Tag Archives: Paris

Dina and Julia

13 Nov

When I was little and saw Julia Child on TV (and I was always watching TV), I thought she was weird and boring and always flipped past the channel quickly.

A few years later, while watching Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, I got reintroduced to Julia Child through her Belgian waffles and chocolate cake, which looked killer.

And then a few years ago, I saw Julie and Julia. Since then I have been a wee bit enamored with the legend. Meryl Streep was amazing and dead on, especially compared to the lackluster “Julie” portions of the film. Later on, at a book reading at my local Barnes and Noble (R.I.P), when I saw the real Julie Powell describing cheating on her husband and making cased sausages…the feeling was equally lackluster.

In the film, I love Julia’s passion for food, Paris and life. I was so inspired that I bought My Life in France, from which the film was partially adapted. In it I learned that Julia only found her passion for food when she was 36. Isn’t that amazing! It took Julia Child and her partner, Simone Beck, ten years to complete the manuscript and get Mastering the Art of French Cooking on book shelves 50 years ago. There was plenty of rejection, but Julia and Simone stuck to their guns with encouragement from another friend, Avis DeVoto.

I also learned that she spent a few years in Germany and Norway. Her husband’s career as a USIS (United States Information Service) officer forced them to move around the world based on his assignments, which is how she wound up in Paris in the first place.

When I was in Paris, I had the privilege of visiting Julia and Paul’s first apartment in Paris, 81 Roo de Loo (81 Rue de l’Universite) It was so cool to see the place where she first started cooking and slept as she fell in love with French cuisine. Walking around the quiet neighbor sandwiched between the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin and Les Invalides, its no wonder she had such a wonderful time in the City of Lights.

Bon Appetit!

New Year, New Commitment

10 Oct

It’s been a long time since I came around, been a long time but I’m back in town and this time I’ll keep blogging regularly….

OK, so I’m no Lady Gaga (though I have been confused for her recently), but I am back with a refound commitment to this blog. Not only that, but I went on a Parisian adventure with my husband and I would love to share some insights I had while there.

Forgetting Paris, we are also in the middle of the Jewish holiday season, which means I have been cooking up a storm, which means I have had little time to write, which means I have awesome insights into what worked for me that I would love to share them with you in future posts.

In the mean time, take this blog post in the spirit of Yom Kippur and let me say I am sorry for not updating this post. To my adoring fans (mainly my father and mother-in-law who might be the only people who read this) there will be more to come.

But if you have a chance, check out my Rosh HaShana cards at my Etsy store