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Picked this book up out of curiosity thinking it’d be in the genre of chick lit, but French Chic was one snooze pill and I have to confess I didn’t finish it. Well, I am married to a French man and have been to France dozens of times, through the villages, French Riveria where women carry […]

We had a wonderful dinner here last summer when they still had ** Michelin stars, pity about losing one in this year’s guide. Everything from the service to the food was impeccable and worthy of their two stars when we dined there. The restaurant is intimate and cosy with a straightforward menu and every dish […]

Here’s a pretty overdue post from last Summer. Run by the former team at Sergeant Recruiter in the 4eme of Paris, which was one of my husband’s favourite spot for something simple and good. The guys apparently fell out and opened  Les Deserteurs- the name is funny and literally means the same in English – the […]

While the weather was dreary and cold in the peak of summer at the end of July, the galettes and crepes were amazing as was the seafood we couldn’t get enough of. The husband organised a behind the scenes fisherman tour so we could see the boats’ daily haul coming in and how they sort […]

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Well, when in Reims, drink lots of champagne. Apart from the vineyard visits and eating lots, the central feature in this beautiful town is the Reims cathedral where coronation of all the French kings used to take place from the 9th century. You’re instantly humbled by the towering ceilings that feels higher than most of […]

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One of the best food books I’ve read so far. Full of light weight info and funny anecdotes – did you know that the Madeleines in Proust’s novel was actually toast?? So much history, anthropology and lovely asides from Baxter, and I can’t wait to go back to Paris for a literary tour with him. […]

The Royal Monceau truly deserves its award as the “Best breakfast in Europe”, from Pierre Hermé gluten free bakes to a superfoods counter of fresh juices complete with chia seeds, raw cacao, spirulina to freshly baked PH canelés and organic fresh eggs. It’s the kind of breakfast that fills you up for a full day […]

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When in Dijon… go to an artisanal mustard factory for a guided tour! One of the two remaining artisanal mustard factories in France. We had a brilliant guide Marie Thèrese and walked out with a bunch of different mustard for souvenirs. We have Fallot’s classic mustard in our fridge and boy it’s spicy but so […]

L’Assiette Champenoise is a gorgeous hotel with an exceptional breakfast and the wait staff at breakfast are lovely, friendly and speak fluent English. Everything comes to your table at the start, homemade butter, salted caramel, chocolate, confiture and caramelised condensed milk (dulce de leche)! You are spoilt for choice and probably go without lunch which is […]

We’re shifting gears a little as I catch up on our summer road trip still sorting through photos to get up to date. Our local Burgundy friends took us to a lovely brasserie in Beaune for lunch Bistro du Bord de l’eau. It is also attached to a 1* Michelin gourmet restaurant, and I suppose dinner would […]

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