Guide to Moorea, Tahiti

January 9, 2018

Belvedere Point in Moorea, Tahiti | Alyssa Pacaut

Moorea is a quiet, laid back island in French Polynesia that is just a hop and a skip away from the main island of Tahiti. Bright blue lagoon water, luscious jungle greenery, and the best seafood ever are just the tip of the iceberg in this tropical paradise.

There is plenty to do from snorkeling, diving, and kayaking to hiking, nature tours, or simply taking in the breathtaking views. The island caters well to tourists yet doesn’t feel touristy, which makes it a great destination for honeymooners, families, and everyone in between.
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2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

January 2, 2018

2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

Though I’m not usually a fan of resolutions, setting a few goals around food and wine is definitely something I can get behind. Here are some things I have in mind for the new year!
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50 French Dishes

December 26, 2017

50 French Dishes | Alyssa Pacaut

Classic French cuisine will always have a special place in my heart. If not for the craft and tradition, then the focus on high quality ingredients and, well, all that butter.

And so, I present you with a list. A list of all lists, really. One that took a very long time to craft and cultivate. Any Francophile worth their salt is probably familiar with some of these dishes, but hopefully there are a few new ones that you can try out.
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French Connections

December 12, 2017

Connections #12 | Alyssa Pacaut

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 but my French obsession still continues albeit at a lower volume. Anyhow, here’s a bunch of links about things French people love like wining, dining, and looking chic as hell.
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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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Spring Dinner Party Menu

May 23, 2017

Spring Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

Though seasons sometimes feel the same in Southern California, this spring has been particularly sweet after our winter-iest winter ever. Super blooms popped up all over the place and the bougainvillea are putting on their best show.

So, when coming up with a spring-inspired dinner party menu, all I could think about was pink pink pink and a touch of bright green.

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Describing My Personal Style

May 16, 2017

Describing My Personal Style | Alyssa Pacaut

Though I hate to admit it, I think about my personal style quite a lot. What to wear, where to buy it, why I wear it, and what it all means. These are the thoughts that run through my mind.

A while back Rubyellen from Cakies wrote a post about her personal style, which inspired me to write about my own personal style.

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French Connections

May 9, 2017

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Vive la France, am I right? A big wave of relief washed through our petite maison this past Sunday when we heard the news of the French election. We already had a sushi making dinner party planned with our close friends, but a proper French celebration complete with saucisson sec and champagne is coming soon! In the meantime, here’s some links for you to enjoy.

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My Minimalist Makeup

May 2, 2017

My Minimalist Makeup | Alyssa Pacaut

Disclaimer: I am not a makeup guru. I didn’t really wear makeup until my mid-twenties and, if I’m being totally honest, I still feel like I don’t know how to properly put my face on.

It’s possible that my minimalist makeup is a result of being a novice. Or maybe it’s all those years my dad told me I didn’t need it. Either way, here’s what I own and why I wear it.

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Wine Review: Winc Wine Subscription

April 18, 2017

Winc Subscription Wine Review | Alyssa Pacaut

Today we have something new. First, I’ll be reviewing three wines instead of the usual one. Second, the wines are not from Trader Joe’s. I repeat these wine bottles are NOT from Trader Joe’s.

Yup, I ordered some wine from Winc, a wine subscription service that’s exploded in popularity over the last year or so. If you haven’t heard of them, then you’d probably recognize them since their bottles have cute labels with clever names that are regularly ‘grammed and snapped.

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