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Crème brûlée one of '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Joel Kramer     If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are…

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'6 Destinations Foodies Shouldn't Miss This Year' cites Lille

Some love to follow their hearts when travelling, others love to follow their stomachs and taste buds. And if you want to have something to tell people when they ask the – otherwise, legit – question of how was the food, you should consider some of the destinations below. A worthy question that deserves a worthy answer, and the answer to “Where should I go next vacation?” is below.read post

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  • Here´s a fascinating tidbit about an intersection between francophone and U.S black culture: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230228-kouri-vini-the-return-o...
    Kouri-Vini: The return of the US' lost language
    It was born from the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and then slowly disappeared. Now, its speakers are reclaiming it as part of their iden…
  • As a language geek, I found this little tidbit about a little known corner of francophone-derived culture fascinating: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230228-kouri-vini-the-return-o...
    The return of the US' lost language
    It was born from the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and then slowly disappeared. Now, its speakers are reclaiming it as part of their iden…
  • Language nerds love 41-year-old Canadian teacher and traveler Paul Jorgensen's YouTube channel, and here's his interesting video on Qubequois vs. continental French, including background and vocabulary difference: https://youtu.be/A9rh3lqdtT0
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    Opinion: Quebec’s top language cop targets franglais
    Jean-François Roberge has a tough road ahead, as Quebeckers’ relationship with their language is, well, complicated
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    "Celebrating the French language and culture is hugely important for a state with such a rich history and connection to the French-speaking world."
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  • French, as we all know, is a beautiful language… but it can also be a tricky little bugger, what with its gargling ‘r’ and vowel sounds that come out of your schnozz. No one learned the subtle ins and outs of the Gallic tongue quite like Tripatini member Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, whose tempestuous marriage to a French-speaking Belgian Baron ended in tragedy, a true-life Cinderella-gone-horribly-wrong story laid out in her fab book, A Dangerous Liaison: One Woman's Journey into a World of Aristocrac....

    Early in the story (page 43, to be exact), our intrepid Baroness, who was last seen on Go-Lo hobnobbing with headhunters in Borneo, finds herself in the throes of passion with the handsome Baron, who in the heat of the moment asks her a most disconcerting question…

    “I never imagined how different making love could be with a man with such experience. He could control his timing to climax just moments after me. Once again he asked the mysterious question that sounded like “Are you Jewish?” To which, though finding it strange that he was asking this question, perhaps to further excite himself for some inexplicable reason, I responded, “Oui, oui.”
    Later, when I coyly asked him what he always whispered to me at this final moment, he looked at me questioningly and replied, “Do you mean, ‘As-tu joui?”

    “Yes, that’s it,” I said, now realizing he spoke in French.

    “Don’t you know the phrase?”


    “It means, “Did you come?” he said, a little embarrassed.

    “Yes, yes, that’s what I thought,” I said trying to hold back a giggle. “As-tu joui?” pronounced in French, sounded exactly like, "Es-tu jouive?" (“Are you Jewish?”), especially when whispered in the heat of passion. And I, of course, had always replied, “Yes, yes!”

    All in all, a language lesson your high-school French teacher never thought to give...
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