By Ann | October 26, 2012
My husband and I were talking last night about things that we like better in the States. Not just obvious things like customer service (which is really, really efficient and friendly). But little stuff: Cottage cheese. Ethnic food. Breakfast cereal (especially Bare Naked granola). Crunchy apples (I’ve always found French apples mushy). Iced tea. In fact, if I had to choose one thing as my favorite American rediscovery, it would be the country’s flowing rivers of unsweetened iced tea. Every afternoon at four o’clock, I take my book and go to our neighborhood café for my daily fix. The weather is still like summer in this former swamp of a city, so I carry my drink outside, the ice cubes rattling against the sides of the cup, to read and suck down icy, refreshing gulps, which are gone all too quickly.
Here are a few other things that I love:
–Last weekend we saw this documentary, Somewhere Between, about four girls adopted as babies from China, now teenagers here in the States. I cried just watching the trailer, so it was no surprise that the actual movie had me (and everyone else in the theater) in complete floods.
–Do you find the love locks on the bridges of Paris romantic? Or akin to an insidious fungal growth?
–As the stanzas of Chanson d’Automne, continue to ricochet through my head this fall, I was charmed to see this beautiful Verlaine-inspired print from Evan Robertson at Little Brown Pen. Bonus: the series is in French and in English and also includes Rimbaud and Keats.
–I regularly laugh, sigh and look like a crazy person in public while listening to my friend Katia’s brilliant new podcast, The France Project. And I was so honored to be included in the first episode, about my sweaty first visit to Paris.
–This week, I sent out my Fall newsletter, which included petite reviews of four fantastic books.
–If you’re planning a trip to Rome, don’t plan on picnicking in the Forum. As this article explains, eating in the city’s historic center is now illegal…!
Finally, I’m off to California today to visit family and (hopefully) eat Mexican food (Mom, Dad, are you reading?). My travels mean that there won’t be a Tuesday Dinner next week, but I’ll be back soon with more home cooking secrets to share!
Bon weekend, tout le monde!