Holiday Giveaway: La Maison du Chocolat & Le Slip Français!

29 November 2017
Lindsey Tramuta Le Slip Francais

I didn’t grow up peeling back the cardboard flaps of advent calendars to reveal miniature chocolates or pieces of candy every day leading up to Christmas. In my family, we had a menorah and eight nights of candle-lighting in one room, and an oversized tree bedecked with colored twinkle lights, sparkled garlands and ornaments that my parents had carefully collected since before my older sister’s birth, in another. I grew up at the juncture of two traditions yet raised resolutely Jewish. Since I’ve been in France, I’ve connected rather with my (vaguely) spiritual side and moved away from any kind of religious practice. And yet, every year at the first mention of bûches de Noël and marrons glacés and at the first sight of department store window decorations, I’m yanked back into a state of unutterable joy that could only be set off by the spirit of a holiday celebration. As an artifact of both culture and environment, it’s the measured festivity and rituals of the table during Noël in France that appeal to me the most. It’s never over the top but always a time of honoring the makers that surround us. We head straight to our favorite food […]…

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“The New Paris” Instagram giveaway!

4 April 2017
Saint James The New Paris

Here’s a little treat to kick off publication month! To celebrate the release of “The New Paris” and the cultural links between France and the US, I’m partnering with an incredible group of brands for quite a killer giveaway. One lucky person will win an advance copy of my book, plus a Saint James Breton striped t-shirt and fishnet market bag, a notebook, pen and pochette set from Papier Tigre, a L’Artisan Parfumeur perfume set, and a $100 voucher for Buvette in NYC! It all happens on Instagram, beginning today through Friday April 7! The giveaway will end on April 7th at 4pm EST/10pm GMT. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on April 8th at 8:30am EST/2:30pm GMT. Please make sure your account is public during the giveaway, so we can verify your entry and get in touch if you win! The winner has 24 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to global participants, with the understanding that the restaurant voucher is valid only at Buvette’s NYC location. This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. Disclaimer: Void where prohibited by law, no purchase necessary.…

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“The New Paris” book pre-order giveaway!

7 March 2017

Less than 1.5 months until “The New Paris” is released in bookstores around the world! I couldn’t be more excited. Well, perhaps I can be: I have something extra to share with you! My very talented friend, watercolor artist, and author Jessie Kanelos Weiner has designed and painted an exclusive map (sneak peek below! If you’re reading in your email, click to see the animation HERE) that will be printed and mailed to every reader (U.S. mailing address required, mes amis!) who has pre-ordered a copy of “The New Paris”! On the map, you’ll find a handful of spots that I discuss and/or feature in the book, plus a few landmarks to situate you. If you’ve already pre-ordered, go on and grab that confirmation email you received, take a screen shot, and upload it into the form below with your details! You’ll then be on the list to receive this special goodie when the book is released on April 18th. Haven’t pre-ordered? Head to my BOOKS page to find a list of retailers! Entries accepted through April 17th. For all your support, un grand MERCI! Fill out my online form.…

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Versailles by Bike (+ Giveaway!)

18 August 2015

Visiting Versailles is a non-negotiable when traveling to the Paris region. It offers grand insights into the country’s royal past as well as its horticultural prowess and caters to both those who enjoy lengthy museum visits and those who prefer to spend time exploring the outdoors. But what can make the experience even better – or perhaps, I should say, more interesting – is seeing it from a different perspective. I have found that simply jumping on a bike and gliding through verdant countryside is all it takes. Now imagine that experience in Versailles, riding to the city’s open-air market to pick up picnic provisions, then throughout the lush gardens along trails and tree-lined paths toward Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and onto the grounds immediately surrounding the Château where those handy bikes act as your fast pass inside, allowing you to skip the lines entirely. That’s what you’ll get with the Versailles Bike Tour with Fat Tire Tours. And they’ve kindly offered two spots on the tour for two of my readers on their next visit! Enter to win:  1/ Leave a comment below describing your favorite memory from Versailles. Or, if you haven’t yet visited, what you’d most like to see there.  2/ […]…

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Teatime in Paris by Jill Colonna (+ Giveaway!)

20 May 2015

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you might already be familiar with today’s guest contributor. Jill Colonna, author of “Mad About Macarons” and one of my earliest Franco File Friday features, has just released her second book “Teatime in Paris“, in which she shares the best and easiest ways to make French pâtisserie classics at home, from madeleines to éclairs. While some desserts may appear hard to make, Jill breaks down each recipe with a simple step-by-step, making them more than suitable to prepare for your own teatime, wherever you may be. Here, she offers a few additional tips on preparing French pastry at home, sans stresse! See her five tips below and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win your own copy of Jill’s latest book! — 5 tips for no-stress French pastry baking at home — 1// Give yourself time with no distractions – or as little as you can. This should be a pleasure to make and ultimately a pleasure to share and taste. From experience, multi-tasking can result in missing out an important ingredient or weighing out the wrong measurement due to lack of concentration. The only […]…

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