Happy Friday from France! It’s really starting to feel like summer in Paris with warmer temperatures and significantly less rain. It seems like everywhere you look preparations are underway to begin welcoming visitors again. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France include Bernardaud’s ‘Tout Paris’ porcelain collection (that I’m dying over), an exciting new Cannes outpost of one of my all-time Paris favorites – Harry’s New York Bar, a new book dedicated to Provence Style and more.
Provence Style Book
When I close my eyes and imagine my future French country home, Le Mas des Poiriers near Avignon comes to mind. It has to be the ultimate Provence retreat. Luckily, there’s a new Provence Style book that takes readers through the home’s stunning interiors, gardens, and private spaces and more. This book in combination with Provence Glory will have you booking a trip to the region – I promise (and I’d be happy to help you plan your trip)!
Bernardaud ‘Tout Paris’ Porcelain Collection
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of beautiful French porcelain. While I tend to lean towards vintage and antique pieces, Bernardaud’s new ‘Tout Paris’ collection has my heart skipping a beat. The pieces feature iconic Parisian monuments, landmarks and scenes. You’ll spot Palais Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Sacre Cœur, Guimard Métro entrances and more. I love the assortment of colors – they’re beautiful for mixing and matching and are all dishwasher safe. I’m ready start my collection!
Harry’s New York Bar Cannes
The oldest cocktail bar in Europe will soon be opening a second location in the Cannes marina. If you haven’t been to the original location at 5 rue Daunou (“sank roo doe noo”), I highly recommend going. Harry’s New York Bar was originally in New York City. Due to the prohibition, the bar was literally taken apart and reassembled in Paris. The likes of Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Coco Chanel, Jack Dempsey, Rita Hayworth, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Humphrey Bogart have all enjoyed a cocktail or two at the bar.
Harry’s New York Bar is still family-owned after four generations. The Cannes outpost will be a bright, sunny, Cuban-inspired extension of the bar. I can’t wait to try it out!
French Moderne: Cocktails from the Twenties and Thirties
If you’re craving a French cocktail and can’t get to Harry’s New York Bar in Paris or Cannes quite yet, French Moderne: Cocktails from the Twenties and Thirties might be the next best option. In this book you’ll learn about how Paris became known for cocktails during the prohibition, the history of the locally-produced French spirits, and how to make over 40 classic French cocktails with lots of tips and tricks. If you’re looking for a French-inspired Father’s Day gift this would be a great idea!
Fontaine de Mars Revisit
I hadn’t been to Fontaine de Mars for a couple of years and was thrilled to go again this week. It’s reliably good, service is friendly, and the classic French atmosphere is hard to top. I think I need to expand my list of favorite classic French restaurants in Paris. If you’ve been on the fence about trying classic French dishes like escargots or foie gras, Fontaine de Mars a great place to test the waters. Fontaine de Mars also has a recently released cookbook where you can make 50 of their classic recipes at home.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!
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