Thursday, September 17, 2009

Post script

Some last images from the last photo shoot...

Autumn looking quite content at Le Pain Quotidien that last time.

I really like the name of this cooking magazine article: "Farm-Fresh French."

Post-post script: Somewhat related, we're currently organizing a cookbook sale, along with a couple of cooking classes, that will be open to the public at my library. They will happen in the next month or so. I love the way that food--and fashion--have the ability to bring people together!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bonne Maman

Mother's birthday, we went over to Claremont to celebrate, which was, in many ways, delightful. I think I've indicated before that this crisp autumn weather makes me want to go to Paris, and my friends should know how I almost perpetually crave the tastes that are at Le Pain Quotidien. (May I recommend the Chicken Curry Salad Tartine with Harissa-cranberry Chutney, matched with a carafe of Mint Lemonade, followed by a Mixed Berry Tart dessert?) Scroll down to see our little party at this bakery and cafe in Claremont.

Autumn wanted the Claremont banners instead to read: "Autumn in Love with Claremont."

I'm also a fan of Le Pain Quotidien's hazelnut spread. You would have heard me say when eating there once, "It's like a blonde 'Nutella.'" Incidently, the bread adornment, that tastes all-at-once like caramel and those rich nuts, is called "Brunette!" (I should add that there's also a white chocolate spread called "Blondie.")

Autumn enjoyed her raspberry tart and her hot chocolate.

Another recommendation: There's an interesting short film (in French, though with English subtitles) that I watched lately, called "La Boulangere de Monceau" (in English: "The Bakery Girl of Monceau"). It is precious with its delicate glances and expressions captured in 16mm black and white film; I enjoyed observing the ways that the characters relate to each other. It's also characteristically French for its literariness. This film packs a lot into its short 23 minutes!

And, we'll go off into the (admittedly Californian) sunset to the tune of Joe Dassin's "Aux Champs-Elysees." You are welcome to sing along.

A bientot!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day, people

Families on vacation, y'know?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I like pie.

What's your flavor?

As you can see, I like boysenberry...