Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Weekend!

It's another beautiful Summer day. We're about to pack up and head to the beach with a simple birthday picnic for 17. I've just sent the kids out to pick the basil and need to put the last touches together but, first, wanted to wish you all a wonderful weekend. I'll be back here on Tuesday and want to remind you to sign up for the willowday giveway. You have until Monday at midnight. PST.

As it's Bastille Day weekend, I have French cooking on my mind. Whenever I've been in France on this day, my personal experience with this celebration has been low key recognition, if any. (of course, as every night of a visit, it's always another night of wonderful, late night, dining under the stars that will end blissfully with "fromage.")  On the day, I've curiously watched locals dress the village town square with the promise ahead of a feast with moody lights and dance floors being built. The first time I visited I had expected it be be more similar to our American 4th of July celebrations with children and parades and fireworks. It was,  also, much different than that one I had envisioned since my older, grade school neighbor, Johnny, returned regaling tales from Paris where he claimed that he had been dodging firecrackers on this day in the park. This vision has stayed with me life long. Maybe the celebration are different in Paris? If you have personal experience, I'd love to hear from you. 

If you'd like to put a little French twist in your weekend cuisine, here are two links: 

LA Times recipe for the classic French sandwich: Pan Bagnat
French Summer Picnic Food: French-y Picnic Recipes from Chow


  1. This post needed a comment, so I'll send a video.French do not celebrate their national day like US nor Sweden. Patriotism is displayed in other ways. Donna Summer and Stendhal tributes are featured in a Bastille firework show.

  2. I am so glad that you did!! Thank you for taking the time to share!


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