Reims is the new Portland...
Well, not really. But if you eat a truly great burger, in a hip and stylish restaurant that has no sign identifying it out front, that until 7 months ago was a food truck, you could certainly think you were in the Pacific Northwest. I was tipped to Sacré Burger by a bunch of my vigneron friends over here, What could the French know about something as intrinsically American as the Burger, right? Well, they were right. This baby blows away just about any burger to be had in Portland - the burgers from Little Bird and St. Jack are it's equal, but few play at this level, for sure. I had the "Louis XIV" - with bleu d'auverge cheese and carmelized onions. OMG. 10 Euros of pure, indulgent burger bliss.
It's funny, after decades of France deriding us for being "hamburger eaters who put ketchup on their fries" - the hottest thing in France now is high-end craft burgers, and there's always ketchup on the table. Go figure.
My group of clients arrive tomorrow morning for our Insider's tour of Champagne, and we will be tasting and eating with a vengeance for the rest of the week. Stay tuned for photos and all the details from the front lines, it's gonna be a good one!