Vacances: South of France: French foodie

EV_jessimichelle_vacances_4 We're back in rainy Paris after a two week vacations to the south of france and amsterdam. I welcome the rain, as it gives me an excuse to stay in bed, listen to jazz, take my time waking up and coffee myself. Often when I return home from vacation, I see my home/ city in a new way. This is the first time I returned to Paris and felt as if I were coming home.

Our trip to the south was great! I've heard so much about the French and the way they vacation (which is often). As many of you know, France's work life balance is just that, balanced. Everyone starts out with a minimum of 5 weeks vacation. As an American, when I first heard this it sounded unbelievable, as I started with two weeks vacay when I worked in SF. I remember wondering 'What could all these Frenchies possibly do with all this extra vacation time? How can they afford to take so many trips?'. But that's another blog post.

We took a train down to the south of france to join up with Pierre's family who were also vacationing down there.

First and most importantly: the food

We ate mostly all of our meals outdoors surrounded by cypress trees, fresh herbs and sunshine. Wild herbs grow wild everywhere, so our meals were very well seasoned! Since I tend to crave savory over sweets, I find the salty foods in the south absolutely delish! They cook with a lot of seafood, especially anchovies. My favorite thing to eat there is Anchoïade! It's a provencal dip created with anchovies, olive oil, white wine vinegar and garlic. It's SO good that I brought lots back to Paris with me, I even had a request to ship some back to the states!!

Rosé is a specialty down here, and it perfectly balances all the savory dishes. Also, they have amazing pizza down here (better than italian pizza in my opinion)!

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This super salty pizza is made with anchovies, olives and capers. Paired perfectly with some rosé!

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Needless to say, I looked forward to every single meal! Merci beaucoup to all those who feed me well :) Many more photos from the south to come!

bisous!!

-Jessi

 

Party in Paris

Fête de la Musique - EttaVee Let me first say wow!! The energy in Paris was absolutely unbelievable Saturday night, I have never seen Paris like this before. There was singing, dancing, drumming and laughter everywhere in the streets. Every year in all of France, Fête de la Musique celebrates the first day of summer (summer solstice) and of course music.

I have been looking forward to this day for YEARS. After first hearing about it in the film 2 days in Paris, I became curious about this day. Singers and musicians performed every single type of music under the sun; both professional and not. There were many famous french artists giving free concerts, as well as a free Lana Del Rey concert I found out about too late -wah!

It was cool to walk through Place de Republique. In that one plaza they had 5 different genres of music playing. Walking through and hearing all the music mixing was really cool and so was this guy...

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I took some video with my phone so you can see the range of music! Next year I will take my camera ;)

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I really liked the Hip hop group: Le Quartier Libre  I may try to catch a show!

There were also DJs playing on the streets; everything from top 40, mash-ups, dub step, and house music. Mini raves would form around them! We also came across a DJ playing salsa and a big group of people salsa dancing. Good dancers or not people were not shy and that was awesome. I asked Pierre if he would dance with me and he of course looked at me like I was crazy. So, I just filmed and admired. I guess my look of longing to dance was evident because an older man came up to me and offered me is hand. I got shy and said "no merci". Of course regretting it now, next time I WILL salsa!

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I didn't realize how starved I was for music and dancing until that night. I think I've found my new favorite day!

bisous!

Jessi

A Paris favorite: Kusmi Tea

<a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12450367/?claim=6y52avq8xkz">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Before arriving, I didn’t realize there was such a huge tea culture in Paris. There are tea shops everywhere, from high end crazy expensive teas to reasonably priced teas. Being more of a coffee person, I hadn't ever really 'gotten' tea, but oh how times have changed. I now have tea time daily. Tea time in Paris falls around 3pm (also known as the gouter; a wondrous snack as it allows you to shamelessly eat sweets!).

If you're into teas I highly recommend checking out Kusmi tea. I was first introduced to Kusmi tea at a friend’s place and instantly fell in love.

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I have since ventured into their lovely shops on various occasions. Many of my American visitors tend to go all mad hatter when they set foot in this shop, myself included.

Part of the allure are it’s cute candy colored tins; it has that untouched box of crayola crayons feel to it. Many things are at play here that make Kusmi’s teas irresistible. They smell AMAZING.

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My favorite thing about Kusmi is they sell small sample tins with 5 different blends to try before committing to a big tin. Every American I’ve taken into that store has waltzed out with some tea, swinging bag and all. If you spot a shop while in France I highly recommend checking it out. There’s one US store in NY!

I'm dying to try out a tea salon like Laudrée or Angelina. Tea anyone?

Kusmi Tea Paris

56 Rue des Rosiers Paris, France // 75 Avenue Niel Paris, France // 56 Rue de Seine Paris, France

bisous!

Jessi

 

La foire!

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One thing I like about summertime are the french fairs that pop up! I adore them. Mainly because of the cute sweet stands they have serving up any and all sugary concoctions one can imagine! Goodness I just wanted to eat everything.

Since Paris is a city full of beige immeubles (buildings), these colorful fairs are a sight for sore eyes. Sure you still your creepy carnies and the un-savory types who hang around, but it's all good fun none the less.

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Pierre, the boo

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I'm looking forward to hitting up the summer fair in the Tuileries! I love going at night and watching the eiffel tower sparkle from the top of the ferris wheel!!

bisous!

Jessi

 

the daily french: framboise

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pronounced: [frahn-bwaz]

This photo was taken at the food market by our apartment. I had no idea orange, purple and yellow raspberries existed!

Coincidentally my fiancé chef made some gorgeous sweets at home today using framboises!

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