Dis-Moi Ce Que Tu Manges

“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

To ring in Bastille Day, the FIAF (of which I have recently grown so fond) put on a street fair, which brought out French guests like Payard, Cognac, Maille and more.

Cognac's pasteries | netflix & nutella

Cognac’s pasteries | netflix & nutella

Also visiting were restaurants in the city that are of North African influenced, like the tajine restaurant where I got this delicious truffled mac and cheese.

Truffled mac & cheese | netflix & nutella

Truffled mac & cheese | netflix & nutella

I visited with my mom, and we – of course- couldn’t leave without grabbing a crêpe. On the busy, gray streets of New York, it was so special for me to share my passion for France and French culture with the woman who instilled it in my years ago.

My mom - always the Jackie O enthusiast | netflix & nutella

My mom – always the Jackie O enthusiast | netflix & nutella

La Belle Crêpe | netflix & nutella

La Belle Crêpe | netflix & nutella

Her simple but delicious lemon and sugar crêpe in the making | netflix & nutella

Her simple but delicious lemon and sugar crêpe in the making | netflix & nutella

The delicious-looking crêpe display | netflix & nutella

The delicious-looking crêpe display | netflix & nutella

And you always need a French-themed animal balloon. Pourquoi pas?

French balloons in the making | netflix & nutella

French balloons in the making | netflix & nutella

Chocolate-Dipped Palmiers

It’s funny how so much can change in just one year.

Fall semester of my sophomore year, I was yearning for my Spring in Paris, not fully allowing myself to get involved because I knew that soon, I’d be off in the City of Lights. I was under-involved and bored.

chocolate dipped palmiers 2

Now, I’m probably too involved in my academics and school activities.  I never have a free moment, but when I get to incorporate relaxation into my crazy schedule, I jump on the chance. The “me-time” this week? Baking for my school’s Org Fair.

chocolate dipped palmiers

For the French Club booth (a way that I always hope will transplant me back into the 15ème, drinking du vin with mes amies and taking les balades by the Canal St. Martin), I baked palmiers, also known as elephant ear cookies. Until I actually get to go back to my deuxième home, these will have to suffice.

chocolate dipped palmiers 1

Recipe via Pepperidge Farm

Bordeaux and St. Emilion: Sights

I came back from a two-day trip to Bordeaux and St. Emilion. We caught a 6:41AM train from Paris to Bordeaux on Saturday morning and took a bus on Sunday morning to St. Emilion. A day in each place was perfect, if not a bit short. But this mini-escape from my faster-paced life in Paris was the perfect retreat pre-finals.

Since I apparently decided to be a paparazzi, I’ve split the posts into two: one for sights and one for tastes. Enjoy the photos and definitely plan a trip to French wine country if you ever get the chance. It’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit!

Bordeaux

A future home option

Bordeaux     Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux     Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux     Bordeaux neo-classical structure

Boredaux

Ruins in Bordeaux

Camo tree

St. Emilion

St. Emilion wall

St. Emilion

St. Emilion “place”

St. Emilion     Vineyard in St. Emilion

St. Emilion

Vineyard with tower

St. Emilion

Our wine tourguide

Winemaker at Chateaux La Fleur Picon

Baby grapes

Baby grapes

Joyeuses Pâques

Easter in France, like many religious holidays, is not as much about going to church as it is about spending time with loved ones and – of course – eating.

Everywhere you go in Paris, pastels, bunnies, and chickens greet you. Instead of pastel M&Ms, you can indulge in some mini egg-shaped Kinders.

Chocolate bunny

Chocolate bunny..sorry about your ears, Bud

Nest treats

Nest treats

My friends and I headed over to Stohrer (the home of the nests above) in the 2nd arrondissement for some wandering on the Rue Montorgueil a few days before Easter. Even with the entire street packed, it seemed that everybody in France came to this one bakery. With a line like that out the door and a date of establishment from the 18th century, you know this place has got to be good.

Stohrer's

Stohrer box

I heard about Stohrer from a link I found on Pinterest with the best sweets to try in Paris. It apparently has the best Puits d’Amour, or wells of love.

Delicately in their box

Delicately in their box

“Wells” are exactly what they are; when you break open their caramelized top crust, there is a well of cream waiting for you. The best way for me to describe this dessert, besides drool-worthily delicious, was that it’s like a mini crème brûlée with a flaky crust on the bottom. What could be so bad about that?

Stohrer Puit d'amour

Stohrer Puit d'amour

If you’re in the second arrondissement definitely pick up one of these treats. Oh, and don’t forget a flaky, dense, buttery croissant while you’re there.

Stohrer
51, Rue Montorgueil, 75002

My Favorite French Films

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the “Netflix” side of this blog. It’s definitely been a withdrawal experience not being able to log on and watch a new film whenever I want. But it’s also made me more open to a different movie experience.

I’m taking two French Cinema classes here in Paris, introducing me to legends like Godard and Truffaut. I also tune in every once in a while to French cable (which, let me just tell you, is nothing like it is in America. Good luck finding anything to watch that doesn’t involve politics or old episodes of NCIS dubbed in French). In my time here, I’ve opened up to various genres of films and have found some all-time favorite movies.

Here are some of my favorite French films, from romantic comedies to a World War II Nazi story to a classic about a misunderstood French boy. I also threw in 2 movies that are mostly English but set in France. Listening to a language that’s not your first 24/7 is tiring; you have to have a little break every once in while!

My Favorite French Films

My Sweet French Faves

Last week, I shared some of my French savory favorites found at most cafés and brasseries around Paris. Today, we’re leaning in a bit of a different direction.

With Mardi Gras tomorrow, followed by 40 days and 40 nights of Lent, my body is in for a rude awakening. Before we commit to resolutions like not eating chocolate or swearing off soda, here are a few suggestions for my favorite sweet French items. From pastries to full on desserts, these are no-fail choices.

My Sweet French Faves

My Savory French Faves

French restaurants may be difficult to navigate; there are bistros, brasseries, cafés, etc. In Paris, you want to steer clear from anything that’s not French; don’t order pasta at a café unless you want soggy, mushy noodles. Don’t order a burger unless you’re at a pub. Instead, pick one of the suggestions below. They are French classics that almost every restaurant will offer. Embrace the cheese coated and egg-topped dishes while you can. Even in the most random of cafés, you could eat some of the best roasted chicken and frites of your life. Trust me, it’s happened.

My Savory French Faves