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Le Black Friday Made In France!

Black Friday in the U.S is typically the day after Thanksgiving or Le Black Friday aka Vendredi Fou (Crazy Friday). This year with the Coronavirus Confinement Lockdown in France, we have compiled some Made in France online shopping ideas to get a head start on your holiday gifts. From Savon de Marseille to LU Chamonix orange- filled cookies you can find many popular French Products without leaving your couch at home! Thank you for using our Amazon links and we hope you enjoy our selections.

Here are some nifty French finds to get you started on your French inspired shopping spree.

“La simplicité est la clé de l’élégance.” Coco Chanel

French Luxurious Diptyque Candles

French Chanel Perfumes

” If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.” Coco Chanel

French Chef Le Creuzet Cookware

“I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food…” Julia Child

French Gourmet Food

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Les Petits Macarons

It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “macaron” took on a Parisian flair as it is known today when an enterprising young baker called Pierre Desfontaines, an employee of the legendary Ladurée Maison founded in 1862-  bakeshop and tea salon, thought of creating two macarons or almond-flavored meringue with a sweet almond ganache cream filling in between.

I found many good and popular French Macarons gift boxes

Macarons box

Macarons from France

on Amazon and even a few Ladurée items from Paris for the ultimate fans such as the Ladurée Macarons Eiffel Tower Keychain


Macaron Keychain

or the Ladurée Macarons Secrets

Laduree Book

And if you want to try your hand at it in your own kitchen make sure to check out the easy recipe here.

Romantic Macaron

And find everything else French macaron!


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Gourmet French Foods in LA!

Gourmet French Foods in LA!

AAA Food Source!

Established in 1990

Located in the Valley, 20 minutes from Los Angeles, AAA Food Source, Inc. sells to restaurants, hotels and retail shops and their well-stocked  warehouse is open to the public!  Come and discover their great selection of European products:

“Mustards, Olive oils, Foie Gras, Charcuterie (saucisson sec, rosette de Lyon, coppa, Perigord duck rillettes, pates, jambon de Paris, jambon Serrano), Merguez, Saucisse, Duck Magret, Salmon, Caviar, Cookies (Choco BN, Palmito, Pepito, Savane, Mikado) cakes, Chocolate (Rocher Suchard, Banania, Nutella), Beverages, and much more!”





Visit the  AAA FOOD SOURCE website

Le Foie Gras is Officially Banned in California!

I am having trouble swallowing this news! It feels like a piece of my French culture has been ripped away from me! And I only have foie gras at Christmas time during the Réveillon de Noël for heaven’s sake as a delicacy!   I remember bringing home one year in 2000  a little “terrine de foie gras” from the Ritz Hotel in Paris like it was a precious jewel!

Direct from the official Gayot Blog –  No More Foie Gras in California! Sophie Gayot Food Critic extraordinaire brings us the latest news on the Foie Gras Controversial Ban in California in her blog post & video!

Already law suits are being files as we speak  at the Supreme Court as this breaking news  Associated Press  Article reveals. So while we’re at it, I’d like to request that all US animals (beef, chicken, fish )- injected with steroids, antibiotics, preservatives , and hormones all non-organic vegetables & fruits loaded with pesticides and poisonous chemicals as well as all products  (processed foods) containing artificial additives, aspartame, cancer provoking artificial colorings  be banned as well!

Although, I can of course  relate to the animal activists’ reasoning behind the “gavage” or force-feeding of the geese  according to this  French article  about the truth behind the force-feeding of ducks & geese to produce overbloated livers. Perhaps it is time to say goodbye to Foie Gras?

However,  how are animals in California treated overall? How about the chickens and other poultry that live in less than humane conditions without ever seeing the  light of day, ( at least some of our French chicken still  roam free and give good wholesome eggs!) and let’s not mention the cows who unlike my “Normandy cow” could  roam free  in green pasture and give good milk in humane conditions!

Well , in the meantime…

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Chez Monsieur Marcel

Chez Monsieur Marcel “ La Vie Est Belle“!  We just happened to be in Santa Monica on 3rd Street Promenade a few weeks ago and the fresh sea air made us very hungry. We had a leisurely bite at Marcel’s. Marcel Café is a French outdoor bistro  (with several locations in LA ) we had lunch on  3rd street promenade in Santa Monica. We sat in the back patio and entertained throughout lunch by a twosome of awesome blues players.

It’s amazing how they whip out great dishes from their tiny portable kitchen. I liked that they also have for example ” des merguez!” spicy sausage from Algeria or Morocco and other unusual goodies on the menu. We had the Boeuf Bourguignon on that chilly afternoon and the French Burger with goat cheese and shoestring fries.

While sipping Monsieur Marcel House wine  a smooth Merlot  car” Un jour sans vin est comme un jour sans soleil!” and since I had some wine left I ordered some cheese because as we also say in my family  “When there’s wine left in your glass you got to have cheese!” and vice-versa,

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La vie est belle chez Monsieur Marcel in Santa Monica!