I learned about Decathlon during my involvement with the Bastille Day SF 2018 event. I volunteered at the Kids’ Playground area, where the youngest guests got to play with Decathlon products, like Turnball, soccer balls, and badminton racquets. The giant sporting goods retailer, which opened its first store in 1976 in Lille, France, recently welcomed … Continue reading First Decathlon Superstore in United States Opens in Emeryville, California
You don’t need to wait long for my review of brunch at La Note, the popular French restaurant in Berkeley. It’s ready to read now
On Monday, April 29, 2019, I attended a free, open-to-all Solidarity Concert for Notre-Dame de Paris that was held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Along with the City and County of San Francisco, the French consulate in San Francisco, and Grace Cathedral, Ghiberti Center for Culture organized the event following the April 15, 2019 … Continue reading Public Solidarity Concert for Notre-Dame de Paris at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
Gyula Halász (1899-1984) was an Hungarian-French artist born in Brassó, Hungary (now Romania). He gave himself the name Brassaï because it means “from Brassó." What I found fascinating about his black & white photography, recently featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was how Brassaï captured many not-so-pretty parts of Paris in the … Continue reading Brassaï Photography Exhibition at SFMOMA
When I spotted Laundré in the Mission District in San Francisco, I was intrigued by the accent aigu (é) in its name. A closer look at the large blue building located on the corner of 20th and Mission Streets revealed that Laundré is a portmanteau, or a made-up word using the combination of the words, … Continue reading Taking a Load Off at Laundré in San Francisco
Did you know that arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias? Because I suffer from it, I admire those who aren't afraid of spiders. For example: People who eat them, like Angelina Jolie did while she was visiting Cambodia, where fried spiders are a delicacy Singer Billie Eilish, who … Continue reading Louise Bourgeois Spiders Exhibition at SFMOMA
A French song about a blue house in San Francisco inspired me to compile this list of music videos filmed in my hometown
Pictures and video clips from Lauren Daigle’s February 22, 2019 show at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco
I cope by spending quality time with loved ones, enjoying comfort food, staying positive, and knowing I can help relief efforts by supporting the American Red Cross
Inspired by the famous painting by Belgian artist, René Magritte
My interpretation of Quiche Vosgienne: a Pancetta & Swiss/Gruyère cheese French tart in a gluten-free crust 🥧
I broke from “Traditional” and had the Korean poutine at Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley
A beignet ("ben-YAY") is a French-style donut synonymous with New Orleans. Luckily, I don't have to travel that far to enjoy these fried and pillowy sweet treats!
I attended author Mark Greenside’s talk at a local independent bookstore, where he read a few excerpts from his latest book, (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living
I describe how I became a fan of all things French. A 30-year love story in about 3 minutes.
I’m tickled that “chocolatine” is catching on outside of Toulouse, France, where I learned that's what they call a chocolate croissant (also known as pain au chocolat)!
Autumn is my favorite season, but I'm still hanging on to those dog days of summer - like the time my family and I went to Lavender Days in Fairfield.
The pain au chocolat was fresh baked, buttery, and flaky. The Americano was delicious, as well. I'd like to come back to try the other pastries from this Lafayette bakery.
Atelier Prélude is a French start-up based in San Francisco dedicated to using natural fabrics and promoting sustainable fashion. In addition to their online store, they now have a brick and mortar shop.
Here are my impressions of macarons from various shops