Wednesday, November 25, 2020

31 rue Cambon Advent calendar, sauce ร  la Canneberge

 I’d planned to visit 31 rue Cambon, Chanel HQ 

To make sketches for the annual November Advent letter

But with the Lockdown, I went to Google pics instead.

 Here is another good BBC Chanel documentary worth watching if you’re a fan. *There is no sound on occasion because of copyright infringement. Never mind. Its still a worthy watch to understand this complex, immensely innovative woman. 

The November letter went onto the French yellow poste truck yesterday. I caught him at 4:50 pm just as he was about to leave.“Outra mer? (Overseas)” I said and he threw me my own crate. “J’ai la chance ๐Ÿ‘ :))”

People ask,”do the French ‘do’ Thanksgiving?” Yes they must because Monoprix has goodies. Carrefour’s journal has sweet potato-pecan pie recipes.  

And Marks & Spencer has turkeys. 

And Hooray๐ŸŽ‰! a very nice, rather tart sauce ร  la canneberge, my fav!

Hmmm, they even have canneberge sandwiches. 

This year I got the real yen for a turkey dinner. Meredith and I ordered online, but the cranberry looks a little triste non? 

I went back to M&S for a big Winter supply...all for Bear of course. Its going fast. 

You can send your cat or dog to 31, rue Cambon for the holidays if you hurry. Bonne Thanksgiving PBers ๐Ÿ™ Please stay safe ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿป Xxx Carolg

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Bear goes Advent Calendar shopping


Yesterday Bear ๐Ÿป went Advent shopping. A Paris must-do in November. First stop A la Mere de Famile, top of the Advent heap. They always create inventive house candy boxes. 

This year we got it. By December 1st, most Advent calendars are sold out with no new stock coming in. 

The exception is Ladurรฉe - their Advent box is supposed to arrive in December ๐Ÿ˜ณ hmmm. 

Pierre Hermรฉ’s Advent was available in October. Its always circular and full of fab chocolates. 

Alain Ducasse’s Advent is hexagonal with a Mexican Aztec theme. 

Also 6-sided, Breton chocolatier Henri Leroux has little removable boxes hiding his excellent chocolates. 

At Buci News you can buy empty Advent calendars. 

And fill it yourself. 

These candy calendrier de l’Advents are 24 chances to lose ‘the marshmallow test’. I always flunk and eat the contents Immediately. Waiting is not a skill I ever learned. I’m into ‘Immediate Gratification’. Can you wait for good things? If you have a serious case of IG, Paris is not the right place for you. Every month there’s at least one or two food treats that must be eaten. In May, no one eats Lily of the valleys but they do have them in chocolate. Fete des Meres (Mother’s Day) awaits at the end of the month. The annual November Salon du Chocolat (canceled this year) is the grand sugar-holic’s banquet.

 Growing up, food was a reward in my family. Do your homework and you get a cookie. The homework part got lost. My 6AM Morning cookie raids were infamous and the padlock on the cookie closet was no deterrent. I could  so easily raid my new Advent house this minute ๐Ÿซbut I would pay a sugar-coma  price later. 

Meanwhile I am slaving away on the November annual Advent letter๐Ÿ’Œ  3 guesses on the subject matter

Stay home and stay well PBers❤️๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Chanel Map


My obsession continues with the latest Paris map - some of Chanel’s favorite places. 

For the border (Elaine Sciolino says a map must have a border) I was thinking camellias and her signature ribbon. 

But why not use her iconic image as a border? Please watch TV Arte’s brand new excellent documentary on Chanel’s life. Its in French but not difficult to figure out from the superb photographs (many used here btw). A worthy watch. 

What other orphan child had the moxie and gumption to, instead of  choosing an arranged marriage or work as a laundress, choose a career in fashion (with the aid of many men its true). 

The refined lingerie pleating the orphans were taught. 

Shows up later in Chanel’s delicate chiffon dance dresses making them light and easy to wear as a silk slip.

Her collier comรจte made of 600 diamonds was astonishingly original.

 “I wanted to cover women in constellations like a shower of stars”, she said in 1932. 

Octagonal Place Vendome is where Chanel lived for 30 years at the Ritz hotel and had her jewelry boutique. 

Vendome strongly influenced the shape of her 8-sided perfume bottles, Chanel N.5 and Coco Mademoiselle.

 I haven’t yet got my hands on a good biography but read the Wikipedia file on her life. Its surprisingly dense with detail including the war years. 

Why did I assume Chanel was petite? She was 5’9” and weighed 130 pounds! No matter the Lockdown, last night Paris was shining bright like a diamond in Chanel’s necklaces. Please stay safe everyone ๐Ÿ™❤️๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿป

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Gracias A La Vida

 Yesterday morning the Paris map was driving me nuts as usual. Its finished now. ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️Hurray! A petite distraction was essential. An early run to Boulanger de la Tour for something crunchy ๐Ÿฅ Glancing out the window it looked overcast. 

Notre Dame was hidden in mist. 

‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays’ the Paris runner/footer

Same goes for the Paris pigeon. 

I’m on pont de la Tournelle if you’re wondering.

So many runners. I keep thinking I’ll go out early and walk. 

Or climb stairs. I think I’ll just watch...

Look! The Republican Guard exercising their horses. Always thrilling... 

I got the crunchy almond croissant ๐Ÿฅ on the left and finished it for dinner. Still drawing ✏️ literary cats for distraction. 
Gracias la vida ❤️๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿป

Sunday, November 08, 2020

7 Novembre 2020


Last night when many were celebrating๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ 

I was walking home from the Marais. 

I’m usually under the covers, when others got the news. 

I walked past Au Petite Versailles du Marais boulangerie. 

Who can resist? Besides nothing else was open. And it is one of the prettiest boulangeries in Paris. 

Yes I got this tarte au pomme for later. It came in handy! 

Let me tell you I didn’t see any dancing in the streets in Paris. Nor hear any church bells ringing. 

They are ringing now but its Sunday. No cars were honking in the streets like New Year’s Eve. Everyone in Paris was in Lockdown. Or flown the coop to the country. The virus has been surging in France, though France24 says this past week some numbers have come down ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 

Let’s pray the divisiveness of the election and past 4 years can heal. That Americans can lift a glass ๐Ÿฅ‚and Live together as Sade saysXXX❤️๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‹