I have never been to Paris. It’s been on my list of travel desires for nearly two decades and I’ve somehow managed to find myself in many other places but. Thankfully I live in a city with countless local Parisian escapes, where I can pretend streets are made of cobblestone and that chic striped shirts and perfectly coiffed brunette bangs are walking upon them.

Next time you prance through Los Angeles, be sure to visit either the timeless romance of Figaro Bistrot…the ultra hip that is Cafe Stella…or the artisinal mercantile wonderland of Monsieur Marcel.

I recently introduced my mom to Monsieur Marcel where we sipped on afternoon wine, got in some ridiculous Beverly Hills people watching, ordered dessert even though we were already too full and enjoyed a moment that I can now only realize is the magic of having a relationship with your parents as an adult.

My mom has always given me real talk, but let’s be honest – it’s more enjoyable during this time of my life when conversation is about life, love, laughs and not about the stress of maintaining a 4.0 or balancing your college checkbook at the end of each month.

Sorry Momacita, but true…you’re responsible for keeping me on track, grounded and motivated all these years.

I love you to the moon for it and I apologize for being a horrible speller.

Nothing transports me quicker onto a {local} France vacation like a glass of pale rosé and a carefully thought out nicoise salad…be it at home or at a cafe, I indulge on this taste trip year round. This “Californian” Nicoise is a somewhat modernized approach which replaces anchovies with Spanish Boquerones, adds in crisp cucumbers and brightens up the usual olive and vinegar party with a bright and wild champagne vinaigrette.

I don’t know about you, but I’m packed and ready to go, yo!

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Recipe: The California Nicoise Salad

Ingredients

  • Mixed Greens
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Boiled Purple Fingerling Potatoes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Persian Cucumbers
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Seared Ahi Tuna Steak
  • Boquerones
  • Champagne Vinaigrette

The Assemblage

There’s really no need for a recipe when it comes to salad making – build your bowl to your personal spec and then check out how to make a wicked champagne vinaigrette here. Note: for those of you squeamish of anchovies, I beg you give Boquerones a chance. They are mild flavored, less salty and amazing wrapped around olives. Trust.

The Wine

Let’s face it – Rosé is more popular than ever. Making side-kick appearances next to the Thanksgiving turkeys and ringing louder than a siren in countless rap videos — this vino is a rebel and I couldn’t be happier about it. My personal favorite  is Domaine Sainte Lucie MIP* Classic Rosé which despite it’s somewhat cheesy “MADE IN PROVANCE” name, is a bottle that could not be more delicious. It has reached boy band status, causing Angelenos to stock up on cases in a crazy frenzy as soon as it hits shelves (or first word of arrival via twitter).

If you’re able to get your hands on one of these bottles, buy two and save the other for a rainy (or thirsty day) because this goodness never lasts much longer than mid-July.

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Why not serve up that updated nicoise with a few design twists of the classics of Parisian café? These Modern French kitchen accents are the perfect way to add just a little bit of ooh  to the la la to your table – be it bistro chairs in unexpected pops of colors or just a healthy stack of gorgeous macaroons, you’re going to be screaming merci beaucoup with each item tossed into your digital shopping cart and placed into your own private café. Lastly…Can we talk about the collection of Cooking Attitude Books up there?! My eyes are weeping with bliss. I wish I spoke French.

Le sigh.

 {one} CB2 Siren Pendant Lamp  //  {two}  Staub .25 Quart Chocolate Fondue Set  //  {three}  Paris Tea Towel by Darling Clementine  //  {four}  Craspedia Billy Balls  //  {five}  Faceted Jam Jar  //  {six} Red Striped Linen Table Cloth   {seven} Enameled Metal Plates Via Merci  // {eight}  Handmade French Bistro Chair  //  {nine} Domaine Sainte Lucie MIP Rosé  //  {ten} ‘Lette Macarons  // {eleven} Aux Anysetiers du Roy Herbes de Provence  // 
{twelve} Bonjour Compote  //  {thirteen} JE CUISINE POÉTIQUE & JE CUISINE CHAMPÊTRE – Part Of The Cooking Attitude Collection     //  {fourteen} French Cheese Knife Set

 

 

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