French Lifestyle

Galettes des Rois Season

Galettes des Rois Season

It’s galette season in France! (Galettes des Rois, that is, or “King Cake.”)

We very much look forward to these delicious pastries and the fun tradition around eating them every year. Children (and sometimes even adults ) love to slide under the table to announce who gets which piece, each person hoping to get the slice with the small porcelain figurine (or “fève”) hidden inside and, of course, then receive the paper crown to be worn!

Two crowns are sometimes given so that the….

French Literary Awards

French Literary Awards

(This article serves as a continuation of our previous blog post on notable literary cafes in Paris.)

The concept of literary accolades in France dates back to the Renaissance period, when numerous poetry contests and improvised verbal jousts took place. These ancient activities gave tempo to the literary and artistic life of its time and eventually became predecessors to the contemporary literary awards we know today.

The evolution of these activities into awards occurred at the turning point of the XIXth and XXth centuries with the creation of “commemoration” awards, such as the prizes of the…

Renowned Parisian Literary Cafés

Renowned Parisian Literary Cafés

Well-named the “City of Light” or the “Capital of Art,” Paris is an animated, noisy and  uncompromising town. When we think about this tremendous city, several images come to mind: a romantic Paris, an artistic Paris, a literary Paris.

The best representations of a literary Paris are several famed cafés that have been frequented for decades by many celebrated writers and artists in order to gather, engage in discourse, share ideas and gain inspiration.

Discovering Paris: The History Behind Wallace Fountains

Discovering Paris: The History Behind Wallace Fountains

Wallace fountains (“Les Fontaines Wallace”) are drinking fountains made of green cast iron that one can find just about everywhere in Paris. The fountains not only allow everyone a drink of water when needed, but they lend unique and distinguished architectural detail to the landscape of Paris.

The history behind these fountains is actually quite similar to that of the Morris Columns. Between September of 1870 and January of 1871, Paris was besieged by Prussian troops and the city suffered from one of its most violent winters. Insurrection of the…

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit For the Holidays

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit For the Holidays

f you are not familiar with this French delicacy, do give it a try. Foie Gras Mi-Cuit is divine and a special treat for the holidays.

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit usually means fresh liver that has not been preserved in any way. “Mi-cuit” (meaning half cooked), refers to the foie gras being cooked rather than raw, but not boiled in a container for 2 hours, as with most…