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Recipe for a French Mother’s Day

Recipe for a French Mother’s Day

Ma Fête des Mères – A French Mother’s day –
in 13 shots.

by French Girl in Seattle

There was a great restaurant, with architectural details imported from France…


Inside Bastille

Bastille patio

There was delicious French fare with a Northwest twist…

Favorite Apéritif: Crémant de Bourgogne rosé. Frites.
Apéritif: Crémant de Bourgogne. Frites.
Croque-Madame with organic local products
Croque-Madame with organic local products

There was a lively outdoor market, complete with a crêpe vendor…

Ballard Market, Seattle
Ballard Market, Seattle
“Une crêpe au Nutella, s’il vous plaît!”

There were Boutiques with a French flavor…

Cool boutiques

Tea by Mariage Frères
Tea by Mariage Frères


There were artisans et artistes… 

Two street poets for hire, typing away on antique typewriters.
Two street poets for hire, writing away on antique typewriters.
A young musician playing La Marseillaise.
A young musician playing La Marseillaise.

There was a French mom, and her American-born son…


Good times.
This was ma Fête des Mères, a French Mother’s Day.
I hope yours was fantastique, too!

A bientôt.

12 Responses to Recipe for a French Mother’s Day

  1. This is so fun, thank you for posting. I will send it to my niece in Seattle who’s a mom and up for much cultural flavor! A l’annee prochaine!

  2. Formidable journée pour vous et aussi pour nous et toute la famille of course… Que du bonheur!! On vous souhaite beaucoup d’autres fêtes comme celle ci! Et puis ballard nous avait fait une excellente impression.. Souvenirs..
    En plus “môm” sait répondre maintenant?? La totale!!

  3. OH V THIS SOUNDS JUST PERFECT- lovely unique and oh so French-junior is quite handsome-he has really grown-what a beautiful day together

  4. Just popped by to say ‘Bonjour Véronique!’ I see that we have both taken a little break from blogging although after a holiday and a busy few weeks I am slowly getting back into a routine! I can see that this was the perfect Mother’s Day celebration for you and I certainly would have enjoyed all these French goodies. I think it’s time to book a little weekend en France!
    A bientôt!

  5. Bonjour,
    Je viens de tomber sur votre site.
    Ou c est passe cette fete des meres?
    J aimerai bien y aller, l annee prochaine.
    Je vis dans Kitsap County, mais je suis originnaire de Lyon.


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Paris Picnics (Travel Tips Series)

Paris Picnics (Travel Tips Series)

“Paris is expensive!” “Did you know many restaurants in Paris serve frozen, reheated food?” Ah, Paris. So many Michelin-starred restaurants, so little cash. So many neighborhood bistros. So little time. What to do? Here is French Girl in Seattle’s guide to successful Paris picnics. Picnics may seem like the easiest, most affordable way of sustaining oneself while enjoying…

15 Responses to Paris Picnics (Travel Tips Series)

  1. I’ve done this before. Went to a Monoprix and got some seasoned “carottes rapees” and something else.
    In the US, when my girlfriends and I are not working, we very often meet at Whole Foods or Erewhon and get our own food. It is fast, we get as much as we want and no tips to leave. Of course, a fast food restaurant would be cheaper but we don’t go to them. I have never been to McDonald or Subway in France but is it possible to order a sandwich to go?

    • Picnics are the way to go, as long as you can sit comfortably AND the weather cooperates (admittedly easier to achieve in your neck of the woods than mine, Nadège.) I have no idea if you can buy McDo to go in Paris. I steer clear of the Golden Arches if I can. Why would you pick up food for a picnic there if you can find saucisson sec, rosé wine, and some fresh fruit next door? 😉

      • I have never been to a McDonald in France but for tourists, they might feel more comfortable eating what they are used to and it might be cheaper too. From what I hear, a lot of americans complain that they cannot find good food in France. It always surprised me and I never asked if it was because eating in restaurants was too expensive. Like you, I think that picnicking is the way to go. If I can have a good salad, a bowl of soup and a piece of bread, I am a happy camper.
        I have sent american friends (the ones with money) to eat at “L’Arpege”. Great food, but very expensive.

  2. I once saw a grounds keeper turn on the sprinkler to clear a group of Paris office workers off the grass. There seems to be ample chairs everywhere so it is easy for me to respect the local custom of simply looking at the grass.

  3. Je trouve le blog magnifique, les commentaires ça va à peu près, avec l’aide de Jocelyne on comprend, mais le choix des illustrations est vraiment “top” aussi bien pour les tableaux, que pour les photos ou les dessins!! Un seul mot continuez pour notre plaisir…

  4. Thanks for the post and the pics! Six more weeks and I’ll be purchasing baguettes and my beloved Abbaye Citeaux and enjoying a lunch outside on the grass with Bonaparte!

  5. Salut Véro, Dan and I are back from our petit séjour à Paris, and we had such glorious weather that we could easily have spread our blankets on the pelouse (autorisée bien sûr). However, whether sitting on a park bench, a blanket or on a chair in café, you can eat like royalty wherever you are in Paris. Dan’s already missing the fromage he indulged in every night.

    We need to catch up very soon.

    bisous, M-T

  6. another really helpful article. I love the way you put it all together-I prefer meals like picnics to meals out-there is always SO MUCH to do and see that sitting for hours in a restaurant seems a waste-not that it is not an adventure in and of itself -and sitting people watching on a terrace, well that is just time well spent…I just relish the walks-the sights-the doing-so picnics are a true favorite of mine. AS ALWAYS thank you for sharing all the great ideas.

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