Monthly Archives: February 2017

Best Modern Cheese Domes

February 28, 2017

Best Modern Cheese Domes | Modern French Blog

To be French, one must love cheese. And to enjoy your cheese in the best way possible, you need a cheese dome in which to store it. This is something I feel very passionate about and, in fact, I’ve already sung the praises of the mighty cheese dome in this post.

Already convinced? Then, here is a bunch of modern cheese domes that would look right at home in your fridge. In order from top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

P.S. Some cheese to put in your cheese dome and some French-inspired food to put in your fridge.

French Connections

February 21, 2017

French Connections | modernfrenchblog.com

Ah, le three day week-end. Is there anything as sweet as having Monday off? I spent most of my weekend weathering the storm by listening to old podcasts from The Minimalists, flipping through old issues of Cherry Bombe magazine, and reading the book of poetry by Rupi Kaur pictured above. Hope you too had a relaxing time!

An ode to France’s beloved Boursin cheese.
• Awesome advice on dinner party music from restaurant owners.
The New Essentials of French Cooking.
Clean the zero waste way with these tips from Chloé (aka one of my favorite French Girls).
• Make a freezer care package for someone going through a tough time.
• Molly nailed it with this easy, modern way to organize a spice drawer.
All the best appetizers from Trader Joe’s.
• Bought this nasty keychain and I heart it.
• Garance Doré gets advice from on expert on dinner party etiquette.

Long Beach Wall Crawl

February 13, 2017

Long Beach is having a bit of a renaissance and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon it seemed like the right time to show a little love. Mitch Maher and I set out to explore the best walls in Long Beach this past weekend. I wore outfits in black, white, and navy while he played the role of art director and photographer.

The result is a love letter to our fair city in digital form, i.e. the Long Beach Wall Crawl complete with artist recognition and locations so you too can spend a couple hours taking in this beautiful art. A big merci to POW! WOW! Long Beach for bringing these artists to our hometown!

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

James Jean Mural
The Varden Hotel
335 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com
Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Gail Werner Mural
Super Suds
250 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

James Haunt Mural
La Bodega #1 Market
6001 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA, 90805

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Sarah Joncas Mural
Toxic Toast Records
757 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com
Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Hitotzuki Mural
Intertrend Communications
228 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com
Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

123KLAN and SLICK Mural
The Liberty
435 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Dragon76 Mural
East 1st Street and Alamo Court
Long Beach, CA, 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com
Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Tristan Eaton Mural
The Varden Hotel
335 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Wall Crawl | modernfrenchblog.com

Brendan the Blob and Evah Fan Mural
Toxic Toast Records
757 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813

P.S. If you pay your talented friends in wine, then this is a great place to start.

British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu

February 7, 2017

British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu | modernfrenchblog.com

Sometimes all you need in winter is a warm hug. An embrace is a great way to greet your dinner party guests but you can also extend a hug by serving a dish that almost seems to give you a hug from the inside. The Brit’s certainly know a thing or two about bone-chilling winters so it’s no surprise that their world-famous Sheperd’s Pie is the perfect antidote for a dreary evening.

Dinner Party Menu

Apéritif
Toast with Lemony Pea Mash
Gin and Tonic

Main Dishes
Vegan Sheperd’s Pie
Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc

Dessert
Earl Grey Panna Cotta

Dinner Party Tips and Tricks

Start your British-inspired night off with two UK classics: 1) pea mash with a kick thanks to lemon and hit of red pepper flakes and 2) gin and tonics garnished with sliced lime or cucumber rounds.

Though Sheperd’s Pie is traditionally made with lamb or ground beef, lentils are a healthy option for those still keeping their new year’s resolutions. It’s also nice and hearty, which will satisfy the appetite of meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. As usual, I like to combine heavier dishes with a lighter salad like an arugula lettuce dressed in a crisp balsamic vinaigrette.

For those who are drinking, the main course pairs well with an easy drinking red like the Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc or your favorite pinot noir.

Finish off the meal with a creamy panna cotta infused with Earl Grey tea. Make your life easier by making this dessert a day ahead and storing in the fridge. Don’t have time to make dessert? Make life even easier by subbing the panna cotta for a some tea and a packet or two of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies at Cost Plus World Market.

P.S. If you are more of a Francophile than an Anglophile, you’ll love this French Winter Dinner Party Menu or a menu of Vegan French Classics.