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French Food Expressions

Posted on Jun 21,2019 by JanSmi

We all know how much the French love food, right? And if you speak French, you’ll likely know that many of their proverbs, idioms and other everyday expressions have something to do with food too. I mean, pourquoi pas? How many of these do you know? And how many of them can you work into your everyday conversations? { read more }

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Le Croque Monsieur

Posted on May 02,2019 by JanSmi

Croque-Monsieur is one of my favorite café meals to eat when I am in France. Traditionally made with square slices of pain de mie (white sandwich bread), sandwiched with creamy béchamel sauce, slices of ham and cheese and topped with more béchamel, this is definitely a once-in-a-while indulgence but one that will instantly transport you to a French café. { read more }

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Le Goûter

Posted on Feb 18,2019 by JanSmi

If you look up “goûter” in a French-English dictionary, you’ll see it has a number of different meanings. The verb “goûter” means “to taste” whereas the noun means “an after school snack”. But not just any after-school snack. Unlike in other countries where parents might encourage healthier choices like fruits or maybe vegetables and dips, the French goûter is an entirely sweet affair. { read more }

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After The Yellow Vests

Posted on Dec 20,2018 by JanSmi

No, this is not an ad bought and paid for by the Paris Chamber of Commerce or Board of Tourism. It’s a heartfelt article written by a couple who have lived here for more than 40 years and seen more demonstrations than they can count. To some, the latest “yellow vest” protests in Paris may have looked like the end of the world, a frightening place to avoid at all costs. Let me assure you nothing could be further from the truth. { read more }

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Paris In Holiday Dress

Posted on Dec 10,2018 by JanSmi

Holiday season in Paris? It may not be springtime with blossoms and leisurely mornings in outdoor cafes, but it is one of the best and loveliest times to be in the City of Lights. { read more }

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Galette des rois à la Crème d’Amande

Posted on Nov 27,2018 by JanSmi

January 6 is the Feast of Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem to visit the baby Jesus. The Kings give their name to the pastry treat that is widely eaten in France to celebrate this day—la galette des rois. This version is perhaps the best known. It’s a flaky puff pastry cake filled with almond cream and a special surprise! { read more }

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