Connections

December 12, 2017

Connections #12 | Alyssa

There is a used to be a running joke in our house about my Frenchness. Try a cheese and, boom, I’d be 62% French. Pick up a few French slang words, 71%. Striped shirt, 75%, and on and on. The jokes stopped at one point. Maybe because I finally attained that je ne sais quoi or, more likely, because the focus changed.

Now I’m a woman on a mission of togetherness whether it’s getting friends around the table or making connections in the community. In an effort to spread the good word, I’ll be sharing some links every once in a while that will (hopefully) help you do the same.

In Your Home
Dinner party tips for small spaces.
Fave kitchen tools from a famed blogger.
Guide to buying cheap (ahem, affordable) wine.
Clear the clutter in your kitchen.
The perfect holiday outfit for all of your gatherings.

In Your Community
The power of an invitation.
Easy (and tasty!) activism for the holidays.
Cooks can be feminists too.
4 down, 12 to go.
Love wins.

P.S. The old French Connections are all here if your curious and here’s a fancy holiday dinner party menu just for kicks.

P.P.S. The photo above is from the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition now showing at The Broad. She too is a woman who believes in love.

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu

December 5, 2017

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

If you haven’t noticed, December has arrived and everyone is in full holiday party mode. It’s already a challenge to cook for a large crowd, but doing so during the busiest season of the year? Yikes.

Meet my friend Mexican food, a crowd-pleasing cuisine that everyone loves and is fairly easy to cook. Not to mention, it’s an easy way to serve a vegetarian-friendly meal without the meat eaters noticing.
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Thanksgiving Wines from Trader Joe’s

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Wines from Trader Joe's | Alyssa Pacaut

The turkey is in the oven and the table is set, but what the heck are you going to pour alongside that Thanksgiving Dinner? T-Day is notoriously challenging when it comes to wine pairing. With so many different dishes and emotions around the table, it’s no wonder!

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Together

November 14, 2017

Together | Alyssa Pacaut

It’s been an intense year.

The headlines, the tweets, the hate. It all started to get to me about halfway through the summer.

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French Summer Dinner Party Menu

July 18, 2017

French Summer Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

Summertime and the living’s is easy. There’s no need to slave all day at the stove when inviting people over during the summer. The following dinner party menu requires a minimal amount of time in the kitchen and highlights the best flavors of the season including tomatoes and rosé!

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French Connections

July 11, 2017

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Summer is here and California has the heat wave to prove it! Though the temps are up, we’ve been making the most of it with lots of beach time, BBQs in our backyard, and lots of rosé (bien sûr). Speaking of, I highly suggest drinking a refreshing glass of wine while click through this list of lovely links. Cheers to you and alliteration!

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a French Girl

June 27, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Being a French Girl | Alyssa Pacaut

This French Girl thing is wildly addictive! Since I’ve combed every corner of the internet looking for the key to eternal chicdom, I thought it was time to share the fruits of my labor. Here is the ultimate guide with a link that will help you do anything (or nothing at all) like a French Girl. Enjoy!

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Best Wine Bars and Shops in Long Beach

June 20, 2017

Best Wine Shops in Long Beach | Alyssa Pacaut

Drinking wine is one of my favorite ways to unwind whether I’m grabbing a glass with a girlfriend or buying a bottle for a dinner at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of high-quality wine bars and shops in Long Beach. Here’s the crème de la crème!

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What I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

June 13, 2017

What I Always Buy at Trader Joe's | Alyssa Pacaut

Don’t you long to go to the market à la française? Imagine going from stall to stall with a straw tote in hand buying fresh berries from François, a handful of herbs from Jacqueline, and then a final stop in the local cheese shop. A girl can dream right?

Until we move to France, I’ll always have Trader Joe’s and their top-notch, European-style products. The list below is quite long but it includes everything we typically buy and regularly replenish.

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