Five Friday Finds from France: January 8th

five friday finds from france winter light in the tuileries. featuring jacques pepin's fromage fort, where to buy normandy oysters in paris and parc de bagatelle in winter

I’m happy to be back with Five Friday Finds from France after a small pause for Christmas and New Year’s Day. January in Paris can be a little sad when the holiday cheer goes away and the cold and grey begins to settle in. But 2020 taught me to find the silver lining in every situation so I’ve been trying to do just that. This week’s finds include the perfect winter recipe – Jacques Pépin’s Fromage Fort, where we’ve been buying oysters straight from Normandy in Paris, a glimpse of the Parc de Bagatelle in winter and more!

Winter Pink Flowers

winter pink ranunculus and garden roses

It always feels a little empty when the holiday decorations come down, both at home and in general. One of the best parts about living in Paris is walking by the fleuristes. Year round beautiful flowers spill onto the sidewalks, but I really appreciate the winter pinks. Among my favorites are the roses, tulips, and ranunculus. They’re a welcome reminder that spring will eventually be here.

Oysters from Normandy in Paris at Café Varenne

normandy oysters in paris at café varenne
where to buy normandy oysters in paris café varenne

Café Varenne has made one of my favorite COVID-19 pivots. It’s one of the few cafés offering takeaway products where the experience feels semi-normal because they are able to open up the restaurant so much. From Thursday to Saturday they sell oysters straight from Normandy. We had a platter with our Christmas Eve dinner and it was so fun to try the different varieties of oysters and pick our favorites.

Jacques Pépin’s Fromage Fort Recipe

jacques pepin fromage fort recipe
Credit: © Marcus Nilsson

My aunt sent me this Jacques Pépin recipe for Fromage Fort and it seems like just about the perfect thing to make all winter long. Usually Dalton gets the pieces of leftover cheese but I’m going to have to start saving them. I’m sure it’s great cold, but I’ll be putting it directly on a Monge baguette from Eric Kayser and broiling!

Parc de Bagatelle in Winter

parc de bagatelle in the winter sunset
peacock parc de bagatelle

Winter in France really is breathtaking. I especially like the contrast of the leafless trees and bright green grass and a late afternoon sky. It’s moody and dramatic and still feels like being on a movie set to me. Last week Romain and I walked around the Parc de Bagatelle and caught one of those perfect winter afternoon scenes. The soft pink of the Château de Bagatelle against the orange sky was gorgeous. Another favorite feature of the park is the peacocks that roam around.

A Charming Half-Timber House in Neuilly-sur-Seine

half-timbered house neuilly-sur-seine

I wasn’t expecting to see a blue and white half-timbered house in Neuilly-sur-Seine. I absolutely wasn’t expecting to see the kitschy Christmas decorations. It’s such a happy house, especially with the heart cutouts on the shutters and it brought a big smile to my face.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!

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