Yesterday was Bastille Day – La Fete Nationele in France.
Of course, I had to celebrate here, at home, even if no one else knew what was up.
I started by wearing the tricolore, bien sûr. If only I could master the outfit selfie I would be able to post pictures (perhaps I need to borrow my daughter’s selfie-stick. The one she bought in Paris and we made fun of her for.)
In any event, I had my red and white striped maxi-dress with my blue flats and office-appropriate tailored denim jacket over top. With my jaunty blue and white Paris scarf, of course. Très mignon, if you ask me.
In my way to work I stopped at a local bakery for some croissants [Stay tuned: I will be posting the results of my Quest for the Best Croissant soon.]
This stop was at The Buttery.
After sharing my celebratory croissants with my co-workers – and educating them on French joie de vivre – I made some small adjustments to my workspace and carried on with the day.
After the work, more celebrating! My sweetie and I went to a local bistrot, Au Midi, where we enjoyed a special Bastille Day menu.
Première, gaspacho de cerises et les tomates :: First, gazpacho of cherries and tomatoes.
An unusual combination to muy palate, but it was good! The large shrimp brought a hint of orange and the greens were sharp and added a great contrast to the sweet of the gazpacho. The texture was welcome too.
Then, a perfectly cooked salmon dish with a sorrel sauce. So good!
Finally, enfin, a tartlette of strawberries :: de fraises, with lemon and basil mousse. Avec un café il était une fin parfaite :: with a coffee it was a perfect ending.
I hope you had a lovely Bastille Day and were able to add a little of la vie française to your day!
à la prochaine :: until next time,