Flip-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:
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.
The intestines of a baby cow, the brains of baby sheep and the foot of a baby cow bits….
I was just so happy to see that after only 4 Days in France Sasha is French enough to end her first post with a picture of “the intestines of a baby cow, the brains of baby sheep and the foot of a baby cow.”
A fine start to a fine blog.
And wait. It gets better!
Before to long, Sasha is Involved in a Riot and gets gassed!
And then, she states that Cheap Booze is Good!
Honestly; the youth of today!
When they’re not boozing they’re rioting or going on about Cocktails and November 11.
The foodie bits that don’t involve intestines, brains or feet….
Sasha (as I believe I’ve mentioned), fancies herself as a bit of a gastronome and so I was glad to see some proper, decent foodie posts like this recipe for Herbed Salmon Filets with Chive Potato Purée.
Now, that looks tasty and… not too expensive, either!
And speaking of food, Sasha has this to say of La Cuisine de Lyon… “Lyon cuisine is a regional specialty much like most regions of France claim- the difference is the homey atmosphere that comes along with the meal, as well as the multitude of animal by-products used in several of the well-known dishes.”
It must be so nice to live on a street with 12 bouchons!
And if you want meat that is all butchered/slaughtered by the family, why not try a visit to La Boucherie?
Of course, the cornerstone of any great meal is the quality of the produce that you can find in French Markets.
If you fancy some Drunk Peach Pie you could do far worse than to read Peaches from the Market.
Peaches and Rum?
Hey, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it!
The things you need to know about France that don’t involve intestines, brains or feet….
Sasha give us some good advice and random facts in the post called, amazingly enough, The things you SHOULD know about France.
But really you could sum France up with Sasha’s words… “As long as there’s bread, cheese will be eaten.”
Can’t say any more than that!
This she follows up with the indispensable The Essentials of Living in France.
She does promise, at the end of that post, to go on to describe how to make a CV.
Unfortunately, I fear that she’s talking about how to get a job rather than how to rebuild that icon of French Frippery, the glorious Citroen!
For those who need it, there’s also advice on Laundry in France.
Just remember… “NEVER MIX A BLUE or JEANS with a WHITE OR LIGHT shirt.”
French grammar and slang that don’t involve intestines, brains or feet….
In Grammar.. ‘de, des?’ ‘le, ce’? a wild boar is roasted in some caveman-ish style.
Which, I guess, means… “Mettre le pied sur plat OR rater une bonne occasion se taire: english equiv- ‘to put your foot in your mouth’ literally to say something that you weren’t supposed to say” as Sasha explains in French Slang Week 2.
I must have missed French Slang Week 1 as I am always doing that!
Never mind; there’s always French Slang Week 4 to help me along.
That might come in handy should I ever think that I might like to “Braire: literally, to bray like a donkey, often used when someone speaks back or speaks strongly,(fr. sou. parler fort)!”
Cycling, Crashing and the Doctors – nothing at all to do with intestines, brains or feet…
In many parts of France you can rent a bicycle called a Velib.
In What-what: Velo’v in France Sasha explains all about that.
And then, just for your amusement, she goes on to explain what it’s like to be 23 with a messed up knee.
Are the two things related?
Well, you’ll just have to read the posts to find out.
I will let you into a little secret though, it does all result in Visiting a French Doctor.
Where the doctor was kind enough to say… “You have fat thighs, and so your knees are bad. You need to get more muscle in your fat thighs.”
Aah! That’s sweet, isn’t it?
Finally, there is the obligatory post about Customer Service Woes (without which no Life in France blog is really compete.)
And the obligatory photo of the blog’s author in a rather short dress (without which no Life in France blog is really compete.)
I do have to say that your thighs don’t look that fat, Sasha!
You should see mine!
Or are you just rather good with photoshop?
Oh, one last thing… In Story Time: France Years Ago… Sasha says this about Microwave Popcorn – “Haven’t seen it and I don’t think I ever will.”
So, summing up….
An amusing informative little blog, Flip-Flop France is an interesting read.
I get the feeling that Sasha doesn’t take herself too seriously and I like that.
I’d recommend a visit if you’re in the slightest bit interested in the life of a 23 year old gastronome living in Lyon.
Who knows what you might find?
And me? Well, I’m going to take some Advice on Party Etiquette in France.
Not that I ever get invited to any parties but… there’s always a first time!
Although I do agree with Sasha when she says… “Doing it at your own home can be a risky business- but it can also be very amusing.”
All the best