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.
The first McDonald’s opened in France in 1972 in a suburb of Paris. The Champs Élysées in Paris, one of the world’s most famous avenues, became home to a McDonald’s restaurant sixteen years later, in 1988. Fast forward to 2014 and a recent post on NPR’s website confirms what I have been fearing, America’s love for fast-food is quickly overtaking traditional french cuisine. NPR reported that an annual survey conducted by Gira Conseil, a french food consultancy found that 54% of total restaurant sales in France are attributable to fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway. Consumption skyrocketed 14% in the past year alone. When I tried to look into these disturbing statistics I found the link to the survey broken. If this day had been April 1st I would have smiled and said this is a very clever April Fool’s joke, but unfortunately it is not.
Fast is convenient, but I am certain it is not better and should not become the norm. I sincerely encourage you to slow down, patronize the local establishments for a unique dining experience. Also, learn to enjoy the art of cooking for yourself and others, explore new recipes, purchase fresh ingredients and make cooking and eating an adventure. Trust me, it will make you happier and healthier when you take charge of your own destiny….. you are what you eat.
Cooking is my life!
Artwork by my Creative Consultant Michele L. Moses
I received this image this morning and it seems spring has finally sprung in Buffalo, New York after a very long, cold winter.
Au revoir for now, I must get back to the kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Michele L. Moses, Chef Grenouille’s Creative Consultant.
English translation: spring
Spring has arrived in the vineyard, I’m busy tending the vines, walking the fields each morning and talking to my new buds. Another vintage year is underway!
English translation: fashion
My Business Manager and Creative Consultant are having fun with the window display for the giant fashion house Christian Dior while traveling in Monaco, France. They find composing images through mirrors brings forth unique and interesting photographs. Look for your reflection in objects, mirrors or a pool of water when you are traveling and have some fun. The result will clearly be superior to a selfie!
As France’s most celebrated gastronome, my latest adventures are chronicled in Michele & Kevin’s latest collaboration and 4th book (G4) The Aubergine Caper.
A few explanatory notes to increase your reading enjoyment…my backstory goes something like this:
I was tragically separated from my family as heedless loggers rolled through the Amazon. I stowed away on a Brazilian coffee boat that ultimately docked in Marseille. There I escaped having my legs become an appetizer thanks to a mysterious man named Gaspar. I started a little sandwich cart selling simple food to dock workers, sailors and denizens of the night. My reputation grew, however, and in time I had my own restaurant. Then two, then three, then a vineyard, bistro, spa, auberge and, well, you get the idea. Everything has been built on maintaining the highest standards and excellence. My Paris restaurant, Chez Grenouille, was ranked the best restaurant in the world so often they retired the prize. Celebrities, champion athletes and world leaders clamored for my friendship. I know them all but never forget the dock workers, sailors and denizens of the night.
It should also be noted I do all this and, thanks to time zones, I still manage to be home with Michele and Kevin each night. Having my own private jet, Butter 2, and a slight amount of imagination makes this possible.
In every story I right wrongs and celebrate excellence, good manners, good food, good friends and of course have fun while I am doing it.
Bonnes Fêtes! [bohn feɪt]
English translation: Happy Holidays!
Here’s to a happy, healthy, scrumptious 2014!
Now, I must get back to work. This is turning out to be my busiest holiday season yet!
PS- My Business Manager and Creative Consultant have finally completed my latest book—-
“The Aubergine Caper”, I will be providing more information soon.
Coucher de soleil [kuʃe d sɔlɛj ]
English translation: sunset
I witnessed this beautiful sunset while on vacation in the South of France. After a much needed nap I walked over to my window and pulled back the draperies to see if the rain had stopped and I could not believe my eyes. I had only a few seconds to find my camera and capture this image before the sun completely disappeared and as you can see, it is breathtaking. I wish you could have been there to see it in person.