Feb 20, 2012

The French Connection

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For a glitzy gambling town, Las Vegas has quite the selection of quality french restaurants. When my sister Jennifer visits from out of town, her first stop is Bonjour Bakery. Being off the Strip, it won't cost you an arm and a leg for a chocolate croissant and we love their swiss cheese salad (especially the dijon dressing). We usually share a baguette sandwich and for dessert, it must be flan. My sister won't share her flan. We used to share the french language together as children but these days, french food is our french connection. One bite of flan and we are instantly transported to our youth in southern France.  After our parent's divorce, our dependable American father took the task to raise us. As we assimilated into American culture and began speaking more english than french, the food of France never left our tongues. Even as middle aged women we still talk passionately of flan, baguettes, and cheese.


I wouldn't mind being in southern France eating flan, listening to french children speak and waiting for the church bell to ring again.
  
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Jennifer and I in southern France 1977.


Before visiting any city, Jennifer has to know there is a french bakery close by. As it happens, a new one just popped up in the neighborhood, the Baguette Cafe. Our family almost had a real french bakery here in Vegas once. My french uncle owned a Boulangerie(bakery) in Nice, France for many years and for a time considered opening one in Vegas. This would have definitely been a convenience for me with free baguettes. Still, Baquette Cafe is french owned and that's good enough for us. Baguette Cafe is located in a weird spot, within some sort of industrial park. But you learn quickly, weird spots are the charm of Vegas's many mysteries. Since Las Vegas is built on a grid like plan, the cafe is not that hard to find. Baguette Cafe..... que c'est délicieux! 


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The flan photo above - not mine.
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31 comments:

  1. Bonjour Sandy. What a fun post! I will make sure to visit La Baguette Café should I ever make it to Las Vegas. Like you and your sister, I always look for French bakeries (especially if they are French-owned!) Loved seeing that picture of you and your sister on the beach in France. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Bonjour Veronique. Vous êtes très gentille! Thanks for liking the post...now I've got to find out where you're at for la vacane! =)

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  2. I love the photo of you and your sister as little girls! So cute! At least you get the taste of France in a nearby restaurant. Mmmmm, flan.

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    1. Thanks Sonya! Yes, it's nice to have french food near by. =)

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    2. Doesn't my little sister look like a doll here! =)

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  3. Wonderful shots. I would love to have that Flan! Hope you had a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Randy. I hope you have a great weekend as well and maybe you get to eat some flan.;)

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  4. I thought flan was a spanish dessert...or is it just European? Looks yummy. I have had it , but years ago. I'm drooling now...thanks!
    Wonderful pic of you and your sis!

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    1. Hi Teresa. =) You're right, flan is spanish.... and french. Where my mother is from near the spanish and french border, flan is somewhat popular. And I'm not an expert on flan but not all flans taste the same. Dori and most Americans I know, do not like flan!lol Thanks for liking the photo of us. =)

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  5. Middle aged women? Surely not!

    Chocolate Croissants sound delicious, I'll have two please! You're getting pretty good with the food photography, you've made me hungry!! No, really, I'm starving! LOL

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  6. Hi Ron. Yes middle aged women. isn't 37 and 40 middle aged!LOL OKay I'm 40, I'm really the middle aged one. ;) Thanks for your kind words. Are you feeling like a fish out of water on the mainland! Have a nice week. =)

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  7. I'd love to have a chocolate croissant right now, maybe two. And I think I'd be very happy with a flan (of course I woulnd't share it!).
    I think it's so cool the way you tell us a story, mixing beautiful old photos (what a lovely moment) with recent shots.
    Nice post Sandy, it made me smile. :)

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    1. It would be fun to have a chocolate croissant with you...you could tell me all about your trip to Peru! =) And I would not make you share your flan.LOL Thanks for your nice comment, I really appreciate it Lúcia. Aren't you going to middle aged soon...in a few days?;)

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    2. I'm glad to know you are a well behaved lady, Sandy. Some things shouldn't be shared.
      Hahahaha, middle aged, me??? Nooooooooooooooooooo!!! :p

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    3. Heeeeeeeeee! Oh I meant to say... aren't you going to have a middled aged castle in your blog soon? =P Girrrrl I know you are just barely twenty! ;) lol

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  8. How nice to share a pic of your sister and you from childhood days in France. You girls were just to cute! Now here you are in Vegas still sharing fun times with your sister when she visits, trading sand pails for Culinary Delights at a French Restaurante!

    I have been reading a few of your old posts and it seems to me that you still have retained your french language. When you visit France is French the language that you use when visiting family? How nice it would be to have two languages!

    Nice pictures. Really liked the one of the salad and bread! Fun Post, Sandy!

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    1. Hi Parker! Jennifer looks like a little doll. hee hee. She's also moving to California from Colorado and I'm hoping to share sand pails again. ;) I have to say, I can understand french better than I can speak it. =) Not enough frenchies around me in Las Vegas to practice my french. Thanks again Parker! Have a terrific day!!! =)

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  9. Hello Sandy,

    I think you still have a few years before you reach middle age. You certainly don't look it that's for sure!

    The mainland, hmmmm, it's a nice place to visit but it seems I visit here for 50 weeks out of the year and then return to paradise. I'm thinking I have that all wrong! LOL

    Enjoy your week too!

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  10. Oh la la! une bonne baguette avec, surtout, un bon morceau de fromage et le tout arrosé d’un verre de rouge! Now I’m going to have to put Las Vegas on my travel list. I went there decades ago – I mean it – in the 70s….

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    1. Bonjour Vagabonde. =) Gosh J'ai encore faim! Your french description is making me hungry all over again. Yes, put Las Vegas on your travel list.;) It's totally different now! You were here before me. I came here shortly after high school. Wow the 70's! Now that would be an interesting story and pictures? Have a nice day Vagabonde.

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  11. I could go for that salad with the baguette right now. A fun post.

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    1. Thanks RedPat. I wish I could serve you a virtual baguette and a salad. How fun would that be! =)

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  12. A great story and fun photos! Yes, I love the photo of the two little girls on the beach...very sweet. Speaking of sweet, the flan looks terrific, and I especially like the raspberry trim! We had a young man from Lyon spend some time with us while he was in the US learning English, and he converted me to TRUE baguettes...hard to find here. After visiting his home in Franchville, baguettes here never tasted the same to me.

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    1. Thank you Kate! =) Aww so you have tasted an authentic baguette. You will never be the same.lol I feel the same way about flan - it's just not the same here. But, if ever in Vegas, you must try Baguette Cafe. When I bite into their baguette - It's almost like being in Paris. Have a wonderful week Kate. =)

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  13. The photos of the girls are absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, when I was at that age, I was only ever surrounded by boys.

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    1. Hi Olga. Does that mean you have a lot of brothers and you were the only girl? I bet you're a tough broad! ;) My sister has a twin brother...that's another story. Have a wonderful week Olga and take care of yourself. =)

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    2. During my childhood, I was surrounded by male cousins. This really made me who I am :)

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  14. The b&w shot of you and your sister is priceless!

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    1. Thank you Spare Parts...it really is! =)

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  15. Bonjour, Je suis Jessica... I just googled and saw ur post. Thank you, the flan looks just like the ones in salvador. I'm sure my mother will love it. I'm bearly learning french, I starting to learing how to ask for food ina resturant so.... I have a question, are they okay with speaking french to costumers? And are there manus writen in french? ..... ps. Merci madamme Sandy, salut! (I hope I said it right ;)

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  16. Hi Jessica. You did great! I don't remember the menu but the owner and the people that work there speak french so I think you wouldn't have a problem. Thanks for your visit. =)

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