Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Office Cafeteria...


This is what my husband was served up one day last week at lunch: feuillette de filet de sol aux langoustines...

Pas mal, non? Not bad, huh?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Exactly What You'd Expect...


...to see off a side street in Fontainebleau, France?

If you can zoom in, check out the names of the bands... The top one is "Drunken Papoose" followed by one called "What."

Huh?

tag: Glasgow bar

Monday, March 26, 2012

Preparing for Our Next Guest


...it's easy for this particular person. She and I were supposed to go a vineyard in the Saint-Émilion wine-growing area near Bordeaux when she visited in 2005, except that our TGV was a half an hour late and we had just a ten-minute window to catch a bus. The SNCF (train company) gave us back a percentage of our ticket price, but we've never (sigh) in all these years (another sigh) gotten back to Bordeaux. 

So we'll just have to improvise until our schedules allow...

Meanwhile, here is what Wikipedia has to say about Saint-Émilion...

Saint-Émilion is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Bordeaux wine region of France, where it is situated in the Libourne subregion on the right bank of the Dordogne. Saint-Émilion is registered as a world heritage by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Its 5,400 hectares (13,000 acres) represent 67.5% of the total area of wine-producing communes (Saint-Émilion, Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, Saint-Hippolyte, Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, Saint-Pey-d’Armens, Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, Vignonet, and a part of the Libourne commune) and 6% of the total Bordeaux vineyard.

The wines of Saint-Émilion are typically blended from different grape varieties, the three main ones being Merlot (60% of the blend), Cabernet Franc (nearly 30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (around 10%).


I'll drink to all that.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

On Duty...


...along with all of his (and her) buddies...

In French, these are called gendarmes (policemen), and they're everywhere right now! You can't walk without finding them...

To my regular readers: an apology for my weeklong absence! I've started a new job teaching in a high school, and got a bit behind on things. Plus a spring cold got the best of me! I'm back to making regular postings now...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

No Matter How Convenient...


... you'd never get me to eat this microwavable beef tongue TV dinner, even if it were the last thing on my shelf.

Two minutes in the microwave! Just 376 calories! No refrigeration needed!

I've become more French over the years, but I haven't come this far...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Some Days Are Like This...



...the dog's nipping at my heels (I don't have a dog) and I feel like I've lost my head...

But hey, at least it's sunny!

These are in a park near the mayor's office in Thomery...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Wonderful Birthday?


This translates to "birthday from hell" literally, but the true meaning is that it's "a cool birthday." I like Cuisinella's ads... Here's another one...

They've got a TV ad that is a bit osé (daring)... I hadn't seen it until I was hunting for some other print ads like these... Not sure that would get played in the US! Wait, no, I am sure it would not get played!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Up Earlier?


These were the shelves at one of our local grocery stores this weekend. Don't sleep in on Sunday???

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bonus!


Got a little something egg-straneous this time...

Note the red writing on the egg. What I like about their expiration info system here is that not only do you see the dates on the box, but also they print them right on the egg, so if you take them out of the box and store them elsewhere, all info is not lost...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Good Mom That I Am...


I let my kids pick out a sugary cereal this week (albeit with a lower sugar content than others). I am a sucker for Star Wars stuff, as are they....

But let me tell you, there is nothing more appetizing than starting your day with cereal called, "Cracks."

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Rockin' Promotion


In the latest game at one of our supermarkets, you gain packets of Rolling Stones cards based on how many and what type of purchases you make. My kids were all excited because we won a downloadable song last night. Wait 'til I tell them I won another today at lunchtime.

So will we get Maroon Five's "Moves Like Jagger?" or perhaps  Kesha's "Tik Tok," ♪♫♪ But we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger...

These guys turned my little hometown of North Brookfield, Massachusetts upside down in the early 80s when they came and stayed at a recording studio in town before going on a world tour. I didn't get to go to their concert in Hartford, CT, but I did see Mick one day standing near his red sports car, which was parked near one of the cemeteries. No idea why he'd stopped...

And I've still got my teeshirt, somewhere in a box here. I think everyone in town at least knew someone going to the concert, "so didn't go there, haven't been there, but got the teeshirt" you could say...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gateau Beauharnais


This cake has a chocolate biscuit on the bottom, and layers of chocolate mousse, praliné feuilleté, and dacquoise amande. Scrumptious! There's no better way to translate!

You've probably heard about Madame Rose de Beauharnais in history class, but perhaps you know her better as Josephine Bonaparte or Empress of the First Empire. 

Napoleon was Josephine's second husband; her first was Alexandre de Beauharnais. He affectionately decided to rename her Rose.

Like Napoleon, he was also quite reknowned: de Beauharnais was among the French politicians who were guillotined at the Place de la Révolution (today's Place de la Concorde) in Paris.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Frozen Delight (??)


Since I bought these a few weeks ago, each time I've opend the freezer, I've thought, "Oooh, a yummy chocolate cake," until more of the package is exposed or I remember that I bought these awhile back as a treat, and had not yet served them to the meat lovers in the house.

Sorry the photo is not quite clear. For some reason, I just couldn't hold my hand steady; these are also referred to as blood sausages.

Boudins noirs are so totally NOT for me.





Monday, March 5, 2012

A Doorway to Multilingualism


Here's a Monday morning challenge for ya...

How many languages can you identify here? This is a doormat from a local crêperie...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Put Your Money...


..."where your mouth is" definitely applies here. 

Okay, so you should probably not buy items like this in a pharmacy where they are naturally more expensive, but sometimes duty calls.

I just had to know how much this would have cost in the US, and I guess I shouldn't have looked. Seven euros and eighty-five cents is the equivalent of $10.36! I found this online (actually, a more costly version with the teeth whitener built in) for $4.29 on sale at Walgreens.

Sometimes, it's just better not to look.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Candy These Days...


When I was a kid, I would go to the Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, Massachusetts to buy penny candies like Jolly Ranchers and striped plastic straws filled with sour powdered candy. Or I'd go to the local five and dime and buy baseball cards... I had all the Boston Red Sox one year, except for Don Aase, a pitcher. And that was in the days before they sold the whole set in a box.

This is what my daughter came home with yesterday after a walk to the local bakery....

I'm still waiting for baseball cards to make their way here, but I think I'm going to have to be patient. Very patient.

Friday, March 2, 2012

To have tokens...


I love idiomatic expressions...

In French, "avoir les jetons" means literally, "to have tokens" and translates to "to have the willies, to have the heebeejeebees," or "to be scared," etc.

This is really good to know, because how do you describe this feeling if people don't know these words in English? Acting this out isn't hard though...

The yellow one is for a grocery store cart (you can't detach them without one or without a money coin) and the elephant ones are for a car wash. Irritation: I bought a bunch from this chain, only to learn that they don't work in all of their affiliates. Grrrr.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Only in France...


...would you find goat cheese flavored potato chips...