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). Well, if we had an Award for the Willy Post of the Week, Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs would certainly have won it for Don’t get your Zizi confused with your Zezette.

However, the vicar came round a few weeks ago and Mrs A Taste of Garlic had a big clean up and anything remotely smutty got chucked away (including, I might add, my complete collection of BellyButton Monthly that I thought I’d successfully hidden behind the sofa!)

So, no award for poor Aidan, just a mention here and the promise that I will be speaking to The Guinness Book of Records about the serious number fo Zizi mentions in this post!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). With a triumphant return to blogging, Delana at Du Jour was open enough to let us all know what she’d been up to recently with her wonderful Lingerie questions… answered.

I’m not sure if I could cope with a bra that was closed by staples?

How would you remove it?

A hacksaw, perhaps?

Actually, Delana did write another post last week but it was all about airports and, to be honest….

I found the lingerie stuff far more interesting!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Although I’ve been a bit of a busy bee this last week (my first serious C programming since about 1998 – I’d forgotten how much I’d forgotten!) I did keep popping back to take a look at Allan and Lesley’s Blue Shutter over at How to Paint Watercolour with Tarnincolour.

It’s a very soothing painting…

Being up to my neck in stray pointers and array manipulations, I need any sort of soothing!

In my next life I think I’m going to come back as a peasant sat in an orchard in front of a set of blue shutters just like these…

And not a bluddy computer for miles!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). And, talking of lovely art, how about this Creè art spotted by A Seattleite in Paris at, of course, A Seattleite in Paris.

You know, when I first saw this post all I thought was….

“Pretty tree!”

And then I thought… “Pretty hand painted tree!”

I imagine that if I’d gone to the sort of school where they painted pretty pictures on the wall rather than big, big signs saying “Go away, Eckstein – we don’t want your sort here!”

My life might have turned out different?

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And, talking of just lovely…

What about Laury’s Ode to Market Life in France at Soar-Dream-France?

Beautiful photographs, beautifully presented…

Sensible and comfortable prose, an example of which is… “Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam…I must say that markets in France reign supreme.”

And how could you improve on that?

Me, I’m not even going to try; I’ll just get back to my programming and hope that I can improve on that!


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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 Poulette at Poulette Paris for Where was my memo?!

Now, I did have to have a big, big think about this award….

Firstly, I was quite convinced that Poulette had already won this award.

However, our archives department did an in-depth study and couldn’t find any evidence of that?

I was also a bit disturbed to find that she has a reader with a filthy mind!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, apparently, he’s called Keith!

You’ve got to watch those Keiths!

Filthy buggers, the lot of them!

So, Poulette…

I thought I’d give you this award whilst there’s still time…

After all, you’re nearly 30 now!

And, as we all know, it’s all downhill from there!

Bits start falling off….

Other bits start drooping (or just end up around the waistline, bouncing off the ever expanding belly?)

And then’s there’s dementia!

And incontinence, as well!

Won’t be long now…..

Poulette if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar (before the incontinence/dementia and boobs bouncing off the knees stuff starts kicking in…) just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Now for the rest of the awards….

The Award for the Best Fart Post of the Week goes to Laura at An English Major in France for her Elementary, My Dear Watson in which she explained that “that pu du cul roughly translated to stinky butt.”

Now, I already knew that (and it’s a long story and not a very pleasant one so I won’t share it here) but I bet many readers didn’t.

Of course, for me, the highlight of the post has to be the conversation between two teachers….

“Any poop or pee yet today?”

“Nope, but it’s still early.”

No doubt about the Rant of the Week Award!

It could only go to Merewoman at No Damn Blog for her Fury!

You’ll have to read it yourself; all I’m going to say is that I agree with Merewoman – 27 months is not really a long enough for for cooking your child to death!

There was strong competition for Chef of the Week Award.

The shortlist was….

Sam at Totally Frenched Out for her How do I love thee Crock Pot? Let me count the ways…

Neenuh at Francey Pants for My next year’s going to be total crêpe and….

IrishHerault over at The Evening Herault for the delightful How to cook a pig’s head.

I’d like to say that it was a closely fought competition but….

That would be a complete and utter lie!

Sam and Neenuh got a vote each and IrishHerault got the remaining 498 votes!

IrishHerault, the award is yours whenever you want to come over and collect it!

There aren’t even any consolation prizes for the girls for coming second because, in a change of editorial policy, we now believe that coming second means you have lost.

So, sorry losers – you don’t even get an Award for not Winning an Award.

I always love giving out the Award for Getting Nicked by the Fuzz and it gives me great pleasure to hand it to Crystal at Crystal goes to Europe for Looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays.

A great post, Crytsal, and I particularly like the way you mixed in some cheap sluts at the end!

The Award for the best Birthday Girl of the Week gets shared between Claire at Ooh La La English Demoiselle for My Birthday Weekend and…

Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village for if you want to know.

Both excellent birthday posts although…

As we’ve come to expect, the one from Sara Louise was slightly unconventional with SJ spending her birthday mopping the floor and having champagne for breakfast!

Well, it is only once a year

The Official (unofficial) Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Richard at L’Anglais à Paris for his Signs.

Lovely, cleverly chosen photos, Richard!


And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

Piglet at Piglet in France definitely doesn’t win an award for her mini-rant about Could you be financing a French utility company?

It may have been an informative post but it just wasn’t ranty enough – only scoring 3 out 11 on the rantiness scale (oh yes, here at A Taste of Garlic, our rantiness scales go up to 11!)

Sorry, Piglet but it’ll have to be an Award for Not Winning an Award this Week for you!

Amber at Travelling Amber would have won the Mahatma Ghandi Award for Non-Violent Civil Confrontation for her post about Laying the smack down.

However, a nationwide poll indicated strong resistance to this as most people would have preffered to see Amber go crazy with a Kaishnakov.

Thus, Amber, the best I can do is award you an Award for Not Winning an Award this Week!

MJ at An American Mom in Paris was going to get a very nice and really rather special award for Lunch! Dragons! That’s about it!

But then I read the revolting rant about stinky cheese at the bottom of the post and chucked the Award on the fire!

So, MJ, here’s an Award for Not Winning an Award this Week and let this be a lesson to you!

You need to learn that… A man has an inalienable right to fill his fridge with as much stinky cheese as it can hold!

All the best

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7 Comments

  • By ksam, February 9, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Ha, I don’t know what I’m more upset about – the fact that I am a “loser” in this week’s post, or the fact that I still laughed at it!! ;)

  • By Poulette, February 9, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Oh my oh my, i can’t believe it – i won blog of the week!! What an achievement! I do not know who to thank first, but..what the…is that the wind up music already Keith? Geez you don’t give us much time! (I’d like to thank the Academy – and God….)

  • By Leslie, February 9, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Made me laugh…and I needed it!

  • By Laury Bourgeois, February 10, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    Hey Keith-you always make my day and week when you mention us. The warmth of your words keeps these frozen fingers typing. Off to put another log on the fire-and huge MERCI encore!

  • By Aidan, February 10, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    well, i for one think we should have a willy post of the week award. who doesn’t like talking about willys?!

    seriously, i learned something. something useful.
    aidan

  • By Richard, February 10, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Wow, the Official (unofficial) Paris Photographer of the Week Award – I don’t know what to say…

    …merci beaucoup! That’s great, thank you.

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