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No. 359-360: M-F and Hélène: the ladies who (make) lunch and (sometimes) spit wine

MF_helene_1.jpgSome of my most cherished memories of my time in France are from the kitchen. I was fortunate to learn about and taste all sorts of global cuisine prepared with love in the homes of remarkable women from all around the world. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend many delicious days shopping for fresh ingredients at the marché and then learning how to prepare them with the lovely Marie-Françoise and a great group of friends. Yes, when pressed, I would have to say that M-F’s approach to real French family cooking and hands on learning marks some of my most memorable days in Paris.

While in Paris, I also had the great fortune of meeting the marvelous and slightly mischievous Hélène, wine aficionado and friend. Not only has she taught me to appreciate good (and not necessarily expensive) wine, she has also taught me to appreciate life as it comes, warts and all, and to always strive to be in the moment. Those afternoons we spent nose in glass, swirling, slurping and spitting wine and strolling along the Seine were some of the best.

Here’s to my culinary friends:  the ladies who (make) lunch and (sometimes) spit wine.

Vous-allez me manquer.



MF_helene_chablis.jpgChin chin!

Marie Françoise and Hélène (perfectly bilingual) also cater private dinner parties, wine pairings, birthday and  graduations parties in Paris. For more information contact:

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Only five more days and five more topics to achieve your goals of 365 things you love about France…quite an accomplishment! (Suzanne)

    August 26, 2014
    • Thanks for the sweet compliment, Suzanne. I am feel in quite good about what I’ve accomplished with this blog this year. As you know (almost) daily blogging is not for the faint of heart!

      August 26, 2014
      • I totally agree with you on the blogging. I often pull my hair out trying to find something interesting to show and tell. Sometimes I simply rely on a nice picture to do the telling for me (a picture is worth a thousand words they say!) but it is time consuming and tiring…As our blog is mostly built around pictures, I spend hours selecting and processing them.

        August 26, 2014
  2. I echo the comment above from Suzanne and Pierre – your 365 things are a joy to read about. I have laughed a lot over the last few months and related to so much but also, importantly learned much. As to food – well that’s really the greatest thing about France isn’t it – the French are very uncompromising as a people and that is never more so that with food and wine. The fact that you can pick up a bottle of plonk in the local supermarket for less than 3 euros and know it may not be great but it certainly won’t be dreadful is testiment to a people who care. Food is the same. If it isn’t good enough the femme au foyer won’t touch it. France will miss you lady – that is something to be proud of 🙂

    August 26, 2014
  3. Damn! Food again, and drink this time too; at least I have read this in daylight so still have supper to come.

    I first went to France in 1962 and stayed in a house with a resident cook – Madame Louise – who introduced me to the joy of French food prepared daily from the market; and wine. The joy has never left me.

    I’m so sorry that I came to your blog so late as I really enjoy it, I agree with what you say about it and cannot wait to complete my own 365 Project and get back to blogging just when I want to.

    August 26, 2014
  4. What a great way to sign off your french blog! Food, cooking & wine are in many ways the cornerstone of French culture, along with family
    Lovely photos

    August 26, 2014
  5. Just wonderful! I wish I could have called on Marie Françoise and Hélène for birthday festivities here! It would have been great for my youngest’s 21st last year! Bon Appetit 🙂

    August 28, 2014
  6. Clara Benioff #

    I’m liking the Sondheim references 🙂

    August 30, 2014

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