This & That: November 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

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—I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine by  Jamie Goode

The holidays are a fine time to go with friends to a local tasting room or vineyard and taste. But why not have a better understanding about how the sensory system, psychology, philosophy, and flavor chemistry play a role? If nothing else, it will impress your companions and heightened the tasting experience ensuring you bring home some delicious wines for the new year.

—Chanel: The Enigma by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Released in September, the latest biography about the adored French designer reveals previously unshared insights and images about the enigma that was Coco Chanel. Peeling away each layer with detailed examination, Chanel’s approach to fashion, work, love and artists at the time are shared in this book.


Scratch: Home Cooking for Everyone Made Simple, Fun and Totally Delicious by Maria Rodale

Having had the opportunity to indulge in the beautiful cookbook that is Scratch, I can attest it is truly simple and delicious recipes that you will find. Inspired by Maria Rodale’s organic food and cooking brand (following her on her blog here), discover an approach to living and cooking well, all the while respecting the earth and the beauty of the natural world that you love.



The much talked about on-screen love scenes between co-stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt further fueled audience interest when it was announced earlier this fall that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Pitt. However, Cotillard promptly denounced any rumors. Needless to say, critics weren’t too extremely jazzed about this film, but the premise sounds intriguing. Set during WWII, a Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) has the chance opportunity to meet a French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. As chemistry was present, neither forgot the other, or that is the desired story, as they are reunited in London and their relationship undergoes more than a little scrutiny. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy the film when it hits theaters on Wednesday November 23rd.

Francophile Find

—The French Chef on Gusto

As I mentioned during this year’s French Week, episodes of Julia Child’s The French Chef cooking series on PBS are something I enjoy watching from time to time. And it was the case recently that a thoughtful TSLL reader emailed me to alert me to the availability to the episodes on the Gusto Canadian television station. While I can’t access the episodes in the states, there are a few on Youtube, such as the Roasted Chicken episode here (plus many others). Most importantly, I wanted to make sure my Canadian readers knew of this opportunity. Enjoy viewing, cooking and savoring the presence and inspiration that is Julia Child.


—The Good Life by Till Brönner

Jazz will always have my ear, and it was the case recently as I was listening to TuneIn at work, the London Jazz Station, that Till Brönner’s rendition of “The Good Life” was played. I was smitten. Released this past September, the Germany jazz trumpeter’s new album of the same title is a delightful, relaxing hour of jazz. Have a listen to the title track below.


Clare V Scalloped Luce satchel bag (other colors available)

Clare V has recently released a new collection of handbags. Known for her foldover and pouch clutches (which I love!), her satchels and circular handbags are all I have been seeing recently in street style posts. The satchels caught my eye because they have a classic appeal with a hint of modern. Available in many more colors, these leather day essentials are something to put on your wish list.

—The Outnet Clearance sale

The sale season is about to begin, and one just has. The Outnet’s end of season sale began this week with steep 80% off reductions. I have picked a few items below that caught my eye, but be sure to stop by here to see everything that is available.


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~recipe for Pumpkin Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tart (gluten free)~

The snow is coming. I can feel it and I am excited. The snow pass has been purchased, the wax for the skis picked up as well and with the moisture that is expected next week, perhaps my wish will come true. Either way, the holidays are about to begin which will usher in a new routine, but that doesn’t mean our stress has to rise with the change as was discussed in this post on the blog.

Perhaps you are gearing up to head out of town or maybe you are staying home and enjoying some much needed time to regroup before the end of the year celebrations. Whatever your plans may entail, I do hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you are celebrating) and a wonderful kick-off of the holiday season.

Now mind you, it may be Thanksgiving here in the states, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget what we love throughout the entire year. Below you will find more than a few French-inpsired posts I found around the web this week, as well as a few other articles you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~If you don’t have your next trip booked to Paris, this post will make you want to make plans toute de suite!  Things to Make You Wish You Were Still Living in Paris

~And Good News! November is the Best Time to Travel to Paris!

~And if your French language skills are not where you’d want them to be, read this post which talks about the instinct to translate English into French into your head.

~And speaking of the French culture, 15 Things Parisian Expats Find Kinda Strange About the French Culture.

~8 Hard Truths Nobody Wants to Admit About Happiness . . . believe it or not, it will actually put you at ease.

~13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

~Meditation and your job. One will certainly help the other.

~And with the holiday season kicking off, Bergdorf Goodman reveals their windows for the 2016 season. Have a peek below and learn more here. Learn more about the process to curate these impressive vignettes in this film.


2 thoughts on “This & That: November 18, 2016

  1. I LOVE your picture of the café. I got to visit Paris for a week and so connected to just sitting and connecting with life at a café. I’ve been trying to find an equivalent here in the US but haven’t cracked that nut yet.

    Thanks for the happy memory!

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