Yale Joel: American travelers building a sand replica of France’s medieval abbey at Mont-Saint-Michel in the background, July 1948
If you’re looking for a brief, non-pretentious but absorbing documentary, this is it (Thanks, Julie, for the recc!). My best friend recently graduated from the French Pastry School in Chicago, where the “star” of this film is a teacher, so it was also kinda cool having heard about Chef Jacquy and picking out this film without knowing it featured her favorite teacher.
"Kings of Pastry" is about the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF; “Best Craftsman in France”) competition, held every four years, in which 16 pastry chefs (narrowed down from 70) practice intensely, design and execute various dishes — sugar sculpture, wedding cakes, plated dishes and more — in hopes of earning the right to wear the famed red, white and blue striped MOF collar. The MOF final is a form of exam, so, in theory, all 16 chefs could earn the collar if their work is up to par. It’s hard not to hold your breath when they’re struggling to transport their delicate, fantastical sugar sculptures down long hallways.
|world:||france what are you do—|
|world:||france stop it|
|france:||four twenties ten|
|world:||france that doesn't even make any sense|
l’excessive // carla bruni
Unwinding after a day of walking around downtown Chicago with some quiet, acoustic tunes before bed.
This one’s by supermodel/actress/singer/First Lady of France Carla Bruni, who recently appeared in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.
"France was punished on Thursday for not taking proper care of its hamsters." _____________________________
Que Paris est beau quand chantent les oiseaux
Que Paris est laid quand il se crois français…
-graffiti on a monument in Oberkampf (11th arrondissement)
photo: Nora Hanlon
Children and Pigeons at Notre Dame ~ Paris, France
Photo: Nora Hanlon
Pont des Arts ~ Paris, France
(Couples will often carve or write their names on a padlock which they hook on the fence of the bridge. The story goes that as long as their lock stays on, their love will go strong. If they break up, the unlock it.)
photo: Nora Hanlon