French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

(Pottery Barn Photo) Attending a holiday party this year? Keep in mind that, more often than not, it is polite to bring a small hostess gift. Although a nice bottle of chardonnay is always classy, it is not always the ideal gift for someone who is very particular about his/her wines; someone who Continue reading

Oktoberfests Around the World

Oktoberfests Around the World

(photo source) September may be coming to a close, but Oktoberfest celebrations are gearing up all around the world. If you're in the mood for a little wiener schnitzel or kraut and potatoes, you won't have to head to Germany to find them. Check out these top 10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest - Continue reading

Embrace Autumn Like a French Girl

Embrace Autumn Like a French Girl

(Vancouver Harbor Area) This week was the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of my favorite season - Autumn! While many are holding on to every last bit of summer, I am welcoming Fall with open arms, pumpkin spice candles, and my best French girl attitude! Here are just a few ways to Continue reading

Lemons of the Mediterranean

Lemons of the Mediterranean

According to best-selling author and French icon Mireille Guiliano, a French woman's la boisson du jour on a sunny summer day is quite typically a citron pressé - or lemonade as we know it stateside. But given a lemon, the French can make much more than lemonade. In fact, it is a nearly impossible Continue reading

Bastille Day Delights

Bastille Day Delights

(photo source) Bonjour and Happy Bastille Day! July 14 is not only France's Independence Day, but it is also a great excuse to indulge in many Francophile delights. Not sure of the significance of Bastille Day or how to celebrate? Read my previous posts on how to celebrate the holiday with a Continue reading

Posh Picnics and Pink Martinis

Posh Picnics and Pink Martinis

Shabby chic meets French country style in this truly amazing picnic display. Every summer, my husband and I attend several outdoor concerts near our house. The venue is such where you can bring a full picnic of outside food, wine/alcohol, small tables and chairs, candles, etc. Although many Continue reading

Wimbledon Brunch

Wimbledon Brunch

As I mentioned in my previous post, this weekend marked the 125th grand slam tennis tournament held at Wimbledon in England. In honor of this historic event - and the fact that my sister and cousin were visiting from out of town - I served a very Bistro Chic Wimbledon Brunch: Mimosas - made with Continue reading

5 Facts About Wimbledon

5 Facts About Wimbledon

(photo source) I will be the first to admit that I am not a tennis fan. However, seeing as this week/weekend is the 125th year that the grand slam tennis tournament is being played at Wimbledon (located in Merton, England) it's hard not to be a little excited. In honor of this age-old sporting Continue reading

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

This weekend marked the 300th year of a major sporting event in England - Royal Ascot. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Royal Ascot is the most popular flat horse racing event in England. As you may know, I've written about my fascination with Britain's Royal Ascot in previous posts - the glamour, the Continue reading

Top 10 French Baby Names

Top 10 French Baby Names

  (photo source) When I was a little girl, I had at least 5 Jennifers, Angelas, and Matthews in my class at any given time, which was rather boring and quite confusing at times. So anything beyond these typical names sounded intriguing and slightly exotic. It was also during this time where Continue reading

For the Love of Peonies

For the Love of Peonies

(Photo source) Right about this time every year, my thoughts turn to gardening. Like any aspiring French girl, gardening, and particularly the flowers in the garden, are an important part of spring and summer. It is also right about this time when my peonies first start appearing. You may Continue reading

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

(photo source) Tomorrow is a very special day in the Bistro Chic household. I will be rising at 5am to capture as much Royal Wedding footage as I can before jetting off to work at 7:30am. Here's how I will be spending my morning.... Bistro Chic Royal Wedding Breakfast Crumpets with fig and Continue reading