This Is Summer

Lone hilltop tree

Are you enjoying a summer of slow?

A summer of naps, a summer of lazy, a summer of peaches bitten straight into, leaning over the sink?

Yeah, me neither.

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Best of June

Montmartre rooftops

Montmartre rooftops

What’s new?

At the very beginning of June, I was in Dallas to attend my life coach training with Brooke Castillo. It was an amazing learning experience, and I am on track to be certified in September. (Sign up to be notified when my English coaching site goes live!)

I had a lot of fun in Dallas reconnecting with some dear friends, and the trip ended on a really high note with a signing at Interabang Books, the kind of indie bookstore everyone should support. It was a wonderful crowd that night, and if you were among them, I love you and thank you!

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Pissaladière (French Onion Tart)

Pissaladière (French Onion Tart)

Photography by Céline de Cérou.

Pissaladière is a specialty from Nice, in the South of France. It’s a thin-crust onion tart topped with black olives and anchovies, baked on a pizza-style dough.

The name comes from pissalat (pee-sah-lah), a Provençal condiment of puréed anchovies, cloves, thyme and bay leaves that used to be spread on the dough before baking. Nowadays, it’s rare for the cook to actually make this condiment; it’s more common to feature the anchovies whole and on top, as I’m showing you here.

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Best of May

Lily of the valley

I am writing to you from a hotel room near Dallas, Texas, where I am spending a full week to attend The Life Coach School training with Brooke Castillo.

If you don’t know who Brooke Castillo is, let’s just say she is an amazing woman who has changed my life in more ways than I can list. She is among the people who most inspired me to create my own podcast last year, Change ma vie, and to develop my life coaching practice. Going through her training now is an incredible process, and I will be certified in the coming weeks.

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La Cornue Range: A Factory Tour!

La Cornue

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit the workshop where La Cornue stoves are manufactured. La Cornue is the French brand for luxurious kitchen ranges, and is this year celebrating the 110th anniversary of its famous vaulted oven, first created in 1908.
 
I’ve always loved factory tours, and this one lived up to my expectations. I’ve been dreaming of La Cornue ranges for a long time, and I was glad to confirm that the perception I had — that of a luxurious artisan brand — was indeed reflected in the high standards maintained in every step of production.

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