6 crêperies you must go to in London 

Shrove Tuesday may have been and gone, but did we ever really need a reason to justify eating a stack of pancakes (or crêpes) fresh out of the frying pan?  Obviously, there is only one answer to this: non.  And if you thought that you had to cough up for a Eurostar ticket to find…

Word of the Week: ‘appeler un chat un chat’

Today, I’ve decided to look at the French translation of ‘to call a spade a spade’ – mostly because it gives me the chance to go a bit overboard with cat photos.  Hope you like this week’s mot de la semaine! And as always, if you’ve enjoyed reading it, please feel free to share this…

5 French books you must read!

As it was World Book Day last week, it seems timely to write a post on French literature, so I’ve put together a guide here to French books that you must read.  All of the books mentioned here can be found on US and UK Amazon (and of course French Amazon) and in good bookshops. …

Monthly French finds: February 2017 

Welcome to my new series of posts, where each month I’ll be sharing my favourite French discoveries, from films and books to musicians and (of course) anything and everything food-related.  Hope you enjoy reading! 🙂 1. Institut Français  My cousin bought me membership last Christmas for the Institut Français in London, which is a French…

Word of the Week: ‘un moulin à paroles’ 

Today, I’ve chosen ‘un moulin à paroles’ for the Word of the Week simply because talking, along with eating, is one of my favourite things.  Check out more language posts here, and for more Word of the Week posts, why not have a look here?  Word of the Week: ‘Un moulin à paroles’.  How to…

5 reasons to join the Institut Français! 

I recently visited the Institut Français for a screening of the French political thriller Spin and a Q&A with the main actor Grégory Fitoussi, which you can read all about here.  I didn’t actually know about the Institut Français until a few months ago, but got the chance to make the most out of it when…

 Word of the Week – ‘revenons à nos moutons’

This week, I’ve got an animal-themed phrase for our mot de la semaine – ‘revenons à nos moutons’! 🐑 For more French expressions and Words of the Week, why not have a look at my other posts here?  Word of the Week: ‘Revenons à nos moutons’ – this is one of my favourite French expressions,…

Bookworms’ Corner: Dans le Jardin de l’Ogre review 

Cette nuit, elle en a rêvé et n’a pas pu se rendormir. Un rêve moite, interminable, qui s’est introduit en elle comme un souffle d’air chaud. Adèle ne peut plus penser qu’à ça.  Elle se lève, boit un café très fort dans la maison endormie. Debout dans la cuisine, elle se balance d’un pied sur…

4 reasons to watch French political thriller Spin 

Last night, I went to the Institut Français in London to a screening of the first episode of series 3 of Spin, a French political thriller (and a Q&A with one of the main actors, Grégory Fitoussi!!)    Known as Les Hommes de l’Ombre (‘the shadow men’) in France, the show focuses on the murky world…

6 of the best French chat-up lines, from the sleazy to the sublime

As it’s the day after Valentine’s Day, it seems timely to give you a rundown of some of the finest chat-up lines in the French language.  For more love-themed posts, why not check out my list of French songs that are perfect for Valentine’s Day here?  Have a look at these ‘phrases de séduction’ below,…

10 French songs to celebrate Valentine’s Day 

French is still very much the language of love, according to a survey on the language-learning site Babbel.  So here’s a list of ten of my favourite French love songs – a soundtrack with a difference to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or the perfect excuse at any time of year to listen to some…

Word of the Week – ‘retrouvailles’

Word of the Week: As it’s Valentine’s Day (la Saint-Valentin) tomorrow, I thought it would be a nice idea to choose a word today that’s loosely connected to Valentine’s Day. So here we have ‘retrouvailles’, or how to have a reunion French-style, whether it’s between friends or couples, humans and their beloved pets or between…