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  • Best of St. Tropez at New ‘La Tropézienne Bakery’ in LA

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) ‘La Tropézienne Bakery’ (211 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Ca), opening mid-February, brings with it to West Hollywood, the stunning coastline of the French Riviera in Saint-Tropez.  You get the sense it would feel sunny even on rainy days. It is named in honor of the lovely little Tropézi...

  • Top French Marshmallow Confections for All Holidays

    Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day and to help forget the winter doldrums come whimsical, light, nursery-tale colorful French confections made of marshmallows.   An international affair, the candy is of France design, made in Bulgaria and distributed by an independent Belgian candy manufacturer, the family-owned and op...

  • Ooh La La: “Ladurée” French Macaron Arrives in LA and Beverly Hills

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) At the turn of this century, New York and Los Angeles bakers seized upon this confection that had earlier took Paris by storm.   This year it has arrived quietly in Los Angeles at The Grove (Original Farmers Market)in Los Angeles, complete  with more dramatically long lines  and more recently a tea r...

  • L’Ami’s Best of Mediterranean Livens up Santa Monica Landmark

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) If L’Ami Restaurant is not landmark space, it should be.  These days, L’Ami Restaurant’s cuisine may be more Mediterranean than  former incarnations as  French-Canadian and Italian among others, and it once again feels classic and sunny. For starters, the appealing Mediterranean men...

  • L’Ami’s New Year’s Eve Menu Transports Diners to the Alps

    L’Ami’s menu celebrates the flavors and traditions of countries along the Mediterranean coastline.   For New Year’s Eve, 2016, Chef Francis Bey transports guests to the height of the Alps. Large parties are welcome, as well as private dining options, intimate gathering with family or friends, sophisticated reception ...

  • These Little LES TROIS PETITS COCHONS™ Are Going to Market

    Exceptionally refined and authentic artisan products that stand alone on a plate or platter are gaining prominence in distribution. LES TROIS PETITS COCHONS™ (French for Three Little Pigs) products make up a lovely case in point. They are part of a growing movement that blissfully started just as supermarket butchers began dis...

  • Ethnic Stars at Angeleno Magazine’s Live & Dine LA 2016

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Ethnic chefs stood out this year even among the  curated “best of the new best” showcase at the 2016 Angeleno Magazine’s Live & Dine LA event the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.  It seems that “Inventive dishes from the city’s finest chefs” this year mean inspired and elevating cl...

  • Loire Valley Celebrates Quincy Appellation’s 80th Anniversary of the

    France’s largest white wine producing region, The Loire Valley, celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Quincy appellation with special wine tasting opportunities at US restaurants.  In August of 1936 Quincy was the first Loire Valley appellation to receive an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée)status – Controll...

  • Direct from the Heart of France to Ventura, California

      71 Palm overlooking the ocean     The expert, loving care given 71 Palm Restaurant in Ventura is obvious from the thick herb garden (yes, they use the herbs for cooking) fronting the gloriously restored 1910 Craftsman.  At the top of the stairs is a congenial gentleman effortlessly welcoming guests with a h...

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