The Caramel Obsession

Jess, you have to try this French place I found… I hear this amongst friends, family, and followers quite often, and it never grows old. Never.  I’m always looking to discover a new place that offers authentic goodies and magically transports me back to France […]

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Expats We Love: Nhan

Surprisingly (or maybe not), the Paris blog is a popularly growing trend.  In fact, when I launched A La Prochaine, I had no idea my love for French culture had such a widespread share. Naturally, I sprung to connect with these bloggers because well… they […]

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Bébé à Bord

Bonjour!  Ça va? Perhaps you’ve noticed that I have been missing for the past month.  Even during recent major French news events (eh hem… wasn’t there some sort of French election, or something?) the À La Prochaine neighborhood has been but tumbleweeds and vastly scattered […]

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Praliné

I have a sweet tooth. This is evident by the number of posts I have so far featured favoring the fierce simplicity of a flavorful macaron over the robust taste deluge that accompanies a serving of coq au vin.  The truth is this- French desserts […]

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The MiamMiam Box of Memories

Somewhere on Boulevard Arago, between Rue des Tanneries and Les Gobelins, stood the greatest monument of the early twenty-first century:  the YaToo Partoo (YTP).  The YTP was the love child of a vending machine, a cantina truck, and a bodega. Spanning the length of an […]

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Expats We Love: Corey

When people ask why I love Paris as much as I do, often my answer involves a slew of stutters and fragmented points:  History… err…lifestyle…oops, no… bridges…ah… esthetic… art… baguettes. Baguettes!  Unfailingly, a tsunami of ideas rush my brain faster than I can manage to […]

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Je T’Aime… Maybe?

Picture it: Paris. July. 2005.  The concrete sidewalks of the 13th arrondisement radiate the dense heat captured from a day baking in the sizzling Parisian summer sunshine.   On the Rue des Tanneries, an American mishmash of sweaty college girls poke their heads outside of an […]

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Galette des Rois Fit for a Queen

Traditions are spectacular. I love them.  They provide a trusted sense of continuity when life is constantly shifting and evolving.  Traditions keep our departed loved ones alive and quench us comforting nostalgia when our hearts thirst for the familiar scraps of the past.  Conversely, starting […]

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Bébé Francophile Starter Kit

  Here I am, six months along with this growing bump, and only a few more to go before I meet my petit garçon.  So far, life has felt like an ongoing Barbara Walters special.  Never have I attracted such attention- so many questions, so […]

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Snoozing for Midnight: A 2016 Recap

“Sweetie… sweetie?” Josh gently tugged at my limp foot. “Mwrar…hmphf.  Mmm hmmm?” I grumbled. “It’s almost midnight.  A few more minutes.  Wake-up.” Wow. What a year.  I’m not sure I can definitively decide whether it was great or terrible.  Somewhere in the middle, I will […]

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