Boire du petit-lait

As long as it isn’t the middle of a blistering heat wave when I’m in Paris, a visit to Angelina Tea Room and Café (226 rue de Rivoli) is de rigueur and the must-have item is L’Ancien, their totally awesome hot chocolate. It is served as a pitcher of thick, rich dark chocolate and a separate ramekin of whipped cream that I have the pleasure of mixing to my taste in the cup. The setting is as beautiful and luxurious as the chocolate is amazing. Coco Chanel had a habitual table and Audrey Hepburn was a regular. It is located next to the Hotel Meurice, only a couple of blocks from the Louvre, opposite the Jardin de Tuileries, so it’s perfect as a restorative after an art-overload.

Today’s expression, boire du petit-lait (bwahr due pehtee lay) literally means “to drink some whey.” Whey is that nasty, watery liquid in milk once all the yummy stuff has been separated, so this doesn’t sound too positive, but it is! This expression is used to refer to something that slips down easily, just like Angelina’s hot chocolate. Yum!

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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