Ah, Bastille Day, how to celebrate it? One could, of course, go storm a Paris prison full of political prisoners, but there are so few of those left these days. Besides, plane flights to Paris are really expensive right now. Better to buy a baguette and some stinky cheese, open a bottle of French vin, and start singing La Marseillaise.
To get you in the proper Parisian spirit, here are five fine bottles from five different French wine regions to check out.
Five Wines for Bastille Day
Liberté, égalité, fraternité, brûlée!
Celebrate Bastille Day, the beginning of the French Revolution, with the classic dessert: crème brûlée.
The accent marks in the name alone can be intimidating to the non-classically trained home cook, but a quick look at the recipe reveals it's nothing more than some homey staples - vanilla, sugar, eggs, cream and salt - allied with a little know-how.
Grab a torch (or befriend your oven's broiler), don your "other" red, white and blue, and follow the lead of Chef Rogers Powell of the French Culinary Institute. It’s so good, heads will roll.
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They say that our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers of memories. Of course, our sense of smell is integral to our sense of taste so it is no surprise then that in a life full of moving and traveling, food has always been a source of familiar comfort for me. In particular, one meal from one restaurant stands out above the rest and still stirs precious memories whenever I think about it.
When I was young, Paris was a frequent summer destination for my family, and while I don’t get there very often anymore, whenever I land at Charles DeGaulle airport my mouth starts to water at the very thought that I am only a few miles away from my own personal culinary heaven.