Luc Besson on Global Warming
Saturday January 27th 2007, 10:58 am
Filed under: environment,people
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I heart Luc Besson even more so whenever I see him in new interviews. Here he’s talking about how critical it is for us to be humble and aware of the environment, to take care of the planet, and that the process of saving the planet, though critical, could be fun. Click here to see the interview.

Franco-American Conversations: Saved by the…What?!
Friday January 26th 2007, 10:32 am
Filed under: cultural differences,language,stories
saved by the gong

Dancing with the Stars, a celebrity dance contest, aired on American TV a few months ago and I was telling my s.o. about how an ex-NFL football player (and 3 time Superbowl champion), Emmitt Smith won, with Mario Lopez losing to him and coming in second.

Him: “Who?”

Me: “Who, who?”

Him: “I don’t know the footballer, but who lost? Do I know him?”

Me: “It’s not ‘footballer,’ it’s ‘football player’. American Football, you know. Anyway, the guy who lost was Mario Lopez. Remember Slater from Saved by the Bell? Did you have that show in France? You know, with Zack, Screech, Jesse and Kelly, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen before 90210?”

Him: “Yeah! I watched that show here. And it was Sleh TAIR, not Slater, ha!

Me: “Weird. What was the show called in French?”

Him: “Sauvés par le gong.”

Me: “Saved by the GONG?! You gotta be kidding. That sounds so un-French. I mean, gongs aren’t really a French thing, if you know what I mean. It’s more ancient Asia. Man, they just pulled that out of left field.”

Him: “I’m serious, that’s what it was called.”

Me: “Is it the same for the expression, ‘saved by the bell’?”

Him: “Yup. Saved by the Gong.”

Me: “That’s insane. ‘Bell’ makes sense for the expression and the show because who on earth has a gong? And for the show it works especially because they’re in school and it refers to the school bell. Do they call the school bell in France a gong too?”

Him: “No, silly. That’s ridiculous.”

Me: “That’s what I was about to say about Sauvés par le gong.”

Friday France Photo: Snowy Lion
Friday January 26th 2007, 9:42 am
Filed under: photos
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Snow in Burgundy
Thursday January 25th 2007, 3:27 am
Filed under: nature,photos
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Gorgeous. Here’s one reason why we love where we live.

The End to a French Yogurt Dilemma: La Fermière Yogurt
Wednesday January 24th 2007, 6:54 am
Filed under: daily life,food and drinks,reviews
supermarket aisle

One of the remarkable things inside a French supermarket is the yogurt aisle. It is gargantuan with its shelves upon shelves of yogurt. Endless rows and rows of the creamy stuff; I’m not kidding. It’s enough to make you dizzy. Only second to the cheese selection, it is pretty intimidating. You’ll find so many different kinds of yogurt, you might not know where to begin. You many never even have enough time to try them all. Would you want to? There could even be as many different kinds of yogurts as there are cheeses in France; I haven’t counted.

What I do know, unfortunately, is that I’ve tasted some nasty yogurt in France during my long search for a perfect yogurt. Have you tried some that have a gamey aftertaste and you’d swear the yogurt should be called chevre (goat cheese) yogurt? I have. Yup. Gross. Others are too watery. Some are too artificially flavored with a chemical berry taste. Some trick you into thinking it has natural flavors, for example, “arome vanille naturel” but it’s in fact, artificial flavor that is supposed to mimick natural vanilla. Be careful with the tricky wording. Anyway, almost all of them are artificially flavored. Lots of them have aspartame. Some even have little specks inside the yogurt that LOOK like real vanilla bean grains but they aren’t real at all. In this case, what ARE those suspect specks? You probably don’t wanna know.

Coupled with the problematic and huge selection that I’ve discovered that I don’t like at all, is the fact that most of these yogurts are packaged entirely in plastic, which I absolute hate. Hard to avoid, and terrible for the environment.

Yes, there are some yogurts packaged in glass jars that aren’t horrible, but I found one that I really, really like called La Fermière – and it’s in a ceramic container that is recyclable or reuseable, it’s made with whole milk, and it uses REAL vanilla beans! It is amazingly delicious too. They are easy to spot in the supermarket aisle because they are the color of red clay. After you’ve tasted these, you will never, I say NEVER again want one of those stooopid plastic watery cup yogurts. By the way, they also include other flavors if you want more than vanilla. Other flavors: natural, honey-orange, lemon zest. La Fermière also makes fruity yogurts in glass jars, but I don’t really like those as much. Lastly, the only thing that could use improvement in this yogurt is the packaging on top. It’s plastic (which I wish they didn’t use but oh well) and it’s hard to open just one without lifting the lid on the other. Still, these were a great find.