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November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Wednesday
Aug242011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

"Petits pois au lard" sounds a bit disgusting, but it's just French for "peas and bacon". Of course, if you see these in a candy store, they're not actually peas and bacon, but old fashioned French candies with a slightly aniseed flavor. I was told these cute little candies were popular back in the early 20th century, and that they were originally created by a French canned vegetable company to try and get kids more interested in eating their veggies (and, er, pork products). I haven't been able to find any hard facts about the origins, so if anyone has any info do please post it in the comments below. You can find these in any boutique that sells old-fashioned candies, such as Legrand Filles et Fils on Rue de la Banque (photo) or Le Bonbon au Palais on Rue Monge.

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Reader Comments (2)

when i read the word "peas and bacon" i looked back at the picture to see if there was really a bacon on it. and it was there! but still curious about it so i continue reading to know that it was only a candy. but the peas looks so real but the bacon looks like a marsh mallow.why would they (french canned vegetable) actually inspired kids to eat pork? do kids in france hate pork? nice post by the way!
August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJune
Not only the pork thing... Why would making peas taste like candy inspire kids to eat peas? After eating these, a kid would never want to eat the real thing!
September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCFrance

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