Expressions of affection à la France

Expressions of affection à la France

Many would argue that the art of love has only been perfected by one culture…the French. There is a reason the capital is nick named “The City of Love”, non? It is no surprise that the holiday of “Saint Valentin” or “Valentine’s Day” is often expressed best with the help of the French!! There is something about receiving gifts from Paris that always will be ridiculously romantic. Get ready to swoon… 1) Parisian Chocolates Whose heart would not skip a beat to be handed a box of chocolate labeled “Paris”. There is no better place to buy bonbons’ than from Debauve & Gallais’ Chocolat, a Parisian confectioneries that date back several generations of perfection in hand made chocolate treats. To make your heart beat just a little faster these chocolates laid out in the official trademark blue, gray, and gold embossed box were handmade exclusively for royalty until finally becoming available to the public in 1913. 2) French Lingerie (That won’t break the bank) Ladies all love a special set of lingerie…it just makes us feel better about the feminine mystique…however, $500 on underwear can be a little much. Fear not… Adoreme.com is here to save the day! Seek out that special something to feel as if you stepped out of a Paris lingerie boutique but not pay the price of one. I promise that whoever sees you in these little beauties won’t know the difference. For the gentleman reading this… shame on you, go get your woman something very expensive and beautiful! I promise you she deserves it!!! 3) Milk Chocolate Tea from Paris For those of you...
23 French Names for Furry Friends

23 French Names for Furry Friends

Perhaps you may gift, be given, adopt (we hope) or just stumble on a wonderful new animal friend…well JOE Adores the kitty cats and puppy dogs of this world and we wish to help discover Fun French Names… 23 Amazing French Pet Names: 1- Bisous, which stands for kiss. It doesn’t get more France than this. 2- Etoile, literally meaning star. A very meaningful name to give your pet. Plus it’s ultra cool to pronounce. 3- Arobase, we thinks it’s very 21st century. It stands for the @ symbol. Great! 4- Bijoux, meaningful in more than one way. French for jewels. That is exactly what your pet is to you. 5- Cherie, a sweet and adorable name with an amazing ring to it. It means “dear”. 6- Incro, abbreviation from the word “incroyable”, incredible. 7- Jolie, a “pretty” word. Would make an amazing French cat name. 8- Mélange, very French-sounding indeed. It stands for “a mix of things”. Pet-proof! 9- Flemmard, meaning something like lazybones. For the more easy-going pets among us. 10- Doux, a short and soft spoken name. It stands for soft, mild. Extremely suitable for some house animals. 11- Pur, a clear cut name to give a pet. Meaning pure and clean. 12- Sain, a very round and zen word, meaning healthy. A super pet-able name. 13- Frai, so cool. A top 3 favorite of Ace Petnames. French for new, sweet. 14- Culotté, wanna have a very stand out pet name? Take this one! It’s “cheeky”. 15- Être, we are now heading towards the meaning of life…or something. “Reason de Être”, anyone? 16- Parler, a perfect...
Wine with Wonder; the Bistro a Vin

Wine with Wonder; the Bistro a Vin

I think at some point walking around Paris everyone starts to day dream about a life in the City of Light. As I stroll through the familiar warmth of a special bistro a vin, my dreams turn to thoughts of sipping wine with locals. Since my first visit to France, I have known that in my fantasy I would own a bistro a vin. It would be a casual place, a second home for its habitués, with a limited menu and lots of tasty country wines served by the glass. It would be wine with wonder it would be just like, Taverne Henri IV.  Enviably situated on the Pont Neuf, a bridge connecting the le de la Cite with both the Right and Left Banks, the Taverne Henri IV sits on the edge of the Place Dauphine, an enchanting triangular square with the Palais de Justice at one end and the Quai des Orfevres not far beyond. Each time I journey to Paris, this is my first stop after dropping off my bags. A stroll through the shady square followed by lunch at Henri IV consisting of a glass or two of a cool red Chinon from the Loire and a ham sandwich (on sourdough bread) taking the edge off jet lag. Comfortable wonderful warmth, Henri IV is a no-frills room with a long bar and a dozen or so tables. The place hasn’t been redecorated since the 1970s, except for the curtains that run the entire length of a wall, just above the booth seating, appearing bright, clean and crisp. Looking at the wooden bar cluttered with memorabilia,...
Men Love Paris?

Men Love Paris?

While patrolling the internet for anything to do with Paris I found an article on AskMen which suggested that the average man cringes at the thought of traveling to Paris. For them the “City of Light” lacks luster, as they see it Paris is “a city filled with America-hating wimps who sit around all day in cafes drinking wine and writing poems.” Of course It doesn’t help that half the time they are being dragged there by their better half in search of a romantic getaway. NOT the typical Man’s cup of café… non? I am sad to say that I find this often to be true. The problem is that there is a great deal of very masculine oriented aspects about Paris that often men seem to forget or not know about… For one, did you know that the Eiffel Tower was only meant to stand for 20 years? When first erected many thought the Eiffel Tower was an eyesore… WHAT a giant metal phallic monument that overshadows Paris an eyesore?  Funny that it is now a symbol of Paris and France for that matter!  The only reason it survived was because the French military realized it was an amazing long-range radio. Thankfully this amazing monument was saved even if only because it is very tall! Another très cool thing about this monument; for a period of 40 years the Eiffel Tower was at 10,000 feet the tallest structure in the world… also the base pillars are oriented with the four points of the compass. Pretty sweet! I am sure every man can appreciate this one, Paris was the birth place of...