French Culture


 Champagne vineyards in Mailly-Champagne near Reims, eastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

Champagne vineyards in Mailly-Champagne near Reims, eastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

This week, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee approved the vineyards of Burgundy and the Champagne region of France as World Heritage Sites. They noted the regions’ unique soil types and fermentation methods. France now boasts 41 sites on the Heritage list, including the Saint-Emilion vineyards in Bordeaux. We’ll toast to that!

Sources:

Corks fly as Champagne, Burgundy win UNESCO status / France24

Unesco grants champagne industry world heritage status / The Guardian

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Je suis Charlie

We are very saddened by the events that recently took place in Paris. It touched France deeply, as most of us who grew up there are familiar with Charlie Hebdo. One of the victims, Cabu, has been a popular cartoonist for over 50 years, and generations of French people have been entertained by his particular brand of humor. We extend our sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and hope this senseless act will never happen again. It was wonderful to see over three million people assemble in Paris, we wish we could have been there. We are all Charlie!

–Jean-Michel Carlouet

The French have their own unique, stylish ways of celebrating Halloween traditions. Here are some Halloween photos we found in the blogosphere from different regions of France.

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Witches’ Festivals take place in small towns all over France, inspired by the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries. From getintravel.com.

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Pumpkin- and mushroom-shaped candies and chocolates in Cannes. From allaboutgem.com

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Pumpkin stand. From the Busy as a Bee in Paris blog.

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Paris costume shop, from the blog Paris at a Certain Age. The shop name Au Fou Rire means “laugh out loud!”

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Jack o’lantern, Eiffel Tower. From avenuestory.com

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Fine wines, cheeses. (What else does one need?) From The Travelers Collection blog.

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Witch, pumpkins, Eiffel Tower. From jimlepariser.fr

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Pumpkin-shaped candies. From Le Petit France.

This month’s issue of Elle Decor Magazine (January/February 2014) is the International issue, republishing highlights from editions of the magazine outside the US. This issue is a lucky treat because it features both a French farmhouse in Normandy and an ultra-chic Paris apartment!

(See our take on the Normandy Farmhouse here.)

On to the apartment. Photography By Antoine Baralhe. Design by Sylvie de Chirée.

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

Glamorous Dining Room

Glamorous Dining Room

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

All the rooms are glamorous in gold and white, with an eclectic mix of midcentury and more traditional furnishings. My favorite details are the paper lanterns in the kitchen and the colorful pottery in the dining room, not to mention the low bookcase in the living room.

Here are some gold and white items from I Dream of France that would mix well in this chic Paris apartment:

 

Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths - Lemon Rust

Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths – Lemon Rust

 

Paris Ceramic Mug

Paris Ceramic Mug

 

 

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace - Antique Bronze

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace – Antique Bronze

This month’s issue of Elle Decor Magazine (January/February 2014) is the International issue, republishing highlights from editions of the magazine outside the US. This issue is a lucky treat because it features both a French farmhouse in Normandy and an ultra-chic Paris apartment!

First up is the Normandy Farmhouse. Photography by Nicolas Mathéus. Design by Franz Potisek.

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Kitchen

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Kitchen

Love the classic green and white color combination. Elegant and earthy. Note the cooking pot and two wineglasses at the ready. It is a French home after all!

Normandy Farmhouse Green and Red Rustic Dining Room

Normandy Farmhouse Green and Red Rustic Dining Room

Earthy gives way to rustic in the dining room.

Normandy Farmhouse Elegant Living Room

Normandy Farmhouse Elegant Living Room

Softer greens and reds, and a stone fireplace mantel and overmantel.

Normandy Farmhouse Pergola with Pink Climbing Roses

Normandy Farmhouse Pergola with Pink Climbing Roses

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Bath

Normandy Farmhouse Green and White Bath

Shades of green and white recall the kitchen combination. This is equally classic and elegant.

Here are some green, white, and red items from I Dream of France with an earthy elegance that would mix well in this farmhouse:

Couleur Nature Fig Red-Green Tablecloths/Runners/Napkins

Couleur Nature Fig Red-Green Tablecloths/Runners/Napkins

Couleur Nature Figs Red-Green Placemats

Couleur Nature Figs Red-Green Placemats

Laguiole Table Knives Ivory Handles Set of 6 on a Wooden Block

Laguiole Table Knives Ivory Handles Set of 6 on a Wooden Block

French Country Verdigris Metal Oval Bucket with Ear Handles

French Country Verdigris Metal Oval Bucket with Ear Handles

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Verbena

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Verbena

I’ll show the Paris Apartment in the next blog entry.

Trick or Treat!

FREE trick or treating in Old Town Tustin on Halloween, this Wednesday! Put on costumes and come to our neighborhood after school from 3:00-5:00, and trick or treat with the restaurants and shops. Hundreds of people come every year. It’s a fun time to visit and people-watch.

Old Town Tustin centers around the intersection of Main and El Camino Real with lots of free parking around the neighborhood. Google Maps Link

Here are some photos from last year…

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme at Old Town Flooring.

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie's Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel poses with Miss Bobbie at Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe.

France Today Magazine

NEW this month and available in-store only! I Dream of France now offers France Today magazine. Written in English, France Today is full of articles about French travel, food & wine, culture, design, shopping, real estate and much more. Each issue also includes the TV5MONDE listings (US cable/satellite channel of French programming).

We also offer Edible Orange County magazine for more articles about food, art, and Southern California culture. The Fall 2012 issue is all about chocolate!

–Brett

Today is Epiphany, the last of the Christmas holidays. In France, the tradition is to bake a Galletes des Rois, or Kings’ Cake. Inside you hide a little doll, a coin, or a bean as a good luck token.  The French Kings’ Cake is a puff pastry with frangipani filling, different from the American King Cake served in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. There are recipes all over the web, so take your pick and give it a try!

Galette Du Rois from La Renaissance Bakery

Galette Du Rois from La Renaissance Bakery

The Kings’ Cake is served with a gold paper crown, and whoever gets the good luck charm wears the crown. The winner also has to buy the next cake.

–Brett

P.S. If you have any tips for baking with a bean hidden inside, let me know. When I’ve tried it, the bean sort of dissolved into the cake. We couldn’t find it!

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