Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Are French Children Better Behaved?

Les petits français sont-ils vraiment bien élevés?

Are French children really better behaved? Zat ees ze question!

La Mom and her American mom friends were on French TV recently along with Pamela Druckerman, the best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé, discussing differences between French and American parenting styles.

Check it out here : M6 100% Mag (emission du 13 mars)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

La Mom on French TV!

So what do you do when one of France's famous chefs, Cyril Lignac, and his production company ask you to be part of a TV show on American sauces? You say, "Oui, bien sûr!" 

That's how one of La Moms found herself cooking up très haute American cuisine in the form of hot dogs and toppings recently for the M6 TV show  100% Mag

You can check out La Mom's TV appearance from November 28th here!

Here's what went on behind the scenes:

Scene 1 : Private Shopping  

Thanksgiving, the épicerie américaine in the Marais, opened early for filming. Before taping our segment, it sure was fun to go shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meal ingredients while having the store all to myself!

Loading up on American food

Scene 2 :  Sending Flowers

The M6 journalist wanted some shots of La Mom and the Thanksgiving salesperson talking (about anything since there was no sound, just images).  

La Mom: So is that nice French guy at the cash register your husband? 

Salesperson: He sure is. 

La Mom: He's so happy for a Parisian. He is nice and smiles at customers. You've trained him well.

Salesperson:  Thanks, I know. So what's your deal in Paris? You a student?

La Mom: A student? Are you kidding me? Là, tu m'envoies des fleurs. I'm a mom with two kids.

Salesperson: Oh, well, are you a grad student then?

La Mom: Oh, bless your heart. I'm  closer to 'over the hill' than a grad student. That's the best compliment I've received all year!

Scene 3 :  The Question That Kills

Wanna know a secret? La Mom isn't very talented in the kitchen, and while appearing on French TV in the past, she's answered many cooking questions by the seat of her pants.  You know, La Mom acts like she knows what she's talking about, but if you listen close enough or know her well enough, you know she doesn't have a clue.  Once again, the journalist for this TV show was no different, and of course, asked La Mom la question qui tue. 

Journalist: Do you like ranch dressing? How do you use it?

La Mom: Oh, I love it.  I use it on my hamburgers as a sauce. C'est sublime!

La Mom to Self : What did I just say? Ranch sauce is sublime? And who uses ranch on burgers? French fries, yes, but burgers?  Quelle truffe.

Here's La Mom pretending she's Julia Child

Scene 4 : Parisians Are Know-It-Alls

Where's the banoffee pie?

While the journalist was discussing with the camerawoman and La Mom was Tweeting pictures on her smartphone, she overheard one of the Thanksgiving salespeople on the phone.

Salesperson: Non, nous n'avons pas ça. Je suis sur. Mais non, on ne mange pas ça à Thanksgiving. Beh oui, je suis sûr, je suis américaine quand même.

-Salesperson hangs up the phone-

La Mom: So you have a lot of French customers? I was surprised to hear you speaking French.

Salesperson: More and more. Do you know what a banoffee pie is?

La Mom: Never heard of it. What is it?

Salesperson: The Frenchman on the phone used to eat them when he lived in New York and insists that it's something Americans eat at Thanksgiving and wants to buy one here. He didn't believe me when I said we don't sell them.

La Mom:  Oh, right.  The Frenchie knows more than the American about Thanksgiving food. He's going to teach you a thing or two about your culture. So French.

Salesperson: We get a lot of 'em like that.

La Mom: No surprise. 

Scene 5 : Frenemies

Fast forward to La Mom's hot dog topping taste test. Her American and French girlfriends stopped by to give their thumbs up. 


American friend, Jennifer,  didn't like La Mom's Hawaiian sauce and proceeded to rip apart the recipe on camera.

Jennifer rips the Hawaiian sauce

Journalist: How do you like it?

Jennifer: C'est très bizarre. I don't like the pineapple or the honey mustard. La Mom should have used bacon bits instead of lardons, the hot dog is too big and the bun is too small. It's not pretty and it doesn't taste good.

French Friend's eyes practically popped out of her head when she heard this. She stared at La Mom in horror.

La Mom:  Merci d'avoir joué le jeu, Jennifer. Nice.

Journalist: Pardon? Did you really just say that you don't like La Mom's sauce? 

At the end of taping, La Mom whispered to the journalist: Oh là là, with friends like these, who needs enemies, right?

Journalist : Don't worry, I won't let her massacre you on TV. 

Le résultat? Jennifer was cut from the scene entirely. Merci M6!

As Humphrey Bogart said, "A hot dog at the ball park is better than a steak at the Ritz."

Well, I don't know if Jennifer would agree with that, but one thing's for sure, a hot dog at La Moms isn't better than a steak at the Ritz. But since the Ritz is closed for two year renovations, La Mom's hot dogs will have to do. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cupcake Camp is back !

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Daisy Roots Paris is selling all 6 - 24 month Eiffel Tower leather booties for only 20€ 
until October 14th.
Shipping within France is just 2.50EUR. International shipping also available.
These adorable booties make great gifts!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

French Handball Fantasies - Whatever

Congratulations to the French men's handball team for winning the gold medal at the Olympics this year!
After your big win, La Mom decided to re-post this since handball is a topic of much discussion chez nous.

French women, here's to getting your gold medal handball fantasies on. Whatever.

Monsieur  Le Handballer
(photo: Le Télégramme.com)

W is for Woteva

Big Cheese and the French Fries learned a new word while on holiday recently: woteva.

<-----  They also learned the hand gesture that accompanies this word.

"Woteva" was the word du jour and quite overused during our  vacation in the sun.

For example...

Big Cheese: Chérie, did you know the French won the men's swimming championship last summer?

La Mom: The French finally won a medal in a manly sport.

Big Cheese: What do you mean? We win the handball championships every year.

La Mom: Wot-ev-a. American girls fantasize about dating basketball stars and English girls fantasize about dating soccer stars. Have you met one French girl who fantasizes about dating a handball player?

Big Cheese: Wot-ev-errrr


La Mom: We're off to the pool, French Fries.

Big Fry: Hey look, there's a crocodile floating in the pool.

Small FryC'est bizarre, I thought all of the crocodiles were at Louis Vuitton?

(La Mom & Big Cheese laugh)

Big Fry: Wot-ev-a.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oscar Le Grouch

Americans abroad tend to take BHHs (Back-Home Holidays) pretty seriously. 

That’s why La Mom found herself at a gorgeous 19th-century mansion in the suburbs for a Fourth of July bash with all the trimmings. 

But in between the baked beans and burgers, a little Old World vs. New World tension was playing out:

La Mom (whispering): Isn’t that Jennifer de Quatrebarbe’s husband? He never comes to these things. 

Minnesota Mom (whispering): That’s him. It might be better if he didn’t come. He’s so old-school French that he serves stinky cheese plates and foie gras at American barbecues. How lame.

California Mom (whispering): Old school is right. His family name goes back to the Crusades when some famous ancestor cut off the beards of four infidels to save France. But Oscar’s most famous for being a grouch. 

New Jersey Mom: Aw, come on. He can’t be that bad. 

(To Oscar) Hey, aren’t you Oscar day Catterbarbs? I’m Jenna, Kate’s mom.

 Oscar the Grouch: Eet eez “de Quatrebarbes”. And eet eez important that you know that. 

 New Jersey Mom: Hell, my name ain’t “Geena Smeeth”, but I roll with it. So should you.  

Well, it wouldn’t be the Fourth without some fireworks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Le Dîner en Blanc

Les Moms attended the very secretive Dîner en Blanc last night.  And wow, it was an evening to remember. Three words pretty much sum up the experience: magical, amazing, oh-so Parisian. (Technically, that's five words).

More pictures are on La Mom's Facebook page.

We're still on vacation, this is a little peek-a-boo.

Bisous from the Place des Vosges,
La Mom


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