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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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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