La Bonne Bouche

La Bonne Bouche

October 21, 2015  |  featured, south florida  |  1 Comment

I discovered La Bonne Bouche, par hazard, driving through Downtown, Lake Worth, Florida. I was so curious about this place that I called in and a few days later I arrived for dinner with a friend.

The Chef Eric was waiting for his guests, and he escorted us to a table in a very jovial French way. We started a conversation in seconds – how can you not with a French chef!

If you have lived or been to France, La Bonne Bouche feels like an authentic village restaurant. I have great memories eating in restaurants in tiny towns from Brittany to Provence where the village life, the stone walls, the quietness of the place and the good humor of the chef add layers to the deliciousness of the meal.

La Bonne Bouche offers a lot of surprises.

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The dining menu is brought to you on a chalkboard by a waiter. That night le bœuf bourguignon was the dish of the night, and my friend ordered it. The only vegetarian option available was a hearty salad. When the Chef came by, I asked if he had any dishes for vegetarians. He exclaimed with a big smile: “Why in the world do people become vegetarians?” Then, we laughed together without finding an answer and agreed on a fresh white fish prepared especially for me.

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I am still talking and reminiscing about this incredibly simple buttery white fish plate with a taste I could never replicate at home.

The restaurant transforms into a café and a bakery during the day. The desert case is absolutely great and filled with traditional French cakes and patisseries. The rum cake and the lemon tart we ordered were the perfect ending to a terroir meal.

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La Bonne Bouche is a place where you go for the taste of real French food. The fact that you find it in Lake Worth, Florida, blows my mind.

La Bonne Bouche Bistro

516 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460

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Loïc Autret – French Artisan Bakery

July 28, 2015  |  featured, food & drink, south florida  |  2 Comments

The secret of French Food is that it always makes me reconsider my lifestyle choices… I must admit that eating a good croissant makes me instantly happy, and fills me with life and good memories. I talk about it for days and tell all my friends about my unforgettable experience.

Take a look at these delicious croissants !!! Who is able to resist trying one, or even two? They are baked fresh dayly at Loïc Autret’s Artisanal French Bakery in Delray Beach, Florida.

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I love their pains au chocolat also! They are crusty and have a lot of real chocolate inside.

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There is no doubt that the master chef, Loïc Autret, has a passion for baking and spoiling his customers. You can often meet him in the store. If you see a charming man with intense blue eyes and a unique haircut then you know you are looking at the master chef himself. If he is not too busy, say “Hello.” You will come back again and again for his baguettes and croissants. And his conversation.

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And if you are not convinced that this bakery is a jewel and a gift to Delray beach, here are a few more pictures to excite your palate! I am so grateful that a taste of France is right around the corner!

www.loicautretbakery.com

814 NE 6th Ave

Delray Beach, Florida

 

 

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The Art of Saving a Life – An Art Project of the Gates Foundation

January 29, 2015  |  featured, people  |  No Comments

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this month unveiled a grand art project dedicated to the history of vaccines. The Art of Saving a Life is a virtual gallery of images, films, music, stories, GIFs, and other compelling content. Artists from all over the world were commissioned to tell the story of vaccines and their miraculous power to save lives.

The Foundation hopes to bring attention to the subject, educate the public and build further support for the charities that dispense vaccines in countries with the greatest need: United Nations Foundation, The World Health Organization, UNICEF, CDC, Gavi, Rotary, Save the Children, The Global Poverty Project.
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The works of art are really worth admiring, exploring, reading and raving about. Browsing page after page, one sees that talent and engagement on the part of artists have produced an exhaustive and visually fascinating account of what vaccines have done for the human race, what they could have done if they were used, and what they could do in the future to stop epidemics like Ebola.

Some of the stories are daunting, but beautiful and humbling in their truth. Some artists tell a personal story, others use imagination and historical facts to render what is magnificent – namely the determination of the human spirit to help those in need. (Image: © Deborah Kelly)

CopyrightDeborahKellyThe Art of Saving a Life is a gorgeous homage to vaccines and their creators and to the force of art in increasing our awareness and expanding human consciousness. Here are some of my favorite art works:

Luc Jacquet / The Race for Life / La Course A La Vie — © 2014 Wild-Touch

“Academy Award winning French filmmaker Luc Jacquet directed The Race for Life (La Course A La Vie in French), an arresting short film that underscores the value of vaccines for children’s health and strength. Here, we see children racing through difficult terrain. As they run, they encounter various obstacles – insect bites, dangerous cuts, and harsh weather to name a few—but are able to persevere as they have been vaccinated. Luc worked with young actors on this film, set mainly in the spectacular Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors and on the Dunes de l’Espiguette in France.”

Lang Lang / Afternoon of a Faun — © 2014 Lang Lang Productions

“Chinese pianist Lang Lang conjures the tragedy of how the career of one of the world’s greatest dancers suddenly ended. In the mid-20th century, Tanaquil “Tanny” LeClercq was a principal dancer at the New York City ballet, a muse to her husband Balanchine and to choreographer Jerome Robbins. Prior to departing for a European tour in the autumn of 1956, each member of her ballet company received the polio vaccine as a precaution. Tanny decided against it. One month later she contracted polio in Copenhagen and collapsed. Paralyzed, she would never walk or dance again. She was 27 years old. Here, Lang Lang performs Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, the famous pas de deux Tanny danced with Jacque D’Ambroise, as a film of their dance flickers behind him on stage.”

GMB Akash / Crossing the Waterways in Bangladesh — © 2014 GMB Akash

“GMB Akash shows how health workers go the distance to try and reach every Bangladeshi child. By boat on remote waterways and by foot through sandy pathways, Akash follows health workers as they bring vaccines to some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh. Akash spent many days in the field, lovingly capturing almost every aspect of the country’s successful vaccination program. In his photos, young mothers cross flood zones with their babies in their arms to reach the health clinic; an elderly man transports vaccines to a remote island by boat; and pregnant women receive antenatal care, including tetanus vaccine. He also captures young children ill in hospital with pneumonia, for which Bangladesh will soon introduce a vaccine.”

Bangladesh 2014_Akash“A one day old child comes with his mother Makhmuda Khatun (18 yrs) in the community clinic. Kazipur, Sirajganj, Bangladesh” © 2014 GMB Akash

Angélique Kidjo sings a Kenyan song with the Women of Merti:

Rakeysh Mehra / The girl who kicked the ball

Yuna / It’s a new day

 

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