18 February 2011

Well Said: The Parisian Way

"Parisian restaurants were very different from American eateries. It was such fun to go into a little bistro and find cats on the chairs, poodles under the tables or poking out of women's bags, and chirping birds in the corner." - My Life in France by Julia Child
I love this line because it reminds of this French woman I met two Christmases ago in Louisville (Kentucky). I was standing outside of her shop with my dog (Christmas window shopping) and she said, "Come in! Come in! I'm French! In my country dogs go everywhere." Needless to say, I have never forgotten that and look forward to seeing it myself one day when I visit France.

56 comments :

  1. Wonderful teaser Juju...even if it's not Tuesday. ^_^ Sounds like that in person meeting was a fun one to remember as well. How nice! Thanks for sharing...and have a great weekend!

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  2. That was great!! I lived in Kentucky for 3 years when my hubs was stationed on Fort Knox...I loved going to Lousiville when we wanted to get away from the base and go shopping or out to dinner...or my fav the KY Derby...:)

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  3. lol, that's so true! it still takes a little getting used to when i see dogs sometimes huge ones, in boutiques and departmental stores in europe.

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  4. Oh, that sounds so fantastic! I want to go to France too! :)

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  5. Paris is tre magnific! Do yourself a favor and skip the touristy things -- except the Lourve! -- and walk yourself silly across town. I miss it so much! Enjoy Julia Child dear!

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  6. Did you see the Julie & Julia movie?
    It was very good (and made me very hungry).

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  7. Send me a postcard when you go:-D

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  8. Great teaser! I would love to go to Paris! This book seems really interesting. Did you see the movie Julie and Julia? I really enjoyed it! I hope you are liking your book!

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  9. I can totally picture it and would love to visit France one day.

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  10. I loved this movie! Julia seemed pretty amazing! I wish I wanted to cook.

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  11. Wouldn't that be so fun? If I had a well-behaved dog, I'd love to go to lunch with it. :)

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  12. oh, i love the mood created with that simple sentence! thanks for sharing! and I'd love to visit France one day too!

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  13. Gmr: Thanks ;) You too doll!

    Tina: Right on! I know Fort Knox. My husband's grandfather still lives around there. And the rest of my in laws are in Louisville :) I'm actually moving to KY this summer.

    Hearttypat: Ooooo I can't wait to experience that someday. :) Thanks for visiting.

    Cindy: *high five*

    Tipsy: Deal! :) You've been I take it? Dish ;)

    Man a la books & Christina: I did! The Julia parts were my fav :) Meryl did such an amazing job and how can you not love Stanley Tucci? :)

    Renee: Deal! Mr. Whimsy and I are saving as we speak.

    Jenny N. & Midnight & Audrey: Agreed :)

    Georgia: She sure did. I would have loved to meet her. I like cooking but truthfully Mr. Whimsy is much better at it then me ;) I do however make spectacular sauces and soups.

    Meredith: My little poodle mix is a great lunch partner. Of course I can only take him to places with outdoor seating :)

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  14. Aww, what a sweet story! I can totally picture it :)

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  15. I can't wait to see what you think of this book! I really want to read it.

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  16. Oh awesome! I need to read Julie & Julia soon so I can pick this up.

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  17. Cute dog story! I would love to visit France. My dream city. And French men! Ahhh, oui! I get my Frenchman kick when I watch Brothers & Sisters with Giles Marini. I need to read Julie & Julia. Loved the movie. Have you ever made any of Julia Child's dishes?

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  18. Congratulations! You’ve been chosen to receive the Seven Facts Award. Go here to collect your prize:

    http://centralcaligrrrl.blogspot.com/2011/02/seven-facts-award.html

    P.S. I love the teaser...better late than never!
    :-)

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  19. I honestly think that the main reason we restrict pets from buildings and houses is the fact that we humans are lazy. Not everyody, but most. Too lazy to clean up the fur, etc, etc. Because if we do clean them up well and promptly, there are no valid reason to restrict them anymore. That "health and safety" shit would no longer apply...

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  20. That woman you have met sounds like she was very sweet. I really want to go to Paris one day. I hope that I can visit it this summer. :)

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  21. I never read Julie and Julia (saw the movie though). But I did read My Life in France and absolutely loved it.

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  22. I love Julia Childs haha truly. Great teaser, Juju! :)

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  23. Lovely teaser choice! Just another wonderful reason to go visit Paris. I've been wanting to visit France now ever since I read Anna and the French Kiss. It sounds like such an amazing city. :D

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  24. Hiya Juju, thanks so much for stopping by my little blog and leaving sweet notes about my thrifting finds! And what a cool blog you have here, all about books! I will definitely be back, so junking and reading are my two top loves. Not sure if I could pick one over the other as I would not be who I am without either one. And the comment about dogs in France has only increased my desire to go there one day. Oh, the finds one could uncover there!

    ~Kristal

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  25. I totally agree with that shop owner. Any dog we ever had was simply part of the family and acted like it. Why shouldn't they be welcomed everywhere that we were? . . . What kind of dog, Juju?

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  26. Cute teaser+ story! I haven't read a novel by Julia Child before, but I am totally into cooking. Is this one good?

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  27. Great non-tuesday teaser! I'm definitely looking forward to hearing what you think about this one. I just purchased As Always, Julia, the letters sent between Julia and Avid DeVoto.

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  28. oh how I love that line! I have a standard poodle (one of the largest, gigantic ones) and would be so lost without him! I plan on him being the bookstore mascot when I get my store opened...and I have the requisite black cat too...so, this line is so perfect!

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  29. It reminds me of the British Virgin Islands - where the chickens and goats shop for t-shirts with the tourists. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  30. I think Julia Child was wonderful. I'm sure her book is full of her beautiful life and spirit! Yes, Paris, I'd love to be there!

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  31. That's so sweet - I definitely need to visit Paris some time! :)
    And I haven't read any Julia Childs books either but I'll look into it. :o

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  32. This teaser really cracked me up. Julia Child is so awesome!!!!!

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  33. Ooh! This sounds so lovely. It makes me want to book a flight to France! I would love to go to such a place :)

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  34. There are dogs all over the place in France. People aren't supposed to take them into grocery stores, but they do. The downside of all that is that there are doggie droppings all over the place too.

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  35. Julie: What a fine question! I haven't. But maybe I should huh? French men are you fav? Aussie man are my favorite eye candy ;)

    Yvonne: Thank you doll! I'm quite honored.

    Cherry: LOL Serious point! *high five*

    Nina: She totally was :) This summer? Really? *squeal & fingers crossed for you*

    Susan: Me too! My favorite parts of the film always had to do with Julia, so I figured I would read My Life in France instead ;)

    Melissa: Thanks doll :)

    Anna: O I've heard that book leaves everyone craving Paris. I really must read it :)

    Kristal: OMG my top favorite 2 things too! :) I know this little shop where the lady goes to France, buys vintage stuff, brings it back over, and resells it for maaad money. I can see myself going thrifting crazy in France :) Thank you SO much for stopping by! :)

    Renee Ann: *smile* Agreed! *high five* Not to mention, the little ones can be carried :) Thanks so much for asking! I have a funny little male poodle mix. He has this fabulous streak down the center of his head that we style as a mohawk. He's pretty fantastic.

    Miss Page Turner: I'm really liking it so far. She's got me ready to take cooking classes too :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Lizzy: Lizzy Darling! How fabulous! Please tell me you will be reviewing it? :)

    Stacy: *smile* O I simply love that idea! What's your poodle's name? :) PS I was just telling Renee Ann above, I have a mohawked male poodle mix ;)

    BookBelle: LOL no way? What a sight that must be! :)

    Alyssa: *dreamy smile* agreed! :)

    Jenn: Hello dear! How are you! Welcome back!

    Kavyen: She definitely was :)

    Justine: Agreed! Immediately too! :)

    Bermuda: Really? I had no idea! Inside too?

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  36. How incredibly fun! I'd love to go to France someday, it just seems so incredibly romantic.

    I absolutely adored most of this movie, primarily because of the actors. Also, my mom knows the girl who the blog was based on in the movie, which was also really fun to see because they were food blogging buddies way back in the day. So fun! :o) Can't wait to see what you think of the book though!

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  37. 1st daughter: Agreed :) *high five*

    O really? How cool! Such a small world! :)

    My favorite parts of the movie were the Julia parts, so I figured I would read My Life in France instead ;) I did however really dig the movie. It was such fun. I love how Julia inspired her. I must admit she has been inspiring me too. So brave. So fierce.

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  38. It's the same in England. In the old churches there are hooks at the end of each pew so that you can hook the dog's leash on there and all the pubs have dog bowls full of water outside. Most of the dogs just sleep under the table inside the pub.
    Ann

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  39. I work at a French Bistro and my boss (who is a true Francophile) allows dogs to come into the restaurant too. When I first started working there it seemed a bit odd (hello, health code?), but I soon realized that it is all part of the relaxed atmosphere. C'est la vie!

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  40. Cozy: Really? That is way cool! :) Thanks so much for sharing that info and stopping by :)

    Melina: Awesome! I like your boss already and love that saying! I sort of live by it (even though only God knows if I say it correctly). :) Thanks so much for passing by! :)

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  41. What an awesome shop to run into. I love her comment! Totally made me smile. :)

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  42. I am loving "Imaginary Jesus", it is funny and wow, really puts it in perspective. I thought it was going to make fun of religion but wanted to try it anyway, but it doesn't, it is truly a christian book. And it was a free nookbook!!!

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  43. Penny: My thought exactly :)

    Wall: Very cool! I grabbed it for my Kindle and was really wondering about it :) Like you I thought it would poke fun. I'm glad to hear it's so much more.

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  44. Hi Juju,
    Thanks for playing along--I love your seven facts!
    FYI, you were the seventh person to comment on that post, so I agree...seven REALLY is your lucky number!! :-)
    xoxox,
    Yvonne

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  45. Yvonne: Thanks :D I was? How funny! :-) Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  46. the teaser does create a comfortable image. How's the book? I loved the movie.

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  47. Oh I am so reading this book! I would love to go to France even though I have heard mixed things about it. The same could be said of the U.S. Thanks Ju-Ju!

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  48. Jenny Girl: True true! I've heard the same but I think I need to see it for myself ;)

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  49. What a great teaser! After having lived in Germany for over 5 years & then moving back to the U.S, I’m still a bit bummed I can’t take my pups in stores/restaurants & even most hotels with me. Although it was a bit disheartening to see dogs better behaved than my children when we dined out ;)

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  50. Christie:
    1. Thanks :)
    2. Ahhhh they do it in Germany too? Thanks for sharing that. I had no idea.
    3. LOL ;) I know exactly what you mean.

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  51. I can see you toting your dog all through out France

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  52. Cleverly: Totally! :) He's cute yet saucy. I bet he'd do great in France.

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