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!
Calissons by Gilles from Provence, just because… They are called Calissons, a traditional French pastry-like candy from Provence. A blend of Mediterranean flavors with a predominant almond flavor intertwined with subtle cantaloupe and a delicate touch of orange covered with a thin crunchy dragée like coating. Calissons have been around since the 12th century Medieval and Royal time and appeared in Aix-en-Provence during the 16th century with the introduction of the almond… read more about the origin in of Calissons here. Calissons are made with natural ingredients and available in several flavors such as the traditional Almond Classic, Rose Petal, Orange Blossom … Continue reading Calissons By Gilles from Provence , just because…
For all Carambar Lovers in Los Angeles! Where can Carambars be found in Los Angeles? They are found all over on AMAZON ! Try French Touch and La Pie Qui Chante – they carry the huge box of 200 Carambars to last you a while… for a great price. You can also order some or pick some up locally from AAA Food Source in Van Nuys. They carry many wonderful French gourmet and classic foods and candy! Also try Le Panier Francais or Euro Food Depot online! TIP: Remember to stuff your suitcases with bags of Carambars on your next trip to France so you don’t run out! A little background history: “In 1954, Mr … Continue reading For all Carambar Lovers in Los Angeles!
Yes, Nutella has been around forever and is a staple food in every French household! We enjoy Nutella smothered in our crepes, on our toasts, and even on bananas. We enjoy it like we enjoy peanut butter in the US . Keyword, bien entendu, is “moderation”. ( Ok, I admit, of course I love to have a spoonful once in a while! ) Poor Nutella! The subject of so much controversy! And yet, now…. what do we see in every supermarket? Hazelnut spread Nutella imitators springing-up everywhere!!! Not to worry, Nutella, you are here to stay! … Continue reading Nutella is the original!
In 1985, Parisian TV host (France 2) Michèle La Porta invented a way to eat without guilt and frustration. She created Starlette Cake™, a delicious cake with no sugar, no butter, no flour, no eggs and no fat at all! Could it be one of the secrets why French women don’t get fat! Since then, all Paris has been addicted to Starlette Cake™! From famous artists, models, actresses and even journalists to regular people who rave about it and finally enjoy eating desserts without guilty side effects after pleasure. Since its creation Starlette Cake™ has been featured in many publications including regular monthly features on the French … Continue reading Starlette Cake™: Why French Women Don’t Get Fat!
Macaron Mania in L.A! A macaron is much more than an almond cookie! It is a melt in your mouth sensual experience which comes to us originally from our Italian neighbors… I think Catherine de’ Medici brought them over to France… In Italy, macarons still exist in the form of amaretti, small almond cookies made from almonds, sugar and egg whites. Eventually the macaron became a meringue– macarons or almond-flavored meringue common in France in the first few decades of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “macaron” took on a Parisian flair as it known today when an … Continue reading Macaron Mania in Los Angeles !
Chocolate croissants are commonly known in France as “les petits pains au chocolat” or little chocolate breads. They are a staple delicious snack or “goûter” for every French boy or girl and I dare venture to say a best-selling item in French bakeries! In Los Angeles, there are many good bakeries that carry them and some are more authentic than others. A good pain au chocolat is light, flaky yet very buttery (just like a croissant) and filled with a delicious chocolate bar. In the older days, we would just use a piece of baguette, smother it with creamy butter … Continue reading Les Petits Pains au Chocolat!
Les bonbons de notre enfance…. les vrais bonbons de France aux parfums naturels (que l’on ne craint pas de donner à nos propres enfants – la plupart sans couleurs chimiques ni additifs!) Je me souviens en me lêchant les babines des carambars et malembars, les berlinguots, la réglise, les Bêtises de Cambrai, les bonbons à la violettes, le nougat etc… La confiserie française regorge de spécialités régionales. Chaque région de France a son bonbon, bien entendu! Ahh! douce et belle France! C’est un art de faire des bonbons à l’ancienne avec des méthodes artisanales. “Selon La maison des bonbons depuis 1885, on compte ainsi plus de 600 … Continue reading Les bonbons de France!!!!