From Doors to Saunas – New Year's Traditions From Around the World

From Doors to Saunas – New Year's Traditions From Around the World

Happy New Year from Bistro Chic! As Americans get ready to ring in the New Year with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, let's check out how our friends across the pond are celebrating... Britain - Many British still keep the age-old tradition of first footing, a practice whereby the first visitor Continue reading

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

With Christmas approaching and New Year's just around the corner, we are heading into a very busy week of shopping, family gatherings, and many, many indulgences. In fact, all of these indulgences - a little wine, a few cookies, and and extra helpings of mashed potatoes - can add up to 7 to 10 Continue reading

To Paris With Love and Without My Trousers

To Paris With Love and Without My Trousers

Paris may be known for high fashion, but, if you're a woman, don't get caught with your pants on, in the French capital. Strange but true, the Telegraph reports that an age-old Parisian law, instated over 200 years ago, actually bans women from dressing like men, ie. wearing pants or Continue reading

Secrets of a French Woman's Style

Secrets of a French Woman's Style

Bonjour! We've all heard the adage that Style Never Goes Out of Fashion. Well, no one personifies this idea more than a French woman. From Bridget Bardot to Audrey Toutou, French women have achieved global notoriety in areas of fashion, femininity, and a true French chic style. This idea of Continue reading

A Taste of Europe with Williams Sonoma

A Taste of Europe with Williams Sonoma

Want to add a little European flair to your dinner table? Williams Sonoma's new European-inspired serveware will take you around the world without leaving your home! No doubt inspired by the popular new film, Julie & Julia, Williams Sonoma launched a new French line this year that is sure to Continue reading

New Book Reveals 'What French Women Know'

New Book Reveals 'What French Women Know'

What Do French Women Know That We Don't? For decades, American women have wondered how French women can stay thin, sexy, and so incredibly chic with unbelievable ease. Now, a tell-all book by author Debra Olivier reveals these French secrets in one tasty read!  According to Olivier, it's not how Continue reading

France and Spain Face Kissing Ban Amid H1N1 Fears

France and Spain Face Kissing Ban Amid H1N1 Fears

Kissing Disease Has A New Meaning in Europe The French are known for the famous double-cheek kiss called the la bise. But, amid fears of an H1N1 pandemic, the French government may put a temporary halt on this age-old nicety. La bise, a light kiss on both cheeks, is the traditional greeting Continue reading

New French Business Book By Mireille Guiliano!

New French Business Book By Mireille Guiliano!

For all of you who haven't heard, Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat, has a brand new book coming out!! The book, called Women, Work, & the Art of Savoir Faire, will be available on October 13, just 5 weeks away! I have read French Women Don't Get Fat, at least twice, Continue reading

Labor Day Posting…

Bonjour everyone and Happy Labor Day! This will not be my normal post, I'll save that for Tuesday instead, but wanted to let you know that I just bought a new French cookie that tastes fantastic. Check back tomorrow for a photo and  more details. Have a wonderful Labor Day! Continue reading

French Are Adopting American Food Habits

French Are Adopting American Food Habits

With the recent popularity of French-themed books and movies, such as French Women Don't Get Fat, French Women Don't Sleep Alone, and  the newly released Julie & Julia, Americans are becoming more and more curious about French traditions, French culture, French food, and French fashion. Now, in Continue reading

August 20 – Take Your Cheese To Work Day

August 20 – Take Your Cheese To Work Day

Americans have take your child to work day and even take your pet to work day. Now, in an odd twist to these annual work traditions, a French company is encouraging Americans to take, of all things, our cheese to work. Bel Brands USA, a subsidiary of the French cheese producer Fromageries Bel, Continue reading

Movies Inspire Travel, Fashion, and Food

Movies Inspire Travel, Fashion, and Food

There's a well-know debate over whether art imitates life or life imitates art. In the case of movies, I think it's a little of both.  Movies have greatly influenced pop culture for years. I'm sure a fair share of young men sported white t-shirts and leather jackets after seeing Rebel Without a Continue reading