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France’s Favorite Cake Celebration!

After ringing in the new year with the ball dropping in Times Square, the new year celebration continued in NYC on January 12th, but this time at the French Institute:Alliance Française (FI:AF) on the Upper East Side. A traditional French pastry, la Galette Des Rois (Three Kings Cake), is the center of the Epiphany celebration that the French (and francophiles alike, like me!) look forward to every January. Good company, food, wine and a delicious cake — what’s not to love?!

The evening was hosted in their beautiful Skyroom (top floor of the building with a beautiful glass accented wall that doubles as part of the roof). Wine and cider, along with a delicious spread from Le District (found near Battery Park) hit the palette of those in attendance, along with the king of desserts itself, provided by Financier Patisserie, la Galette Des Rois.

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Truly massive, it was the center of attention and we even learned from the pastry chef himself that the first Galette Des Rois was actually filled with almond paste and mashed potatoes! Today, it is filled with delicious almond paste- simple but still oh-so-delicious! The added fun in this is ‘la fève’ (or ‘lucky charm’) that can be found inside select pieces of cake! Find one and you are crowned king for the night– those gold crowns are highly covetable, you know ;). The rest of the evening included a photo booth station where you were entered to win tickets to a comedy show, complimented with great networking opportunities and fun conversations with friends. If you ever wanted to put your French language skills to the test (no matter your level), this is the place to be! This was just one of the many exciting cultural events that FI:AF holds throughout the year. Want to try your own slice of galette heaven? Head on over to your local Financier Patisserie, but hurry(!), this cake is gone after January!

FI:AF is a non-profit organization that was founded back in the late 1800s to help educate and spread the French culture to the community. Also worth mentioning is that FIAF holds the largest French library in the whole USA- how cool is that? For more information on workshops, classes (I actually just ended a semester of French courses here myself!), or events (art viewings, theatre, etc.), you can visit www.fiaf.org.

Thank you to FIAF for hosting me at this event. All opinions are my own.

xx,
signalorenii

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5 Books For A More Beautiful You

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Today I want to share with you 5 books that can help guide you to eating cleaner, healthier, smarter or, as it’s more commonly known every January 1st: “eating better.” What started as a resolution back in 2014 for me has quickly turned into a lifestyle. It’s really important to know the benefits of good, clean food as it helps us make better decisions about what we put into our bodies for maximum health (and beauty!) potential. Remember, beauty starts from within! Scroll down to see why these are at the top of my list this month!

 

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1. I LOVE Angela Liddon. She started with blogging and sharing her very inspirational story of battling with food and eating disorders for many years. Today, she is a well-known chef who is always coming up with a new creation in her kitchen that she cannot wait to share with the world! This is her second published book in her series and her recipes are always fool proof. Vegan? No problem, this book is for you. Not vegan? This book is still great! Angela focuses on making sure you glow from the outside in. Some of my favorite recipes have become my husband’s, too! Top of my list. I highly recommend.
Amazon, $15.69

 

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2. As the cover mentions, this book is brought to you from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. Now, I didn’t really think the DIY queen of delicious baked goods would be able to have her team come up with delicious clean recipes, but can I say WOW?! I was blown away. The first part of the book is all about the golden rules of creating a lifestyle, how to purchase fresh fruits and legumes, and much more! I always reach for this book when I am in the mood for one of my favorite recipes: Almond-Crusted Chicken Breast with Spinach. Yum, right?!

Amazon, $16.29

 

 

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 Just like ‘Clean Slate,’ ‘Eating Clean’ is just as educational as it is inspiring. One day, Annie (the author), found out she was feeling terribly sick. Worried, her mother took her to get tested. No doctor could find what was wrong; they basically gave her 24 hours to live as no XRAYs, CAT Scans, MRIs, etc could tell what was wrong. Trying one last doctor in New York, they found that Annie was over-toxified with mercury and other things that were causing her ailment. Detoxing and eating cleaner was her way to survival. She followed her doctor’s orders, survived and wrote this book in hopes to teach others how to feel ‘better’ and healthier! Her fuel-up bars are great for breakfasts on the go!
Amazon, $14.88

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4. While the title can be a little misleading (this isn’t a holistic book to help aid certain ailments: (i.e- upset stomach, have some ginger tea, etc.)), it is still a pretty nice book. I have come to find that our Aussie friends from down under really do understand food and its health benefits a little better than some of us here in the States. With that said, Sophie makes sure to talk to you about the benefits of certain basic foods, such as: root vegetables, leafy greens, nuts & seeds, and some other ones, too. After explaining their benefits, she gives you a wonderful recipe. Her Spinach, Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa burgers are sure to be a hit during dinner and can also be reheated for a tasty, healthy lunch! Amazon, $20.05

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5. ‘Eat Pretty’ is one of those books that you can come to for reference! The author, Jolene, uncovers how that extra cup of caffeine may be giving you wrinkles, how dairy can be to blame for spotty skin, how to eat better seasonally and what beauty benefits you gain from knowing the nutrients found in your food. For example, you can support healthy hair thanks to the sulfur found in arugula! This book is as pretty on the outside as it is going to help make you feel on the inside :).
Amazon, $12.31

Cheers!
signalorenii