French Food

Does it need an introduction? From savory to sweet, simple to sophisticated, French food classics continue to delight and fascinate in France, and abroad.

It’s all Rick Steves‘ fault. Or should I say: It all happened thanks to Rick Steves?   On Saturday morning, I headed to Edmonds, WA, where I had reservations for a two-hour talk by Rick. Edmonds is his hometown, and the world headquarters of fast growing Rick Steves Europe. Rick has always lived and worked…

I worry about France. I really do.   I browsed the web today, and learned a few fascinating facts.    There was some sad news , like the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists by Al-[$#%&@]-Quaida in Mali.    There was some depressing news: Brittany (Western France) was hit harshly by the recession, and…

The rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest after a few idyllic spring days. Moss is threatening to take over, sprawling in garden beds, spreading to decks and fences, creeping on the brave souls who made the mistake of removing the ubiquitous fleece jackets too soon. It is time for a cheerful, uplifting story, some sun,…

This story was written in 2013. It has been updated. Les bonbons. Les bonbecs. I miss you, sweet (and not so sweet) candy of my childhood. My teeth did not like you as much as I did. I associated with you too often, and spent many Thursday mornings (the French school children’s day off at the…

This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated. A few days ago, an article on the French site of the Huffington Post caught my eye: “Burger King opens in Marseilles with a roar…” The fast foot power house had left France in 1997, defeated by its two main competitors, McDonald’s and Quick.…

Asterix et Obelix: Deux Gaulois gourmands… Fact: Les Français sont gourmands.  Gourmand (goor-mahnd,) noun 1. a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminately and to excess. 2. a gourmet, epicure. 3. a person with a sweet tooth.  (source: dictionary.com and French Girl in Seattle)   Asterix and Obelix, (our ancestors the Gauls,) many French…

Of all the things I once took for granted while living in France, finding tasty fresh bread when I stepped outside is what I miss the most. I live in the United States now, and I know where to find good bread locally, but getting my hands on a decent loaf involves some serious effort [and…