This past Sunday was the first day the grass was open in the parks of Paris.
To celebrate the occasion, Lauren organized a big picnic to anyone who felt like joining in Parc Monceau. She crafted the most adorable sets of cutlery and straws and was quite the host. She decked out the park with vases of flowers, adorable blankets and plates full of yummies. I am anxious to see what she does decoration-wise at the Hive next month.
The sun was shining and it was just the perfect start to Spring. People who knew each other closely and also those who had just met mingled and gobbled down delicious picnic grub together, creating good conversation. Parc Monceau was packed with families, friends and lovers and it made it feel like the nice weather is finally here to stay in Paris. Lauren even introduced us non-Aussies to the joys of pavlova. C’était superbe.
I had the chance to soak up some sun with some of my dear friends Olivia, Steph, Courtney and Anne, but also with some new friends for whom Paris is also a stomping ground, Carin, Edna, Milsters, Ylenia, Gemma, C, and Diane.
I for one, am anxious for more park time. This winter was far too long.
Special thanks to Lauren for hosting and pimping this fabulous affair.
Spring has had a late start. Even this weekend a way was chilly as can be, and we had to light the fireplace. But the sunshine on this particular Sunday gave us some hope.
My in-laws pretty much have the best taste of anyone else I’ve ever met. I always find a new trinket in their home that I haven’t seen before. Little knick knacks with so many stories. There really is an appreciation for the notion of home here.
We always eat well at the in-laws. We indulged in delicious red wines and eaux de vies with meals like côte de boeuf and confit de canard. The main dishes are always sided with epic salads, veggies and delicious dips. We are lucky kids when at that dinner table!
This time I decided I was going to make a little something to hit home one night…. I made a broccoli & bacon mac ‘n cheese for my in laws. I was quite proud of. Since we didn’t have access to cheddar cheese, we used cantal, emmental, comté, and parmesan. It turned out just perfect, and it was just the meal I needed on such a chilly weekend. With a glass of red wine next to the fire place, it was pure magic. To top it off, Olivia joined us this weekend in Montargis, so we had the chance to taste her delicious carrot cake for dessert and breakfast the next day.
The hearty dishes warmed us up. It was the perfect weekend for relaxing and a stroll through a nearby town when the sun came out on the second day.
But now, Paris, we are ready for actual Spring. The joke is over. I’ve been missing the sun rays and squinty-eyed Parisians.
We’re almost there.