The One Festival That Cannes Inspire

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I have to admit that I have had a major girl-crush on Audrey Tautou for over twelve years – ever since seeing her charm the pants off everyone in Le Fabuleaux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. So you can imagine how excited I am that she is the maîtresse de cérémonie at the 2013 Festival de Cannes happening right now!

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one of mon prèfèrè actrice françes et ma muse, Mademoiselle Audrey Tautou!

I will be following the highlights everyday, and I’ll be sure keep you updated with highlights and great pics – mais bîen sur!

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Le Festival de Cannes 2013 Opening Ceremony

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Baz Lurhmann and the cast of The Great Gatsby on the red carpet

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looking just as gorgeous and dapper as possible – biên sur!!

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the brilliant Christoph Waltz!

And of course, I couldn’t resist sharing this exclusive video with Audrey about her Master of Ceremonies honor – yes, this video is in French, but her charm and delight are understandable in any language!audrey tautou, cannes festival 2013, master of ceremony, interview, amelie, cannes, france, THERESE DESQUEYROUX, french cinema, film festival, exclusive interview, canal plusLooks like I will have lots of film watching to do soon!  Here’s the full list of Cannes entries – winners announced May 26th!

Have a wonderful Thursday, mes beaux amis!!
♥ – LBH
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Je Veux Y Manger: The Best Restaurants On The Planet

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Restaurant Magazine’s 2013 List!

In case you haven’t heard, prestigious and international authority Restaurant magazine released its annual list of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants. For the last three years, Copenhagen has proudly been the home of reigning Noma, known for its molecular gastronomic experiments (they make edible dirt…) and breaking the stereotype for what Scandinavian/Nordic food is widely thought of. There ain’t no meatballs at Noma!

But Bravo! to Girona’s El Celler de Can Roca, dethroning Noma’s three year reign and returning the culinary crown to Spain, in the same way legendary El Bulli managed year after year. The three Roca brothers – Joan, Jordi and Josep – have worked to redefine and set the bar for culinary and pastry techniques, creativity, authenticity and overall mind-blowing food. Or so one would expect from the best restaurant in the world.

After reviewing Restaurant magazine’s list, I’ve come to realize that I have a growing list of places to visit, not just because I love traveling and collecting international passport stamps, but for the chance to perhaps enjoy some of these unforgettable transcendental culinary experiences!

The five American restaurants are obvious and easy must-try’s:

  • Eleven Madison Park (5), Per Se (11), Le Bernardin (17) and Daniel (29) in New York are relatively easy if I plan my future trips right!
  • My boyfriend promised that he would take me to Chicago’s Alinea (15) which he said was one of the most exquisite meals he has ever enjoyed.
  • Yountville, CA is still in the Top 50 with French Laundry (47), and is an easy and beautiful six-hour drive or quick flight/shuttle into the Napa wine country. Consider it done!

I can hardly wait to return to France after je laisse mon cœur dans Paris, falling in love with her last fall, and now that I’m determined to parler Français, the universe is paving a road for me to also experience SIX more best restaurants in and around Paris. Not to mention that Spain, Germany and Switzerland are all close neighbors, just a quick plane ride or lovely train ride away…

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Paris’ fresh markets are undeniably part of the reason for its culinary reign.

Now, I just need to get that money tree growing in my backyard…

If money were no object, which restaurants and places would you travel to FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, etc?

Je travaille à voyager!!

(Will work for travel!!)

♥ – LBH

This Old Dog Is Learning New Tricks!

Bonjour, bons amies!!

If you had asked me just three months ago how much that above French greeting would mean to me today… I would have never guessed that I would be practicing conjugating les verbes Francais, practicing les liaisons et mon accent, and be so determined to learn a new language in my mid-30s. But alas, I am!!

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actual notes from my French class!

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more notes from my class de la Francais!

Since high school, I have kicked myself for taking a somewhat easy path with the foreign-language requirement by taking Spanish, my true first language. I justified taking the easy-A-out by saying I would learn the grammatical rules and proper form. The truth of the matter though was that I inadvertently held myself back from potentially becoming trilingual by the age of 17. Fast forward many many years, and as my Francophilia grew, so did my regret.

After experiencing Paris for the first time last fall, I returned home absolute and determined to learning French, even if I would only use it during my (soon to become regular) voyages à Paris.

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tres belle, no? oui!! La Tour Eiffel, in all her splendor!

Here in the LA area, I found a number of French classes, both private and public. I researched the Extension classes offered at local colleges, considered the very upscale Alliance Frances in Beverly Hills, and finally I found “French In Mind,” a small private school in the nearby Culver City area close to my home taught by a former native Parisian teaching classes no larger than four students total. Finding FIM and Omar, my tres fabuleaux teacher and now great personal friend, has absolutely changed my life. I look forward to my Tuesday evening classes all week, and even though I can nearly literally physically feel my brain stretching and working, not only am I on my way towards trilingualism, but the mental challenge is refreshing and invigorating. There’s nothing like learning something completely and yet partially foreign to make you feel young, but without the classroom interruptions and hormones!

I recently caught up with a close friend of mine who was at a crossroads about taking a risk with a big step in her life and finally doing something in her 30s that she has talked about doing for many years. I told her about my recent nouveau challenge and about how I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. So for all of you thinking about doing that one thing you’ve wanted to do for a long time and just haven’t yet done it, I say…

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like a certain tagline says: JUST DO IT!

DO IT NOW!

Life waits for nothing and no one. Your certain something may not be what you imagine, or turn out the way you thought it would, but it could also be one of the best, most meaningful and fulfilling decisions of your life. But if you never go through with it – you will certainly never know how it could be.

What have you done, small or large, that ended up being one of the best things you’ve ever done in your life?

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one of my favorite photos from Paris – gives a whole new meaning to ‘magic hour’…

Finally, I apologize for being so absent on the blog – but I have missed you all so much! And I look forward to sharing much more with you much more regularly again. Until then, bons amies, take that risk and do that thing you’ve always wanted to do – and bonne chance à vous!!

♥ – LBH

PS: I’m pretty sure if Omar my French teacher reads my blog, he’s going to correct my French and even my incorrect title “La Belle Hibou!!” 😉

I’m Back, Bon Amie!!

Bonjour, bon amie!!  I have missed you!!

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I know it has been AGES since I’ve updated my blog, and for that I apologize.  Work always finds a way to get in the way, but after spending an amazing two weeks in Europe, as happens after every overseas vacation, I realized that I have been neglecting some things and haven’t made the time to do things I enjoy like sharing experiences and stories.

Sooooo this little bloggy-blog of mine is about to heat up again – get ready!  And just to prove it to you, here are a few pictures from my recent trip through Paris and London.  I can’t wait to share the special stories, hilarious and delightful moments, and the inspiration I feel with you!


You can see more pictures from ‘Paris et Londres’ here: Paris, je t’aime… 2012, a set on Flickr.

See you very soon!! Bonjour, bon amie!!

♥ LBH