Bring France To You!
If you recently had to cancel a trip to Paris, Cannes, or Marseille, you are not alone. 2020 has been a year of massive change, with flight cancellations being at the top of the list. A trip to France is a trip like no other. From genuine champagne and tasty Bordeaux to elegant French cuisine, thoughts of France will make any person’s mouth water. There is a certain charm that exists when you step foot in France. And, while it may not be perfectly replicated in your own home, a cancelled trip to France doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the French culture. Keep reading for how you can bring France to your own home.
What To Wear
France, and specifically Paris, are arguably the fashion capitals of the world. Famous for being the birthplace of Coco Chanel, and home to Paris Fashion Week, France is synonymous with fashion itself. Therefore, it is the perfect place wear all your most fashionable pieces. During the summer, France is hot! So, be sure to pick out some lightweight clothing, that will keep you feeling cool and comfortable. Below are a few outfit ideas to keep you on the forefront of the fashion world!
Daytime: Linen, linen, linen, is all I can say. France is HOT, even if your trip was planned near the water. Light colored dresses and skirts made of breathable cotton or linen are ideal for French Summers. Style your outfit with a trendy hat, large purse, and comfortable flat sandals. The French like to stick to neutral colors, with a good rule of thumb being to not exceed three colors.
Nighttime: For nighttime France think chic or romantic outfits. If you are going to a candlelit dinner on the water, opt for a flowing maxi dress with low block heels and an embellished clutch. If you are going to dinner at a trendy restaurant in the center of Paris, think black leather leggings, a black sheer and lace top with a bandeau, high heels with a pop of color, and a sleek black crossbody with gold chain.
What To Drink
France is popular for a variety of different drinks, two of the most famous being champagne and Bordeaux wine. While half the fun of drinking in France is visiting the regions where these prestigious drinks originate from, you can still enjoy these drinks from the comfort of your own home. Most French drinks pair perfectly with a charcuterie board or a French baguette. Below are some must-haves for your “French Staycation.”
Bordeaux: This wine hails from the Bordeaux or southwest region of France. A majority of Bordeaux wines are made from Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Red Bordeauxs tend to be medium to full bodied and pair perfectly with steak frites.
Champagne: Many “sparkling wines” are incorrectly called “champagne.” However, genuine champagne must be produced in the champagne region: Reims or Epernay. Some of the most notable champagnes include Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, and Mumm. Add any of these to your French staycation and you will feel immediately transported to the country.
Pastis: Pastis is a traditionally French aperitif that is flavored with anise. Most people drink it diluted, with five parts water to one part pastis. It is the perfect drink to sip on in the afternoon.
What To Eat
French food is famous all around the world for being exquisite, unique, and elevated. One of a kind sauces paired with quality ingredients can make dishes in even the most casual of restaurants taste like nothing you have ever experienced. While you may not be able to physically visit the amazing restaurants in France, you can bring French inspired food directly to your home.
Steak Frites: Steak frites are a quintessential French dish. While it is simple (steak and fries) it tastes uniquely amazing. While a trip to Paris may have landed you at the famous steak frites restaurant, Le Relais de Venise l’Entrecote, you do not need to travel to Paris for a good steak frites dish. Put in an order to your local French restaurant, or try this of the dish at home.
French Onion Soup: Easy and tasty, french onion soup is the perfect starter for any meal. While it may be a little hot for those summer nights, the French still enjoy a cup of French onion soup no matter how hot it is outside. This takes only 15 minutes of prep, and will have you transported to France in no-time.
Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce: French food is all about the sauce. Some people love it, others aren’t too keen on it. However, sauce is what makes a French dish what it is. Bearnaise sauce is made with clarified butter, egg yolk, white wine vinegar, and herbs. While the French tend to douse their food in sauce, even a small amount of Bearnaise sauce on the side is just enough to make you feel like you are in France.
Ratatouille: Ratatouille is a stewed vegetable dish that packs a lot of flavor. It originated in Nice and is very easy to make. This is a for anyone who is a vegetarian.
Macarons vs. Macaroons: Macarons and macaroons are two famous French desserts that are often confused for one another. Macarons are a meringue-based dessert. While small, they pack a big flavor. The colorful dessert comes in every flavor ranging from rose and lavender to lemon and chocolate. Macaroons are another French dessert that takes the form of a mounded cookie. It is made with shredded coconut and dipped in chocolate. Macarons have gained popularity in recent years. However, both are perfect for any French themed party.
Chocolate Souffle: Souffles are a light fluffy dish that can be made to be savory or sweet. Chocolate souffles are some of the best desserts out there. Light, yet decadent, they are the perfect way to end a tasty French meal. Chocolate souffles can be very difficult to make. But, if you are ready to try your hand at the French dessert, try out and let us know how it goes!
Tie It Together
Between beautiful clothes, champagne galore, and authentic French cuisine, you and your family will feel like you have been transported to France. However, decorations can always help to tie the event together. White linen is a tell-tale sign of French dining. Don’t forget to order some white linen table cloths to set the mood. Splurge on a couple bottles of authentic champagne (Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame is a personal favorite). And, add some French music to set the tone of the day. To get the whole family involved make your own fashion show. Have everyone throw on their most fashionable outfits and walk the runway in your backyard. Everyone can vote on their favorite look!
While you may not get to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or relax in your hotel overlooking the yachts in Cannes, bringing French food and drinks to the comfort of your own home can give you a little taste of French paradise. Lay out your most fashionable outfits, spritz yourself with some French perfume, and indulge in rich French cuisine. It may not be the same as hopping on that first class flight, but it will still give your family something fun to look forward to together.