by Stephanie Audette
This year pastels are in. I’d like to think this trend was inspired by those little French bites of heaven of the same color palette. Yes, I’m talking about macarons. If you’ve never had them you are missing out and should get yourself to the nearest Sweets Bakeshop immediately (there are boutiques in St. Paul and Minnepolis). Or, try a favorite skyway locale, Cocoa & Fig. Anyway, if you love French cuisine and couture (or maybe just pastel colored food and clothing), then there has never been a better time to celebrate. Bastille Day is this weekend!
And just what is Bastille Day, you ask? A French national holiday celebrated on the 14th of July each year to commemorate the same day in 1789 when Parisians seized the Bastille in Paris. It represents the end of the king’s (Louis XVI) absolute power and the beginning of the French Revolution. The event marked the beginning of a sovereign nation and the start of the First Republic in 1792.
Here’s how you can celebrate this momentous occasion in our very own Twin Cities:
- If you’re a fan of the local music scene and you like Uptown’s Barbette, then the Bastille Day Block Party, happening this Sunday, July 15, is the place for you. Free to the public from 3 – 10 pm. Don’t miss live performances by French-inspired jazz band Patty and the Buttons and other local, indie favorites. Proceeds from food and drink sales go to benefit People Serving People, so go ahead and stay for dinner and a drink.
- Still can’t find a decent baguette in the Twin Cities? Try hitting up Sofitel’s Colette Bar and Bistro. The French restaurant will be giving away FREE baguettes (normally $1.95 each) from 7 am-noon on Saturday, July 14 in honor of the holiday. Not a morning person? Stop by the hotel a little later for festivities, including the Best Baguette competition, put on by the Alliance Française. The group will have plenty of family-friendly activities, from a chateau moon bounce to rides around Bush Lake in vintage French cars. 4-10 pm. Call 612-332-0436 for more information and to reserve your tickets. $10 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members.
- Finally, celebrate the day in style by scoring some French-inspired duds marked down anywhere from 30-50 % at Allee Metro Chic’s sale this weekend, through July 21. We like this number from French Connection, because what’s more French than a LBD? So chic.
Happy (1)4th of July! Vive la France!