French 'mot' du moment

Une Lichette de Beaufort

Slice of Beaufort, much like the lichette sliced by my fromager.Photo courtesy of terre-des-fromages.com. On my last trip to Paris, I was on a mission to try as many new cheeses as possible. The problem, though, was that I was there alone; and more often than not, I was buying cheeses that I would be […]
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Atrabilaire

Over a long Parisian lunch today, my friend Thomas mentioned that he was grumpy this morning and great food and excellent company had put him in a much better frame of mind. I said to to him, “tu étais d’humeur atrabilaire ce ...read more
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On y va? Allons-y?

Often on the way out the door you will hear the Frenchies saying  “on y va,” or “allons-y.” What exactly does this mean? Quite Simply: On y va? = Shall we go? (singular) On y va! = Let’s go! (singular) Allons-y! = ...read more
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Plein vs. Repu After a Nice French Meal

Words of wisdom after a nice French meal At the end of a nice French meal (repas), when you are asked if you would like another serving, you may be inclined to say, “non merci, je suis plein.” This is the standard reply in English . ...read more
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Gourmand

A gourmand is a person who takes great pleasure in food. The word has different connotations from the similar word gourmet, which emphasises an individual with a highly refined discerning palette, but in practice the two terms are closely ...read more
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Joie de Vivre

Joie de vivre (from the French joie, “joy”; de, “of”; vivre, “to live, living”; “the joy of living”) is a term sometimes imported into English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation ...read more
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