02/11/2017

We have the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day

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Calissons for your Valentine ❤️ Specialty from Aix en Provence , these are made with almonds grounded with candied orange peels and candied melon ...not very sweet ,they are delicious with Champagne

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Direct from Paris ... Most romantic card to keep

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Sweet heart ❤️ linen sachets filled with lavender

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Lilipo : Delicate jewelry made by my friend French Designer Lisiane

 

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Very unique jewelry from Parisian textile Designer Tsuri Gueta 

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And these are just a few ideas !! So much more has come in ...

 

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12/17/2016

Noel in San Diego !

Its this time of the year again ! The shop is full , the windows look festive and our staff is ready ! Last minute gifts or stocking stuffers ...no problem ! We are here and happy to help . Happy Holiday Season !

Yvonne , Alice , Carmen , Marielle ( and Pascal who took the photo )

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10/25/2016

Yvonne Angyal's Provence photos

Yvonne is not only a friend , part of our " Maison en Provence" little team  but also a very creative and talented photographer . We sell some of her art , postcards and today I wanted to share few of her images taken in Provence on her last trip .

Yvonne Angyal's photography is about spontaneity, living in the moment and trying to capture something interesting that catches her eye . She believes that aiming for balance, interesting colors and shapes  make up for beautiful compositions.  http://www.yaphotos.net/blogger-feed

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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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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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