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c'est la fête!


Although spring is taking longer to arrive that most of us would like, I'm convinced it's because we're in for an incredible summer. Wishful thinking perhaps, but I'm going with it. Paris isn't exactly renowned for its warm summers, absolving any mystery as to why Parisians fly the coop after the rockets fly over the city on Bastille Day. 

But really, the feeling of spring and its symbolism comes from within. It was only two years ago that that celebrated spirit of Paris in the springtime was in bloom, with its lingering warm days, while I was going through one of the darkest moments of my life. Freshly dumped, scrambling for a home and a job, and unknowingly on the brink of getting robbed. While it was spring outside, internally it was the dead of winter. Look how much has changed since. 'Tis the season for such, right?

To kick things off right, I hosted a printemps-themed dinner party for a few friends, with a menu inspired by spring. A light dinner, presenting my "signature" blonde lentil, mint and almond salad was paired with a locally-grown fennel and onion herb-roasted chicken. After the obligatory French cheese offering, the sweet finish came in the form of fresh strawberries in a vanilla bean whipped mascarpone, that of course was washed down with a glass (or three) of crémant topped off with a splash of rose petal schnapps. It was a garden party for the palette!

I have a feeling that we have a beautiful season ahead of us. It'll be worth the wait...Happy Spring everyone!

It's still too chilly to make the official white wine/rosé switch.
I'm shooting for early May?

 

..and don't think I'm getting all fancy on you.
Still being scarce on furniture, a stack of wine boxes has been serving as a makeshift coffee table.

12 comments:

  1. Looks amazing :) Happy Spring Gorgeous xx

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  2. Ha! And you said you don't cook! This looks and sounds delicious (and beautiful). I love the new look of your blog, by the way! I hope spring arrives soon.

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    1. Hahahaha, I didn't say it came out any good! Notice how there aren't any photos. I do need to work on presentation because it may taste okay but it looks like lunch lady special.

      I'm sorry I've been so out of the loop. I need to head over to Mais Oui to see what's going on with you!

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  3. Sounds like a delightful meal! And you could've fooled me--wine boxes as a coffee table are fancy... or awesome, at the very least :)

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  4. fab u lous....wish I'd been there...could use a lovely spring lunch....still wearing winter coats here.

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    1. I wrote my post before reading yours... Great minds sure think alike!;)

      When I'm back on the other side of the pond, let's all do lunch in Paris!:)

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    2. Yes! That sounds great! Are you two ever in Paris at the same time?

      It's still cool here but spring is trying to make its presence known with milder days and afternoon rainfall. I'll take that over whipping ice winds because after all, April showers bring May flowers!

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  5. Wow, I want to come to dinner!

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  6. How lovely! Wish I'd been there!:)

    Spring has just about sprung in Ottawa, but not quite. The boots are off, but not the winter coat!
    I wish we had the lovely blooming trees that you have in Paris, but it won't be for another month or so.

    Happy Spring!:)

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  7. ROFL, love the coffee table, at least you used good wine boxes ;o)

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    1. Yes, good wine boxes...or the ones on sale. ; )

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  8. Only you could make flowers atop a stack of wine crates look chic. x.

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