Posts tagged "French"

Being bilingual: Is it ever better to learn to speak one language over another?

My sons attend an international school where most of their classes are taught in French – except for English class. Easily, they spend most of their day hearing, speaking and learning in French – right in Chicago. But, at their school, French isn’t considered to be a second language. Rather, French and English are both viewed as first languages. Yes, even though... Read more »

Chicago-area chefs demonstrate globally inspired dishes at 2014 Fall French Market

On Saturday, Chef Tim Kirker of <a href="www,=.bistrotzinc.com">Bistrot Zinc</a> got the morning started off right with the perfect brunch dish - Almond Cake with Macerated Berries.
This weekend, thousands of people came to shop, eat and create à la française at the 10th annual Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market, which took place Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9. The French  fête boasted more than 75 vendors selling specialty and artisan goods. Shoppers didn’t need to worry about running out of energy... Read more »

Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2014 festival

Walking up to Chicago's Daley Plaza, it was hard not to miss the sea of blue, white and red. By 6 pm, just one hour after the event began, a sizable crowd had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago.
Yesterday, in Chicago, the skies cleared up just in time for the blue, white and red to be rolled out in Daley Plaza for Bastille Day Chicago. This year, the annual event was held on a Monday evening – a departure from the prime weekend day spot it’s held on local Francophile and Francophone’s schedules for the past... Read more »
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Four great ways to celebrate Bastille Day with your family in Chicago

In France, people mark the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 with parades, fireworks and parties. There, the holiday that we refer to as Bastille Day, is more commonly called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or Le Quartorze Juilett (the fourteenth of July). Here in Chicago,... Read more »

The Zazoo: Building bilingual reading skills in young children

My five-year-old son is at magical age when letters become sounds and together they become words – words he can read on his own. All of a sudden, words are everywhere – hidden in plain sight. He delights in each word he’s able to string together as he reads it - at home, on the “L” train, along busy streets, at restaurants, or at school.... Read more »

Where to buy Galette des Rois (King's Cake) in Chicago

In France, people come together on January 6 to celebrate La Fête des Rois, a holiday that commemorates the arrival of the three kings. Together, they enjoy Galette des Rois (King’s Cake), a frangipane-filled tart traditionally cut into slices – one for each person at the table. Traditionally, the youngest person gets to choose who gets each slice. The... Read more »
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Photos: Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market

From the time the doors opened, people streamed into the warmth of the school to begin shopping, eating and enjoying the wonders of the Fall French Market.
This past weekend, my days were spent surrounded by people happily shopping, eating and drinking at the 9th annual Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market held at the French international school Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10. For two days, I got to play a behind-the-scenes role with the chef demonstrations, helping local chefs showcase... Read more »

Best French Baguettes in Chicago

Often, when someone returns from France, you hear them wistfully speaking of all of the delicious foods they sampled and savored during their time there. And, when they do, they get a distant look in their eye as they remember the baguettes they purchased and took home, wrapped in wax paper and tucked under their... Read more »

Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2013

A beautiful setting for Bastille Day Chicago 2013. Very apropos to have Picasso's statue at the focal point of the day's activities.
Bastille Day celebrations started off a day early in a big way today at Daley Plaza. A sea of Francophiles, Francophones and others came to Bastille Day Chicago 2013 to enjoy French music, food and culture – and toast Le 14 Julliet in grand style. For my family, this was our second year at the event,... Read more »
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Five Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day with Your Family in Chicago

In France, 14 Julliet (July 14) commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. In the United States, the holiday is know as Bastille Day. And, in Chicago, there are lots of great, family-friendly ways for everyone to celebrate the holiday. Of course, Chicagoans never miss an opportunity to celebrate... Read more »