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#ExploreFrance Plex’eat Shields #LouvreChezVous Oignons & Croissants

This new Twitter Ba(a)zar is dedicated to France, its famous museums, its many places of interest and some creative ‘alternatives’ (you will understand what we’re refering to soon enough). The country is not under lockdown anymore but yet it’s still impossible to come from abroad to visit it. So until everyone will able to safely travel to France again, we selected tweets allowing you to (virtually) discover the country! ...


Le Fooding guide launches ‘Plat de résistance’ in France

Lockdown in France has been lifted today allowing non-essential shops and businesses to reopen although bars and restaurants will remain closed until further notice; they have been fully shuttered since March 15 and their owners are reeling from the shutdown (read our post about online platforms J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire). As a consequence, some of them are setting up food trucks and started takeaway services to help maintain a ...


J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire

Restaurants and bars in France have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, and even if French government is in favour of the reopening of all retail outlets once lockdown is lifted, restaurants and bars won’t reopen on May, 11… The industry is seriously threatened and some establishments are in dire situation, many owners having very low cash levels. They had to lay off their staff and put their businesses into enforced hibernation. Hopefully ...


President Sarkozy Bans Cheese After Dinner

Yes, you read well: Nicolas Sarkozy has banned cheese from the menu at the Elysee Palace… You know how much we like cheese on the Sama Gazette, and maybe you remember our posts: Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner (one of Max Dana favorite dishes) or French Cheese: Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Chevre… illustrated by two great drawings by Pete Fowler. So when we read Sarkozy had banned cheese, we were chocked! The French President adheres to a ...


Sauteed button mushrooms with shallots, herbs

New recipe! And we hope you like mushrooms. This is a vegan recipe by Harini, a.k.a Sunshinemom. Her blog Tongue Ticklers is great for finding vegan recipes and even if you are not (vegan), these recipes can satisfy anyone. Harini always explains what she does and why she does it: In today’s dish I haven’t done much to mask the mushrooms.  Instead I chose to flaunt them.  I believe that when you treat your vegetables with respect, they taste ...


Avocado and Crab Soup by Shaun McCrain

This Avocado and Crab Soup is more of a summer dinner party but now Autumn has come over here, we wanted to give it a try. The recipe comes from Epicurious and when we said we gave it a try, we actually made the soup. And it was delicious! Preparation: Mix crabmeat, celery, chervil and lemon zest in a bowl. Cover and chill crab salad. Halve and pit avocados; scoop flesh into a blender. Add vegetable stock, crème fraîche, lime juice, kosher salt, and 1 ...


Strawberry Basil Éclairs by Chasing Delicious

Do you like éclairs? Do you like strawberries? And basil? If you do then you will really enjoy this post about Strawberry Basil Éclairs. We found the recipe on Chasing Delicious; just look at the photo and you will be drooling over for days! Chasing Delicious is a great website for recipes and we enjoy reading their articles: always humourous and cooking seems so easy… But it is not. We tried several times and nobody here could even make a ...


Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner by R. Varolli

This is our second rendezvous: C’est la vie in France but this time (our first post was about Films Open French Wounds From Algeria) we have selected an article about food. As prood members of the Sama (formerly Epicurean) Fraternal Society, we enjoy good food and we were happy to read on the Huffington Post: Try Raclette For A Warming Winter Dinner by Regina Varolli. Some of you may wonder what is ‘raclette’, so here is an introduction by ...


Happy Thanksgiving and How to Cook Green Beans

Last year we posted about: Happy Thanksgiving and How to Cook a Turkey and many of you enjoyed the recipe by Sydny Carter published on AllRecipes.com. This year, forget the turkey, we will tell you how to cook green beans. Vegetables are healthy and are great to accompany the turkey as well as for vegetarians who can celebrate and enjoy the dinner too. We didn’t take the recipe from AllRecipes.com but we chose Simply Recipes instead. We mentioned ...


Beer Can chicken: A Bit of the Good Life with Joe Ledbetter

Some artists perfectly fit the definition of ‘bon vivant’ and, almost fortuitously, they are also among the artists we appreciate the most. In April, we mentioned Pete Fowler in our post about cheese: French Cheese: Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Chevre… We even published two of his drawings about cheese he did after he experienced French cheese ‘bad boy’ Bleu des Causses. Today, as we try a new recipe: Beer Can chicken from Simply ...






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