Five on Friday 1

I have to confess, I’ve been feeling a little ambivalent lately about continuing the blog.  I thought I would experiment with a different format for the summer to shake things up a bit. One post a week will be the regular style of a French word or phrase, and one will be a round-up of five francophile recommendations: possibly a movie or TV show, a book, a website or app, a museum or special exhibit, and a wild-card option – a restaurant, recipe, or shopping recommendation are ideas that come to mind. What do you think? Would this be of interest to you? I’d love to get your feedback, because without readers, there is no more blog!

So, let’s give this a whirl and let me know if you’d like to see more.

  1. The Junior League of Boston Showhouse – This showhouse is open for just a few more days. If you’ll be in the Boston area between now and June 5, this house is worth checking out. It’s more liveable and realistic than the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York typically is. You’ll see a room with $30,000 worth of de Gournay wallpaper and a Paris-inspired bathroom upstairs.
  2. You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)  – Family relationships can certainly be complicated, but this film will make you appreciate your own father more than ever. An aging vintner finds his own son to be disappointing and seeks a worthier heir. The acting is top-notch with Niels Arestrup in the starring role. It’s available on Netflix (in the US), on Amazon, and on iTunes and it’s subtitled in English.
  3. The 100 Foot Journey, by Richard C. Morais  – I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, starring Helen Mirren, but the book puts much less emphasis on her character. Instead, it provides a quasi-autobiographical view of the challenges facing chefs in search of those coveted Michelin stars.
  4. Comme une française  – Géraldine Lepère has a Youtube channel with over 160 videos that will help you “sound French, even to the French,” as her tag-line says. From vocabulary, to customs, to hints on living like a local, Géraldine’s videos charm and educate.
  5. Croissant with brie and raisins – This easy sandwich is on the menu at the Paul boulangerie near me. Slice a quality croissant in half, butter it. Add a leaf of romaine lettuce, several slices of a creamy, mild brie, and a generous handful of raisins. Violà!

And that’s it for this week. Let me know if you’d like more of the same next week.



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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12 Responses to Five on Friday 1

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Yes! I like the change-up in format, and agree with your film recommendation too – very complex characters in a classic French setting: the vineyard. Also love Geraldine’s videos. She is so generous and clever, and looks like Anne Hathaway’s twin.

  2. Carol Gillott says:

    Please don’t stop! I’m on the train so can’t get to yr blog. I saw that movie in the US. Netflix in France is pretty disappointing for good Fr films or much else sadly. Sandwich looks yum. If only one could find confit d’olives noires in Paris= perfection. Cheers Carol Gillott Paris in your mailbox


  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes I do like your new format.

  4. I like this idea….After 7 years (!), I’m feeling that way about mine. But every time I teach a class about blogs, I tell my students about yours and how clever it is.

  5. Yes, yes, yes, that format would interest me so!

  6. dede thompson says:

    Don’t stop blogging, s.v.p!!! I hardly ever comment, but you inspire me like no other Francophile. Because of you, I’m going to Nancy this fall. Any format is fine, just as long as you keep posting. I have read every single archived post. I had a blog for a while and became discouraged when no one ever commented. I promise to leave notes more often.
    Merci et bisous,

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