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). Ditdit in France is first on my list this week.

Almost all of her posts are well worth reading but the one about her Favourite Cheese du Jour really tickled my fancy.

That Tarte made with smoked duck meat, mushrooms and a bluish cheese sounded to die for!

I was literally licking the screen of my computer (really, I’m not making it up! You ask Mrs A Taste of Garlic!)

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Screamish at Poumpaf gets a well deserved mention for her treatise on Flirtation, French Style.

Screamish describes how she got a Marseille Flirt that lifted her spirits.

She also mentioned that Australian men don’t seem to flirt anymore!

Australian men, what are you thinking of?

If you carry on like like all the pretty girls will up sticks and move to France…

Where the men all know how to flirt with style!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Steve, over at Velosolex in Brittany, gets a mention for his audacious post In Praise of the Sans Permis.

Now, any of you who occasionally pop over to my blog, BretonDiary, will know that I have a thing about these little cars!

It’s more the drivers that worry me!

I do have to say that some of the little cars that Steve has featured on his post do look rather nice but the fact that (sorry, Professor Strunk) you can lose your licence for drink diving then pop down to the bar to drink some more and then drive home in one of these beasties doesn’t quite sit right with me?

Still, nice post Steve, and just you wait till I get my VeloSolex – I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy just to get me into the spirit of all that Biker Lifestyle!

You might be The Tomato King but I’ll be the Wheelie King of Brittany!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Still in Brittany, a special mention needs to go to Gillian at A Bitch about Brittany for her post all about Not Growing Old Gracefully.

Is there any better way to grow old?

And I agree with Gillian, it probably is possible to combine singing and dancing with chocolate eating, the trick is… you have to find the right balance.

I wonder if I start eating chocolate I’l be able to sing as well as Gillian?

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And what about this beautiful photo essay from A Photo Journey through France and Europe?

The post is called More beauty from Alsace, France and all I can say is that Beauty is the right word!

It makes me want to jump on the tractor and go there straight away!

I really fancy some of those Vins Fins d’Alsace!

And a bite to eat at the Restaurant au Péché Mignon!


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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 Sam at Totally Frenched Out.

Now, I have a feeling that Sam seems to be mellowing in her old age.

Her recent posts have been less ranty and more “Isn’t France lovely” if you know what I mean?

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I’m not complaining, you understand.

Yesterday’s post about the chateau and the menhirs made this week’s blog of the week award winner an easy one to choose.

Sam, 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….

Now, this award gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to get out of the cupboard, dust off and hand to its winner. I’ve been wanting to do it for ages and finally my patience has paid off!

What am I talking about?

Well, nothing less than the Welcome Back to Blogland Award which I am awarding to the lovely Kitty at La Cheshire Cat.

Kitty has decided to start blogging again after a bit of a layoff (you’ll have to read her last few blog posts to understand the situation), and has chosen to do so with a rousing rant called Writing Letters.

Welcome back Kitty – lots more rants please (oh, and lots of recipes, as well, in between the rants!)

This weeks Yum Yum, Fill My Tum Award goes to Cuisine de Provence for Friends go – Recipes stay.

Doesn’t that Spinach and Potato Gratin look scrumpialicious?

The Hey, We’re Baaaaaaccckkk! Award goes to Mama L at Sticky Baby for the post called We’re Baaaaacckk!

I was thinking of giving Mama L the Award for Turning Up at Casualty with a Baby Stuck Inside a Vacuum Cleaner but I couldn’t find it!

I think that Mrs A Taste of Garlic has been tidying up again!

You know (and not a lot of people know this), I do lie awake at night worrying about the poor children of some of you Expat in France bloggers!

Someone really ought to set up some sort of refuge for them (or at least pay for the counselling that they, I’m all too aware, are bound to need later on in their lives!)

The often fiercely contested Having a Major Senior Moment Award goes, after rather a lot of deliberation, I do have to say, to Catherine at The Tramizal Diaries for I believe the expression is… which is all about going out shopping and then chucking the shopping in the bin before going home?

And isn’t it just typical that… “the bin is a pretty sophisticated contraption that looks a bit like US Mailbox: everything drops down into a three meter deep waste container underground. Nevertheless two big strapping men came to see if we could fish out my plastic bag. Suddenly we were surrounded by twenty town inspectors showing off their new disposal system and wanting to know what we were doing!”

I thought that sort of thing only happened to me!

The Rant of the Week Award (I know that this is the one that you’re really all interested in!) goes, for a change, to someone who isn’t pregnant!

But Aralena at Dents de Lait who wins it for Oh, Boy! puts in a worthy performance anyway!

And, if you enjoy this sort of ranty stuff (and I know that most of you secretly do), you might also want to check out confessions d’une emmerdeuse which explains the outcome of the original rant!

Andy at Prunings from the Vines gets this week’s Big Boy’s Toys Award for his post about the wonderful Porsche 917.

Now, that’s what I call a proper car!

There was only one contender for the Oh, My God! I’d Forgotten How Much I Luuuurve Rice Pudding Award!

This was Jamie at Life’s a Feast who won it for her pigalicious Riz au Lait!

Although, if I were making it, I wouldn’t be serving it in a glass.

No, I’d serve mine in a bucket – and a big one at that!

The Paris Possé win the next few awards.

Thus, Genie at Paris and Beyond get’s this week’s Award for Mentioning Cochon in a Blog Post for her post about Le Cochon à l’Oreille.

And Dianne at All Things French wins the Award for Mentioning Snails in a Blog Post for Strolling Rue Montorguiel..

Leaving us with Virginia at Paris Through my Lens who wins this week’s Award for Mentioning Balls in a Blog Post for Madame, La Boule.

Now, I’m not sure if he’s part of their possé or not but Owen at Magic Lantern Show deserves an award for his post about The Crafting of Crêpes.

After a fair bit of discussion with the old boys down at the bar I have decided to award Owen the Award for this Week’s Best Picture of Crêpes.

Not a hugely original title for an award, I know, but one that seems to fit the subject matter.

And finally, the Award for the Sexiest Birthday Girlie of the Week goes to Mrs A Taste of Garlic who is, in my eye, forever 21!

As I haven’t quite got round to finishing setting up her blog I can’t give a link to it yet but… there’s about million and one photos of her on BretonDiary and she’s on Facebook as well – if you want to wish her a happy birthday I’m sure she’ll be rather happily surprised and might, as a result, even cook me my tea!

All the best

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3 Comments

  • By Genie - Paris and Beyond, November 28, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    Bonjour Keith and shame on me for not making it over here until today, but we have been all wrapped up in le dinde and gravy! Thanks for mentioning my blog and le cochon… I am still looking for a blue 2CV!

    I am totally ashamed that I missed your blogaversary! Congratulations and many thanks for the mentions and reviews on your TOG site. I have discovered so many interesting blogs through your reviews!

    Have a great week ahead and another year of blogging!
    Genie

  • By Barbara, November 29, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    Well thanks you very much, Keith, what a nice compliment!

  • By ksam, November 30, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    I’m behind on my blog reading, but wow, thanks Keith, I feel honored! (Though wait, does that mean you think I’m getting old???)

    And what great news to find Kitty again – I know her back from my old Bretagne days!

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