French Chic & Slim
News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim
for your convenience, an index with links to all the previous Nouvelles.
|| 14 April 2016
World’s Best Croissants — in Melbourne?
I seem to be focused on pastry lately. But since in the last Nouvelles I gave you gluten-free French pastry, I thought it only fair to give equal time to the traditional. And, anyway, who could imagine that two of the world’s major newspapers would be writing about the excellence of Australian croissants?
So. Are the world’s best croissants now made in Melbourne? Has the epicenter of buttery and tender flaky moved from France to Australia?
Oliver Strand, recently writing in The New York Times is of that opinion. Calla Wahlquist of The Guardian seems to have devoted enough concentrated research to verifying the validity of Oliver Strand’s claim that she may have gained a dress size.
The croissanterie currently producing these lauded pastries is Lune Croissanterie founded by Kate Reid and her brother Cameron. Please note the photos of this sister and brother team of pastry producers. Both are slim. You can have your pastry — and a slim body too.
image: selection of pasteries at Lune Croissanterie via Instagram
|| 10 April 2016
Gluten-Free in Paris
Two shocks ! Though I know that France is changing, recently I experienced two shocks — well, one strong surprise regarding French breads and pastries — and one shock regarding French fashion. I am still trying to analyze the information about French fashion (and I will write about it soon). But today I will discuss gluten-free pastries and breads now available in Paris. Their quality is excellent, reportedly far superior to what is offered as gluten-free in the USA. More . . .
images: Chef David Lebovitz’s photos of (left and center) Helmut Newcake pastries and (right) Chambelland Bakery bread
|| 8 April 2016
Smarter People Prefer Fewer Friends
Sorry, but I am having technical problems with the Nouvelles page that I have not yet been able to correct. (That old problem with the right column deciding of itself to display at left and refusing to be repositioned.) In the meantime you can access the latest Nouvelles (that should display properly) here.
image: Chef David Lebovitz’s photos of (left and center) Helmut Newcake pastries and (right) Chambelland Bakery bread
|| 3 April 2016
50th Anniversary Coffee & Me
Fifty years ago I graduated from college and went to Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In the spring of that year 1966, Alfred Peet had arrived in the USA from his native Netherlands and established a coffee house in San Francisco. He wanted to introduce Americans to the European coffee tradition.
These days I drink more tea than coffee, but my favorite coffees (and many of my favorite teas) are Peet’s. Because of the Africa connection, I was delighted that Peet’s Coffee & Tea chose as its 50th Anniversary Coffee an African-grown organic coffee Congo Kivu. More . . .
|| 24 March 2016
Hair Color Correction
Miss Gertie’s (previous owner) viburnum bush that towers several feet above my house is in riotous bloom. The bees and butterflies are having such fun with the blossoms. It’s a lovely place to have afternoon tea on a warm afternoon. My purple iris nearby are about to open, and the lovely little stars of Bethlehem that are late this year are doting the garden. Pretty spring color. But one spring color that is not delightful is my most recent hair color results. Happily hair color mistakes are (usually) correctable. Today I have some advice. More . . .