Feb 19, 2020

Competitive Cheesemongering: Carline


Given that the name of the blog is A Year in Fromage, sometimes I just need to write about more cheese. And it's probably not possible to find more "more cheese" to write about than at the Cheesemonger Invitational -- a combination cheese-expert competition and cheese-eating extravaganza in San Francisco (and also NYC, Chicago, and other lucky cities). With both cheeses and cheese experts from around the world, it is educational and entertaining, and an intensely delicious and filling way to spend an afternoon and evening.

Jan 20, 2020

Fève Fever: La Glaguette


It's January, and that means it's time for Galette des Rois -- the King's Pastry. Over the years, I've learned more about the holiday and traditions, and my fève collection has expanded along with my knowledge (but not waistline...yet).

Dec 21, 2019

Paris is Corked: Au Bouchon


It's been over two weeks, and it's well beyond what most Parisians can comfortably take. Yet the strike goes on. What with the impeachment dominating America's news, and the elections and ramifications for the impending Brexit dominating British news, and devastating wildfires polluting and endangering Sydney and dominating Australian news, it's quite possible that whatever English-speaking country you're from, you're barely aware of the massive, debilitating transportation strikes in Paris and France right now. Somebody (and I'd love to give credit but don't know where this originated) redrew the iconic Paris metro map to reflect the new reality:

Oct 23, 2019

The Chinese are Back!: Mystère de Chèvre au Yuzu


If you only had a day in Paris, most likely you'd see the Eiffel Tower, pass by Notre Dame (the outside only, post-fire), and maybe try to squeeze in the Louvres, or the Musee d'Orsay. But there's an alternative: Your tour bus could visit the pharmacy at Place Monge so you could buy shampoo. That's what an awful lot of tour groups, especially Chinese and Korean, do on their one day in Paris, during a six-countries-in-one-week whirlwind European tour.

Aug 8, 2019

Castle for Sale: Tomme du Vernet


Have you ever dreamed of owning a castle in the French countryside? Of course you have. Well, for less than a small apartment in Paris, or London, or San Francisco, you can indeed be the proud owner of a real French castle. Several of my French friends have castles of their own. Sure, many of them inherited the castle from their ancestors, but that doesn't mean that even a nouveau-semi-riche Bourgeois can't own a piece of noble French history. We were lucky enough to stay at this small castle that our friend bought in the Loire Valley.

Jul 25, 2019

Life's a Beach: Sablé du Boulonnais


When you think of the French coastline and the beaches, I know that what pops into your mind is the Côte d'Azur and the Mediterranean. The Côte d'Azur is indeed beautiful, but not only is it not France's only coastline, it's not even France's longest coastline. For that, you need to head to the Atlantic -- with wide, almost-white-sand beaches that expand down for around 1000km from the North Sea down to the Spanish border.

Jul 11, 2019

Digging La Digue: Le Plaisir Passe par Courseulles sur Mer


There are plenty of boardwalks that are more famous, but to me none are more special than the boardwalk that runs between Courseulles-sur-Mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the English Channel coast in Normandie.

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