Five Friday Finds from France: May 29th

Lapérouse facade. This week's Five Friday Finds from France includes: phase two of reopening in France and how to get a perfect French bistro steak sear at home

Today is an exciting day. Not only is it a Friday (and a summer Friday at that), but also there’s an energy in Paris that’s been missing for a while. On Tuesday bars, restaurants, and cafés can officially reopen in France, with restrictions in place of course. It’s the best news we’ve had in a while. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features details of the second phase of reopening in France, a recipe for how to get a perfect French bistro steak sear at home, my favorite spot to buy masks in Paris, a cooking trick I learned from Romain’s mom, and more!

Details of Phase Two of Reopening in France

Phase two of reopening in France

Starting on June 2nd, France enters into the second phase of reopening. Paris is still an orange zone, which has more limitations than the other green zones. For example, even though bars, restaurants and cafés can reopen, in Paris only outdoor terrasses will reopen. Here are the details:

  • Groups of less than 10 people can meet in restaurants and cafés with a minimum of one meter in-between tables (and in orange zones the tables must be outside). Staff must wear masks at all times and guests must wear masks upon entering and exiting. Having a drink au bar or at the counter will be prohibited because the contamination risk is higher.
  • The 100 km rule goes away – people will be free to travel within France as they want. Non-essential international travel is still off limits.
  • Museums and monuments reopen, although masks must be worn
  • Parks and gardens can begin to reopen this weekend
  • Theaters and cinemas can reopen with social distancing rules in place
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people in public remain prohibited
  • It’s still mandatory to wear a mask on public transportation

If you’re looking for me on Tuesday, I’ll be on a terrasse.

My Favorite Masks in Paris

Where to buy masks in Paris: phase two of reopening in France

I think wearing masks will be our new normal for a while, so I’ve been stocking up. My absolute favorite place that I’ve found is Le Rideau de Paris at 32 Rue du Bac.

Five Friday Finds from France mask selection in Paris
Five Friday Finds from France my mask collection as a part of phase two of reopening in France

The masks are lightweight and breathable, the elastic is adjustable and doesn’t pull on your ears as much, and the fabrics are so much fun. The selection is constantly changing, which is bad news for me because I want everything. If you’re looking for masks in Paris be sure to check it out.

The Best Way to Separate Egg Whites and Yolks

I’ve always separated egg whites and yolks by cracking the shell and then shuffling the yolk back and forth between the shells until the whites were gone. This works pretty well, but for someone who isn’t ultra precise in the kitchen like me, there always seemed to be a little white still hanging around.

Romain’s mom showed me her method, which is to use your hands. It sounds weird at first (or at least it did to me), but it really is so much easier. Check out how to do it here.

How To Get a Perfect Bistro Steak Sear at Home

How to Get the Perfect Bistro Steak sear at home
Illustration: Joe McKendry

If you’re looking for how to get a perfect bistro steak (sear and all) at home, why not ask an expert? The Wall Street Journal did just that, and consulted with Hugo Desnoyer who owns one of the best butcher shops in Paris as well as a restaurant. He explains that it’s a rather simple process, but you absolutely must have high-quality meat. Check out his method here.

Gorgeous Brittany Beaches for Future Travel Inspiration

Now that domestic travel is a go in France and just in time for summer holidays, Five Friday Finds from France had to include something about a trip to the beach. My dad sent me this article with 10 gorgeous Brittany beaches and what each is the best for. I’d love to visit every one! It’s a great list to check out for future France travel inspiration. And as always, feel free to contact me here for additional help with future travel in France!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France and have a great weekend. I’m already looking forward to next week, especially Tuesday June 2nd!

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