When you really stop to look, you can find bits of France in the most unexpected places. A few weeks ago I was wandering around the furniture shops in my neighborhood when I found the charming, Patrimoine De France. You know you’ve found the right place when you turn off of Harrison Ave in the South End and you see a table set with vibrant linens and Pastis (pictured above) greets you at the door. The beautiful textiles will draw you in and when you cross the threshold you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Paris.
Sylvain, the owner, is a master of textiles and an expert in design. He works with companies that have savoie faire. His sources for tablecloths, napkins, porcelain, linens, etc. have excellent reputations. Some have been in business for centuries. For me, this is one of the trademarks of French living. In our culture, where nearly everything is disposable, I find great comfort in buying home goods that are made with the highest care and quality.
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I’ve noticed that something visceral happens in the moment when I’m about to smear butter onto a muffin, a piece of bread, a croissant… it’s a moment of pure giddiness! For me there’s nothing better than the simple pleasure of butter, or as the French call it: buerre.
My friend Marcy says it with an exaggerated R- so it becomes buerrrrrre. Even when you say it, you have to relish the moment.
When I was in Paris I would buy butter at the Monoprix, Le Gran Epicerie and at the market on Sundays. I carefully examined the different kinds of butter we used in school. I even managed to smuggle some Buerre Bordier (http://www.lebeurrebordier.com/) into my suitcase on my trip home. Read the rest of this entry »
Bonjour, and hello again, my friends!
Since I last wrote I’ve been settling back in to life in Boston. I’ve moved in to my charming South End apartment, I’ve been visiting with friends and family, and I’ve even been doing a little bit of baking…
Inevitably people ask, “do you miss it?” And the answer is “yes, I do.” Just today I found a crumpled up metro ticket and I let out a sad sigh. However, I’m finding some of the comforts and beauties of Paris right here in Boston. Now I’d like to introduce a new chapter in my blog and share these thoughts and ideas with you! Read the rest of this entry »