-This Thursday, April 16th, I’ll be on my publisher’s Instagram Feed at Ten Speed Press I’ll be talking about how to set up your own French bar as well as sharing a classic French apéritif that I’ll be demonstrating, which you can make at home. It’ll be taking place at 10 pm CET which is 4 pm ET, 1 pm PT. Please confirm the time it is where you live with Google or using a time converter if you don’t want to miss it*.
-Thanks for tuning into my daily/nightly Apéro Hour on IGTV, which happens every day except Sunday, live at 6 pm CET, Noon ET and 9 am PT. You can access the live presentations from my kitchen by heading to my Instagram profile at that time, and tapping on my profile picture there, which will have a red ring around it when I’m live.
If you miss it, you can watch a replay either in my Instagram Stories within 24 hours after they occurred using a smartphone or tablet (it doesn’t appear to work on the IG desktop app) or in my IGTV archives. (Note that two-way interviews and discussions that I do with guests can’t be archived in the IGTV archives.) For more info on accessing the daily Apéro Hours, check my post here.
-This week’s line up for my Apéro Hour:
Monday: The Truth Serum cocktail with Chartreuse, fresh mint, and tequila.
Tuesday: I’ll be doing a Live Q+A Session and booksigning. For the book signing, I have book plates that I’ll be autographing and sending to an independent bookseller for fulfillment. If you plan to attend the live event and want a signed copy for Drinking French, please visit this link for information and to purchase.
Thursday: How to make the perfect café crème and café au lait with coffee expert David Flynn of Belleville Brûlerie in Paris.
Friday: Spirits writer and bitters & amaro expert Brad Thomas Parsons will be discussing French bitters and making a cocktail with some favorites.
Saturday: After Romain’s popular appearance last week on making herb tisanes, he’ll be back making a classic French café drink.
(Note: Schedule subject to change.)
–Paris by Mouth published a list of places that are delivering food in Paris. Terroirs d’Avenir is now delivering excellent produce and meats from local and small-scale farmers, Epicery is delivering from various produce stores (you can use a friend’s promo code here for €5 off), butchers and Juhlès bakery and épicerie, Les Caves de Roy is delivering wine and spirits, and Biovor is delivering panniers of local fruits and vegetables.
Belleville Brûlerie is also offering free delivery during the confinement of freshly roasted coffee from their online store. (Pro tip: If you like strong coffee, their BodyBuilder blend is the one to go with.)
-IndieBound online bookseller has morphed into Bookshop, providing a more streamlined experience for users (yay!) and continues to support local and independent bookstores. You can find Drinking French there as well as other favorite books. Many independent bookstores are remaining open so feel free to contact one near you to purchase a copy. You can also get the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, which also has autographed copies of Drinking French.
-Californians! My friends Michael and Sylvie Sullivan of Beaune Imports are offering special ‘shelter-in-place’ cases of French and Italian wines are greatly reduced prices. (Pro top: The mixed case of French wines are the best value, as are the cases of rosé for only $99 – quantities are limited.) I worked with Michael for over a decade at Chez Panisse and he really knows his wine. All his wines are carefully sourced and from small producers who he’s spent years with, importing their wines. Michael supplies wine to the best restaurants in the state and is offering these specials to the public at this time.
They are offering inexpensive flat rate discounted shipping within the Bay Area ($12 flat fee/unlimited cases) and in California ($15/per case), along with free curbside pick-up at their warehouse in Emeryville. Also, if you want to get your hands on some exceptional olive oil and the best anchovies I’ve ever tasted (Chez Panisse now serves them), they are offering a 15% discount on them. For additional ordering and shipping info, or to contact them with other questions, visit the Beaune Imports website here or visit them on Instagram. (Note that prices here are subject to change.)
-Lastly, if you give money to your favorite bar or restaurant via Yelp or Go Fund Me campaigns, many are having trouble accessing the funds. (Yelp has been doing it without the consent of establishments.) If you do want to a make contribution to a bar or restaurant, please do it via their website or wherever they link to on their Instagram pages.
*I put a message on social media about an event last week that it said was happening “today,” which someone from another part of the world said was actually “tomorrow” for them. It’s a challenge – to say the least! – to get all the times and dates right, so please verify for yourself what time and date live events will happen where you live. You can use the alert feature on your smartphone, mark them in your calendar, or use the countdown clocks that I post in my Instagram Stories, if you don’t want to forget ’em. :)