYT gushed so passionately about a place was when they started writing about Portland several years ago (and haven't stopped, really.) I'm not sure if Brooklyn is the new Portland or if Portland is the new Brooklyn - but about half the people here in Portland now are from Brooklyn, and vice-versa, it seems. So it begs the question - is Beaune the new Portland?
While there are certainly always more Americans than French to be found in Beaune's famous restaurant Ma Cuisine, at present there is still a distinct lack of multiple piercings, sleeve-tattoos and ear-spacers to be found wandering the cobblestone streets of Beaune. If I start seeing "Keep Beaune Weird" bumper stickers over there, however, I'll let you know :-)