This & That: April 15, 2022
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The return of one of the most hilarious modern comedies I have watched in the past couple of years, a new series taking a different look inside the White House, a French handbag that caught my eye while shopping in Paris this week, a light-hearted French film to make you chuckle, summer dresses you will wear for years, cookbooks for small kitchens, one dish, and each for simple and delicious recipes, a new book on how life (and the female brain) really does get better as we age, and still, much much more, along with a few pictures from Paris as I returned this week to the City of Light.

Books

In Praise of Good Bookstores by Jeff Deutsch

Released on April 5th, Jeff Deutsch―”the director of Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstores, pays loving tribute to one of our most important and endangered civic institutions. He considers how qualities like space, time, abundance, and community find expression in a good bookstore. Along the way, he also predicts―perhaps audaciously―a future in which the bookstore not only endures, but realizes its highest aspirations”.

The Upgrade: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond by Louann Brizendine MD

Being released this coming Tuesday The Upgrade by Dr. Louann Brizendine, “who was among the first to explain why women think, communicate, and feel differently than men. Now being inspired by her own experiences and those of the thousands of women at her clinic, she has a message that is nothing short of revolutionary: in the time of life typically known as menopause, women’s brains are reshaped, for the better, in a way that creates new power, a bracing clarity, and a laser-like sense of purpose if you know how to seize it”.

British Finds

Derry Girls, Season 3

Ah, yes! Just this past Tuesday on April 12th Derry Girls premiered its final season on Netflix and Channel 4 in the UK. If you haven’t watched the first two seasons, I recommend starting there, and be prepared to laugh repeatedly and laugh until you ache. This series is a hoot of a comedy. Set in the 90s in North Ireland, with all of the political turmoil in the backdrop, the truth is, the lead cast are teenagers, young girls (and one boy) living in Derry and well, their drama is at the top of their minds, and it is absolutely hilarious. Check out the trailer below.

Slow Horses, Apple+TV

I had the opportunity to watch the first episode of this new series set in London, starring Oscar-award winner Gary Oldman and up-and-coming star Jack Lowden. It is a bit tense, but with Kristen Scott Thomas starring again alongside Oldman (they starred together in the Oscar winning film The Darkest Hour), and focusing on an intriguing set of characters placed in a inferior place within Britain’s MI5 unit, the cast and show premise makes it intriguing. Perhaps you will be curious as well. Check out the trailer below. (you can watch the first episode for free on AppleTV+)

Cookbooks

Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals: A Cookbook by Melissa Clark

Just a heads up on this one. Cookbook author and contributor to The New York Times food section, Melissa Clark’s new cookbook was schedule to be released much earlier, but more than a bit of a snafu happened earlier this year. Now scheduled for a September 6th release date. I will be sure to share on the date it is released later this year as well.

Small Space Cooking: Simple, Quick and Healthy Recipes for the Tiny Kitchen by Hope Korenstein

Being in Paris reminded me of how much space is really necessary to cook a great meal. As kitchens both residential and professional are quite small, it just goes to demonstrate how it’s all about mise en place and having what you need, but not too much (and how you organize it). Hope Korenstein’s new cookbook keeps all of this in mind.

Francophile Finds

—The farm to Table French Phrasebook by Victoria Mas

While perusing about inside Librairie Galignani on Rue de Rivoli, I came across this no-longer-new book (released in 2010) but wonderfully new and exciting to me, and quickly knew it would be a resource to add to my library. The Farm to Table French Phrasebook “opens a bountiful world of food that you won’t find in any textbook or classroom: Navigate produce markets, charcuteries and patisseries, prepare meals the French way with delicious, authentic recipes, speak the lingo of Paris’s top restaurants and bistros, pair regional wines with delightful cheeses, and master the proper table etiquette for dining at a friend’s house”.

Jérôme Dreyfus Leon M Raphia Tote or Sac

I happened upon this raphia handbag while we wandering about in Le Bon Marche (on our way to Le Grand Épicerie next door) and quite loved it. The texture is supple, the bag well made, not too big (the tote/small), and the large design looks like a wonderful travel tote.

Palais Royal!

Get ready for a thought-provoking, yet at the same time hilarious French satire which pokes fun specifically at the British royals, but as well royals in general and their ‘traditions and expectations’ and much more. Released in 2005, the parallels will be quite obvious, and just remember it is a satire – exaggerations are necessary to prompt attention and/or provoke change. Check out the trailer below.

Shopping

Reformation Vesta linen pant (oatmeal), other colors

Summer is coming and these pants look to be a wonderful staple in the closet for years to come.

Reiss Emily Linen Blend Belted midi shirt dress (more colors)

I happened upon this wrap shirt-dress while looking for items for this post shared last week.

Reiss Ivory Mariah Regular Linen Belted Button Midi Dress

I recently added this dress to the post that shopped outfits for Nancy Carroll’s outfits in Murder in Provence.

Sandro Tail Linen-blend Maxi Dress, stripes

With it being quite warm here in Paris today (71 degrees), summer is on the mind, and this striped dress from French label Sandro caught my eye.

Television

The First Lady series, Showtime

Premiering Sunday April 17th and with Viola Davis as a co-executive producer, look for a series that already has many more seasons in mind. Focusing on three First Ladies in the first season, Davis shared with CBS Sunday Morning, that they will be tapping more top female talent to take up other First Ladies for future seasons. Here is a synopsis of the series.

“A revelatory reframing of American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies. Starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, this series delves deep into the Ladies’ personal and political lives. Exploring everything from their journeys to Washington, family life, and world-changing political contributions, the impact of the White House’s women is no longer hidden from view.”

Check out the trailer below and look for it on Showtime, beginning this Sunday.


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France is all about food, and that is exactly what we have been doing/focusing our attention upon since we arrived on Wednesday evening in Paris: being sure to punctuate our day with good food.

Beginning with dîner at a cozy restaurant under new ownership and guidance of chef Cyril Lignac, Cafe Lignac, followed by getting up and out by 7am to visit the neighborhood marché which is open on Thursday and Saturday – Marché Saxe-Breteuil, picking up breakfast essentials – fresh œufs and from the neighborhood boulangerie, fresh croissants and a baguette – la tradition (don’t forget to ask for the specific type of baguette you want, not just a regular baguette. (read this post from French Today to find out why), enjoying a late, lingering lunch at a favorite bistro in the 1st, then visiting La Grand Épicerie and bringing home confiture de fraise (strawberry jam), moutarde, beurre, miel and picking out an individual dessert for us both to enjoy this evening as there will be no need for a grand meal tonight. Not surprisingly, we are quite satisfied. 🙂 Needless to say, our legs and feet may be exhausted, but our appetites are quite content. ☺️

Above is the picture of the individual dessert I chose to try – taste citron vert basilic as the combination tickled my curiosity and the color too caught my eye. I was told upon inquiring about the taste that it offered a wonderfully fresh flavor.

While we won’t be in Paris for long, staying at a Paris Perfect accommodation has provided wonderful comfort and ease. I will be sharing more about my rental in the coming weeks, but quickly, if you are looking for a company to explore for your upcoming rental (available in Paris, London and throughout Italy), Paris Perfect along with their sister companies (London Perfect, etc.) is highly reputable and tends to every detail. I have stayed with them in London and I look forward to staying with them again in Paris.

Easter weekend has arrived, and however, or if you celebrate, or if you are celebrating Passover which begins today, or if you simply are acknowledging and delighting in the spring season, I do hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for stopping by today. Bonne journée.

~How to create a welcoming home office [Sharland England]

~The 10 Best British Hotels that have a beautiful Garden [Britain]

~Four things to copy from your facialist [Doré]

~6 simple outfits to wear on repeat this spring – this list nailed more than a few ideas I am attempting and look forward to trying [British Vogue]

~HipParis found a handful of new cookbooks that help readers learn how to cook French meals at home.

~A thoughtful, honest look at the pursuit of happiness and why stopping can be life opening [Tiny Buddha]

~Paris is buzzing right now with the upcoming Easter holiday, beautiful weather after many days and weeks of rain and even snow, and after, well, two years of Covid, but its buzzing primarily without many Americans and primarily Europeans. How to travel like a European [Afar]

~Declutter for a greater peace of mind [Shondaland]

~Nigel Slater shares his recipe for wild garlic and broccoli pastry and chicken with creme fraiche and chicory [The Guardian]

~Thank you to TSLL reader Kate for sharing a video that will encourage you to travel to the English countryside immediately.


~Check out last week’s This & That: April 8, 2022

A wide array of items this week – a hilarious French comedy, two worth-checking-out documentaries for those who are fans of classical music, gardeners – a book to inspire and teach sustainable practices as you step into this new spring season, French finds from the return of one of my favorite mystery series, a book about salons de thé and clothing to keep you chic as we near summer. Plus a book to shift your mind on what aging actually entails – the mind-shift can actually length and improve the quality of your life. And yep, there is still more!

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17 thoughts on “This & That: April 15, 2022

  1. Have an amazing trip Shannon! I hope you enjoy all the indulgences that Paris has to offer you this week, and I can’t wait to hear more about your Paris Perfect rental.

    1. Thank you Sarah ☺️ Look for a detailed post in the coming weeks, and in the meantime, oh wow, just a positive and peaceful experience. Highly, highly recommend them for ease of travel as there is so much “else” to give our attention to. Their rental is a sanctuary of calm and cleanliness as well as all the necessities of home you need.

      Have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by. 😌

  2. I hope you’re having a great trip Shannon, and that your mother is having a wonderful first time in Paris. I’m really enjoying the snippets that you’re sharing, the food sounds delicious!
    Another great Derry Girls fan here and really enjoyed the first episode on Tuesday evening, I look forward to more. I’m also truly interested in The First Lady, as a big fan of Gillian Anderson’s I look to whatever she is involved with – a truly elegant woman, no?
    Thank you for still putting together the favourite post of the week even though you’re away! And enjoy the rest of your trip ☺️
    Sarah

    1. Sarah, I cannot wait to dive into thé new Derry Girls season. I am saving it for when I return and have getting past my jet lag. ☺️ A most definitely yes to your question about Gillian Anderson. Her interview with CBS Sunday more revealed she was surprised they wanted her to play Eleanor as she (Anderson) is quite short and Eleanor quite tall. But oh my did they cast her well from what I have seen in the snippets. Looking forward to someday watching this series.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend and beautiful moments in the garden and savoring the long holiday weekend. 😌

  3. Shannon~

    Thank you for not forgetting about us while you are enjoying your holiday.

    Have a fabulous time!

    ~Michelle

    1. Michelle,

      Of course! Or should I say bien sûr!! Excited to share as I can. Look for more detailed videos in May’s A Cuppa Moments. I just sat down a taped a bit of French finds i came across while here and wanted to share, plus there will be more. Have a wonderful weekend and if you and/or however you celebrate Easter, I hope you have a wonderful time. Bonne journée!

  4. How nice that you are taking a trip with your mother. Years ago I went on a special trip with my mother to celebrate my 60th and her 90th birthday. Great memories! It wasn’t to Paris but it was to a place we both love. Enjoy!

  5. Café Lignac. I do believe it occupies the space of the former space of Café Constant. Brings back fabulous memories of my 50th birthday dinner in 2019. Loved it and I’m sure Café Lignac is just as good.

  6. I had no idea you’d already started your holiday until I read this, Shannon — how I envy you (we’re packing to move & the thought of running away to . . . well, anywhere! . . . is as tantalizing as you imagine). I’m looking forward to hearing all the details when you get back, but in the meantime just throw yourself into the moment & enjoy every breath of that French air & every bite of that French cuisine!

  7. Loving all the postings from your trip. And thanks for all the regular posts on the blog. Wow. Seriously, how brilliant that you are working, with those views, while partaking in the next delicious Parisian/British adventure. And letting us in on the journey. Fab. Great stuff in this week’s T&T, the British Vogue article in particular. I hope you and your Mom are having a blast. I am so looking forward to more details of your Springtime in Paris & London vacay. Thank you, Shannon!! XO🗼🥐🫖🧭

  8. Thanks, Shannon, have a great Paris time! 🙂

    Bit hectic around here today but I will be back shortly to enjoy this T&T.

    I am making today your Rhubarb Frangipane Tart. It will be our Easter dessert.

    Happy Easter, Passover or other celebration, as it might be the case – just have an enjoyable and happy time, everyone!:-)

  9. It is always a great pleasure to read your blog, Shannon!
    If you are still in Paris and have a chance, try and visit the Pâtisserie Carette at the Place du Trocadéro. I think you would enjoy it (if you haven’t already done that, of course!). 🙂 Have a great time!

  10. I have to say, the thing that just stood out to me the most was in the unique homestays video when the woman called the neighborhood “chocolate box-y”. I had never heard that before but I love it! I knew exactly what she meant once she said it and I’m so happy to have learned a new phrase like that. Seems akin to saying “hodgepodge” in a way. Love it.

    Hope you are enjoying Paris, Shannon!

    1. Sydney, Don’t you just love her descriptors and her sheer pleasure in creating these cottages’ interiors? 🙂 She did an amazing job and all the more testament to the power of how we decorate our sanctuaries. They really can elevate, and there is no need for perfection, just thoughtful tailoring as we are aware of what speaks to us. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by 🙂

  11. 🙂
    Back to T&T, this time to peruse it properly.

    My favourites:

    – Derry Girls
    – Small Space Cooking
    – Raphia Tote
    – Ivory Linen Dress
    – Article on facial care – especailly the muti-mask tip.

    And I would not mind to try a “tart citron vert basilic” ;-)…

    All the best and have a lovely week!

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