Starlette Cake™

In the series, these Frenchies in L.A… Meet Michèle La Porta, creator of “Starlette Cake™” In 1985, when Michèle opened her very first tea salon “Thé Cool” in the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris, little did she know that twenty-seven years later she would still be serving the very same cake she created back then! “Starlette Cake™” was born when Michèle was herself looking for ways to eat healthy for pleasure and without guilt.   We met recently in Beverly Hills on a beautiful California morning with the sun peeking and a mild breeze passing through the Palm trees. Michèle graciously welcomed … Continue reading Starlette Cake™

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!

Golden Globes 2013: A Very Good Year for French Films!

Golden Globes 2013: A Very Good Year for French Films! This year is once again a very good year for French Films at the “70th Annual Golden Globes Award!: Following The Artist last year, France has this year not one but three French films nominated for a Golden Globe in “Best Foreign Language Film” category as nominated by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press:  1. De rouille et d’os, Jacques Audiard 2. Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano 3. Amour***,  Michael Haneke 4. Royal Affair, Danois Nikolaj Arcel 5.  Kon-Tiki ,  Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg. *** Amour also nominated for … Continue reading Golden Globes 2013: A Very Good Year for French Films!

Macaron Mania in Los Angeles !

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 !

Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene!

 Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene!  Ceci n’est pas…  Art Between France and Los Angeles is finally here!  A much talked about and long awaited  project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in association with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, and the participation of many other local institutions. It is an unprecedented and diverse five-months series of Franco-American contemporary art collaborations starting December 2012 through April 2013.   Michel Blazy – Fontaine de mousse, 2007 / Exhibition view Post Patman, Palais … Continue reading Ceci n’est pas… French Art and Culture in the Los Angeles Art Scene!

Euro-Théatre est de retour: La Zizanie au Consulat!

EURO-THEATRE est de retour! L’unique troupe de théâtre professionnel à Los Angeles, qui joue en français pour la communauté francophone depuis plus de 15 ans est de retour! Après avoir joué devant plus de 3000 personnes “On Choisit Pas Sa Famille” “Le Père Noël Est Une Ordure”, “Les Précieuses Ridicules”,“Le Festival du Rire”, “Dormez! Je le veux!” Euro-Théatre a le plaisir de vous annoncer sa nouvelle pièce: «LA ZIZANIE AU CONSULAT!» une comédie écrite et réalisée par  Jean-Louis Darville Produite par David Hini-Szlos & Jean-Louis Darville Du 13 au 16 décembre 2012 Assistance League Theater 1367 North San Andrews Place Los … Continue reading Euro-Théatre est de retour: La Zizanie au Consulat!

French & Royal Collection Natural Couture Parfums by JoAnne Bassett!

 JoAnne Basset is a Natural Couture Perfumer with collections of fragrances created using 100% pure botanical as well as  a full line of organic and vegan body care products to compliment the fragrances. JoAnne Bassett’s Natural Perfumes are “Perfumes That Awaken the Beauty Within™”  with JoAnne’s unique philosophy & purpose  “My purpose is to Uplift Humanity’s Consciousness Through Botanical Fragrances™” All of the perfumes are natural without ANY man-made synthetics.  JoAnne prefers to use wild and organic essences that are alive with healing energy.  The parfums  contain genuine essential oils and absolutes extracted from the plants or cold pressed from the … Continue reading French & Royal Collection Natural Couture Parfums by JoAnne Bassett!


COLCOA 2012 is here!  The City of Lights meets the City of Angels for one extraordinary week only!  The 16th annual program of COLCOA “A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood” is now  available  on Box Office is open!  34 Features and 21 Shorts will be presented at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles from April 16 to April 23, including 51 premieres. 50 films will compete for the COLCOA Awards. The opening and closing films of COLCOA are just extraordinary and I am sure the rest of the program will be none the less amazing.  Get … Continue reading COLCOA 2012 A WEEK OF FRENCH FILM PREMIERES IN HOLLYWOOD!

En Mémoire de Robert Breidenstein

En l’honneur et mémoire de Robert Breidenstein, le consul général de France à Los Angeles organisa une cérémonie à la Résidence de France le 15 septembre 2011 pour les membres de la famille de Robert Breidenstein, son épouse Madame Fanny Breidenstein accompagnée et entourée de sa fille Nadine Stallings, de ses petits-enfants Tony & Becky Stallings et de leur fils Carson, des membres de la communauté française et amis; Monsieur Claude Girault Représentant de l’ADFE, Le Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Johnson,USAF ainsi qu’une assemblée d’amis et intimes.                                                      … Continue reading En Mémoire de Robert Breidenstein

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Passions Productions presents “Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 est arrivé!” à Los Angeles au Beverly Hills Country Club! Celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau 2011’s release with FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 12:00 midnight at the Beverly Hills Country Club Enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 wine, Fine French Cuisine, Live Entertainment, Dancing, Networking with European Dignitaries, plus a chance to win fabulous prizes! Join the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine, Georges Duboeuf, French and Foreign Dignitaries and Passions Productions to celebrate the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 with a night of BEAUJOLAIS PASSIONS, re-creating the French ritual in the heart of Los … Continue reading Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

An American in Paris…Champagne, French Wine, France and the French

Los Angeles Wine Tasting is hosting An American in Paris: a class about Champagne, French wine, France and the French on October 13, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Buzz Wine Beer Shop in downtown LA. Want to live la vie en rose in Los Angeles or during your next trip to France? Come enjoy authentic Champagne & French wines, paired with artisan breads, cheeses and charcuterie!In the company of other wine & food aficionados, you will  visit the key wine-producing areas in France (Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire & Rhone Valleys, Provence, etc.), understand the French paradox and the healthy benefits of drinking French wines, know … Continue reading An American in Paris…Champagne, French Wine, France and the French