In my hometown in New England, we always had an event in mid-December called the « Christmas Stroll ». It was a a time for the residents and those of neighboring towns to come and enjoy together the Christmas ambiance that was always so well exemplified in the decorations. The town (a village really) had a tiny little central « place » that housed the tall Christmas tree and the crèche de noël, and all the black and white façades of the boutiques on Main Street were spruced up with fir greens and red bows with pretty little white lights to accentuate the falling snowflakes that always arrived just in time. The shops opened late for the Christmas stroll and served or sold their best and most festive holiday wares. It was a place to run into your old school teacher, or meet up with past classmates, see old high school pals or towns people that you know and recognize for years.
While that may never happen to me ever in Paris, I did get to experience a different, perhaps more glamorous type of Christmas stroll and although there was no small town charm or reminiscing, there was plenty of holiday cheer and happiness shared between me and a darling friend who was enjoying it all for the first time. I couldn’t have felt a warmer Christmas glow if I had been at the foot of that New England village Christmas Christmas tree. Read more →
I have been dying to share this recipe with you ever since Christmas eve.But first, credit due where credit is deserved : this is my mother in-law’s special Christmas eve recipe, and these images (and instructions) come from our Christmas eve family dinner with them, which is her holiday tradition. Chéri and I helped in the making of this so that I could document it and be able to understand how to prepare it, perfectly. I hope we will have many more years together as a family making this amazing meal.
Just looking at these images is making me drool. the memory of this meal is still fresh in my mind and seriously, it was so delicious we were singing her praises for days afterwards. Mmmmmmmm! Read more →
Chéri and I had a fun intimate party for New Years Eve, at our place with Lisa of Ella Coquine with her chéri and our good friend Sophie. It was nice to just have a small group of good people gathered together to laugh, drink some bubbly, eat decadent delights and be silly until well past the pumpkin hour.
I served some of my remaining champagne from Mon Champagne, Hediard foie gras (splurge!), Lisa brought smoked salmon bites with a totally amazing dairy/soy free creamy dill dip, and amazing sweet marrons marinés from Sophie, and then of course one of my favorite foods, nêms! Read more →
I hope you sparkle, I
hope you have fun,
I hope your glass is raised with friends
and I hope when it’s done,
someone has kissed you
and wished you
the warmest of cheers,
because you all deserve the bestest,
With love, from Paris
For all your last minute champagne needs in Paris… The only name you need to remember is MON CHAMPAGNE! They deliver in less than 3 hours (between 9am and 5pm) to your door in Paris! And now, you can purchase ONLINE!!! Woohooo! So you have no excuse not to serve fabulous quality bubbly this year at your New Years party. (Plus the delivery guys are cute, deliver on bikes – ecological is totally sexy – and they are oh so muscular from carry all that champagne around)… Ooooh la la! Read more →
My dear readers, I hope those of you who celebrate, had a lovely Christmas…
It has been a while since I published some of my snapshots of my wanderings around Paris. In fact it has been a while since I wandered around with my camera. Time (that elusive fellow) seems so fleeting these days. Maybe it’s the fall of night so early in the evening, or maybe it’s just the fatigue from working hard, but I was thrilled to finally grab my Panasonic on the way out the door to do a few lazy errands with Chéri the other day.
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After a rich and delicious meal with my in-laws, a digestive stroll around the neighborhood and several phone calls to family back in the USA, I can wrap up this Christmas and snuggle up on the couch with Chéri, and it is safe to say that this year has been full of cheer. I wish the same and more to all of you!
Wishing a very merry Christmas to all of you. Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you have a beautiful day full of joy, love and peace.
And make sure to find some mistletoe and kiss your Chéri(e) under it!
Some images gleaned off of the web for your holiday enjoyment!
from My Luscious Life
This image is mine
From Miss Rose Sister Violet
This time of year, a feeling of fatigue seems almost universal. We are over-worked, over-played, over-fed and over-spent. So I like to find small and simple ways to regenerate my energy and contentment that don’t take much out of either my pocket or my time, but have a maximum positive psychological impact.
Here are three ideas for indulging this winter, that I like to partake in…
1. Filling my home with comforting scents
2. Getting my fill of vitamin C.
3. Giving myself a little « pause beauté » to erase some of the effects of over-doing everything. Read more →