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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.