Sunday we were invited to a luncheon in celebration of the hostess's 50 birthday -- she looks 38, max and doesn't care one whit about moving into another decade. Her three daughters, ages 25, 22 and 16 were there as were her husband, two other couples and the two of us.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the conversation with you because it was so typically all-over-the-place French.
A soupcon of politics: What is the world coming to? Can the Euro be saved? Will our taxes be raised -- again?
A detour on the subject of sex: Who can possibly believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn was trapped in a conspiracy at the Sofitel Hotel in New York? And, even if it were the case -- which it wasn't -- he fell for it, didn't he? How much longer is his wife going to tolerate his public humiliation of her? Etc.
|Pierre Hermé macarons.|
Always food: One of the birthday gifts was a beautiful box of 50 bite-size macarons from Pierre Hermé which logically led to a heated conversation about who makes the best macarons in Paris. I was the only one who voted for Ladurée. With one exception, the large chocolate ones, and only the large chocolate ones, from Dalloyau, were deemed the best in that category. For the rest, all agreed, Pierre Hermé wins the competition.
Moving right along, shopping: After 10 years, Marks & Spencer has returned to Paris, and we are all ecstatic. You have no idea how much we have missed the smoked salmon, short bread cookies, shetland sweaters, corduroy trousers for men and on and on.
Next up, the girls were thrilled about the first ever Banana Republic store opening next month, right across the street from Abercrombie & Fitch where they and their friends are more than willing to line up for hours to find arguably the world's best T-shirts for example, particularly the débardeur.
|One version of the famous débardeurs from Abercrombie & Fitch.|
Ed. Note: My friend in the fun-filled world of Francophile -dom, Jennifer Scott, The Daily Connoisseur, has just written a book about her experiences and the lessons learned from her student days living in Paris. Click here and she will explain everything to you. If you haven't met, you'll see how absolutely charming she is.