Franglais

Did you know you already speak French? It’s true, and I’m not just talking about quiche and Tar-jay. Franglais is the curious and unlikely (but perhaps inevitable) invasion of English into the French language. Not since the un-easy (but remarkably convenient) alliance of Franco-American culture, as found in Franco-American ‘Spaghetti-O’s™’ (whose relationship seems more Italian-American…if you ask me), has there been such a near-fatal collision…

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Le petit dejeuner

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Crazy People

Who remembers the good old days when if you saw someone walking down the street talking to themselves, you’d think that that person was crazy?. A short while back, it startled me to see so many people talking to themselves while walking down the street. Why all of the sudden an influx of crazy people? What was the world coming to? That is, until I…

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When I arrived in France a few years ago, I was a surprised to find that red onions are rare and cost nearly four-times the price of yellow onions. I reasoned that although French cuisine uses lots of onions, most often they’re cooked to enhance their sweetness, and they become an essential backdrop for braises, stews, and casseroles…and most-notably in French Onion Soup. So why…

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Do you know what today is? It’s Blog day 2005! As I learned from Pim, today food bloggers spanning the globe are to name 5 new food blogs that they like. Here are a few of my favorites at the moment. I wanted to list more than 5, but I’m still psychologically-bruised by Mrs. Sheegan, my 3rd grade teacher, throwing up her hands and telling…

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Zut!

A recent article in Le Nouvel Observateur noted a steady price increase for some of the basic staples of life in France:

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Is there anything more fabulous than something created through the wonder and miracle of caramelization? Is there no means and ends that one won’t go to to experience that sigh with relief when one triumphantly pulls this perfectly caramelized melange of butter, sugar, and salt out of their oven? I think not. Those butter-loving Bretons invented this unique gâteau for delivering the maximum dose of…

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Fresh little cornichons ready for pickling, at the market: (And no, this photo has nothing to do with someone’s Speedo comment…)

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Kig ha Farz

When you think of ‘take-out’, France perhaps isn’t the first culture that comes to mind. The concept to me seems so American; pick up the phone or walk to the corner, grab something to eat, bring it home and eat it in front of the television. Nice and quick…and no dishes! In spite of what you might think, France has plenty of take-out food shops,…

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