Chez Loulou

Chez Loulou began in January 2006 as a way to give others a glimpse of our life in a beautiful corner of France, the Languedoc-Roussillon, where we lived for almost 8 years. In December 2011 we started a new French adventure and moved north to the Calvados department in lower Normandy and in October of 2015 we said goodbye to our little, rural cottage in Normandy and moved to Paris. It's quite a change!
This blog includes stories about the delicious regional food and wine from around France, European travel insights and experiences, recipes of my favorite sweet and savory dishes, photos of the stunning scenery and charming vignettes I capture through my camera lens, stories of life in France and the ever-present challenge of French bureaucracy.




5 Things

1) A glimpse of paradise 2) "25 cl de vin happy" 3) Beaming 4) Nosegays (now there's a word you don't get to use very often) 5) Boozy fun with The Chamber ...more

10 Days Ago It Was Snowing In Paris

But for the last week the weather has been perfect.The kind of lovely spring weather that makes you notice your legs are so white they glow in the dark, that you desperately need a pedicure and that you're walking around town with a goofy grin on your face ....more

Le Sauvaget

Let's talk about mold.When it comes to food,...more

5 Things

1) Curves 2) Sunday rollerblading 3) The country comes to the city 4) Wandering through the passages 5) Trying to fly ...more

Judging The Best Baguette In Paris Competition

It's not every day that you get invited to spend an afternoon sitting in a small room overlooking the Seine with an MOF or two, the president of la Chambre professionnelle des artisans boulangers-pâtissiers de Paris,...more

The 2016 Best Baguette In Paris

This is the photo that got me through the door.Every year, in addition to a handful of industry professionals, the Mayor of Paris chooses 6 members of the general public to sit on the jury of le Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris...more


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Advice From Madame La Fromagère

"Jamais dans le réfrigérateur!," la fromagère firmly stated as I was buying this wedge of Tome du Ramier at the...more

5 (New Orleans) Things

1) Crab cake po' boy, and the most amazing onion rings! 2) French Quarter colors 3) On the float, beads and booze at the ready 4) Dancin' in the streets 5) Royal Street ...more

Life In Paris

We've been living in Paris full time for three months now (after my 1.5 years of commuting from Normandy), and I have a few observations to make:There is a lot of dust....more