How France — Yes, France! — Introduced Me to Thanksgiving — New Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the United States, my family's Thanksgiving tradition looked nothing like the holiday my friends and classmates celebrated. That's largely because everyone in my immediate family was vegetarian and therefore ill-equipped to handle or cook meat.

So while I was exposed to turkey talk and aware of the traditional feast, I didn't realize how much there was to love about Thanksgiving — until I moved to Paris. Yes, it was in a country that doesn't even celebrate the holiday that I discovered what I had been missing most of my life.

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What France Taught Me About Crappy Dinner Parties — Crappy Dinner Parties

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When it comes to socializing, dinner parties have always been my favorite way to catch up with friends. Over good wine and good food, everyone relaxes and the stories — and jokes — come tumbling out. I like to host dinner parties as often as I can, and since I lead a busy life, I discovered long ago that there's only one way for me to hold true to being a frequent hostess.


Parisians Share How to Eat and Drink Like a Local — Videos from Kitchn

Paris is famously known for its cuisine (if Ratatouille has taught us anything). But if you've never been to the City of Light before, how would you know where all of these culinary gems are?

In this series, local people share their recommendations for the best places to eat and drink in the neighborhood. So whenever you're ready to plan your trip to Paris, you can dine like someone in the know — pas de problème!


To Discover How the French Really Eat, Follow These 5 Instagrammers — Chez Soi: At Home Like the French

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Enabled by images of two-hour lunch breaks, picture-perfect farmers markets, Julia Child-approved hearty stews, baskets of bread, and pastry shops dotting every city block, it's easy to reduce French eating habits to caricature. While some of those things are prevalent (not the two-hour lunch break — that's fading fast), culinary predilections among French people today go well beyond romanticized cultural narratives.

Here, five Instagramming food lovers lend a glimpse into how the French really eat (spoiler: Veggies prevail, but so do pastries).


Yet Another Thing France Does Better — Chez Soi: At Home Like the French

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Love, cheese, bread, tying scarves, protesting — the French seem to have it all down to an enticing and enviable science. Now add day-drinking to that list. Having a drink en terrasse or outside at a café or bar is a near daily activity in France (no matter the weather), and the secret to doing so in daylight hours without stumbling home before the sun sets and the dinner bell rings lies in the aperitif.


The Ultimate Picnic Sandwich Is French, of Course — Bastille Day

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Pan bagna is a beloved sandwich in Provence. The warm breezes of the Côte d'Azur, the delicate sand, the crispy baguettes — a gentle rosé and a pan bagna are the makings of a magical picnic. I won’t be strolling at Cannes anytime soon, but here are four reasons why pan bagna is at the top of my always-ready-for-a-picnic list.


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