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). She was a dead cert to win our Sexiest Café Table of the Week Award

Until I realised that we didn’t actually have one of those!

It didn’t stop me from wasting a good half of a day looking for it, anyway!

So I’ll just have to give Virginia from Paris Through My Lens a mention here for her wonderfully erotic Curve Appeal!

Now tell me….

Who wouldn’t be tempted to nip out for a little Ricard down at the bar if the tables looked as attractive as this?

Well, that’s my excuse, anyway – and I’m sticking to it!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Rockpools and pictures of rockpools) always remind me of childhood holidays; in Cornwall (the country of my birth) and later, during long summer holidays in Cancale.

So, of course, I spent a bit of extra time looking at Lacy’s photos of Rockpools at Box Elder this week.

And that’s the beauty of rockpools – you can quite productively waste hours hunting for shrimps or baby crabs…

Or checking if there’s a pirate’s ring hidden behind that sea anenome?

You can take the boy away from the beach but….

You can never really take the beach away from the boy!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). And, to me at least, as equally exciting as rockpools are markets!

Markets in France, that is.

And Deborah at Deborah Lawrenson seems to agree as she seems particularly fond of The 800 year-old market in Apt that she visited on Saturday.

Yes, I bet that market’s got some tales to tell?

I wonder how many of them Deborah will tell in her new book, The Lantern, coming out in July of this year?

I can hardly wait to find out!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Whilst it might not be quite up there with Romeo & Juliet or Love Story…

Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France delighted the more sentimental of us with her… Une Histoire d’Amour: How I Met FBF

This really is vital reading for anyone who ever meets someone who is wearing… “a stupid wig, a stupid fake mustache, and stupid giant sunglasses.”


You never know!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And talking of love and all that sentimental stuff….

That naughty minx, KSam at Totally Frenched Out teased us by telling us on April Fools Day that she’d gotten engaged!

Of course, no one believed her until, in Is she or isn’t she? she announced that it was true!

So, congratulations Ksam…

Lovely ring….

You sneaky double-crosser, you!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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 Loulou at Chez Loulou.

Now, the first thing that you can say about Chez Loulou is that every post is going to be a great post!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, especially in the winter or early spring when many of us in the northern part of France are damp and cold, a touch of le Minervois works wonders at brightening up our day!

Great photography…

Great subject matter…

And always a bit of cheese, or two!

The perfect blog, one might say?

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

Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTeacher’s Tales…

Now, and now a lot of people know this, I was conceived in Joan of Arc’s birthplace which may not be noteworthy in itself but…

One might begin to worry about the state of the nation when Kristina from Kristina: Franglaise Extraordinaire discovered, in her Teaching Moment of the Year, that one of her students didn’t know that Joan of Arc was French!

You’ve got to pity the poor teachers, haven’t you?

Or have you?

Perhaps it’s the poor students who deserve our pity?

Especially with teachers like Sara at The Dish

Who had a treat for her students on April 1st.

She told her class of 7 year old students that they were going to have an essay test on the history of the United States of America!

I would have given good money to have been there just so I could see the looks on those poor childrens’ faces!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWell Spotted!

Romke Soldat at Frogsmoke deserves a mention for his well spotted garage sign.

What’s so special about I Garage Sign, I hear you ask….

Well, take a look at Bloody Mechanic! and find out!

Also rather well spotted was this pair of bonking ladybirds that attracted the attention of La Mom!

She detailed her discovery in Birds do it, bees do it…

And it seems that now…

Even educated ladybirds do it too!

But is anyone else out there thinking, like me….

That to took La Mom to notice?

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Rant of the Week Award goes to… Merewoman at No Damn Blog for Only in France…. which is her rant all about Piglet at Piglet in France!

Not about Piglet, per se, but more about Piglet’s dilema detailed in They say everything happens for a reason…. We’re just yet to find out why.

Now, I’m sure that, like me, you’re just as worried about Piglet being SDF and enjoyed the “farcical horror” of her current situation and of the situations of other people (as Merewoman describes) who are in similar situations.

I would offer to help but…

Apart from offering Piglet a manger in the stable or…

Eating loads of Andouilles and Lentils and then standing up wind of the current owners of Piglet’s new house (I’ll leave it to your imagination what effect that combination of Andouilles and Lentils might have in me?), I’m not sure what else I can do?

I’ll cross my fingers, anyway!

Now for the rest of the awards….

The Boobies of the Week Award rather surprisingly didn’t go to a blogger of the female persuasion this week!

No, the highly coveted award went to A Whinger in France (who I know to be of the male persuasion but I’m not sure if he has breasts or not?) for his A Clean Breast?? which told the lovely tale of a statue being removed from a town hall because her boobies were too big!

The Best Australian in France Award gets shared between Poulette at Poulette Paris for How to attract an Australian and Susan at Days on the Claise for Doing what Australians do best.

Now, I do have to say that the sad person who arrived at Poulette Paris having searched Google for advice on… “how to attract Australian men” would probably have been better off knowing the obvious answer which is….

How to look like Kylie Minogue.

Who would, of course, have the added advantage of attracting men of all nationalities!

Susan, of course, may have come up with a perfectly acceptable alternative answer which is…

Having a Barbeque!

Which is almost certain to attract any Australian men in the nearby vicinity!

Anyway, what does Poulette know about attracting Australian men?

From what I hear, she’s not doing too well on attracting French ones?

Unless she want’s to inform me.us otherwise?

Perhaps she needs to take some advice from Ksam at Totally Frenched Out or Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France?

Or perhaps she should ask Heather at Nouvelles Adventures who asked Why are French men so irresistible in her post on Men… French vs American?

Heather is, of course, one of the three joint winners of this week’s Award for Explaining What You Should Know About France!

The other two being Michelle at Couneys in France for I don’t know when it happened…. and Mil at Lazy Girl’s Blog for What you should know about France.

All three worthy winners and…

I’m sure that if I had had the benefit of their experience when I moved to France, my life may have turned out very differently?

The Unofficial (Official) Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes, once again, to Genie at Paris and Beyond for Ma Bourgone – un verre de vin for her lovely photo for the official hanging out spot for the Paris photoblogging community (which is sure to become, in future years) just as famous as all those cafes in Montparnasse where all those old writers used to sit and put the world to rights (apart from Hemingway and Fitzgerald, of course, who used to just drink lots of wine and leave the putting the world to rights bit to others!)

The Poop of the Week Award goes to none other than Amber at Travelling Amber (and that’s no surprise at all, is it?) for her lovely article about The Poop Cup!

That fantastic post has it all….

Little girls pooing on the street, vomit and spit up on the shoulder, and pee all down Amber’s front and that essential element of all good Life in France blogs….

Pooing in a cup!

Read it and have a laugh.

Just make sure you’re not eating chocolate cake at the time!

The Oh my Golly, She Actually Did it. She Actually Ate Pig’s Bottoms Award goes to none other than Mandy at My Adventures in France for her post No, everything is not edible, even with ketchup which explained how she ended up eating (or not eating) Pig’s Poo Tubes!

Mandy, for your next trick you really ought to try eating Pig’s Blood Sausages – Scrumptiolicious!

And, on the subject of delicious culinary delights….

The Yum Yum, Fill my Tum Award gets shared between Stacey at Oh my word for her A Non-Celebrity Endorsement all about making the perfect pizza and Galloping Gourments for her Fish and Chips!


If you would like to progress to the quarter finals of the Yum, Yum, Fill My Tum Annual Awards you will need to prepare one example each and let me do my official taste test!

I look forward to receiving your entries in the post any day soon!

There were three entries for the Bodacious Breton Babe of the Week Award and I really couldn’t choose between them!

So, girls, you’ll all have to share the award between yourselves (perhaps you could take it in turns to display it on your mantlepiece?

The winners of that award are….

Merveilleuse at Soleil, Sommeil, Nature for her Rennes! where she describes a visit to Brittany and but strangely totally fails to explain why she didn’t pop in here for a cup of tea?

Perhaps she had heard all those nasty rumours of my Andouille and Lentils eating habits?

Estelle at Looking for Johnny Onions went Chez Jannine which possible explains why she didn’t pop in for a cup of tea?

Although, she does actually live in Brittany and thus, may have had first hand experience of the effects of my weird dietary decisions?

And finally, Ann at Ann Mah also chose not to visit when she was doing some research on Butter in Brittany.

In her case, she was probably too busy eating Crêpes!

Which is a pretty damn good excuse, if you ask me!

MJ at An American Mom in Paris was busy talking about Le Bully (rather than eating Crêpes – although, who knows, she may have been eating Crêpes as well – she can be a bit strange?) but rather than win any award for fighting the school terror merchant (or future functionnaire in the making?) she wins an Award for the Oddest Photo of the Week for This Photo of her daughter doing something really rather strange?

MJ, I used to know a girl who used to do something similar (albeit, behind the bike sheds at school) and all I can say is…

I’d stop her doing that right now!

Just take my word for it? It’ll be better in the long run!

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

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

Delana at Du Jour wins yet another Award for not Winning an Award this Week for her Telephone Terrors.

Delana, you have to understand what you need to do if you receive a phone call from a strange man who you are not sure that you know.

When that happens to me I just start speaking Swahili!

Actually, I don’t know any Swahili so I just sort of make it up as I go along!

But let me tell you, it confuses the hell out of them and I tend not (as a result) to receive phone calls from anyone at all!

Give it a go, girl, and, who know, you might finally win a proper award?

Stranger things have happened!

And, talking of strange things….

Linds at American girls are totally fails to win an award for… Losing my Velib Virginity.

Linds, you would have won an award if you had ridden your bicycle on the pavement, thus causing a catastrophic pavement panic cataclysm.

And that would have been rather blogworthy, wouldn’t it?

But as you chickened out….

It’s just An Award for Not Winning and Award this Week for you!

And Sarah At St. Bloggie de Riviere gets another Award for not Winning an Award this Week (to add to her cupboard full) for totally failing to suitably explain what could be a better highlight of the week than waxing her legs, which she did in Waxed but not Impec.

Sarah, I’ll have you know, I’ve not been sleeping since Saturday, wondering what could be better…..

Last, but certainly not least, Karin at An Alien Parisienne almost won a proper award for her post about Springtime in Paris but….

She snuck that post in at the very lastest possible moment….

Which caused all sorts of administrative problems here at the A Taste of Garlic office and, anyway…

At only 454 words long….

It is a pale reminder of the lengthy posts that we have come to know and love from our intrepid reporter in the Paris Ghettos!

So, Karin….

4/10 for effort and….

Must try harder!

Thus, it’s only an Award for not Winning an Award this Week for you!

And, on a final note….

I am so totally not going to even mention Leesa from News in France

Because she’s been on her holidays and says…

I’m BACK and TAN!!!

To which I can only add….

I live in Brittany which means…

I’m still months away from recovering from my frostbite and that nasty fungal growth that we Bretons all seem to suffer from during the damper months!

Have a great, great week, you hear!….

And, if it all goes horribly wrong….

Don’t forget to blog about it!

All the best

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  • By Poulette, April 5, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Keith, are you saying that i haven’t the capacity to attract zee francais, or that i’m not trying hard enough?!

  • By Deborah, April 5, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Keith!

  • By Piglet in France, April 5, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    Keith, if you could eat lots of andouilles and lentilles and stand upwind I would be grateful!

  • By Sarah Hague, April 5, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    Keith, you crack me up! 🙂

  • By Chez Loulou, April 6, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Thank you so much for the award Keith! I really appreciate it and would love if you would send me a button for Chez Loulou.

  • By ksam, April 6, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Geez, what does a girl have to do to get the “Blog of the Week” around here?? 😉

  • By Aidan, April 6, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    You really never do cease to amaze me with the number of blogs you can read, digest, share and make so fun. Hats off to you. As usual.
    aidan x

  • By Stacey H., April 7, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Send me a list of your favorite toppings and I’ll send the pizza your way! 🙂

  • By Aubrey, April 8, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Oh I love that you do this! It’s nice to read through but also nice to give recognition to different bloggers once and a while 🙂 Very cool!

  • By Genie - Paris and Beyond, April 9, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    Oh my dear Keith! How tardy I have been to just now check out your weeklies! Merci mille fois for the award and I would love for you to join us in Paris next week with Mrs. Garlic… send me an email if you can get our way as I would love to meet you!


  • By laura, April 9, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    wow top 5!! Thank you so much 🙂 I’m glad you liked the how we met story!

  • By Nina, April 14, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Keith! Where are you? I’m jonesin’ for my That Was the Week!

  • By laura, April 16, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    I agree with Nina!

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), April 19, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Thank you for my award for not winning an award, Keith! 🙂 And darnit but if I found myself back here with 50 bajillion things to do, but so many wonderful links and stories to look at! You realize that you have such a fun thing going with this Tuesday gig that it totally ruins my working schedule, lol. I love it, though. And heyyyyy, I realize this is an old post, not the one for today the 19th of April. What’s up, dear fellow? Hope all is all right.

    Take care —

  • By Paul, April 19, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    The reason there’s no awards the last 2 weeks is because “An English Rose” has posted award winning posts and as a none award winning blog Keef didn’t want to spoil our run.

  • By LaCheshireChat, April 23, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    Hugs and quiches to you and Mrs. G.
    Bisouxxx, Kitty

  • By Vanessa, April 26, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Where are you, Keith? I do hope all is well. We’re all missing ‘That was the week’ and all the rest. Mind you, with all the blogs you have to look at you must be all blogged out. Come back soon.

  • By wonky73, April 26, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    Last time I had a twitter convo with Keith he said he had actual paying clients and work to do. And even lingerie wearing nun obsessed bloggers need money. So hopefully our Keith will be back to us soon, but until then work hard our lecherous friend.

  • By Delana, May 6, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    okay, Keith. Give it up. Where are you? I’m worrying about you actually and I don’t like to have to do that! ANSWER US!

  • By Diane, May 22, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Kieth another one here who is getting very worried, what has happened and where are you?

  • By Kirsty, May 23, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    Hey Keith, just dropped in to say hi and hope that everything is going okay. We’re all getting nervous not having heard from you for a while. Take care, Kirsty x

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