English translation: to spy
It has been said that Mark Zuckerberg covers his computer camera with tape and our FBI Director, James Comey, strongly suggests we all do the same. My design consultant Michele envisioned something more aesthetically pleasing than a piece of duct tape stuck to her beautiful iMac. This little frog figurine was a gift, Michele does not recall where it came from, but felt it was a perfect solution to deter those who might try to spy via the computer camera.
An attempt to educate the consumer spotted at Le Platane a small café in Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, France….
C’est une belle journée!
English translation: It’s a beautiful day!
The iconic Four Seasons restaurant, located in the Mies designed Seagram’s building with a Philip Johnson designed interior of landmark status will be closing July 16th. The restaurant will reopen in a new location within walking distance of the current location. I stopped in last week for lunch and inquired about the new location finding it is a well kept secret, not even the staff have been informed yet!
Cheers to the Four Seasons— bonne chance!
The elusive, French dry erase artist, Amant, has struck again!
His creative mind brings you a whimsical sketch of my famous winter retreat for snow lovers— Mont G.
I hope to bring you more of Amant’s dry erase sketches, until then–
À bientôt, j’espère!
Coller [kuh lay]
English translation: to glue
The origin of collage is from the French word coller an art technique popularized in the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The collage shown here is one of many designed and produced by my creative consultant, Michele. You can find more examples of her photo and paper/found object collages on her Coller Pinterest board.
Photo courtesy of Chef Grenouille’s creative consultant, Michele L. Moses.
The Promenade du Paillon in Nice, France is a wonderland for children and adults alike with lush gardens, creatively paved walkways, and unique water features. It opened in October 2013 after 3 long years of construction that included the demolition and relocation of the bus station. The promenade was constructed over a river of the same name that was covered over in the 19th century. The river still exists below the promenade and flows from it’s source, Lucéram, in the Alpes Maritimes into the Mediterranean Sea near Nice Old Town (Vieille Ville).
Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution. Each year since 1880, celebrations are held all over France on 14 July commemorating the 14 July 1789 storming of the Bastille prison.
The French celebration, La Fête Nationale, is referred to in America as Bastille Day.
This is also the 14th anniversary for my design studio- ARIG DESIGN GROUP LTD.
ps- Chef Grenouille has the day off.
It’s that time of year again!
The 101st Tour de France will be departing from Yorkshire England Saturday July 5th and continuing through Sunday July 27th with the traditional final 21st Stage finish on the picturesque Champs-Élysées, a total distance of 3,664 kilometres!
Mais naturellement—- I will be there handing out Chef G’s ENERGY BARS!
With Bernard Hinault as the last Frenchman to win Le Tour in 1985, it would be a thrill to see a winner among the five French teams competing this year!
Visit the official Le Tour website for updates.