Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

Paris in July…what to do?

What to do this July to celebrate Paris, when I can’t actually be in the city of light? Read about it and torture myself, I suppose.

Books on Shelf

  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Paris Was Ours edited by Penelope Rowlands (A reread)
  • Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

Movies to View

  • Any Jean-Luc Godard film
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Paris Je t’aime
  • A Cat in Paris
  • An American in Paris

French Cooking/Eating

  • Madeleines (a tried and truly yummy cookie!)
  • Coq au Vin (my friend made this once and it was amazing…I’ll see if I can recreate it following a Julia Child recipe)
  • Macarons (I bought the cookbook ages ago, and have yet to do anything with it…)
  • Lunch at Left Bank for Bastille Day
  • Barefoot in Paris – Ina Garten recipes!
  • The Little Paris Kitchen Cookbook- Rachel Khoo
  • French bread. I made some before, and I’ll be trying to make some again. Its  yummy. I could live off of bread, no seriously, I could really live off of bread. Send me to a deserted island with a fully loaded ebook and a bread factory and I will be as happy as a clam.

Music for the month

  • Carla Bruni
  • Coralie Clement
  • The entire French/Paris selection of the Putomayo albums (I love these collections!)
  • Enjoy lunch or coffee at the Farmer’s Market listening to the live French trio perform, pretending I am have on the Rue Cler, shopping the fromageries and boulangeries to my heart’s content.

Study Lessons

  • Pick up a book on Renoir or the Impressionists (my favorite art style and period)
  • Go to a museum exhibit on the above (if there are any around…seems unlikely. All the good stuff is at the Musee de Orsay anyway)
  • Learn a French word a day, or just practice using my elementary French everyday avec mon mari et ma bebe.

What will you be doing this July?