French Friday: Angelina

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday is a good day to indulge a little bit -- if not literally, why not virtually? One of my favorite Paris rituals begins at the Louvre to visit my beloved Nike of Samothrace. Next, I like to stroll through the lovely Tuileries Gardens, go window shopping on the rue Cambon, and finally, enjoy a decadent treat at Angelina on the rue de Rivoli.  

[Time out! The French teacher in me can't pass up this opportunity to provide a vocabulary lesson. In French you visiter le Louvre (a place), but you rendre visite à la Victoire de Samothrace (a person). While in the Tuileries, you may use the verbs, se balader, se promener, or the very stylish flâner: Je me balade aux Tuileries. Je me promène aux jardins. J'adore flâner parmi les sculptures et les belles fleurs. And, although the Chanel boutique on the rue Cambon is very posh, one is encouraged to "lick the windows" -- faire la lèche vitrine -- the very descriptive French expression for window shopping! OK, now you've earned a treat. Let's go inside...]

Founded in 1903, Angelina's famous tearoom was a favorite of Coco Chanel. For years, Mademoiselle indulged in a daily cup of Chocolat africain at table #10 while coyly observing the tearoom's chic patrons in the surrounding mirrors. 
Photo via Pinterest
The tearoom's Belle Epoque interior projects an elegant, romantic atmosphere.
Le Chocolat chaud l'Africain, Angelina's famous hot chocolate, is composed of three varieties of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. A pitcher of rich, thick chocolate is served with a cup of fresh whipped cream.
The gilded boutique showcases Angelina's colorful pastry collection.
I find it impossible to choose from among the gorgeous confections.
The Saint Honoré is named for the nearby, fashionable Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. 
(Puff pastry, caramelized choux pastry, Bourbon vanilla pastry cream, whipped cream).
The millefeuille is one of my favorites.
(Layers of caramelized puff pastry, light Bourbon vanilla cream) 
The Mont-Blanc is Angelina's signature pastry.
(Meringue, whipped cream, and chestnut cream vermicelli)
Of course, Angelina also features the iconic macaron.
(Mont Blanc, Chocolat grand cru, Vanille, Café, Pistache, 
Caramel, Chocolat-Passion, Cassis, Framboise, Citron)

Go ahead -- Feast your eyes! Bon appétit!

Well

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 Photo (296/365): "Wishing Well"

"It's not enough to just wish well;
we must also do well." ~ St. Ambrose

Smile

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 Photo (295/365): "Smile"

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”
~ William Cullen Bryant

This autumn morning was all made up 
and ready to smile for the camera:
She was powdered with a translucent frost,
misted in a damp, earthy perfume,
and wearing her best shade of crimson gloss.

Serendipity

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014 (294/365): "Serendipity"

ser·en·dip·i·ty /ser ənˈdip ə dē/ (noun): 
the occurrence and development of events by chance 
in a happy or beneficial way, a fortunate accident; 
synonyms: chance,  fluke, good luck, good fortune, 
fortuity, providence; happy coincidence.

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"What people call serendipity 
sometimes is just having your eyes open."
~ José Manuel Barroso

Nostalgic

Monday, October 20, 2014


October 20, 2014 Photo (293/365): "St. Joe's"

"Home is where the heart is."

The sidewalks of Sturgeon Bay in the fall always make me nostalgic -- the smell and the crunch as my footsteps shuffle through the fallen leaves.  It reminds me of trick-or-treating, playing hide-and-seek, walking uptown for ice cream -- all-American family memories.  It was hard for me to choose a photo from among today's images of the sunrise along the Bay and decorations on Third Avenue. Ultimately (with Eric's help), I decided on the place where my family began: My mom and dad were married at St. Joe's in the fall of 1959.


Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
All-American hometown with festive decorations
(Notice what's playing at the Tap!)
Flowers are still blooming
Leaves are turning
Look what's turning here!
Quaint shops & restaurants

Old street names (Now 5th & Louisiana)
St. Joe's
The "Old Bridge"
The Bay
And so our long weekend ends as it began....
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