I just got back from a week of holiday back home. Other than that tiny little event when France lost the UEFA championship to Portugal, everything was absolutely wonderful. If anything, I feel like I got an early taste of the Quatorze Juillet since there were flags absolutely everywhere and I sang the Marseillaise like 50 times (it’s kind of the de-facto soccer chant for supporters of the French national team.) Seriously, my instagram feed (<– follow me!) turned completely bleu blanc rouge over the last 2 weeks 😉
At least I get to pretend I’m back in Paris a little longer because tomorrow is our national holiday (you say Bastille Day, and that’s ok, I say Quatorze Juillet… please just don’t say France independence day!). I’m stoked, as always, to celebrate at the French Embassy with my Frenchies. It’s always pretty special to celebrate July 14th with the French community and fellow French expats from the Washington area every year.
Elsewhere in the city, Washington’s many French restaurants always step up to the plate to celebrate one of the thing we are most proud of: our food!
- Grab made to order crepes ($10) on the terrace at Café du Parc as well as a wine flight and cheese & charcuterie board ($30) from 5-8PM. After that, head to the restaurant to enjoy a special Taste of Bordeaux menu.
- Celebrate Bastille Day at Bastille in Alexandria. Out of all the special Bastille Day menu I’ve seen, this is the one that I’m most excited about AND it’s available through July 17. I’d have a hard time deciding what to order between the canard aux pêches (see picture below), loup de mer (my favourite fish!) and entrecote Béarnaise if I went! Bonus: you can add a wine pairing to your menu too!
- 2491 in Virginia is celebrating all week, with a special menu through Sunday, July 17. Highlights include a lobster thermidor and a lapin à la Provençal, which are not items you frequently see on French menus here in the US. The desserts by chef Caitlin Dysart, as always, sound absolutely delightful like the blueberry Vacherin with lavender ice cream or the apricot clafoutis.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out La Jambe in Shaw yet, here’s a perfect excuse! They’re come up with an adorable “bleu, blanc, rouge” board special for the holiday, which, along with a glass of wine, will only set you back $20!
If shopping is more your scene, City Center DC has some great shops (go easy on the champagne at Louis Vuitton, or your wallet might hurt tomorrow!) AND great food… plus music, wine tasting and mini-facials at Caudalie!
There’s a ton of tasty pics floating around my instagram feed today and way too many fabulous options to list them all. I’ll give you these two drool-inducing pics though:
But last but not least, of course, you can also celebrate with a night in. It’s going to be like a million degrees tonight, so that’s a perfectly acceptable option! You can always grab a bottle of French wine at one of the many great wine shops around town. I always find some great fun bottles at DCANTER on Capitol Hill and am never disappointed with the amazing selection at Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park. Bonus: Weygandt Wines is offering 20% off its French bottles on July 14th! For the films, I’ve got you covered with this handy list of the best French films on Netflix.
Anyhoo, as I mentioned I’ll be at the French Embassy tonight… following me on snapchat if you want to see what that looks like on Bastille Day!
Bon Quatorze Juillet à tous!!