A little souvenir from France for y'all... A video on how to eat Raclette.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
- a lot of restaurants in France close on Sundays or Mondays but not all of them.
- In big cities, restaurants stay open late (up to midnight or more) but it depends.
- Restaurants start serving dinner in the evening at about 7pm. Most French people go later, around 8.30 / 9pm or even later, especially in Paris.
- Service is included in France so tipping is not required. If you do want to add a tip, just leave 1 or 2 euros, but it is not an obligation at all.
- Do order "menus". They include an appetizer (une entree), an entree (un plat) and dessert or cheese for usually a VERY reasonable price. I'd say for 20 euros, you can get a very decent meal! The menu usually gives you the choice between 2 to 4 appetizers, 2 to 4 entrees and 2 to 4 desserts. It depends. But take my word for it and ORDER A MENU! Restaurants usually offer from 2 to 4 different menus to choose from, from the cheapest to the most expensive.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have not forgotten about you all! Juan and I are back in the US now but I still have so much to share with you from our trip! I don't know where to start. I actually was not feeling good towards the end of our stay (I must have caught a cold), thus the slowdown in my blog entries. Pardonnez-moi!
Juan celebrated his 30th birthday while we were in France and my parents organized a big family get together for him. It was one of these long meals that my family does at least 2 or 3 times a year: a long aperitif, a very long lunch with 4 or 5 courses, a walk around my village and usually some board games bonding time - Belote anyone?
When my Mom asked me what we should serve for this occasion, I remembered the 20th birthday lunch she organized for me way back then... My parents had ordered a big dish of Poulet Aux Ecrevisses from an excellent local restaurant. They truly know how to make this dish wonderful. I thought Juan's birthday would be the perfect occasion to do just the same again.Why not make it yourself you wonder? Our family gatherings involve close to 3o people so we sometimes shamelessly decide to spend more time with our guests rather than in the kitchen. (We did bake a lemon tart, a very chocolaty cake and a flan though).
Poulet aux Ecrevisses or Chicken Crawfish is a dish from my region, in which the sauce is the star. A combination of white wine,tomatoes, cayenne, cream, slowly simmered with crawfish and farm raised chicken. C'etait exquis!!! We served it with rice, to soak up all the juices.
Pictures speak a thousand words so I leave you here...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The weather was cold and rainy today, which gave the market a little charm but we didn't stick around for too long. Just enough time to buy some local honey, a scarole salad for lunch and a few clementines. My Mom and I didn't feel like cooking much so we bought a local dish called diots au vin blanc, which is a regional sausage cooked in white wine along with potatoes or polenta. Oh I can't tell you how good these were... Such a perfect meal for this kind of weather!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
If you think these photos look delicious, just wait for the video (coming soon)...
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The streets of the old Antibes are rudimentary and narrow -but quaint. After more than a year away from my home country, all the charms and characteristics of my surroundings seem to just pop out like a black dot on a white wall: the old entry doorways, the shop signs and displays. I couldn't stop smiling -and taking pictures.
We randomly happened upon La Villa Fontaine, a very old home nestled in the Saffranier neighborhood, where painter -and French Fork reader Ann Elizabeth Schlegel has been invited to stay by the city of Antibes to paint. Here's a snapshot of the little walk: