Bonne Année 2012

December 31, 2011

À l’occasion du nouvel an, je vous souhaite un excellent réveillon et bonne année 2012 avec mes meilleurs voeux de santé, de joie et de succès avec tous vos projets. Que l’année 2012 soit chargée de voyages et de découvertes.
Wishing you an excellent New Year’s Eve celebration and sending my best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful New Year. May 2012 be filled with lots of travel and new discovery.

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This has nothing to do with learning how to say “cheers” in French while holding a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau to the sky. National French Toast Day is about breakfast! Who knew such a day had ever been coordinated? I think it’s silly, totally silly. But since the day has been declared, I’m officially advocating for you to eat French Toast for breakfast. And if you’ve already had breakfast this morning, then eat some breakfast for dinner tonight!

Brioche French Toast with Autumn Fruit Salad photo courtesy of DBGB Kitchen and Bar

One of the things I most love to make for Sunday brunch is French Toast, or “Pain Perdu” (lit. lost bread) because it is easy to make and a sweet thing to serve to someone you love. A classic French Toast is nothing more than bread dipped in milk and eggs, and then fried. Back in the day, when people actually coveted leftover bread, the dish was invented as a way to salvage day-old bread. (Hence the name, Pain Perdu.)

My recipe for French Toast is simple, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already. Read more…


Thanksgiving Gratitude | Receive a 25% Discount on All Private French Lessons

17 November 2011

After a month-long stay in Paris this past October, I am reminded of how incredibly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to live and study abroad when I was young. (I mean, young-er. Wink!) Becoming fluent in another language has opened doors that would otherwise be totally inaccessible and unavailable to me. I […]

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Aesop Paris | Innovative Skin Care for the Modern, Urban Dweller

2 November 2011

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have recently discovered Aesop–the Australian skin care line and collection of signature boutiques that embody everything that one might find in a cutting-edge gallery or museum exhibition. Walking into an Aesop store is like entering a jewel box of refined architecture, understated design, and innovative presentation.

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Mariage Frères De-Stress Tea | A Permanent State of Zen-itude

17 October 2011

We are big lovers of all things Mariage Frères and can’t wait to stroll around the corner and pick up their latest Fall offering of De-Stress Tea, “a wonderful green tea with relaxing floral overtones” sure to help you forget the noise of the world. De-Stress Tea is a green tea with soothing qualities. Its […]

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Food, Film and French Laundry

9 April 2011

Get your weekly francophone fix and sign up for our weekly newsletter or read it online here. If you have been thinking about renewing your committment to language learning, Spring is a great time to begin. We’re offering discounts on private French language instruction and French classes through April 15. For more information, contact us […]

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Dining Out Paris | Restaurant Etiquette 101

2 April 2011

Connaissez-vous les bonnes manières au restaurant? Here’s our list of 10 things you should know when dining in a restaurant in France. Never call a waiter “garçon” to get his/her attention. Say instead, “Excusez-moi monsieur/madame/mademoiselle” as an effective and respectful summoning technique. It is customary in France to keep your hands above the table. (The […]

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On my nightstand

15 March 2011

If Hubert Selby Jr., Ted Berrigan, Bob Dylan and Hunter S. Thompson were to converge into one rebel écrivain, it would be Michel Houellebecq. la possibilité d’une île. (Merci Hervé!) This book, also a gem of a gift from M. Chavasse, came after attending the Raymond Depardon exhibit at the BNF this past fall. I […]

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Catherine Deneuve, Larry Fink and la Semaine du Cinéma Francophone

10 March 2011

With the ColCoa Film Festival happening next month, the coming weeks are going to be filled with many inspired evenings of cinéma and francophonie. This week’s “à voir” recommendation takes us to LACMA where we will see the film that made Catherine Deneuve a big star. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is the first screening of […]

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Des Hommes et des Dieux

1 March 2011

This week’s film recommendation takes us to a remote region of Algeria in the mid-1990’s in Of Gods and Men–a powerful emotional drama by director Xavier Beauvois which tells the true story of a group of French monks whose lives were threatened by Islamic extremists during the Algerian civil war of the ’90s. Winner of the grand […]

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