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July 2017 Newsletter

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I like July, an especially interesting month in Paris because people slowly start to seep out of the city. Paris is filled with the sounds of luggage rolling over the rough streets, as people make their way to train stations and to the airport, to get out of town for their annual vacances (vacations), returning in late August or early September, for the rentrée.

The city can be blissfully quiet (although sometimes, blazing hot) in the summer and many, including myself, say it's our favorite time in Paris. The sidewalks are sparsely populated and a majority of the places - restaurants, cafés, and bakeries – close up, so the staff can split, too. The eateries and bakeries that are open are calm and relaxed, everyone soaking in the respite for the normally hectic pace of city life.

During the past few years, though, more and more places have stayed open, which is nice for visitors. (And those of us who stick around...) Many Americans, and others, also vacation in August and are concerned about places being shuttered. My advice is if you're coming in the summer, don't arrive with a fixed list of places you want to go, but wander around and find little cafés and restaurants that don't have famous names, but are convivial neighborhood spots where locals hang out. There's nothing I like better than to sit in a café, or by the Seine, with a carafe of rosé, chatting with friends, while watching the world saunter by. And refilling our wine glasses...again and again.

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I shared a lot of recipes on my blog in June and am giving myself a pat on the back, which includes coffee ice cream laced with cajeta (above), and wrote a few pieces elsewhere that you'll enjoy.

One article was tips on How to Entertain Like a Parisian on Food52. The biggest difference is that there's less stress in Paris (which is interesting because Parisians are often quite harried), and they don't go overboard trying to impress. The French are good at unwinding, especially around a table with food and wine in front of them :)

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Even though the issue at hand was ice cream, for the extensive Washington Post ice cream issue last week, I shared a story and recipe for making Frozen Sabayon (yup, that's it above) that doesn't require an ice cream maker. With just a little moxie, you'll have the perfect scoop to accompany fresh berries and summer fruits. Happy scooping!

▪ David
David
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Links I'm Liking

▪ Of course! Pesto excluded from "no fly" list of liquids by Italian airport (BBC)
Of course! Pesto excluded from "no fly" list of liquids by Italian airport (BBC)

▪ Le Costco comes to France (The Connexion)
Le Costco comes to France (The Connexion)

▪ Time to cover up? The decline of naturism (nudism) in France (Raconteur)
Time to cover up? The decline of naturism (nudism) in France (Raconteur)

▪ Not related to the previous 'nudism/naturism' link - Our Love of "All Natural" is Causing a Vanilla Shortage (NPR)
Not related to the previous 'nudism/naturism' link - Our Love of "All Natural" is Causing a Vanilla Shortage (NPR)

▪ How do bakers stay in shape? [I always tell people that working a baking shift is like taking an 8 hour aerobics class...] (Food52)
How do bakers stay in shape? [I always tell people that working a baking shift is like taking an 8 hour aerobics class...] (Food52)

▪ Sloppy Joes! (Simply Recipes)
Sloppy Joes! (Simply Recipes)

▪ Any one of these 16 Photos That Will Make Any Professional Chef Furious would make me crazy, too... (Buzzfeed)
Any one of these 16 Photos That Will Make Any Professional Chef Furious would make me crazy, too... (Buzzfeed)

▪ One in five teenage French girls too thin (France24)
One in five teenage French girls too thin (France24)

▪ Behind the Rise documentary tracks Emanuel Macron's ascendency to become the youngest president in French history (Netflix)
Behind the Rise documentary tracks Emanuel Macron's ascendency to become the youngest president in French history (Netflix)

▪ A Frenchman makes a working Citroën 2CV entirely out of wood (The Local)
A Frenchman makes a working Citroën 2CV entirely out of wood (The Local)

▪ I need these grammar pencil's (Etsy)
I need these grammar pencil's (Etsy)

(oops...I mean, pencils...)

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Recent Posts & Recipes on My Blog

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▪ I checked out the chocolates at Ara Chocolat, an off-the-beaten-path bean-to-bar chocolate shop in Paris.
I checked out the chocolates at Ara Chocolat, an off-the-beaten-path bean-to-bar chocolate shop in Paris.

▪ Mexican flavors come together in a delicious Coffee-Cajeta Ice Cream (above).
Mexican flavors come together in a delicious Coffee-Cajeta Ice Cream (above).

▪ In her memory, I revisited Flo Braker's whisper-thin Pain d'amande cookies.
In her memory, I revisited Flo Braker's whisper-thin Pain d'amande cookies.

▪ I tackled the French classic, pork rillettes, a meaty spread that's great with cornichons...and a glass of wine!
I tackled the French classic, pork rillettes, a meaty spread that's great with cornichons...and a glass of wine!

▪ Spicy tomato sauce and a just-cooked egg crown homemade individual Shakshuka breads.
Spicy tomato sauce and a just-cooked egg crown homemade individual Shakshuka breads.

▪ Need a summer cool-down? Check out this icy-cold Pink Grapefruit-Gin Slush.
Need a summer cool-down? Check out this icy-cold Pink Grapefruit-Gin Slush.

▪ Got blueberries? Jumble 'em up in this warm Blueberry Cobbler, with a cold scoop of Vanilla ice cream.
Got blueberries? Jumble 'em up in this warm Blueberry Cobbler, with a cold scoop of Vanilla ice cream.

- dl

 
 
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