Bon voyage, we are headed to France! With a wave of my hanky, what I hope to be an alluring toss of my hair, and a bubbly Kir Royale, I bid you adieu for four weeks.
OK, that hair toss was probably more awkward than alluring, and I’m bouncing around with far too much unbridled exuberance pass for a coy, mysterious French woman, but I’ll raise my glass of Kir Royale with panache just the same.
Eight years ago, I studied abroad in the small town of Angers, France, but I spent most of my free weekends traveling to other countries (that European travel bug is one itchy biter). At the end of the semester, I left with far too many French villages unexplored, art unseen, and pastries uneaten. Ever since, I’ve dreamed of returning for more evenings of chatting with my host parents, tasting new regional cuisines, and getting joyfully lost in fields of vines.
Admittedly, my fantasies of returning to France have been fluffy, fabulous, and unscrupulously influenced by books such as this and this. We’re chasing them anyway. With Ben’s law school graduation behind and a new job for him ahead in the fall, the unique opportunity of a summer off was too enticing to miss.
Tomorrow morning, we depart for Nice in southern France. We’ll spend a few days delightfully lost in Provence, then catch a train to Paris where we are renting an apartment for three weeks. Our Parisian pad is six feet wide—when the futon (ahem, our bed) is extended, it occupies the entire living room. The location, however, is impeccable. We have a porch, and we are within walking distance of Poilâne. Who could ask for more?
I’ll be posting a few travel updates, recipes, and photos throughout the trip (prepare for an onslaught of croissant beauty shots), and a few of my best blogging friends will be posting here too, to keep recipes and inspiration in fresh supply. I am beyond excited for you to meet these incredible women and to see what they have cooked up for you!
In thinking through my final recipe post before our trip, I couldn’t imagine anything more fitting that a Kir Royale. It’s two ingredients, declaratively celebratory, and indisputably French.
Honestly, a Kir Royale is hardly a recipe, but I adore this bubbly beverage and couldn’t resist the opportunity to share.
A Kir Royale begins with crème de cassis, a black currant liqueur that has a deep, moody berry flavor that reminds me of a blackberry and raspberry combined. I originally bought my bottle to make Ina Garten’s unbelievable chocolate cassis cake, and now I love using it for cocktails, poured over vanilla ice cream, or mixed with sliced berries as a topping for shortcake. You can also make a kir (vs. kir royale) by swapping the champagne for a crisp white wine.
Ingredient number two: the bubbly. Spoon a teaspoon of crème de cassis into each glass, top with champagne, and santé. Your crisp, lightly fruity kir royale is ready for a toast. Pop the cork and let’s party!
I will have limited access to email while Ben and I are away, so thank you in advance for your patience with recipe questions and comments. Fellow bloggers, know I’d love to thank you for your sweet comments with a reply on each of your sites, but I simply won’t have the online time to do so. Please take my declarative word that you are spectacular!
Want to know what Ben and I are up to in France each day? Every morning, I will be posting a quick travel blurb on Facebook. If you would like to see these updates, Like The Law Student’s Wife on Facebook AND select to receive notifications (you’ll need to do this even if you already have liked the page). Directions: Once you select to like the page, click the “Like” button again (it will say “Liked”) and select “Get Notifications.”
Cheers to each of you, to new adventures, and to the Kir Royale: an easy, elegant cocktail that’s fit for a casual brunch, fancy bridal shower, or Parisian café.
- Crème de cassis liqueur
- 1 bottle of champagne (750 mL)
- Pour 1 teaspoon of crème de cassis in each glass. Top with champagne and serve!
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