Souvenir, souvenir…

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently visited Nice and the Côte d’Azur. The weather was beautiful, although sometimes very hot, and as always, the food was great. One of the best things I know is to just wander around a supermarket in any country that I stay in and be amazed and inspired by all the foreign products that I see. I seldom even contemplate buying e.g. a packet of dry biscuits at home, but in France (or Italy, Germany, Japan or anywhere else), I actually consider it. Sometimes there is something about the packaging that intrigues me (smiling […]

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French your way (my favourite French podcast) and the one time I spoke French fluently…

As part of my wish to be a little more French, learning the language is a must. Or shall I say, relearning. I once was quite fluent in the language. This was back in high school and the culmination was a trip to Paris with a good friend. On day 3 or so, the majority of our cash (hey, this was the 90’s, cash was king!) for the trip was stolen from our safety deposit box which was in the basement of the hotel (a 2 star, quite shabby hotel near Pigalle). I was so angry at the staff that I […]

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Valentines, schmellentines..

Or La Saint-Valentin, as they say in France. Because you wouldn’t have thought that the French would not celebrate a day of romance, right? (Apparently the day of Valentine, is La Saint-Valentin and the Saint himself is Le Saint Valentin. Oh, the French..) La Saint-Valentin in France is only a day for lovers, not for friends or children etc.. And yes, it is the same roses and chocolates as everywhere else (although I bet it is still slightly better). “Tu veux être mon valentin?” and many more Valentine-related words and expressions in French can be found on this site. (And no, […]

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The future of fashion = the end of sewing?

“I have nothing to wear today! Oh well, I’ll just turn on the printer and download me a Chanel.” This could be your future self according to this article on Bloomberg. Now, 3D-printing is not a new concept, but according to the article, a couple of companies are at the present working on home-printable versions. Just think of this for a moment – it will change everything! Why bother running to a store or ordering something online (and waiting for it to arrive only to be dissapointed of the quality and fit to send it back) when you can download something, print […]

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A weekend in winter wonderland – my travel tips to Stockholm

If you are looking to get into some holiday spirits, forget the classic trips to Christmas markets in Germany or even hunting down Father Christmas in Greenland/ Lappland/ Rovaniemi/ North Pole or whatever Internet site you happened to stumble across (I am not judging..) claiming to be the real home of Santa. Go to Stockholm! Although here comes the obligatory disclaimer: as it is Sweden, the weather is moody at best so no guarantees for snow and sunshine. It was a combined business and weekend trip (those are the best, not for the business part though, haha) that had us visiting […]

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We’ll always have Paris – Emma Beddington’s honest and poignant story of living the French dream

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I nourish the dream of one day living in Paris. I have a complete vision of my life there: a small apartment with a balcony under the rooftop  in a Hausmannian house with a (most likely ridiculously) small kitchen, perhaps with a tiled backsplash, ceiling beams and white walls. Every weekend morning I will get up early and go to the local boulangerie to get fresh, buttery croissants and we will eat them in the morning sunshine, sitting with a cup of coffee on our fold up wooden café chairs on the balcony. I envision becoming best friends with the local cheese […]

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Chef’s Table: France on Netflix – have you been watching?

Photo above: Lucie Cipolla/Netflix We just finished watching the last episode of Chef’s Table Season 3 on Netflix yesterday. This season the focus was entirely on French chefs who are leading Michelin star restaurants. Featured chefs in this season were Alain Passard (L’Arpège in Paris, France) Alexandre Couillon (La Marine in Noirmoutier, France) Adeline Grattard (Yam’Tcha in Paris, France) Michel Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France)   From the age of fifteen and before I do what I do now in my day job, I worked in several restaurants, bars, hotels and cafés. Mostly, the jobs were extra jobs during school […]

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A week in a cottage in Normandy – or when I found true happiness in a French supermarket

When we were planning our summer vacation, I was completely fixed on the idea to spend two weeks in northern France, driving from villages to villages, stopping at local farms to pick up produce and stuffing the car with antique finds from flee markets everyone would be envious of. As per usual, reality is never quite as idyllic as imagined. During our first week we stayed at a tiny cottage on the outskirts of a miniscule hamlet outside of Lisieux in Normandy. We had found it on Airbnb and the pictures were full of promises of the untouched romance of a […]

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When things don’t go according to plan..

Now I had this perfect first blog post planned. It would be a picture of beautiful macarons, with a golden brown filling of a glistening dollop of caramel au beurre salé, a new favourite flavour and a sweet memory from my recent trip. Alas, it didn’t exactly as intended. At all. Firstly, I started off by burning the first batch of dulce de leche. I swear I only turned my back on it for three minutes, as a very distinct whiff of burnt milk and sugar reached my nostrils. After an inproportionate tirade (I’ll admit it), I gathered myself and […]

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