December 7, 2013
1) You never get tired of the fromage
2) Speaking confidently on the telephone in French finally does get easier
3) The French have a love/hate relationship with American food and trends.
4) Learning to argue your point when you need to return something or aren't satisfied with a service is essential for survival
5) Owning a clothes dryer is overrated, most of the time
6) Nuxe products are fabulous!
7) The chocolat chaud is better here
8) French women do get fat. And get drunk in public. And leave the house wearing sweats from time to time. And are not the perfect creatures that the rest of the world makes them out to be. (Here's a little secret that no one wants you to know: they are normal, just like the rest of us)
9) Bureaucratic hiccups aren't only reserved for expats
10) Take time to celebrate and appreciate the little things - time with friends and family, a flaky croissant, a day at the beach, a surprisingly great meal, a gorgeous view
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I have a thing for cookbooks. And luckily, I have friends who do too.
Every time I'm in New Orleans, I head down to the Quarter and stop by The Kitchen Witch. I usually show up late in the day, just before closing, so I can enjoy an apéro with the owners, Debbie and Philipe, who are old friends of mine. Then I make a point to visit a second time so I can have a leisurely look around the shop to see what's new. And I always leave some extra room in my suitcase, because it's inevitable that I'll come home with a cookbook or two.
The Kitchen Witch is a veritable Aladdin's Cave of treasures! They offer mostly used cookbooks, with a mix of new and used Cajun and Creole books thrown in for good measure. When I visited last winter they had first edition/first printings of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, volumes 1 and 2, the bookplates of which were signed by Mme. Julia Child herself. I hope someone has given them a loving home by now.
If you find yourself in New Orleans, pop by and say hello to Debbie and Philipe.
The Kitchen Witch is located on Toulouse Street, between Royal and Chartres Streets, pretty much smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter.
If you're like me, you'll find their little shop irresistible.
Kitchen Witch Cookbooks
631 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70130