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). Top of the list this week in celebration of her return to blogging is the newly married Karin Bates Prescott from An Alien Parisienne!

However, in her post called Preserving the Soul she calmly announces that she’s going to be busy scribbling for the next month and won’t be posting again until at least November 30th!

I didn’t like to ask November 30th of which year?

I knew this would happen as soon as she married that Prescott boy.

I could tell he was a bad ‘un…

Just from the look of his eyebrows!

Karin; I’ll be watching out for you on December 1st or 2nd – don’t be late!

Now, obviously, as soon as I have written what I’ve just written….

That naughty minx has published another post called I Lied…

Yes, you certainly did, Mrs Paul Prescott!

Still, it is kind of nice to see that you have survived babysitting for MJ (and her naked neighbours!) and that you are concentrating on the important things in life…

Such as…

Snow White’s naked boobies in the Métro!

Personally, I think that Show White’s Boobies need to stay naked but, perhaps that’s just me?

P.S. As Debbie in Toronto said….

Nice to see “the Karin we all know and love” back in action!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Also taking a break from blogging, but not because she married that Prescott boy (at least, I don’t think that’s the reason; I never thought to ask?) is Dianne from All Things French

Dianne said that she was taking A Blogger Break….

She has been at it for two years, you know!

And she is gong to restart blogging as soon as she’s got some more photos after her next French trip next year.

Dianne, when you’re next over, if you are planning to visit Brittany (where we are so behind the times we think traffic lights are exciting!) please pop in for a cup of tea!

Until then I think I’m going to start again at the beginning of your blog and read my way through it, a couple of posts a day!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). And speaking of photoblogs…

French Photo Du Jour is one of those wonderful photoblogs where there’s always something delicious and tasty served up every day!

Like this plate of kidneys in Thankful For A Non-American Style Kitchen

The blog’s author, Kelly is an American from Massachusetts and Texas and has lived here for about 7 years now.

She’s got the knack of taking lovely photos and adding witty words to make them stick in your mind.

And, for any vegetarians among you…

Photographs of offal form a statistically insignificant percentage…

Of all the photos on display!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Barbara from BBonthebrink never fails to please with her lovely photos; especially when she is wandering around with her children taking photos of simple things, like….

Puddles in the Tuileries

Who knew that puddles could look so good?

Art in puddles, anyone?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And Mrs A Taste of Garlic was having some sort of give away or competition on her site at La Maison des Fleurs.

Apparently you can win a 50 € voucher to be spent on seeds and…

Even if you just apply, you can win some seeds left over from previous competitions…

Or something like that?

Anyway, Mrs A Taste of Garlic has got a site that is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in Photos of Bellies the Size of Belgium (mine!) or…

Pictures of our chickies!

Or, for any ornithologists among you…

Pictures of our Mutant Alien Ostrich From Outer Space that the FifteenYearOld found in the hedge!

You can also follow Mrs A Taste of Garlic on Facebook should you so desire…

She does some Twittering as well; if you ever get the urge to follow her.

And I promise you that I’m not featuring Mrs A Taste of Garlic for any other reason than…

She’s promised me double helpings of Pigs Trotter Pie for my tea tonight…

If I do!


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 a blog that I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while but haven’t quite got round to reviewing yet.

Corey Frye is an American living in Paris and he shares his very witty outlook on life in A French Frye in Paris.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s post about Things You Don’t Want to be in France is a near perfect example of what to expect from this blog and all that I can say is…

“I’LL SHOUT THAT A BIT LOUDER IF YOU CAN’T QUITE HEAR…”

I loved How to Make Your Own Cheese in France (I think I even mentioned it here?)

And I was only slightly disappointed that in Shell Shock, Corey didn’t do the decent thing and eat the invading hordes of horned beasts!

Over all, apart from the the slight lack of Archives table on the sidebar…

And the definite absence of any posts to do with Lingerie wearing Nuns, Citroen 2CVs or the wonders of Johnny Hallyday…

This is a rather decent blog and well worth taking a good look at!

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


New blogs on the block….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWe were thinking about promoting the lovely Jilly from Menton Daily Photo to the currently vacant post of International Director of New Blog Spotting (first class) – Riviera Department but…

Our HR department said they didn’t have enough space on the new starter form for that job title and so…

We’ll just have to say a big, big thank you to Jilly instead, for finding us the following two….

New Blogs on the Block!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe first of which is…

Chronicles from the Shore which is the photoblog of Marie who lives in Nice.

There’s a little cheekiness (if it’s not too rude of me to say so) to this blog, both in the images and the words that accompany them. An example, picked at random, might be… Meet Jeanne and the Devil.

I ought to warn you that you really shouldn’t take a look at Chronicles from the Shore because…

Once you start, you won’t be able to….

Whoops, I can see that I’m too late!

By the way, my first quick peek at Marie’s blog lasted…

Just over an hour!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe other one of Jilly’s recommendations is…

Small Fish in the Big Taco which is Catherine’s blog about her life in Cap d’Ail.

This is what Catherine says about her blog… “I am an IB Literature teacher from London who has just moved to the French Riviera close to Nice after six happy years in Mexico City where I started my blog. I know I should really change the title of the blog, but will stick with it for the time being.”

Small Fish in the Big Taco is also a photoblog but…

One with a difference; Catherine does something clever with her photos to group similar ones together which makes them somehow more relevant.

This is probably a good example

Which came from…Villefranche-sur-Mer.

A nice wide ranging (one could almost say global?) photoblog based in in South of France….

What more could you want?

One to be re-visited, and soon!


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnother desperately quiet week in France with little to take note of…

I did hear a rumour that Ashley from Backyardprovence was Missing Spring Time but all I can say to that is…

It’s summer all year round when you have (or, in this case, your man has) A Man Bag!

Go on, you know it needs to be done!

If the Dude complains just stop cooking for him until he sees your point of view!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Lovely Lindsay from French Confessions mentioned that It’s My Birthday! but didn’t mention which one it was.

I put our senior analysts onto the case straight away and this is their report…

Linsday looks twenty-one!

Lindsay moved here at the age of 20 in year 2001.

Lindsay has a 5 year old son!

Our conclusions are, thus…

Lindsay could be anywhere between 21 and 30 years old.

Linsday looks twenty-one!

And to think, I pay these analysts a small fortune for their learned advice!

Well, happy belated birthday wishes, Lindsay….

No matter how old or young you are!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, in a surprise attack of normality, LBM from Left Bank Manc rescued a duckling from a man eating dog and then did some roly polys in the parc!

All this, and an awful lot more, is detailed in What Did You Do At School Today?

Oh, for Posh People and Southerners like me, LBM has her dinner at lunch time!

But she does come from Manchester…

Which, I imagine, explains an awful lot!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Sasha from Flip-Flop France discovered that there is a part of Paris called Mime Land and went on to explain that Mimes… “tend to smell terrible and look emaciated since: they mime showering, all personal hygiene, and eating.”

Sasha doesn’t come from Manchester, and that I find really rather surprising!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd if anyone wants a coffee table with a stuffed crocodile as its base, Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France may just be able to help.

She found one in La Braderie de Lille and, if you’re quick…

She may be able to point you in the right direction?

You might just have to buy her…

A beer or twelve?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI know that I’ve already mentioned Kelly from French Photo Du Jour but her Warning…

Should really be heeded by all those girlies who are wont to drink vast quantities of champagne and then have to wee in public!

You won’t understand what I’m talking about now but…

If you make it to the bottom of this page…

All will be revealed!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYou know, I seriously thinking about having a Girls Gone Gourmet section on this weekly review!

If only to put people like the lovely Caely from Girl et Galette (not to forget her wonderful guest star, Emma from Ma Vie est Belle) in the spotlight, so to speak…

After all, look at Caely’s post about Bordeaux.

What with these two Breton Kitchen Queens and all the other..

Girlie Gourmets around…

I really think that a Girls Gone Gourmet section is on the cards!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Carole from Paris Breakfast asked R U in France? and then, rather cleverly, gave us a checklist of things to…

Well, check?

To see if you are in France or not.

Personally I know I’m in France if there are…

1). Dog droppings on the pavements…

2). Men weeing in the streets and…

3). Young and drunken bits of totty who, having polished of the champers, are now peeing by the railway tracks!

You’ll understand that last reference later on down the page; if you make it that far?


Now for the rest of the awards….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for a Naked Threesome in the Park goes to Tanya at Tanya in Transistion for her Naked in the Park.

Now, we weren’t expecting to hand out this award this week as it has got a little bit cold for outdoor nakedness (unless you know better?) and Mrs A Taste of Garlic had already put this award into winter storage in anticipation of warmer times!

Still, I was happy to trudge out and retrieve it from the store room above the pig sty to so that I could hand it over to the adventurous Tanya!

Tanya, there’s only one question that I’ve just got to ask…

Which pair of buttocks…

Are yours?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe BIG, BIG (absolutely MASSIVE), Big Hair of the Week Award goes to last week’s Blog of the Week Award winner, the lovely Sam from Totally Frenched Out for The Outakes.

This was the deciding photo….

Sam also almost won the I’m the Bride and I AM in charge here Award for this photo but…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic is keeping hold of that herself, just in case she and I ever decide to stop living in sin (ssh… don’t tell anyone we’re not actually married!) in which case she believes she’ll need that award herself!

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The Award for the Best Commercial Break of the Week goes to Ed at City on a Hill for his We Interrupt This Blog For A Commercial. Ed has written a couple of short stories all about the blues and they are now available from Amazon. Ed says of his stories… “Two long short stories about what happens when eager young folkies meet the blues. Part of what I hope is an ongoing series.”
Well, I count myself as an eager young folkie (but perhaps not so young?) and am certainly going to have a gander at what Ed has been up to.
How about you?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe fight to win this week’s Romke Soldaat Award for Being Romke Soldaat was bitterly fought this week with Romke from Frogsmoke making two attempts to regain the title (that should be, after all, rightfully his?)

He made us smile with a picture of Sarko’s New Baby and then titillated us with A Bit of Comfort After a Day in the Trenches.

Unfortunately, neither of these were good enough to beat our joint winners of this week’s Romke Soldaat Award for Being Romke Soldaat who were…

Naughty Neenuh from Francey Pants for her This is funny in French and…

Evelyn from Melanged Magic for her Our Daily Bread.

Girls, congratulations on your award!

Romke, you’re just going to have to try harder…

Aren’t you?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Rant of the Week Award also gets shared….

This week it is shared between Kim-bear-lay from Non, Je ne regrette rien for her post all about Man’s inhumanity to man and…

MJ at An American Mom in Paris for her I am full of much anger today!

Both excellent rants even though many think that MJ cheated by having her hair dyed red for the occasion?

Girls, please feel free to fight to the death over…

Who gets to keep the award on their mantlepiece!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDrug Smuggler of the Week Award has to go to Bobbi at Finding Me in France for her Food and Drug Administration.

The drugs in question were a trailer load (perhaps I exaggerate slightly?) of Tylenol (Headache Tablets for those of you fortunate to have a British heritage) and the actual smuggler was Bobbi’s mother in law but…

I am allowed a little bit of artistic license as editor in chief and so I’ll say….

Bobbi, if the authorities ever find out about that smuggled Miracle Whip….

You’ll be arrested and deported straight away!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSab from Paris and I wins this week’s Sex and the Mobile Phone Award for his The Company I Keep which…

Disappointingly had very little to do with Sex or Mobile Phones (or, for those of you hoping for something really perverted, a combination of the two) and was more to do with Sab’s fetishes of…

Watching Teletubbies and…

Changing nappies!

Well, if that’s what being a grown up is all about…

I’m going to stay ridiculously childish…

For the rest of my life!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for the Cheese Post of the Week goes to Michel at Our House in Provence for We Love Cheese.

Lovely post, Michel; And a lovely recipe!

I can’t really imagine life without cheese – it must be something like living in Basingstoke but..

With the lights turned off?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe really rather rare but fun when it comes up Quel Cretin A Bouché Le Passage? Award is awarded, with a big smile on our faces, to Claire at Tales from a Village in the Ardeche for The Wild Boar Hunting Society

This glorious Mega Rant is the sort of thing that we used to expect from the likes of Piglet and Amber before they both sprogged, got too old and got relegated to the GGM section of this review (You’ll have to read all the way to the bottom to understand that last acronym!)

Claire, well done and I await patiently the Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Gay Pride poster thing!

By the way, when you’ve finished all that stuff, if you’ve got any Kylie posters left over…..

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The Girls Gone Wild Section!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDespite complaints from the neighbours and protests from most right thinking people – we are still determined to carry on…

In our quest to keep you fully informed about the antics of our….

Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWe’ve all complained about them, haven’t we?

Those young lasses who can’t hold their drink but drink vast quantities of it anyway and then get caught short and have to pee in public!

Not a week goes by without the Daily Scum or the Sunday Torygraph running an in depth expose on the scandal of British Female Public Drunkenness!

And every week, right on the front page, there is a photo of some drunken young bit of totty, dressed in a miniskirt, having spent all night gorging herself on Pernod and Black (or Brandy And Babycham for the more sophisticated ones), blissfully weeing in front of hordes of other drunken young bits of totty and their tattooed and musclebound boyfriends.

And I’m so pleased to announce that we have our own drunken young bit of totty in the shape of Little Me at Pint Sized Rants who admits to having exported this particularly British trait to France!

In A Rant About Being Caught Short she tells all the gory details (although, rather thankfully, there are no photos!) and proves, beyond a doubt that…

What goes in, must come out!

Little Me, with behaviour like that…

You are, without a doubt…

One of the Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd if This Photo is the sort of image that springs to mind when you think about Girls Gone Wild….

Then surely Charley Appenzellar from 365 Things I Love About France should be allowed into the Girls Gone Wild section?

Although I do have to admit that it wasn’t until I read Zombie Walk 2011 that I realised the photo doesn’t show Charley after a hard night’s drinking, dancing and general cavorting…

But is something to do with a bunch of people getting together to try and scare all the children and grannies in the neighbourhood…

Which, in itself, is a pretty Girls Gone Wild sort of thing to do?

Nice to see you’ve joined the gang, Charley!

Now, I dare you; I double dare you to…

Go to the local boulangerie dressed and made up like that…

Next Sunday morning – on your own!

Photographic evidence of such a deed would virtually guarantee you a massive award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn a seemingly desperate attempt to get herself included in the Girls Gone Wild section, Dana from Grenobloise pretended to be one of the lads and went out to watch the rugby just so she could shout things like…

Allez les bleus!!!, Pousse!!!, Putain, allez! and Ouais!!!

I’m not too sure that she convinced anyone…

After all, she is both a girlie and of American persuasion so…

How on earth can she understand rugby?

It’s a well know fact that…

Only people with hairy chests can ever really…

Rugby or footie!

Still, you can read all about her adventures in Rugby World Cup Craze, Coupe du Monde Rugby 2011

And make up your own minds whether she deserves to be here or…

In one of the other two hideously humiliating sections…

Further down the page!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI don’t know if the luscious Sion from Paris (im)perfect considers herself to be a Girl Gone Wild but…

Anyone who talks of Dive Bars and Classy Cocktails and…

And who starts of by saying…

“Last Friday I went to a little dive bar around the corner from my apartment”

Is either very lucky to have found an apartment near a dive bar or…

Probably wouldn’t take an apartment unless that was the case!

Either way, I think that Sion is verging on becoming…

One of the Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEmma from Real Life According to Emma is also borderline Girls Gone Wild material as you might have guessed from her blog post all about being a….

Horny Cowgirl!

The post appears to be largely about eating…

“ris de veaux and entrecote” and…

“nipple tipple!”

Nope – I didn’t understand it either but…

It does sound rather tasty!

Emma, consider yourself an honourary…

Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally…

The founding Girl Gone Wild, the irrepressible LBM from Left Banc Manc told us all about what happened Later…

This was largely about…

Crying, having a boss two years younger than herself, being paranoid and…

A ‘Corpse Bride’ Halloween costume (although not necessarily in that order?)

But I think it all ended OK as LBM finishes up by saying…

“Oh, one last ramble (not a rant, not quite a rambling), there was a New Guy who started work tonight and he started doing all my jobs for me and he was really On The Ball and Competent. The bastard.”

Which, I believe, is Manchester speak for….

“I think I’m in love!”

So, will the Manchester Molly walk off into the sunset with the New Guy?

Will she ever publish a blog post totally devoid of swear words?

Will she ever tell us her real name?

For answers to all (or maybe some) of these questions (and much, much more)…

Don’t forget to visit us in next week’s…

Girls Gone Wild section of this review!


And, after heated arguments with the protesters camped in the front garden, we have finally caved in and reached a compromise!

For all of you who feel that you are too old and decrepit to manage the stairs and climb up to the lofty heights of the Girls Gone Wild section without peeing yourselves (you know who you are!)….

We have been forced, against our better judgement, to open a….

Girls Gone Mild section!

So, without further ado…

Please meet some Girls Gone Mild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd first off is the gorgeous Gwan from Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego? who is clearly flagging as indicated by her post… Girls Gone Mild

It would appear that she can’t keep up the pace and is intending to spend the winter wearing her new dressing gown 24 hours a day (it’s alright, she works in a library; no one there will think she’s in the slightest bit strange! I’ve often been heard to remark… “They’re a funny lot, those librarians!”)

Even the opportunity to drink cider at 10am during the Rugby World Cup Finals seemed to be too much for her (and am I the only one to think that, possibly, she is getting old?) and she had to have an American explain the rules of rugby to her!

Shame on you, Kiwi girl!

I thought you were all born knowing how to do the Haka and Grubber Kicks!

Gwan, I’m sad to say this but…

You definitely a prime candidate for the Girls Gone Mild section of this review!

For your punishment, please write out 1000 times (and no cheating and using a word processor!)…

“I must try harder next week!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDesperately hoping that she would make the Girls Gone Wild section this week was Jacqui from The French Village Diaries.

And I really was hoping for better things when I read her post all about her secret Guilty Pleasures but..

It would appear that her guilty pleasures take place fully clothed and largely involve…

Stuffing herself with chocolate!

Jacqui, I really was hoping for better from you!

Please write out 1,200 times (and no cheating and getting young Ed to do it for you!)….

“I must try harder next week!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnother obvious candidate for the Girls Gone Mild section is that once wild…

Piglet from Piglet in France who used to rant about Speaking French with ze accent anglais… and dream about buying a house with a lap dancing parlour!

And is now living in the country and is All Creeped Out!

Piglet….

You need to start ranting and dancing again…

Before you forget how?

In the meantime, please accept the shame and humiliation of being named…

A Girl Gone Mild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally…

Our favourite Girl Gone Wild (well, they’re all our favourites really!), young Amber from Travelling Amber seems to have slowed down so much that…

We have no option to dump her, unceremoniously into this Section of Shame and, officially, entitle her…

A Girl Gone Mild!

Gone are the Rants we used to know and love; such as this lovely one about Chaos in the form of Pig Murderers and Bureaucrats

Gone are the pregnancy tales that we enjoyed in posts like The Almost Lynch Mob.

And gone are those posts about the art of careful and considerate driving (or, how to get from one side of town to another without killing someone; Amber tends to get this bit right at least some of the time?) such as By all means, don’t let me get in your way.

And, what are we left with?

From Girl Gone Wild to Girl Gone Mild

It’s a bit like watching one of your schoolboy mates renounce girls, decide motorbikes are a bad idea, become teetotal and start teaching Sunday school….

Or worse, become a Man City supporter?

Amber, is this what being a grown up is all about?

Here’s hoping that you’ll find some way of proving that this isn’t the right section for you!


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

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFrequent visitor to this virtual hall of shame, Sarah from St. Bloggie de Riviere is back here once more with…

Her post about Greed and Influence.

The Executive Committee of the Awards Qualification Panel jumped on this post the very second it was published but then…

All trudged back to the boardroom complaining that…

She’d missed all the interesting bits out!

Sarah, the committee feel that you would be better off playing to your strengths and…

Sticking to interesting posts about… “your boys’ smelly socks, your stomach muscles, and Groupon” like you usually do!

That’s the stuff they like, you see!

So I’m very sorry (although you should be used to this by now?)….

It’s got to be…

An Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, for the first time in months, Colin and Elizabeth from In and Around Braye-Souse-Faye haven’t won an award!

I know, shocking, isn’t it?

We were tempted to give them an Award for a Wheelbarrow Full of Carrots for their post about Carrots with Everything! but…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic pointed out that, if we did that…

Everyone would just rush down to Lidl and stock up on those Spanish imported carrots that are about 20 for 10 kilos and rub a bit of dirt on them and…

Pretend that they’d hand reared them themselves!

So Colin and Elizabeth, I’m afraid it’s…

An Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, if there was an Award for Cramming a Hot (think nuclear reactor temperatures hot) Sausage into your Mouth then Miss K from Postcards from Paris would surely have won it this week for her post all about her Zombie Mouth.

But sadly, what with the cost cutting processes that we are undergoing (cutbacks and redundancies all round – they’ve even banned my chocolate biscuit with my morning tea!) there’s only one thing on offer for poor Miss K…

And that, I’m sorry to say, Miss K, is…

An Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

By the way…

Perhaps London has changed since I was last there but…

From what I remember of that hell hole….

I would have thought that any young girlie who has…

“shreds of my own flesh hanging down into my mouth like little stalactites of skin” would have no problem at all in finding…

A suitable young man?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYou know, some people are their own worst enemies?

Having gone out for a Girlies Night Out with Breadispain and Grenobloise what does Crystal from Crystal Goes to Europe do?

1). Show photographic evidence of a concerted attempt to join the Girls Gone Wild section?

2). Tell lurid tales of drunken Can-Can style dancing on the table tops?

3). Hint at newspaper reports of rioting and debauchery?

For which fantastic awards and prizes would be waiting….

To be claimed!

No, in a post called Productivity she does none of the above and just teases with the comment (appropriately enough in the comments section) that…

“what happens in Grenoble, stays in Grenoble that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

Well, I wasn’t going to tell anyone, was I?

So, Crystal, just for not telling me all the secret goings on that went on during your Girlie Night Out

I’m very sorry but…

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

By the way; I have noticed a slight lack of posts from Breadispain and Grenobloise since the aforementioned night out so…

Perhaps the revelries were so riotous that…

They haven’t recovered enough to be able to report?


And just when you thought it was all over….

I’m going to sneak in a little bit of Idle Gossip and Chit Chat….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France The sensational Samantha at Life, Love & Living in France let slip that….

“On November 5th I’m meeting up with some of my Frenchie blogging friends– namely Aidan from Conjugating Irregular Verbs, Sara from Le Petit Village, Sarah from St. Bloggie de Riviere, and Sharon from Piglet in France.”

So, probably safest to steer clear of Avignon this week?

And, if you happen to live in the area – perhaps best to stay indoors?

Ladies (if that is the correct term?) – I’m expecting photos, gossip and lots lots more!

As far as I can work out (bearing in mind that I am just a man; and thus no nothing), none of you are currently pregnant and thus, there’s no excuse for being sensible or well behaved!

Why not see if you can all get in the Girls Gone Wild section next week?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceShannon from La Vie Francaise was talking about everyone being on strike all the time in her post Strike, strike, strike!

And all I can say is something that Sam from Totally Frenched Out said in a comment on someone else’s blog (millions of years ago when she was young, free and single) that…

“In France we strike not because we want something but because we want to protect what we’ve already got and don’t want those b*stards in government trying to take it away from us!”

Or something like that (I rather suspect that Sam said it somewhat better than me?)

Anyway, I don’t know what Shannon is complaining about?

Now, if the Air France/Quantas pilots were to go on strike mid-flight…

That would be a different thing altogether?

I bet management would take notice of that!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBreadispain was complaining that she had run out of things to complain about in her post about Cheeseburgers in Paradise

And Nikki from A Mother in France was complaining about the nattering in Look Out – There’s a Chatterbox in the House!

Lyon Lottie from Life in Lyon warned us to Never Piss Off a Physiopherapist

And Jean from A Very Grand Pressigny found A Museum For Everything – even one for Macarons!

And then went for a wander and found a rather nice 2CV!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally, Mya from Missing You Already said… Mwah ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which is Pyrenees Mountain Speak for…

“Happy Halloween! I’m going to gorge myself on Haribo and probably vomit. How about you?”

Which, strangely enough, is pretty much what I tend to do every Halloween!

Except I substitute the young kids that come round tricking or treating for the Haribo!

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is it for this week.

I’ve got work to do; you’ve got lives to lead and adventures to have.

So, until next week…

All the best

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


46 Comments

  • By Jilly Bennett, November 1, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Since I discovered you on Twitter, a Tuesday visit to A Taste of Garlic is now locked into my routine. Remember I don’t have a secreatary…and a Tweet jogs my pathetic memory. So enjoy reading your choices and in particular discovering blogs I didn’t know existed. Still don’t know how you do it!

    Love Jilly from Menton xxx

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Hi Jilly

    Nice to see that someone gets up at a decent hour!

    Many thanks for the two blogs you put my way this week; I hope the other readers take a look at them.

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Sarah, November 1, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    The award for not winning an award section is my second home actually. :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Sarah

    It’s starting to smell of those smelly socks!

    Perhaps you’ll do something really ranting or exciting when you meet up with the Girls Gone to Avignon and then you can be promoted to a less sniffy part of the review?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Corey Frye, November 1, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Thanks a lot Keith, I’m honored to receive the Blog of the Week Award! And if I can ever work nuns with lingerie into a post you’ll be the first to know :)

  • By Gwan, November 1, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Proud to inaugurate the Girls Gone Mild section, but I think we should all get back to Going Wild! And you made my day calling me gorgeous (I’m like Left Bank Manc, need compliments to thrive!) Less of the “getting old” bit though please, it’s my birthday soon!

    Loved the story about peeing on the train tracks and the “interesting fact” from Corey’s blog. And your cute chickens! Luckily it’s a holiday and raining outside so I can lie in bed and check out some more blogs :)

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 1, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    hey Keith! How do you find the time to do that much reading! I haven’t blogged in ages and yet you didn’t miss it – amazing! Thanks for including me even if I am a “girl gone mild”, at least I’m in good company with Amber *winks*.

    Don’t worry though, I haven’t really gone mild, I’ve just kept a lot of rants to myself recently, they’re about to burst out though.

  • By Crystal, November 1, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Yay! A non-award! Why thank you, Keith, for this prestigious honour. I believe the Grenoble Girls night out shall forever remain a secret. That said, we plan on having another one soon, and between myself, Grenobloise and Bread is Pain, I’m sure one of us will remember to snap some photographic evidence for you.

    I’m busy being productive but I can’t speak for the other two. I left the party first the other night, so I’m not even sure if they made it home. But Grenobloise has been posting pics of Paris on Facebook, so I guess she’s ok. Bread is Pain is AWOL and now I’m a bit concerned….

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 1, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Hey Crystal, count me in on a prochain grenoble girls night out if you will! Am in the Isere too :)

  • By Catherine, November 1, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    happy to discover your blog via Jilly – looking forward to checking out all the other blogs in France in my area and beyond…..

  • By Malyss, November 1, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Jilly sent me here, and I’m discovering your passion and interest for french blogs!
    that’s so great to see all those people, and what they think about France, and how they love it! It warms my heart!
    Thank you for your kind words about my blog!(I had to look for the word “cheekiness”, I did not know it! :o )

  • By Michel, November 1, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    I always look forward to your Tuesday posts as they are always a source of great entertainment and information. Thanks for honoring me with the Cheese Post of the Week. Can’t live without cheese can we.

  • By Jacqui, November 1, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    I have to admit I feel rather at home in the Girls Gone Mild section – I guess it comes with age – you wouldn’t believe how grumpy I got with http://www.EnglishKidinFrance.com and 2 of his girls dancing on the bed today, kind of proves my wild dancing on the bed days are long gone. Just as well I turned down the invite for this weekends Avignon bash, but I hope you all have a great day!

  • By Tanya, November 1, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Lol, I knew the buttocks in the park would grab your attention Keith. I didn’t know I’d get an award though. Hmmm, how much more nudity can I get away with, I wonder… (Probably lots as this is France after all.)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Corey

    I’ll be looking out for that Lingerie Wearing Nun post; that’ll be a challenge for you but….

    Not an impossible one!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m hoping that, out of the 3,000 people who’ll visit Garlic today, quite a few will pop over to your place for a quick look round.

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Gwan

    I built the Girls Gone Mild section just for you (and a few other elderly specimens!)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Are you wearing your blue dressing gown?

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Piglet

    I know that you haven’t blogged for ages!

    I’ve been complaining about it to anyone who will listen for the last three months!

    They’re sick of me complaining, down at the village post office (although, to be honest, it’s not really their fault that you’ve got old all of a sudden and prefer an evening in front of the tele with a mug of Ovaltine to a raving night out down the local pole dancing club?)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. If you’ve got some saved up rants; please let them out – it’a a bit like flatulence (but you’ll know all about that) – it’s far more comfortable once it’s all out in the open!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Crystal

    A Non-Award is all you’re going to get unless…

    1). You do a blog post (complete with Blair Witch Video) about your Green Stripe. Or…

    2). A cookery/recipe type blog (complete with Blair Witch Video) with gratuitous shots of your silver kitchen and Marilyn stencil! Failing that…

    3). Some gossip about those other Grenoble Girlies (have you met Gigi yet? She’s very nice and she likes George Benson!)!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Piglet

    That really was a desperate plea, wasn’t it?

    “Please invite me to your party – I promise I’ll be good!”

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You do some undercover reporting stuff and give me some goss about the Avignon get together and I’ll put in a good word for you for the Grenoble one?

    A deal?

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Catherine

    Welcome to Garlic – sorry if it all seems a bit childish today but…

    Tuesdays are the one day of the week when I’m not a responsible adult!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I hope that some of today’s visitors pay you a visit too – you’ve got a great blog at Small Fish in the Big Taco and people really should know about it!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Michel

    It’s always a pleasure to see one of your posts!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’d rather be a vegetarian (and that’s saying something!!!!) than go without cheese!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Jacqui

    Yes, now you’re the wrong side of 40 things will start dropping off; bouncing off your knees and generally shriveling up! You’re probably better off in the Girls Gone Mild section!

    After all, if your son is getting up to threesomes in his bedroom……?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. How come you got invited to the Avignon bash and I didn’t ?

    P.P.S. Is it ‘cos I’m too old?

  • By Jacqui, November 1, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Oh Keith how could anybody think you were too old – our very own Peter Pan of the bloggy world! I’m not sure they realised where I live, but I have threatened them that if I ever happen to be down south I’m popping in for a glass of something!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Tanya

    You feel free to try and get away with as much nudity as you want to!

    I don’t imagine that there’ll be any complaints here!

    By the way; is it right that you are the happiest person in France?

    They were talking about you down the village bar the other day (it makes a change from them talking about terminally flatulent cows and pigs that have got the squits!) and your name did come up more than a few times in the “who is the most cheerful expat in France” parts of the non-anal bits of the general conversation!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Have you ever met that Minx from Le Petite Village? I’ve just got this funny feeling that the two of you are currently in competition for the Happiest Chick in France 2011 Award (there is an awful lot of competition though?) and it would be interesting to see what a double act might produce?

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    Jacqui

    It’s just my mental age that seems rather young; the rest of me is positively ancient!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Now we know the way to your gaff – perhaps we should arrange a meetup for all those sensible people who live in the Charente (and Brittany?)

  • By Jacqui, November 1, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Sounds good to me – are there any sensible ones though?

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 1, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Jacqui

    From what I’ve heard; not too many sensible ones in the Charente – definitely none in Brittany!

    Of course, you could always drag yourself (and family) up this way?

    I could probably (although I’m not certain) arrange a meet up with the English Rose in France – she’s our only local celebrity!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, November 1, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Keith-

    Sorry about being so quiet this week. I will try to rant a bit more in the upcoming weeks! Goodness knows with this remodel there’s always a ton to rant about.
    Thanks as always for making Tuesday never dull and joining in on my love of the man purse :0

    Ashley

  • By ksam, November 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    My word Keith, how on Earth did you remember that quote?? You must have the memory of an elephant!!

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), November 1, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    WOW! What a post you have there, Keith! Looks like you are taking over my duties as behemoth blog poster. I’m happy to hand over the crown. :) Thank you so much for the shout-out, and I am so happy to have pleased with not only one post, but two, and with boobs to boot. Looks like you got post N° 2 squeezed in there all right — hope it did not cost you too much overtime! ;-)

    I am so darn tempted to click away and get lost in all these blogs, but I have that novel to write, so I am just going to have to come back here when it’s December to read these goodies.

    Thank you for doing the work you do! Except for posting that damn creepy pig again, lol. I have to scroll past it, fast. It still really wigs me out! Where on earth did you find that thing?! *shudder*

    Take care.
    xx
    Karin

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    Ashley

    Apology accepted; there was (as you can see) no punishment this week. But….

    The Senior Investigation Team will be watching you closely and, should you fail to meet expectations over the next 7 days…

    There’ll be a special section made up; just for you!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    Sam

    Memory of an elephant? More like the Belly of an Elephant!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You looked really dangerous in some of those photos!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    Mrs Paris Paul…

    Click away and get lost in all those blogs! There are enough novels in the world already (seriously!)

    By the way; we’ve been discussing you here and we feel that being MJ’s babysitter is probably the 3rd best job in the world (after being the senior beer taster at Stella and the all time best; Kylie Minogue’s underwear fittter!)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’ve just sourced a Zombie Marilyn Monroe which is even creepier than the piggy thing!

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 2, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    LOL Keith, if I ever come up your way I’d gladly go to the post office and give a rant demonstration!

    Yeah, desperate plea, I agree!I thought I was the only one living in these parts!

    Avignon get together is Sat, will report but I’ll likely be covered in food with baby Piglet :)

  • By Breadispain, November 2, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Oh Keith,
    Don’t be jealous of our Grenoble Happy Hours! The invitation is always open…if you think you could handle it! ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Piglet

    Don’t worry about the desperate plea – no one ever invites me to anything any more either!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Photos of table dancing & perving out the waiting staff are mainly what I require for my collect but, I guess I’ll take whatever you can offer.

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Breadispain

    I am very jealous!

    I’m sure that I could handle an invite to a Grenoble Girlies Happy Hour but…

    You are in the opposite corner of France to me (you couldn’t actually get any further away!)

    Was this (your location in relation to mine) something that you took into account when you moved to France?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. In an age when everyone has digital cameras; when everyone has phones with digital cameras….

    Why aren’t there any photos of you Grenoble Girlies table dancing & perving out the waiting staff?

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 2, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    You mean you didn’t get an invite Keith?

  • By Paris Paul P, November 2, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    You Rock, Sir Keith.

    That is all.

  • By Grenobloise, November 2, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Hey Keith.. it may be true about what happens in Grenoble stays…. I don’t have nay pictures either from that night.. but I may be throwing a party chez-moi this Sat so…. I’ll have my camera out and.. well, we’ll see.

    For now you’ll get a ton of photos from Paris because that’s where I’ve spent the past four days!

    Girls gone mild.. I’m afraid that’s true.. I don’t think people often share the wild parts publicly on the internet.. prob not a good idea. ;p

    You’ll have to come to Grenoble…

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 2, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Keith, you were right about letting off steam. Thanks :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Piglet

    No – I appear to have been missed off the “Let’s Have a Party” invites list!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 2, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Mr Paris Karin

    Thanks for that!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By laura, November 2, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I should have known a crocodile table would tickle your fancy!

  • By Lindsay, November 7, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Hi Keith,
    Here are a couple of clues to help you figure out how old I am :)

    http://www.frenchconfessions.com/blog
    Oh, and this is also my new website.

    All the best to you!

    Lindsay

  • By Dianne at "All Things French", November 11, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Hi Keith – Thanx for commenting on my blog even tho I’m taking a break – And no I didn’t marry the Prescott boy!! well maybe I should have. xx

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