09/03/2016

Tomates a la Provencale

Tomates a la Provencale  !

If you haven't tried my recipe yet , it's not too late ....Tomatoes are great right now !

Not the prettiest looking tomatoes but I promise the best tasting ones you'll ever have !  It is like a confit of tomatoes , rich in flavors . I serve them cold on bread as an appetizer but you can also serve them warm as a side to any dish . And the best is that it is the easiest recipe ever !

The secret ? Buy some over ripped tomatoes at your local farmer's market . I buy mine from a stand in Little Italy or Hillcrest farmer's market . They have them in a bag and they are only around $5 / bag so it is Ok even if there is a couple bad ones in the mix .

In a large non stick pan , pour a nice bed of olive oil . Wash , dry and cut the tomatoes in 2 as on the photo . Place cut side down in the oil . Cover and cook on medium high for about 15mns  . You want the skin to become loose .Water will come out of the tomatoes into the pan , boiling .

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Remove from the heat , uncover and let cool off a few minutes witch will make flipping them easier . Gently turn the tomatoes cut side up .DSC_3799 [1280x768].JPG

Ad a pinch of sugar , salt and pepper on each tomato , herbes de Provence and traditionally garlic and parsley . We like them plain so I do not ad these  but I 'll sprinkle a little grated parmigiano  cheese just before to serve .DSC_3800 [1280x768].JPG

Wait ! You are not done yet !! Cover again and simmer now on low until there is no more juice in the pan wich can take 1h to 1h 1/2. Check once in a while .DSC_3801 [1280x768].JPG

Restaurants will just seared the tomatoes on the grill to give them pretty grill marks , put the garlic and parsley to garnish and serve as a good looking  fake Tomate a la Provencale ! Yes , mine are  not the best looking  but you will love the condensed flavors and your guest will too ! DSC_3802 [1280x768].JPG

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07/09/2016

Bastille Day Celebration

 This year again Mission Hills has been the place for all things French !

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A real French Gourmet Market with imported delicacies

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 Movie Ticket Raffle to go see "Midnight in Paris "  at the Cinema under the Stars !

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                           Cinema under the Stars will show the following movies
                                        An American in Paris July 14-15th
                                           Midnight in Paris July 16-17th
                                         https://www.topspresents.com/films.php 

 

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                             All the local business have celebrated with us !
                             Special on French Cheeses at Venissimo , French menus at
             Brooklyn Girl , the Patio , Harley Gray, Cafe Bleu  ...

             Special on French   Manicure at TOPS , French toasts at The Huddle ...  

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06/30/2016

Summer bags

Its been 5 years since we could find and import these all time best sellers ...We found some baskets , but nothing as perfect : Hand woven in classic or fun colors for the summer , with leather corners and handles. They all come with a lining that closes and in 3 sizes : purse, everyday tote or week end/beach basket .

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All stripes ahead ! We just got a new shipment from Marseille and have restocked of our favorite shirts in all sizes ( even XS )
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05/26/2016

Grand Prix de la Creation

 

Tzuri Gueta is a designer and textile engineer who has been based in Paris since 1996.
By combining silicone with openwork textile materials, Gueta invented a technique of blowing silicone into lace. The technique was patented in 2005. The countless facets of this combination of materials afforded him an unexpected field for exploration that began with textile design and led him to jewelry, design objects and art.
His first collaboration with an Haute Couture house was with Thierry Mugler and also lately with the Chanel fashion house . He was awarded by the City of Paris " Grand Prix de la Création ".

Now we are very proud to bring his creations to you here in San Diego !

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04/28/2016

Happy Mother's Day !

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     New line of purses designed and made in Tuscany just came in ! 

 Made out of washable paper, they feel like leather and have a casual washed look . Accessorize it with a super soft scarf for spring . I just love my cross body bag ; it's been the best thing to use on trips or on walks when I don't want a big purse ...

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The iconic " Mariniere" from Marseille made famous by Picasso and Jean paul Gautier is in!

Wear it with a red beret and a scarf to perfect your French look !

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Dainty Jewelry from my friend Lisiane is always a great idea for Mom !DSC_6447 (Medium).JPG

One of the new perfumes from Fragonard  ( comes in the bag with a soap in the same scent )DSC_6435 (Medium).JPG

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04/02/2016

Spring is in the air !

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DSCN0455 (Large).JPGNew Damask tablecloths in bright and fun colors are the thing this season !

Sizes 62 x 62 and 62 x 98"

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DSCN0454 (Large).JPGBright colors are invading the kitchen too ! So many fun kitchen towels are in ...

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DSCN0461 (Large).JPGBeautiful new spring pattern from Couleur Nature . Available in squares , 86 " and 106"

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DSC_2735 (Large).JPGJust a few of the Garnier Thiebaut spring-summer towels collection ...

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DSC_2774 (Large).JPGLots of new scarves !

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