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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th 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 €9, 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. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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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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