While in Paris I tried to do as the Parisian’s did. Therefore, indulging in an aperitif, or two, before lunch and dinner was a must. My choice of beverage was the same every time, a Kir Royale. I had never heard of the drink before until a lovely lady friend of mine introduced us. It was love at first sip and my loyalty to this particular aperitif was solidified in the city of love. It’s really a simple concoction, a splash of creme de cassis at the bottom of a champagne glass, which is then filled to the top with cool, crisp champagne. To mix it up a bit you can have a Kir, which is creme de cassis mixed with white wine, preferably Chablis, although any dry white wine does the job. I have to admit that I didn’t just indulge in this aperitif in Paris, there was also Avignon, Cannes, Saint-Remy, Arles, Monte Carlo… you get the idea.