Star Spangled Summer!

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American flag tank: American Apparel 

Though I'm living La Vie en France I'm still a proud American girl! Before moving to France and like many Americans, I assumed that the French didn't care much for us. I've heard many horror stories of things that Americans have experienced while visiting Paris. Yet to my surprise, my being Americaine has been greeted with much positivity, kindness and mostly curiosity.

For the most part, Parisians are quite kind to me. I had started developing a theory that the more I 'american-ize' my french, the nicer people become, be it at the grocery store, post office etc. Thus, I started conducting mini experiments where I'd enter a boutique and shop owners would kind of just brush me off until I spoke broken french, then voila we're having conversations about Miami (a lot of french are quite obsessed with Miami, by the way)!

There have been a few times when I've entered a party/ get together and everyone doesn't really give me a second look, but the second there hear me speaking my butchered french then suddenly I'm the belle of the ball!

STARS + STRIPES

The American flag is all the rage in France this summer when it comes to fashion! I see it on shoes, bags, shirts, sunglasses... you name it and people are rocking it. From a design standpoint, the American flag is quite fun to design with. Not only we have stripes but our iconic stars to work with, while many other flags are patternless designs.

I also see a lot of people wearing the union jack as well, but never the french flag.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

Happy Birthday America!

the sweetest of treats

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Every time I stroll passed the shop Pierre Hermé with a frenchie they always tell me "It's the best macaron in Paris".  After putting it off for months, I've finally stopped by with my parents to see what all the buzz is about. We got there just as it opened and tried the Dark Chocolate, Passion fruit/ chocolate and olive oil/ vanilla. The passion fruit and dark chocolate ones were absolutely perfect. The olive oil one was just okay, I felt the olive oil flavor was a bit too subtle. I'll need to try that one again ;)

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My favorite (and the favorite of many others) is the Passion Fruit + Chocolate macaron. Seriously made my taste buds sing and I'm pretty sure I did a happy dance as I ate it.

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Hands down best macaron I've eaten... other than my Pierre's macarons of course ;) I will be returning to this shop the next time I'm in the Marais!!

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locations: 72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris // 185 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris // 39 Avenue de l'Opéra, Paris

Merry Frenchmas!

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P's family lives in Strasbourg, so it was only fitting that we spend our first French Christmas there. I've been here many times before, usually around Christmas or in the middle of the summer. P had to work on Christmas Eve so I headed Strasbourg a day early to spend time with his family. I about missed my train, it was quite the adventure I tell you. More adventure than I care to have at 5:45 am. I was happy to arrive early and meet my little niece Grace.

Not only is Strasbourg one of the two European capitals, it's widely famous in France for being the capital of Christmas and for their Marché de Noël [Christmas Markets]. I really can't even explain how mesmerizing and fun these markets are. There are around 17 throughout the city all pretty much offering the same things. There you'll find lots of vin chaud [hot wine], breztel, ornaments, chocolates, beignets, wooden toys, christmas decor galore, cakes... goodness the list goes on and on. It's a Christmasphile's dream. I can't wait to take my parents one day since my dad LOVES Christmas :)

In the town center plaza is where you'll find the city's Christmas tree (see above). This year it was assembled incorrectly and leans to the left. It was given the nickname "leaning tree of pisa".

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Pierre's dad makes vin chaud every year and it's SO good. Below are some of the basic ingredients: Cinnamon, anise, ginger, pure cane sugar, orange and of course wine. There are other ingredients not shown, they're family secrets ;)

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Charlotte, Micka & I hit up the Museum of Modern Art on Christmas Eve. Got to see some Rodin, Picasso and other treasures.

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Cute tiny finger food pasteries

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We started off Christmas Eve dinner with an aperitif. I always love these because you get your snack on (and a lil buzz) before dinner time. Aperitif was light because our meal was heavy. Aperitif consisted of the following: Christmas Picon cinnamon beer, smoked salmon, boudin blanche and small flavored cheeses. Dinner: yummy tasty delicious foie gras [duck liver] on spiced bread, seafood & avocado salad, Chapon stuffed with farce and sweet potato fries. Lawd!! For those of you who don't know Chapon is a rooster and farce is stuffing. Our farce was a mixture of bread, foie gras, veal, potato etc. SO good. For dessert we had a lovely Buche de Noel made by P!

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On Christmas day I was able to Facetime with my family in the States who were in Chicago spending the holiday with my brother. They got to meet Pierre's family for the first time! We're so lucky to live in a day and age where we can see our loved ones on Christmas even though an ocean separates us! love love love.

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Geez, Christmas was just so great this year. I'm so thankful to P's family, who made me feel like apart of the family. I know my parents are thankful for that as well. First Christmas in France = a success!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well!

bisous,

Jessi