Je crois qu’il profita, pour son évasion, d’une migration d’oiseaux sauvages.
“I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Today I had successful interactions in French with not one but TWO native speakers! I was a bit rusty, but was able to keep things going, and realized just how much I miss speaking other languages. Do any of you speak French? I’d love a practice partner/pen pal!
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.
A touch of Paris in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (also the lovely setting of live jazz performances every summer Friday)
france: sixty ten
world: france what are you do—
france: four twenties
world: france stop it
france: four twenties ten
world: france that doesn't even make any sense