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5 of the most creepy places in Paris

Although Halloween isn’t celebrated as it is here in the US, in France, there are certainly a few spots that can make your hair stand. For the adrenaline seekers, Paris would be a good starting point. The team at Bon Appetit Box came up with a list of 5 creepiest spots in the City of Light to bookmark for your next visit! 1. Paris Catacombs The Paris catacombs dates back to the 18th century, where skeletal remains from the Les Innocents cemetery and those who lost their lives during the French Revolution find their final resting place. Visitors can walk through tunnels of over 6 million skulls, but don’t wander too far off as this maze of a chamber has taken many lost guests. 2....

The unequalled Quiche Lorraine recipe

The northeastern French province of Lorraine gave us this traditional and really easy-to-make savory tart. I love to make Quiche Lorraine as it is always so simple and very delicious. Add your favorite salad mix on the side and you’ve got the perfect entrée for brunch, lunch or even dinner. The classic filling doesn’t include cheese, mustard or onion confit; so I really hope my Lorraine native best friend Maud will not read this article or I’ll eventually get virulent complaints for years! But hey, I love my quiche this way, and besides,  who doesn’t love a rich and cheesy quiche?! Take your regular tart to the next level with this delightful and effortless French Quiche Lorraine recipe. Preparation time: 25 mins Cooking time: 45 mins...

Champagne Region at a glance

Gaining the World Heritage status from Unesco in 2015, the Champagne region in France is not one to be missed. Nestled between Paris and Belgium, this marvelous province provides the perfect landscape and temperature for producing wine grapes. Visitors can get lost in the magnificent vineyards, take tours of the many wine cellars, or unwind by the lakes with a glass of delectable champagne. Champagne is arguably the finest thing in the world, and rightfully so. The process of producing a bottle of this exquisite beverage usually requires harvesting 3 different types of grapes, two rounds of fermentation followed by at least 15 months of aging (as required by law). This unmatched procedure is why only bubbly from this region can carry the champagne label...

Refreshing Lavender Honey Ginger Ale Recipe

It’s already September, which means that summer is drawing to a close and we’re heading into breezy fall. We’ve decided to commemorate this with our delicious recipe of Lavender Honey Ginger Ale. Not only is this a delight to add to your next garden party, it’s also a refreshing and natural alternative to regular sodas! Honey has many important health benefits from treating sore throats to boosting energy earning it the name of “liquid gold.” Our Lavender Honey from the French Breakfast Box was introduced in 1920 by Yves Michaud, who stood for authenticity and quality. This creamy and slightly crystallized gem provides just a hint of lavender while producing the perfect sweetener to pair with yogurt, toast, or cheese. The Lavender Honey Ginger Ale...

24 hours in Rennes

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway from the frenzied atmosphere of Paris, look no further than the fascinating city of Rennes, only a 2-hour train ride away. Rennes captivates visitors by catering to people of all interests. For the foodies, indulge in the diverse selection of Rennes specialties from seafoods to buttery pastries. For art lovers and history buffs, simply roam the streets where contemporary artworks are interspersed between historic architectures, giving an intriguing display of old and new. I spent 2 weeks here this summer and absolutely loved it. Here are my recommendations on a perfect day in Rennes.   10 a.m Find Your Muse Discover the history of Brittany through one of the most famous museums in France, Musée des beaux-arts de...

Anis de Flavigny, the oldest brand in France

 In the heart of the Burgundy region, the Anis de Flavigny artisanal factory has been located for the last 400 years within the same ivy-covered Benedictine abbey. The small, family-run artisanal business, devoted to its little candy, is the oldest brand in France. The Anis de Flavigny is a delicious anise candy confectioned since 1591 in the small village of Flavigny. With only three ingredients (sugar, an anise seed and natural flavor) but a patient work, this candy is a favorite in France for generations. The candy originated during the Roman era, when a traveler brought the aniseed to France. During the 8th century, monks in the Flavigny abbey conceived the idea of covering the seed with sugar. Today, like yesterday, thanks to the knowledge...

Happy Bastille Day!

On July 14, France is celebrating Bastille Day, better known as le Quatorze Juillet (the fourteenth of July); so break out your blue, white and red (again!). However it is called, all of the names refer to the French National Day which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14 1789. Whether you’re planning a celebration or simply want to revel in all things Gallic, we think you’ll enjoy this France’s famous cocktail:  the Kir Royal. The Kir Royal, made with Champagne is an elegant variation of the traditional Kir. This iconic French cocktail is crisp, refreshing and perfect to celebrate. Here's the recipe of the Kir Royal made with a French Champagne. We love its golden robe lits up with a generous string of...

L’Apéritif: the French Happy Hour

What do French people talk about, when they are not arguing over the menu of their next lunch or trying to decide what wine would be the best for dinner? They’re getting ready for the Apéritif of course! This very special time of the day is a little bit like “Happy hour”, except Apéritif can be served anywhere, from a café to your living room (and any way, who wants to be happy only an hour a day? At least the Aperitif time rings twice a say, at noon and at 7 pm!). “Prendre l’apéro” is much more than just emptying a glass of alcohol. It’s a special time, before lunch or dinner, when you unwind from the last few hours, and enjoy this moment...

The Apéritif Time

French culture Apéritif time
A taste of French lifestyle in its purest form, the Apéritif is a special moment shared just before dinner – a combination of both social and culinary enjoyment. The Apéritif hour is a meaningful time to relax and unwind from the day – a transition into a delightful evening with your dining companions. The Apéritif allows the perfect combination of convivial reciprocity, mixed with splendid food and drink. The custom of the Apéritif has been cultivated by the French for generations, and we’re sure you, too, will love it at first bite! Our Paris Apéritif Box and Provence Apéritif Box are based on this the French tradition of the Apéritif. Each box if packed full of gourmet French foods perfect to share with friends or family, as you unwind...

French Christmas Traditions

French Nougat at market
The French culture is very fond of traditions, especially those around the holidays. We can say that there are as many regions as there are forms of Christmas folklore in France! Les Treize Desserts de Noël en Provence This is a tradition common in Provence, where 13 desserts are served on the festivities table. Following le gros souper (the big dinner), 13 homemade or locally-crafted treats are offered, usually consisting of an array of dry fruits (raisins, dates, almonds...), fresh seasonal fruits (oranges, pears...), and, last but not least, gourmet sweets (Quince paste, Calissons, Nougat...). You can sample some of these typical desserts in our Café Gourmand & Gouter Boxes. Les marchés de Noël à Strasbourg In Northeast France, the city of Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas. Every...
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