See us in the November issue of Orange Coast Magazine!

Orange Coast magazine - November 2012

Look for the November 2012 issue of Orange Coast Magazine (with “Real Housewife” Gretchen Rossi on the cover). The Neighborhoods column on page 32 explores Old Town Tustin’s century-old storefronts and features some of the local businesses, including I Dream of France! There are a map and photos of the neighborhood, too. We are so delighted to be included!

We love Orange Coast!

–Brett

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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

I spent some time this weekend catching up on magazines and noticed that two featured French twists on classic dishes in their February issues.

Provence Herbs in Linen Bags from I Dream of France

Provence Herbs in Linen Bags from I Dream of France

First, InStyle showed baking halibut wrapped in parchment paper with herbes de Provence. This is our favorite way to prepare fish at home, including sole and salmon. (Aluminum foil instead of parchment works fine.) We also like to wrap lighter-flavored fish with lemon and onion slices, with a little bit of salt and thyme. Just bake at 350 degrees and check every few minutes until the fish flakes with a fork. Wrapping the fish keeps it from drying out while it cooks, and doesn’t make a mess in your baking dish. Easy and healthful — who says French cooking has to be complicated?

Daniel Boulud's Lasagne Photographed by Kana Okada for Elle Decor

Daniel Boulud's Lasagne Photographed by Kana Okada for Elle Decor

In Elle Decor, Daniel Boulud’s column shares a recipe for chicken lasagne with spinach and mushrooms. This is on my to-do list for sure! This recipe is very old-world European because it has you make bechamel (white sauce) instead of the ricotta cheese mixture that is more typical in the States.

This month’s Elle Decor is also the International Issue, which I love because all the articles are republished from other editions of Elle Decor. The pieces are shorter than what usually appears in the American edition and have a different style of writing. Naturally, they feature a Paris apartment filled with art, checkerboard marble floors, klismos chairs, and a copper bathtub. However, my favorite was from Elle Decoration Russia, which showed a traditional Russian country cabin (called an isba) reproduced inside a Moscow apartment. The owner actually took a wall from an old cabin and had it re-installed inside the apartment to be as authentic as possible. My favorite detail was the kitchen’s painted cupboards, beautiful and special.

–Brett

Alphabet Girls Silver & White Dress and Cardigan from I Dream of France

Alphabet Girls Silver & White Dress and Cardigan from I Dream of France

On the day of the Parenting OC Kids Expo, Jean-Michel staffed the boutique and I attended the Expo! It was terrific fun. I met the model who walked our ensemble down the runway (and her mother as well, who gave me permission to snap this photo). Look how adorable she is in the sunshine!

I also browsed the exhibitor booths, visited with Ana Brandt Photography, had ice cream from Johnny Rockets, admired the District’s pretty fountains, and enjoyed a SoCal summer day.

–Brett

France Magazine Cover

France is not exactly known for its superior customer service. Anybody who has been to France can probably remember an encounter with a clerk or cashier that left a less-than-impeccable impression. It is very hard as a French person to ever admit that you are wrong and that somebody else, even a paying customer, is right.  The easiest way to put this theory to the test is to ask for substitutions in a restaurant, or to try to return a purchase to the store where you bought it. Actually, I would probably recommend not trying these, just take our word for it!

The latest issue of the British magazine “France Magazine” has a short story that illustrates this point. When checking out of his hotel in the south of France and explaining to the clerk that the bill was already paid, the author received a categorical “Non!” Turn to page 23 and read the rest of the story, it might remind you of your own experience there!

-Jean-Michel

I Dream of France

This Saturday, August 7, Parenting OC Magazine is hosting The Parenting and Kids Expo at The District in Tustin, where you can watch a back-to-school fashion show featuring an ensemble from I Dream of France! The magazine did a preview photo shoot with Ana Brandt Photography (an Old Town Tustin neighbor of ours).

Alphabet White Dress from I Dream of France

Alphabet White Dress from I Dream of France - Photo by Ana Brandt

See the white dress in the center? That’s our Alphabet Silver and White Dress! We offer it in sizes 2 through 5, and a matching white cardigan with crocheted roses is available. (Both dress and cardigan are made in France of fine cotton.) You can see both pieces go down the runway together at the Expo fashion show. We’re told the model LOVES her outfit!

–Brett