A French epiphany

There’s a delightful pâtisserie to savour after Christmas – an Epiphany cake called the galette des rois. It takes its name from the three wise men or Magi who visited Jesus twelve days after his birth. It’s served not just on January 6 but throughout the month.

A French queuing revolution

Wherever I go, I queue. To buy a baguette, to use the ladies room, to withdraw money. Queue queue queue queue queue. I am sure there is an ancient French saying that reads, “why be served straight away when one can queue?”

My most memorable NYE in France

The air is crisp, the champagne cork has been popped and you’re waiting for the moment the clock ticks over to midnight. New Years is magical no matter where you are, but there’s something special about le reveillon du nouvel an en France.

5 steps to the perfect NYE in Paris

Want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris like the locals? Well look no further – we’ve got you covered this reveillon du nouvel an, with five simple steps for the best NYE yet.

Le Buzz: Beyond the French news

Cette semaine dans Le Buzz : le départ très médiatisé de Gérard Depardieu vers nos voisins belges, un peu de gastronomie française, et enfin, hommage à un grand architecte du XXème siècle.

French Film Friday: ‘Tis the season

Joyeux Noel my French and francophone friends, Merry Christmas! Or if you’re not into Christmas, then Hanukkah Sameach! Joyous Kwanzaa! Blessed Yule! Eid Mubarak and Shubh Diwali (retrospectively)! Or we’ll just keep it simple and say: Happy Holidays! We’re talking Christmas movies this week…

On life in France

Before moving to Paris I had a whole host of ideas in my head about what Paris was like. It was a place where everyone was effortlessly slim. A city where people drank only fine wine, with restraint. Un endroit full to bursting with excellent home cooks, where frozen food wouldn’t be tolerated.