espionner

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Espionner  [ɛs.pjɔ.ne] 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. G-

4 Seasons

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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! G-

Coller

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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. G-

Le Tour

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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. Enjoy! G-

Grand Big Mac…

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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! G-