11 Ways to Become a Little More French

May 30, 2015

Today: Live la vie en rose with our new French totes and these recipes and tips fit for any Francophile.

In the broad category of things we like, France holds a special place in our hearts. It's the land of cheese and wine, of salted butter and fleur de selIt boasts an enviable landscape—stunning coastlines, soaring mountains, and lush fields—and has one of the world's great cuisines (just ask Julia Child or Jacques Pépin).

Simple Peace Woven BackpackFrance is also brimming with markets, where we dream of taking our new French Market Totes and Market Backpacks, though they work just as well around NYC.

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Give your day a little je ne sais quoi with any or all of the following ideas: 

Wake up with a petit-déj you'll be jumping out of bed to enjoy. Brew yourself coffee with milk for a café au lait, serve it in a bowl, and pull some warm treats out of the oven:

Brioche by Yossy Arefi


Chocolate-Almond Croissants by Mei Chin


As the afternoon wears on, and l'heure de l'apéro comes ticking around, pour yourself a tipple and have a cheese snack to stave off hunger before dinner:

Voilà l'Été: The French 75 by pierino


Stinky Cheese by Sue Conley & Peggy Smith


Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes


When it's time for your entrées (that's actually French for appetizer), have something rich but not overly filling—that very French, delicate balance only the best recipes strike:

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly


Alice Waters' Ratatouille by Genius Recipes


Duck à l'Orange by Cara Nicoletti

More: What meal is complete without potatoes? Read on for suggestions.


What is a meal—and what is a day, for that matter—without un petit déssert? Make the last course the best one with a sweet.

Meyer Lemon Eclairs by Yossy Arefi


Brown Butter Apple Tart by Phyllis Grant


Crêpes with Salted Butter Caramel by Mimi Thorisson

More: Need a nightcap? Pour yourself a digestif.


If, after your meal, you need to cuddle up with a good read (and if you can't get enough of la vie en rose), grab:

Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan or My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz


More: 8 French desserts from Dorie.

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Mei Chin

Written by: Mei Chin

Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.