New Eve Party coming up.. Do's and Dont's

Celebrating the New Year is the biggest thing of the year. You meet up with friends and family, and for once you have a reason to drink. Or more like a valuable excuse. Anyways, popping champagne is a MUST.
But celebrating the upcoming year is not an easy thing to do. You have to deal with so many things. The New Year's Party is fun but it also goes along with big expectations, big money, big debauchery, and sometimes...big disappointment.

Here are some tips for you:

* Do eat before, drink water between alcoholic drinks (it is always important to stay hydrated)
* Do plan for midnight, do not pass out before 12:01 (remember it is the MOST important part so go easy on the whiskey for 2mins please)
* Do have a positive attitude, do not expect more than you should, but bring on your happy/party mood
* Do bring your best girlfriends/boyfriends (you will be sure to have a great time)
* Do think about your feet (ladies, it is good to feel 2 inches taller but how long can you handle it?)

* Don't arrive at the usual "cool" time (for once being late is lame)
* Don't let the unexpected ruin the evening (always turn anything negative into positive, you can maybe start your new resolutions right away)
* Don't rely on anyone but yourself (after this great article, you will remember to control yourself, but not everyone will)

British Style.. Gotta love it!

So, unlike most French people, I did not go ski this year after Christmas. I cheated on the mountains to go to London. I have always wanted to go to England, but it never happened before even if it is on a 1h 30mins flight from France... But finally I did it!
I went there for 4 days. It was amazing. Such a great city. So many things to see and to do. Definitely one of my favorite destinations so far. If you have the chance to go to Europe, try to stop by London.

The style is great. Think about Kate Moss. Yes, you know you can't help but love her. No matter what,
British girls absolutely "do not care" about what people think. They wear anything and everything. Some have pink hair. Some have very very short skirts. They just wear whatever they want with a touch of rock and some more classic style.. It is so much fun. I love it. Period.

London girls follow only one rule: "Be brave and have fun"

Kate Moss

Florence Welch

Alexa Chung

This a gold digger!

It is time to shine! Gold is IN for the holiday season!
Don't be scared to appear "too flashy", gold looks good on everyone as opposed to what we usually think.
So why not trying and looking fabulous during the holidays? french little pleasure!

I am backhome in France for the holidays. There is nothing better than being in such a lovely country at this period of the year. It seems like Christmas starts way earlier than anywhere else here ... I already started eating delicious pastries in the morning, eating "foie gras" for lunch, tasting different chocolates for snacktime and drinking champagne during happy hours.. Yes, right now, I am close to heaven. I admit it.
But out of all these delicious treats , my favorite ones are "macarons". These little fancy things are just the best. They taste so good!

The famous macarons place is called "Ladurée", you can find the stores in different places: England, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switwerland, Turkey and United States (but only in New York).

Recipe for “macarons au chocolat”

Chocolate filling:
½ cup (125ml) heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
4 ounces (120gr) bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15g) butter, cut into small pieces

Macaron Batter:
1 cup (100gr) powdered sugar
½ cup powdered almonds
3 tablespoons (25gr) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 large egg whites
5 tablespoons (65gr) granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C).
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready.
Grind together the powdered sugar with the almond powder and cocoa so there are no lumps.
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes.
Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag.
Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch (3 cm) circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch (3 cm) apart.
Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten themacarons, then bake them for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.

To make the chocolate filling:
Heat the cream in a small saucepan with the corn syrup. 
When the cream just begins to boil at the edges, remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. 
Let sit one minute, then stir until smooth. Stir in the pieces of butter. Let cool completely before using.

Spread a bit of batter on the inside of the macarons then sandwich them together.
Let them stand at least one day before serving, to meld the flavors.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze. If you freeze them, defrost them in the unopened container, to avoid condensation which will make the macarons soggy.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

You have probably been using the same Christmas decorations for years now... Your tree is fake so it can probably live forever and you think the same way about your ornaments.
But flash news! You can find many ways to see Christmas in a new way this year. It is all about "art craft"; use your imagination and your hands to make your house looks just like you!

Tip: Go on and go to the section "holidays"


Take time to relax and enjoy life

Yes this might sound "cliché" but you have to learn how to keep yourself from letting the little things in life drive your crazy. The improvement in technology changed the world and made it a "fast pace world" which deprives us from appreciating life. We do not have time anymore to enjoy the simple things in life. We are part of a "doing" culture; unlike the Asian cultures we do not know how to be silent, pray, relax and reflect on thoughts. We have the need to always "do" something; if not we feel useless and unproductive.
We need to learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes; think about doing one thing at a time. Try to live more in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if your can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last.

With love,

And the love for Bacon continues...

After watching cooking shows for hours during Thanksgiving break (while I was trying to digest... not always so easy)  , I wanted to learn how to be a "cute little chef". On TV, they always make it look so easy, apparently the main ingredient is always love. "Cook with love and passion".  I figured I could handle that, I am full of love... and always ready for good food. Always.

Last night, with my "bacon-lover-boyfriend", we made some  "Bacon Wrapped Scallops" and cooked in the oven some roasted potatoes to go with it. It was fantastic! I will share with you the recipe, so you can be a "cute little chef" or just enjoy the great mix between seafood and bacon. You can't go wrong with that.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • 12 large sea scallops, cut in half 
  • 12 pieces of bacon, cut in half 
  • cayenne pepper 
  • olive oil spray 

  • Cut large scallops in half. Wrap each scallop in half a strip of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. (Smaller scallops may be left whole).
  • Spray lightly with olive oil spray.
  • Dust lightly with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Place in baking dish and bake at 425°F, turning once for 20 to 30 minutes or until done.