Let Them Eat Crêpes!


La Chandeleur  is around the corner, faîtes sauter les crêpes !  Sweet or savory, crêpes are always a favorite treat or quick meal in any French household. You can also enjoy your crêpes at our favorite crêperies in Los Angeles.     On the Westside at the Farmers’ Market at the Grove: The French Crêpe Company 6333 W 3rd St, Ste 318 Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 934-3113 http://www.frenchcrepe.com   In Downtown LA in Spring Arcade Building: Crêpes Sans Frontières 541 South Spring Street Suite 127 Downtown LA , CA 90013 (213) 623-3606 http://www.crepessansfrontieres.com   In the Valley at Universal … Continue reading Let Them Eat Crêpes!

Vive le Beaujolais Nouveau 2016!


On vous propose quelques endroits choisis pour déguster et fêter l’arrivée du Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 à Los Angeles : Au Petit Paris en collaboration avec Los Angeles Wine Tasting 418 South Spring Street, Los Angeles. Dégustation et Dîner Accords Mets & Vins $15 par personne. Jeudi 17 novembre de 6:00-11:00 PM. Réservations ici. Chez Monsieur Marcel  6333 W 3rd St Ste 150, Los Angeles. Dégustation,  jeudi 17 novembre, de 5:30- 9 :00 PM. Entrée gratuite Chez D’Vine (Wine Cellar Cave) 821 S Flower Street, Los Angeles. $10 par personne. Jeudi 17 novembre de 5:00-9:00 PM. Réservations par téléphone 747-283-8476.       Continue reading Vive le Beaujolais Nouveau 2016!

Mardi Gras Beignet or Pets d’âne


Beignet (ben-YAY) comes from the early Celtic word bigne meaning “to raise” and French for “fritter” made from deep-fried choux pastry or “pâte à choux”. Beignets,  a New Orleans specialty, are fried, raised pieces of yeast dough, usually about 2 inches in diameter or 2 inches square. Sprinkled with sugar or coated with various icings, Beignets make for a delightful bite of airy fluffiness. Beignets are a version of a sweet doughnut, however it is square without a hole. It is  considered the forerunners of the raised doughnut. However, in France Beignets come in all shapes and sizes depending on … Continue reading Mardi Gras Beignet or Pets d’âne

Faites sauter les crêpes!


Faites sauter les crêpes ! Le 2 février en France on fait sauter les crêpes pour la Chandeleur  ( Candlemas)   pour célébrer le retour des jours ensoleillés ( la crêpe symbole du soleil) ! Aux USA , mis à part le Super Bowl, c’est aussi Groundhog Day! Selon la légende, la marmotte annoncera le début du printemps ! Si le temps est nuageux lorsque la marmotte sortira de sont trou alors le printemps arrivera vite mais si le soleil est au rendez-vous alors la marmotte surprise par son ombre retournera vite se blottir dans son trou et l’hiver suivra son … Continue reading Faites sauter les crêpes!

Le muguet du 1er mai / May 1st Lilly of the Valley


May 1st is originally  “La Fête du Travail” or Labor Day in France but it is also “La Fête du Muguet” a celebration which dates  back to the Renaissance during Charles IX.  It is a day we celebrate the blossoming of Lilly of the Valley and the arrival of Spring. The tradition is to give your loved ones, friends and/or  acquaintances a little bouquet or sprig of muguet to bring good fortune and happiness! Today on May 1st in France  it is given away or sold on every street corner. According to the language of flowers Lilly of the Valley … Continue reading Le muguet du 1er mai / May 1st Lilly of the Valley

The French Easter Bunny is…a Hen!


The French tradition of the Easter Bells dates back from the 7th Century when the Church forbid the ringing of bells from Holy Thursday until Easter Sunday to grieve Christ’s death and celebrate the Resurrection. Children eagerly awaited the return of the bells who flew in the sky with big wings adorned with multicolored ribbons delivering chocolate eggs symbol of life and renewal!  Happy Easter! La tradition des cloches de Pâques prit naissance lorsque vers le VIIe siècle l’Eglise interdit de sonner les cloches en signe de deuil entre le Jeudi Saint et le Dimanche de Pâques pour commémorer le … Continue reading The French Easter Bunny is…a Hen!

La Galette des rois


January 6th is l’épiphanie or la Galette des rois /King’s Cake Day celebrated all over France reminiscent of the biblical tradition of the 3 wise men’s  journey bearing gifts after the birth of Jesus.  Should you get the fève or bean hidden in the galette at the  Tirage des Rois you shall be crowned king or queen for the day. Custom has it that the youngest child hides under the table and chooses which piece of galette each guest receives. My favorite is la galette à la frangipane ( tastes a lot like my other favorite almond cake le pithiviers). I enjoyed this very … Continue reading La Galette des rois