The quintessential French cheese platter or the "Plateau de Fromage" is a staple at every French meal. With over 400 cheeses made in France in every region, we could easily eat a different cheese every day of the year. Traditionally, there are between 350 to 450 distinct types of French cheese grouped into eight categories, "Les Huit … Continue reading The Quintessential French Cheese Tray
Today July 13th is National French Fries Day! The origins of the world-famous fries are not too clear and the debate is ongoing. Are fries really French? Belgium? Or even American? Well, the history of the infamous fries is confusing and each country can actually claim part ownership for they all contributed to the making … Continue reading Happy National French Fries Day!
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2021 Artist Label Contest has a winner! In its 5th year the contest attracted more than 1,000 entries by emerging artists all over the country with over 8,000 votes from art lovers. These were the 2021 Finalists. Félicitations to the artist Felice Kite, of Woodbridge, VA, the winner of the 5th … Continue reading Georges Duboeuf Artist Label Contest Winner 2021
Cheers! Santé Tchin-Tchin! I'll try any bottle that says Champagne and Product of France, even if it doesn't have a fancy French well-known label. This find at $19.99 is from Kirkland Signature the Costco brand and it is very popular judging from the lonesome two cases remaining on display that day. I think this little … Continue reading Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut – Product of France
Nowadays you can find almost anything on the internet and especially on Amazon. As I was preparing the Mothers' Day Gift Selection post and the Father's Day post coming out shortly, it dawned on me that I, as a French native, also look for that nostalgic French product I used to use and love and … Continue reading 3 Essential French Baking Products
Of course,when you think of a typical French breakfast, images of buttery croissants and pain au chocolat come to mind, but there's another French classic favorite breakfast or "petit déjeuner" that every French man, woman, and child has grown up with. It is the glorious "Oeuf à la Coque!" literally translated as 'Egg in its … Continue reading Best French Breakfast: Oeuf à la Coque
In France there is no such thing as the Easter Bunny! Easter is depicted with a big fat hen and there are eggs, bells, and fish, but sorry no bunny! The French tradition of the Easter Bells dates back from the 7th Century when the Church had forbidden the ringing of bells from Holy Thursday … Continue reading The French Easter Bunny is a Hen!
There are early accounts of the creation of a Macaron almond cookie, which could have been the inspiration for the Macaron we enjoy today. Traditionally it is believed that it was introduced in France by the Queen Catherine de Medici's Italian chef during the Renaissance. It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “Macaron” took … Continue reading Les Petits Macarons
On March 20th, France celebrates Le jour des Macarons or Macaron Day! Yes, those scrumptious melt in your mouth little French creations have their own National Day which also happens to coincide with other celebrations that day such as the International Francophonie Day which is the celebration of the French Language spoken all around the world, … Continue reading Happy Macaron Day!
The Jambon-Beurre aka Le Parisien or Paris Beurre sandwich is a French iconic sandwich that has been around since the 19th century born in the Halles of Paris during the workers' lunch break. What more simpler than half a baguette smothered with butter and a few slices of deli ham! This is a classic and … Continue reading Jambon-Beurre Iconic French Sandwich
Today February2nd, in reminiscence of La Chandeleur French tradition and to celebrate people make crêpes and the holiday became known as Le jour des Crêpes or National Crêpe Day!
Today January 30th is National Croissant Day in the United States. So we're jumping on the bandwagon to celebrate of course cause for us Frenchies, every day is croissant day and we don't need an excuse to enjoy our buttery staple! Did you know that croissants (just like French fries) were not originally really French? … Continue reading Happy National Croissant Day!