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January 29th Newsletter
Forced to live on food and water (1)
If your New Year resolutions are starting to weaken, check out Create the Spark's self improvement workshop called "The Power of Purpose". The course starts on Sunday and continues on the 8th and 15th February. Last time we checked, there were a couple of places left.
Congratulations to Sebastien Ogier, who won the Monte Carlo Rally last weekend in his Volkswagen Polo R. The Historic Rally teams are now making their way to the Principality, arriving on Saturday for more mountain road action.
Another 3-day event starts tomorrow, the Journees de la Guitare. Primarily aimed at classical guitar students, the music event includes masterclasses and workshops, as well as three free concerts that are open to the public.
Finally, we revisited Jack Monaco last week. Located on Port Hercule, the lively bar has some funky furniture that you'll either love or hate, but which was surprisingly comfortable. We stopped by for an after work apero, and found the service fast and attentive, unlike another bar we could mention. But if you're after a quiet tete-a-tete, you'll have to sit very close to your date to make yourself heard above the music.
After drinks, we visited Oliban the new Lebanese chain. It has two indoor areas, one a restaurant and the other a fast food traiteur, as well as a comfortable looking outdoor terrace with views of Place d'Armes. We shared a 4-mezze plate, choosing tabouleh, moujadara (lentil salad) and falafel, all of which we particularly enjoyed. Batata harra (potatoes fried with coriander), warakinab bi zait (stuffed vine leaves) and bread completed the dish, which cost just 18 euros and was perfect for a light evening meal. Next time we'll try the restaurant.
What's in the diary ....
Thursday: French introduction to Scriabin.
Friday: Caviar and wine tasting.
Saturday: New Generation Circus.
Sunday: Monaco v Olympique Lyonnais.
Coming up next week, Super Bowl, picnic music, and League Cup semi-final.
For lots more suggestions, visit maBoum's 7 day listing and enjoy your weekend.
(1) This week's quote is part of a line from the film My Little Chickadee, spoken by American actor W C Fields, born this day 1880. Fields's comic persona was a heavy drinker, and the full line starts "Once, on a trek through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew...and were forced to live on food and water for several days."