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 sel. It 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).
France 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.
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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