La Cornuelle: One Cool Cookie

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If you thought French pastries solely consisted of croissants, beignets, and éclairs, then think again! It turns out that these culinary French staples are not the only ones to get excited about — each region of France has its own specialty. Today, however, we are looking at one traditional baked good hailing from the commune ofRead More

Chefs: What to watch on French TV

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France 2, one of France’s public television networks, is not necessarily well-known for producing cult TV series; instead, it tends to air dubbed American series with a delay of a few series behind the American counterpart. However, its new breakout hit, Chefs, is set to change that. The show stars Clovis Cornillac as the head chef at a high-end ParisianRead More

A Taste of Senegal – Just in Time to Savor International Francophonie Month!

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March has been a month-long celebration of La Francophonie and there is little else that better defines French culture than the tastes, smells and flavors of French cuisine. From the most refined to the more provincial and traditional dishes, the influence of La Francophonie is incontrovertible. Senegal shares France’s emphasis on the importance of good food andRead More

Le Pineau des Charentes

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Take some lightly fermented grape juice (or ‘must’), mix it with a young Cognac, put this mixture in an oak barrel, and keep it there for at least 12 months. What do you get? A drink called Pineau des Charentes. What is Pineau des Charentes? Pineau des Charentes, or simply known as Pineau, is a sweetRead More

Wringing Blood from the Proverbial Stone

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“You can’t get blood from a stone.” This saying may have 17th-century origins, but it still manages to sound convincing. With an aura of immutable truth, it conveys concisely the impossibility of extracting from a thing that which is not there in the first place. In law school lecture halls, it serves as a plaintiff’sRead More

Famous Parisian Cafés

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There is perhaps no place more beloved or revered in French culture than the café. For the French, the café is more than a simple spot to grab coffee – it’s a meeting point for discussions with old friends, an opportunity to read Le Monde and reflect, a corner table to work on your developing novel,Read More

Top 5 Viennoiseries

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If you’ve ever been to any town in France, you’re familiar with the warm, sweet smell that fills the streets around 8am: the boulangeries have been hard at work for hours, and now it’s finally time to open for the day. In addition to being home to that emblem of French food, the baguette, and theRead More

Le bourru est arrivé!

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Beaujolais nouveau, the short-fermented red wine released just weeks after the grapes are harvested, is increasingly becoming known in American tradition thanks to the widespread marketing push behind this Gamay wine as the first new French wine of the season. Long celebrated with great amusement and fanfare in France, its release at 12:01 on the third Thursday of November is rapidly growingRead More

Les vignerons puristes

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“A ‘rustic’ wine is one that can be described as hearty, earthy or rough-edged.” – @AskDrVinny @WineSpectator Flavor Delivery Vehicles In the south of France, well away from the limelight that shines on organically certified wines and biodynamic vineyards live the two arguable greatest adherents of a stern oenological philosophy. Premised on simplicity, respect for naturalRead More

5 French Pastries That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Buttery flakes of tender, delicate pastry that melt in your mouth, with a gush of warm chocolat that evokes the very spirit of France — a perfect, just-out-of-the-oven pain au chocolat is a near life-changing pastry, it’s true. But as iconic as it is, it is by no means the only French pastry worth salivating over. La patisserie and  la boulangerieRead More