A Taste of Garlic

Category: Rhône-Alpes

Mlle Norvégienne

rhone alpes  Mlle Norvégienne   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, I hardly like to mention it but…

And I the only person to have noticed a definite increase in the number of Life in France Bloggers to be found in Grenoble, these days?

Firstly there’s Gigi and then that Crystal has moved down that way (to live in a house with a green stripe in the bedroom!) and we mustn’t forget Grenobloise with her bi-lingual blog.

And I’m sure that there are many more!

And today I’m going to take a look at Monica’s blog, Mlle Norvégienne.

Monica says of herself…

“Hello, my name is Monica and I am a Norwegian girl who has lived several years in France, both in Grenoble and Montpellier. I have Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from ESC – Ecole de Commerce de Grenoble, and Masters Degree, Master of Science in Marketing, from GGSB – Grenoble Graduate School of Business. In between, I also studied French at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier. I’ve had internship, worked and been unemployed – all in France, I have been single and now I am living with a wonderful French man that I will marry next summer. I have a pretty good knowledge of the cultural differences between Norway and France in all these different situations. I’ve always been fascinated by this country and it has only become stronger with time. I’m also a big fan of French cuisine and French cheese and wine.”

To which I can only reply that I’m a big fan of people who are big fans of French Cuisine and French Wine!

Especially if they have spent time in Montpellier (because only a rather special breed of person can cope with that!)

So, without further ado…

Let’s dive in and find out what it is like to be…

A Norwegian Girl in France!


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Bread is Pain

rhone alpes  Bread is Pain   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBread is Pain is the blog of a “30-something American living in the Rhone-Alps, France with my French boyfriend. This is my 3rd country to live in outside of the U.S. but the first one that is non-English speaking. While I’m here, I’m getting my masters degree from the U.S. (online), studying French, and slowly eating and drinking myself through the country.”

Which is kind of strange as I thought that… “slowly eating and drinking myself through the country”

Was my job?

Well, let’s not hang around; this is a largely foodie blog so…

Let’s put on our bibs and…

Dive in and see what there is to eat!


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New Blog Alert – Letter From France

rhone alpes  New Blog Alert   Letter From France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, I know that when most people think of Grenoble they think of Gigi getting her car broken into and her love of George Benson (whoever he is/was?)

However, there are normal people in Genoble and I’ve recently come across a blog by one of these.

Letter from France is exactly that….

An occasional letter from Patrick Owen who ended up in France with a wife and 2 kids after working in Nigeria and working on The Golden Hinde (that old ship by that really good pub, that for some reason I do remember did lovely Steak and Ale pies, on London’s South Bank.)


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I Heart Lyon

rhone alpes  I Heart Lyon   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI heart Lyon is Carol’s blog and Carol describes herself as… “ex-New Yorker, devout francophile, living in Lyon and loving it, with my two amazing daughters + Daisy and Clementine.”

The blog starts in June 2005 with a post called We made it!  Yeah! where Carol meets Eric the Handyman who enjoys a Ricard avec beaucoup d’eau.

Eric must be French then!

You can always tell; it’s either the beret or the Ricard that gives them away!


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Flip-Flop France

rhone alpes  Flip Flop France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFlip-Flop France is Sasha’s blog.

Sasha describes herself as… “A 23 year old gastronome, looking to impart on a journey to be original in a foreign land. Can an American survive in France?”

Let’s take a peek at her blog and see if we can find out.

The blog starts with Sasha arriving in Lyon and finding… “The one thing I noticed first when I began wandering around Lyon, France is the fact no one wears flip-flops.  Flip-flops are very comfortable and cheap, but in France they are only worn by those who are:

1. Foreign
2. Dating or sleeping with someone foreign
3. A lazy person”

Sasha reckons that she qualifies on all three counts and that, I feel, is a pretty good introduction to her.


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The Au Pair Project

rhone alpes  The Au Pair Project   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Au Pair Project was the sort of blog that was immediately attractive to me.

I think that it might have been the words.. Au Pair that first raised my interest?

The Au Pair Project is Laurens blog and Lauren is… “an Italian girl with a pinch of Cajun, and a love affair with France.  She can’t sing but she refuses to give up car karaoke. She believe being able to make a good pasta sauce is a gift,  enjoys cooking but can appreciate a frozen yogurt lunch! She plans to live with endless passion, wild dedication, and boundless love!”

Lauren is an Au Pair living in Lyon!

Well, that’s all very nice but… what about the important stuff – the bits about Au Pairs!


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I’m an outlaw, not a hero

rhone alpes  Im an outlaw, not a hero   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI’m an outlaw, not a hero is Honey Dugan’s blog about life in Thoiry in the Rhone Alpes.

Honey is an American living in France with her husband, Dan, who is a scientist and does something  incomprehensible with photons or protons or Higgs Boson Particles or… something like that!

Honey is rather a fan of Baseball which, in it’s own way, is equally incomprehensible to me!

The blog starts in January 2010 with Honey just married to the aforementioned Frenchman and still living in Philadelphia.

From that first post, it is only a few weeks and maybe 6 or 7 posts before the blog really takes off with the post about The Ferney-Voltaire Saturday Market.

She likes her markets, doesn’t she?

Well, she certainly seems to.

Honey thoughtfully gives as a French Word of the Day:Marché where she explains, in photos and words her obsession.

And “Espionage! Espionage! Espionage!” is all about being caught red-handed whilst taking photos as the market.  This post does include the obligatory, for a Life in France blog, photo of A Monkfish with a lemon in its mouth!


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365 things that i love about france

rhone alpes  365 things that i love about france   because we all love reading blogs about life in France365 things that i love about France is the blog of Charley Appenzellar who, having lived here for eight years has, for the last three months, been writing lots of nice things about France.

Obviously, she hasn’t been watching the footie (because there really wasn’t anything nice to be said about that, was there?) but, we’ll not mention that sordid and disgraceful affair here!

So, why did she create her blog “365 things that I love about France”?

She answers this as follows….

“One: I wanted to challenge myself to find something positive in my life every single day for one entire year.

Two: I love, love, love living in France. More often than not, I wake up and say to myself, “Self, you are one lucky girl!”

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It’s All Downhill From Here

rhone alpes  Its All Downhill From Here   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIt’s All Downhill From Here is the blog of someone called misplacedperson.

I really do wonder about parents who call their kids funny names like that – must be all down to too many drugs in the seventies?

Anyway misplacedperson seems to have survived even if she does describe herself as a (in her own words)….

“waster and a layabout. I have failed to make any sensible use of my expensive university education, neglected to produce grandchildren to delight my parents’ old age and at the same time continue not to set the world on fire in any way which might justify these shortcomings.

On the plus side, I can speak French (sort of), ski and snowboard (ditto), cook (not too badly really) and I have finally more or less got to grips with the art of indulging in social interaction without being called ‘abrasive’. Scraping the barrel here, I know, but it’s the best I can muster.


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BurkinaMom in France

rhone alpes  BurkinaMom in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBurkinaMom in France is Beth’s blog about her life in the Haute-Savoie.

Beth relocated to the Haute Savoie with her four kids, two cats, one husband and all their worldly belongings from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa.

And that, I believe, shows a load more cool factor than emigrating to France from Bognor or Basingstoke!

I must admit to liking blogs that have a Septic Tank Category!

Perhaps I’m weird but, when a blog has a special category for Septic Tanks, you know that there’s going to be something interesting coming up sooner or later.

Or coming down?

Something interesting like a flood of sewage?


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Postcards from my blue house

rhone alpes  Postcards from my blue house   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceStill in Lyon, I decided to pop in and have a look at Postcards from my blue house.

Now, this is rather a strange blog.

Not strange in terms of searching for A Little Sax in Paris (see this post…. Paris through my lens) or strange for talking about mice condoms (that subject is aptly covered by An American Mom in Paris) – no, this blog is just a little bit strange in its layout.

Or, perhaps,   unique would be a better word?

Once you get your head round it, it works very well.

Now, postcards from my blue house is pretty much an out and out photo blog.

So, it’s only right that the photos tell the story.


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C’est la Vie!

rhone alpes  Cest la Vie!   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceC’est la vie! is Jonathan and Kari’s blog about their lives in Lyon and their travels.

The ups and downs of Kari and Jonathan’s lives are described in posts such as… Worst haircut ever… and 10 reasons why we love France.

Although, in that last post, I’m not sure that Tartiflette is only ranked as No4?

Surely it should take the top spot and second place as well?

Or, is that just my belly talking?

Kari also has a wonderful recipes site at bon appétit where she supplies over 400 recipes (including the one for wonderful tartiflette!)


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Piglet in France

rhone alpes  Piglet in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI’ll start my review of Piglet in France with a look at the first post that caught my eye… Scoop the poop!

Almost as funny as the post were the comments.

Then again, I do have to say… once you start counting the poop (how many poos per metre); from there it’s only a short squat to foaming at the mouth, accosting strangers, wearing tatty cardigans and drinking Gold Label straight from the bottle.

I don’t think that Piglet in France has to worry about that (although I haven’t checked her cardigan collection), her blog shows that she’s still a fair way from the funny farm.

And that’s not to say that this isn’t a funny blog!


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French Windows

rhone alpes  French Windows   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceStill in the Rhône Alpes (electronically rather than physically, you understand), I decided to visit French Windows which, I learned, is Gigi’s blog.

Gigi claims (perhaps unfairly) to be a failed wife and poet, terrible teacher and unworthy mother of three beautiful teenage girls, who has lived in France for twenty years.  She says that her blog consists of glimpses of her life with a bit of culture thrown in.

Well, I polished my glasses and took a look around.

No corner went unobserved, no cubbly hole went unchecked.

I checked for dust on the top of the shelves, I had a good look behind the fridge!

The result…. plenty of life and a fair bit of culture too!

I’m  not going to mention what I found behind the fridge, though!


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Video Diary of an American in France

rhone alpes  Video Diary of an American in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceVideo Diary of an American in France is Cynthia’s blog about her life in France.

Unlike many Americans, Cynthia never dreamed about living in France.

But as fate would have it, she fell in love with a Frenchman in 2005 who she met during a train ride in Provence and, after 2.5 years of a long distance relationship between Los Angeles and Chambery, she sold her house, ended her thriving and successful consulting business, and dragged her poor cats to Chambery in the Rhône Alpes.


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A Taste of Savoie

rhone alpes  A Taste of Savoie   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFood, food, food, glorious food…..

Oops, where was I? Oh yes, I was supposed to be reviewing A Taste of Savoie and well, I sort of got carried away!

So, let me get back to work. A Taste of Savoie is Sarah’s blog about her life in a small village in Savoie, in the French Alps.

The posts on this blog range from the all encompassing…  Rabbit Stew, Fidel Castro and Ice Cream to the intriguingly titled Is that a wallet in your pocket or are you…..

I had to laugh about Sarah’s travails with her goats; Guilty m’lud and The Goat Trial.   You really shouldn’t try to milk a male goat!  And, come to think of it, what a novel use for a prophylactic!


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Soupe de Jour

rhone alpes  Soupe de Jour   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSoupe de Jour is Penny’s blog about her life in Annecy with her husband, two children and a rather old cat.

To call the blog wide ranging is a bit like saying that “Johnny Hallyday can sing a bit!”

Soupe de Jour ranges from articles about A Few of my Favourite Vampire Things to The Purse Snatcher.

Most of the posts, however, are more down to earth and detail the day to day events that Penny wants to talk about.

There is, for example, a very interesting post about La Fête de Caïon which contains the classic sentence… “A birdseye view of the blood sausage makers from our bedroom window.” As one of the comments suggests… Only in France!


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Lucy’s Kitchen Notebook

rhone alpes  Lucys Kitchen Notebook   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLucy’s Kitchen Notebook is unreservedly, un-apologetically and totally…. all about food!

Sure there’s some day to day stuff about Lucy’s baby but, even then, the posts tend to focus on what the baby is eating!

There is a great introduction to this blog at… Introduction but I’ll try to summarise the best I can.

Lucy Vanel is an American expatriate living in Lyon.  She learned to cook in the French style from the books of Julia Child.

She met her French husband in North Carolina, of all places.  As she explains… At a local restaurant one night, she noticed he was dining by himself. “I invited him to join our table; I knew what it was like to eat alone in a foreign country.”


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