November 29, 2020

Coming Soon - My Virtual French Cheese Workshops

As I mentioned in September, I teamed up with Context Conversations and presented an online French cheese tasting seminar that was offered a few more times over the last few months. And more dates have been added in December and January.

I was also invited by La Cuisine Paris to do a live French fromage workshop in November, with another one coming up in mid-December.

All of this got me thinking that it would be fun to create some more comprehensive online workshops of my own, so that's exactly what I did!

For the moment I've got three finished that I'm going to launch shortly (all of the calendar app stuff and payment app stuff is a bit of a learning curve), so watch this space and I hope to share all of my French cheese knowledge and passion with you very soon.






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November 19, 2020

5 Things

Autumn along the Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville

1) Autumn stroll along the quay


Cheese board

2) Getting the cheese board all set up for a virtual workshop hosted by la Cuisine Paris. If you missed it, there's another one happening in December!


Rainbow Chard 🌈

3) One of my favorite things


At the park

4) Enjoying some much needed fresh air during the second lockdown in Paris


Viennoiseries

5) Nutella crêpe? Yes, please!



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October 22, 2020

5 Things

Yum!1) My kind of cake!


Mon Quartier2) Do I spy Emily in Paris? 


Hydrangeas at the market 

3) Giant bouquets of autumn hydrangeas


Cheese board

4) A modern cheese board


Café Life

5) Café life


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September 17, 2020

Some Exciting Cheese News!

Camembert

I resisted. Boy did I resist!

The idea of going virtual with cheese "tastings," both during and after the lockdown in France, was completely overwhelming to me and I just didn't know how to make that transition. Several friends offered advice, but I was stubbornly closed to the idea.

Then something changed. 

Part of it was the positive reaction from the guest post I wrote listing my Top Ten French Cheeses for David Lebovitz's fabulous blog. Additionally, Context Travel, who I was about to start doing tours with back in March, asked if I would join them as their online cheese connoisseur.

So, I'll be going live on September 27 with a deep dive into all things cheese-y at From Camembert to Chèvre: An Exploration of French Cheese. Hope to see you there!

Cheese and Cherries


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August 14, 2020

August in Paris

Closed

August means stretches of long, hot days with bright skies, followed by days of heavy air and storms. We're finally at the end of a week-long heatwave and the last two evenings have given us spectacular sound and light shows over the city. 

Tuesday afternoon a photographer captured some incredible photos of lightning striking the Eiffel Tower. I wish I had witnessed that!

Our neighborhood, le 15ème, is mainly residential and always very quiet this time of year, as most of our neighbors have left for the month and the little mom-and-pop places have closed for their annual vacation.


I've ventured into the center of Paris a couple of times, near Notre-Dame and parts of Saint Germain, and both neighborhoods were devoid of the crush of tourists that this month usually sees. It's nice for those of us who have stayed in town, yet it does feel strangely deserted this summer.

Friends have told me how nice the museums are without the crowds, so I plan to take advantage of this peaceful time and go back to the Louvre, the Rodin Museum and possibly the Picasso Museum. 

Paris 15ème

Fermé

Other than that, we're still mostly staying home.
 
Several of our friends tested positive for COVID-19, a couple of whom were hospitalized for over a month, which was very scary. Everyone has now recovered, thank heavens! I was quite sick in mid-March and found out in May that I also had the virus. Unfortunately that doesn't mean I can't get it again, so we continue to be extra careful. 

If you're on holiday, I hope you're having a wonderful time. If you're somewhere that has gone back into quarantine, I am thinking of you and hoping that it ends soon. 
Please wear your masks and stay safe, everyone!

Tables and Chairs




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