As spring is gently making its entrance, what could be more exquisitely timely than a bouquet of French floral delicacies carefully selected by Simply Gourmand for you and your loved ones?
Start the day in style with Maison Peltier acacia honey, lavender honey or all flower honey on a crusty baguette, or Favols decadent rose petal confit on a flaky croissant. Make delicious desserts with Noirot orange blossom water (a French pastry staple, as you'll see in our répertoire of recipes) and Provence Épice lavender (try our lavender ice cream recipe). Treat yourself to L'Abeille Diligente classic violet candies and Anis de Flavigny violet mints. Sip Teisseire elderflower syrup for good measure.
And did you know Simply Gourmand also carries Le Petit Marseillais beloved shower gels in several delicate floral scents: jasmine, lilac, mimosa and orange blossom? So many fragrant ways to celebrate spring à la française!
March is traditionally the month of Francophonie all around the world so there are many opportunities to celebrate the French language and the cultural variety of French speaking countries in the United States this month.Take a look at our highlights and enjoy your picks!
In Cambridge, MA the Harvard Film Archive presents Contemporary French Alternatives. Through April 16.
Like every year Chicago's Alliance Française celebrates Francophonie with an exciting line-up including country-themed parties, a book fair, an even a stand-up comedy evening. Through March 29.
In Cincinnati the Taft Museum of Art presents Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris. Through May 14.
The Dallas Museum of Art presents Daumier's Political and Social Satire. Through April 23.
In Greenwich, CT the Bruce Museum presents Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Master, the first U.S. retrospective of the French painter in over 20 years. Through May 21.
The Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz welcomes us to the 8th edition of A Week of French Language Cinema in Los Angeles. Through March 29.
In Los Angeles the Getty Museum presents Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment. Through April 2.
In Los Angeles the Hammer Museum presents Dubuffet Drawings, 1935-1962. Through April 30.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents Children in Paris: The Birthday Boy and Friends, a focused exhibition showcasing late 19th century works on paper with children as their subject, by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and others. Through October 8.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents Félix Bracquemond: Etcher of Birds. Through May 7.
The Montclair Art Museum presents Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine the French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present. Through June 18.
The 9th edition of Newport's French Film Festival presents a series of notable recent features. March 26 through April 6.
New York's Metropolitan Museum presents Seurat's Circus Sideshow, a fascinating exhibition centered around the Pointillist masterpiece. Through May 29.
Agnès Varda is having her first-ever exhibition in New York. Through April 15.
New York's Fashion Institute of Technology museum presents Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, an exhibition highlighting one of the most groundbreaking time periods in fashion history. Through April 15.
Still in New York, the second edition of the Tilt Kids Festival, produced by the French Institute (FIAF) and the cultural services of the French Embassy, invites you and your children on a journey across the arts—and on that train, there is no quiet car! Through April 16.
In San Francisco the Legion of Honor museum presents Monet: The Early Years, the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of the Impressionist master. Through May 29.
In St. Louis, MO the 9th edition of the Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates French cinema with a carefully selected series of classics. Through March 26.
In St. Louis, MO the Kemper Art Museum presents Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha. Through May 21.
Le Saint Louis Art Museum presents Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. Through May 7.
The Washington, DC Francophonie Cultural Festival has put together a series of cultural events reflecting the richness and diversity of Francophonie. Through March 31.
Last but not least, the 13th edition of Focus on French Cinema brings no less than 17 premieres of recent French films, with screenings Stamford, CT, New York, NY, and Greenwich, CT. March 27 through April 2.
This gourmet ice cream is really easy to make. Now, nobody said you should tell your guests...
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
3 tbsp lavender flowers
2 tbsp sweet white wine (Sauternes or Muscat)
2 cups heavy liquid cream
⅔ cup sugar
2 egg whites
Mix the lavender flowers and the wine in a bowl. Let infuse in a warm place for 5 minutes.
Whip the cream stiff. Filter the wine and add it gradually to the cream with half of the sugar while whipping.
Beat the egg whites, not too stiff, with the rest of the sugar. Mix the egg whites and the cream delicately. You can also add lavender flowers in the mix to accentuate the taste and decorate.
Freeze for 3 to 4 hours, until the texture of the ice cream is just firm.