A Taste of Garlic

That was the week….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEvery Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.

Some of these you may have seen yourselves.

And some of them you may have missed.

I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.

This isn’t a top-ten listing.

They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.




that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1). You are always guaranteed a good meal when you visit Sarah at A Taste of Savoie and this week was no different.

Her Wild mushroom, hazelnut and parmesan tarts looks divine.

Sarah said… “Well, at lunch yesterday, we existed inside a pocket of silence, save for the odd small animal noise of contentment. It was the best meal I’ve cooked all year – and the most simple. And now I’m having to justify three side-cars’ worth of cookery school fees!”

Sarah, all I can says is…. “every penny well spent!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). And, while Sarah was filling my tum, Jilly at Menton Daily Photo was delighting my eyes with her photo of Christophe – the Potato, Onion and Garlic man!

You are always guaranteed a good photo at Menton Daily Photo and there’s a sense of joy at Jilly’s site.

She’s not scared to tackle the less pretty stuff, either, as her post Homeless at Menton Railway Station shows.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). An American Family Living in France made me laugh with their post about Shitters and, even though I haven’t reviewed them yet, I have decided to feature them here.

An American Family Living in France is turning into a seriously good blog and is well worth a look at if you’ve got five minutes spare (alright, I lied… you’l be there for a good couple of hours – it’s addictive. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!)

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4).The lovely Tish Jett at A Femme d’Un Certain Age is surely worth of a mention for her post about A Weekend in the Country.

This post, I have to admit, is one of the greatest mushrooming posts I have read for a long time (and I do admit to reading rather a lot of posts about mushrooming!)

It’s just not the mushrooms so much that mushroomers like me get excited about, you see, it’s the endless discussions afterwards; how to clean them, how to cook them – whether it’s going to be a good year or not?

I get just as much fun out of all that as I do in catching, cooking and eating the things!

Well done Tish for a brilliant post!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And finally, Megan at An American in Provence made me laugh with her post about My Favourite Subject, French Administration.

Actually, a lot of Megan’s recent posts have really been very good and, if only I wasn’t suffering from early onset Senile Dementia I would have mentioned her a dozen times over the last few months.

Sorry Megan, could I just say here that I also liked the posts about Mariage Gris, Oursindade and especially, The American in Provence Nationality Test!


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OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…

Of course, it’s Awards Time!

And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!

This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Blog of the Week has been won by the wonderfully talented Julie at à pied dans les rues de Paris

I mentioned à pied dans les rues de Paris when I discovered it last week and I haven’t yet reviewed the blog.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI am, though, totally amazed by this beautiful bi-lingual treat.

Those photos are just so clever, so well spotted and so beautifully taken.

I guess that Julie has got a better model of Box Brownie than me?

It’s difficult to choose a favourite post but I could narrow it down to this one about Women with Brains studying in the Jardins du Luxembourg or the two lovers in Summer is Nearly Finished.

Actually, I think the second of those is going to end up being one of my all time favourite Paris photos.

Julie, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Now for the rest of the awards….

First, let’s start with the Blogiversaries

We had three Blogiversaries last week.

Rosalyn at An English Rose in France celebrated her 2 year Blogiversary after an auspicious start by describing her “snoring, farting husband” – great start, keep up the good work and congratulations on your Blogiversary!

A Lady in France (who used to be the blog known as Perfect Welcome) celebrated her first Blogiversary. Let’s hope there are many more – this is a great blog! Congratulations, A Lady in France on your first Blogiversary!

Cynthia at www.An-American-in-France.com celebrated her two year Blogiversary. Cynthia, I love your blog – lets hope my premature onset senility holds off so that I can congratulate you on many more. In the mean time, congratulations on your 2 year Blogiversary!


So, onto the most eagerly awaited awards – the ones that are awarded to try and make a dent in the job lot (nay, lorry load) of awards that we bought off ebay last year (after a rather drunken evening when we should have stayed off the computer! And you thought that just made them up on the spot, didn’t you?)

Firstly, Candie Froggie at Candy Froggie’s Lair wins the Award for Mentioning the word Bitch in a Blog Post for the interestingly titled Miami Bitch. She could have equally won the Strangely Coloured Beach Houses Award for her post all about Miami Treats but we’ve somehow lost that award (I think it fell behind the radiator and there’s no way I’m putting my hand there – it hasn’t been cleaned in years and I believe there are a family of man sized spiders living there!)

Good work Candie – more posts like that, please!

Madame Bouron, obviously, from How to Marry a Frenchman wins this week’s Award for Mentioning the V Word for her post about Va**** Re-education.

As a mere man, I found this a strangely educative post and can only say… “Well, I never knew!”

Why Travel to France had little competition for the Sitting down to Wee Award for the cleverly photographed Bathroom Etiquette Sign.

Nicely spotted and Mrs A Taste of Garlic asked if you could nab one of those signs, the next time you see them, and send it to her. I’m not sure why she wants one as I always imagined that she always sits down to have a wee but… after all, I am just a mere man!

It sort of reminds me of a sign we used to have in our house when I was a little lad (many, many years ago.) It said… “If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweet and wipe the seat!”

Moving swiftly on….

Andy, over at Prunings from the Vines didn’t hesitate to show his age with his attempt to win the Award for Mentioning Fawlty Towers in a Blog Post for Waldorf Salad.

If you’re one of the three people in the world who hasn’t wet themselves watching Fawlty Towers, you really ought to remedy that omission straight away!

Andy, thanks for that post – I feel a Farty Towels session coming up!

Leeann at Fabulously French wins this week’s God, I used to go out with a Girl Who Looked Just Like That Award for Joyeux Hallowean…

I wonder what she’s doing now (Patricia Pumpkinhead, not Leeann), I did hear rumours that the only reason she wore a pumpkin on her head was to avoid being recognised when she was going out with me?

The Art is Everywhere in Paris Award gets shared between Amy at God, I love Paris for What’s going through their minds? and Anne at Just Another American in Paris for her Works of Art.

Sorry, girls. You’ll just have to fight over the award between yourselves (or get somebody to sort out some sort of custody arrangement?)

The Incredible Giveaway of the Week Award must surely go to Sarah at St. Bloggie de Riviera for her Slim Fast, 500 free downloads thingy that she’s doing (I’m not going to try and explain it all – it’s far to complicated for a mere man like me! You’ll have to visit St. Bloggie de Riviera and work it all out for yourself!

Sarah is also giving away a FREE pdf file of her new story (free, natch) so that it can be reviewed.

And, you know…. I can’t think of a bigger giveaway bargain of the year since Nelly Ramsbotttom did a Christmas special and cut the price of her behind the bike shed anatomy lessons to two and six!

And that was in 1968!

Genie, at Paris and Beyond just squeaks this week’s Award for a Picture of Two Posh Pets (in what I think is a VW Golf Convertible) for her study of Driving Miss Daisy – Reflection.

Nice one Genie but… you know what I’m going to say, don’t you? If you’d managed to persuade the dogs to pose in a 2CV, you’d have won the Blog of the Week Award! You’ll just have to try harder, won’t you?

The largely pregnant (and therefore potentially rantable) Amber at Travelling Amber wins the Ah, Isn’t that Nice Award for being… well, nice!

You see, in her post, The Early Days, Amber asked us all to give some support to one of her friends who is about to move to Lyon.

Amber’s friend, who is busy packing, can be found at Roamingmommy. If anyone wants to pass on any advice to Roamingmommy, you know where to go.

Now, I know that they’re not Life in France blogs but, they are very good and you might want to check them out.

What am I speaking about? Well, firstly there’s Molly Potter over at Just pleasantly floundering around which can be informative and amusing and also something else, for which I don’t know the word but I imagine it’s that very thing that stops the aliens from invading planet earth!

Alcoholic Daze is a blog that should be read in order (you won’t get it, otherwise), but, above all, it’s a blog that should be read by all! I’m not going to say anything more other than… “One damn fine blog – it’s what blogging was invented for!”

And that, folks, is all for this week.

All the best

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  • By LC, November 2, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Keith,
    Thanks for stopping by! Always a pleasure to have you and your readers over for a laugh. :)

  • By amber, November 2, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Keith, you are wonderful! Thanks for giving my dear friend a mention. Hopefully with all of the people who read your site, somebody from Lyon will see it and pop over and say hi. Much appreciated! You should win an award for being nice yourself! :)

  • By Sarah Hague, November 2, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Ooh, thanks for the plug, Keith. Some great blogs to discover as usual! What would we do without you, eh?! :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    Amber – was thinking that we should have an “Introduce Yourself” bit on Garlic – so that people moving over, who might want to ask for advice (where are the best schools, where is the best church, where can I buy peanut butter/marmite/vegimite etc.) can come and say hello and ask those sorts of questions. Perhaps your friend would like to introduce herself when she comes over – pleanty of Lyon based blogs (reviewed or not yet reviewed on the list here?)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. If you want help getting your links a different colour to your text, let me know and I’ll send you a mail to talk you thought it?

  • By PigletinFrance, November 2, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    Thanks again Keith for making life easier for me on the blogosphere! Some more great blogs this week, quite a few of which were unknown to me!!! Thank goodness you told me about Googlereader – I’m becoming an avid fan. Now I just need to work out how to invent more hours in a day…

    Amber, I’ve contacted your friend via her blog, hope I will be able to help!

  • By Genie, November 2, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Keith, you know that I am always checking out the cars to see if I can find that blue 2CV but those crazy dogs had other ideas! I’ll be back in Paris in little over a month and will be hot on the hunt!

    Thanks for the mention!
    Genie

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