Every third Thursday in November we have good reason to celebrate the launch and arrival of a special French wine called as you know Beaujolais Nouveau. It is the first wine of the harvest and we joyfully shout out: "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!" I have a hunch that this year 2021 will be even more special to pop open … Continue reading Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Every culture in the world has its own cultural preferences, customs, traditions, celebrations, its own regional food specialties, and goodies. In the U.S people will rave about their childhood Oreo or chocolate chips cookies. In France, we have many regional specialties and goodies which I like to refer to as gourmandises. These little treats are packed with childhood memories and … Continue reading Childhood French Goodies From LU
If you ask me, any day is a good time for bubbly. However, today October 22 is the official National Champagne Day in the US, in France, we celebrate Champagne mostly on New Year's Eve. so I'll toast to that! I also toast to the French savoir-faire for creating such refined exquisite bubbly that can only be produced in the … Continue reading It’s always time for bubbly! Champagne Day
In the United States, there's a day for everything! So today on October 14 we celebrate National Dessert Day to indulge in delicacies without guilt. The word "dessert" originated from the French word "desservir," which means to clear the table or the last course to serve. On this day, let's indulge in French desserts, why don't we. By that, I … Continue reading French Desserts, anyone?
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 Familles de Fromage" made with … 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 of the French Fries. In … 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 Annual Artist Label Contest! Here's … 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 gem has a story behind … 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 can never find in the … 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 Shell" or dip dip egg … Continue reading Best French Breakfast: Oeuf à la Coque
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 on a Parisian flair as … 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, the first day of Spring, … Continue reading Happy Macaron Day!