Bobo Noir, Film

Bobo Noir, Film

February 25, 2014  |  featured, people  |  No Comments

Jeff Norman contacted me and said, “You will love Bobo Noir.” Well, I loved Bobo Noir, which is why I’m touting the horn of this short indie movie. It’s fresh, funny, amusing, and original at the same time.

You can watch it here: jeffnormanfilms.com

Bobo is the name of a French pastry arts dropout who is banished from his family olive fortune and decides to try his chances at Hollywood. His favorite comedian is John Belushi and he dreams of soaring like him. In Hollywood, everybody stars in his own dream, even a real French Bobo, although it happens that he is black (Pourquoi pas). Bobo Noir est un film de rêves.

Jeff Norman had the idea of the movie when he visited France in 2011 and had some interesting encounters with les bobos. (A bobo is a spoiled Parisian brat/a hipster.) He directed the movie and plays Bobo. He said that Bobo Noir is “not a comedy per se, but rather a character study with a comedic heartbeat.”

Bobo is an original, but he doesn’t know it. He has left France behind but, sadly, not his parents – he has inner dialogues with them throughout the movie. His naiveté and innocence are rare gems in Hollywood, and they turn out be his greatest assets. As like attracts like, he finds some goofy Southern California characters who help him get closer to his dream — the homeless man who knows where the hottest comedy club in town is, the spiritual master turned comedy teacher, the vintage store girl, who spots the “fresh off the boat character” and gives him some good advice and addresses.

If you watch the movie, you’ll know what the difference between a Californian and a Parisian is and what the color of a green card is—probably one of the funniest moments of the movie. Jeff Norman mimics an artful French accent, which adds to the cultural twist of the movie and makes for some great laughable moments. The movie is in English and French with subtitles. And what about La Fin? Can a Bobo succeed in Hollywood? You have to watch the movie to see what happens.

In the meantime, I’ll tell you who Jeff Norman is. According to his own description, he is the “definitive Francophile who lives and breathes French culture, taking influence from such sources as Truffaut and Godard and La Nouvelle Vague to “la tecktonik” dance craze and popular webseries like Norman Fait Des Vidéos.” And I would add that he is one talented Bobo Noir.

For more information about La Famille Bobo Noir visit the following links:

facebook.com/bobonoirhollywood
instagr.am/bobo_noir
vimeo.com/bobonoir

 

 

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D'Clic at Project One, SF

D’Clic at Project One, SF

January 12, 2014  |  featured, inspiration  |  No Comments

In French Style is proud to promote extraordinary talent, creative people, new companies, style, trends and laughter. We were at D’Clic’s Kickstarter Party at Project One, and we were delighted to witness their new collection and style evolution. We wish them a great start, and much success. Thanks to Chateau Music for the great music and vibes.

Please read In French Style’s original posting about D’Clic an discover D’Clic by Yapo‘s new website.

 

 

 

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The Macaron Party

The Macaron Party

January 3, 2014  |  featured, food & drink, san francisco  |  10 Comments

Les Macarons – these delicious, mouthwatering French cookies – are sold everywhere these days. You can find them even at Whole Foods… as a version of macarons but not the real thing. Our palettes must be evolving towards refined treats, and the trends are definitely keeping up. So, I organized a Christmas Macaron Party to enjoy, savor, compare and indulge in the art of culinary fun. I went to San Francisco and bought macarons from Chantal Guillon, La Boulange, Miette and Le Marais Bakery. There are many more stores that sell macarons, but I couldn’t go to every one, so I had to choose. Macaron party I have to admit I love macarons. I can easily finish a box of 6 in a total of 2 minutes. I would keep going if it weren’t for my higher self reminding me that I’d better control my emotions and my gluttony and think about my waist line. Well, I could always use a corset to give the illusion that I am slimmer than I am. But – I have to admit – I love myself more than I love macarons. Macarons are made with eggs, almond flour, sugar and (usually) food coloring. For the most part, they are gluten free, which makes them ultra popular. They are also beautiful, delicate, dreamy, and come in interesting flavors. This blog link has a good recipe for a green tea macaron.

The round melting meringue-based confection is reported to have been introduced to France by Catherine de Medici’s private Italian chefs when she married Henri II de France. But nowadays the macaron is known as a French creation. It was brought back to fame in the early 20th century by the Parisian pastry shop Ladurée.

At our party, we found that Miette makes great macarons with the right balance of texture, taste, and sweetness. Miette uses only organic ingredients and no food coloring. Their macarons have natural colors and a short shelf life (up to 3 days). We tasted the rose macaron, which smelled like rose water. The flavor was present and consistent in the shell and the taste. The chocolate mousse was crunchy but firm, with balanced sugar and texture. The orange macaron had a hint of orange, with a fine and subtle taste. Miette macarons Miette Store La Boulange is a pioneer in making macarons famous in San Francisco. We liked the texture of their macarons and their strong aromas. The rum raisin macaron was firm, crunchy, and flavorful. You could easily smell the rum. The Nutella had the taste of hazelnuts (as it should), was thick, textured and not too sweet. The Pistachio is one of my favorites. It tasted like vanilla, frangipani, and it tasted sweeter than the others.

La Boulange

Chantal Guillon’s lovely store is located on Hayes Street and is entirely devoted to the art of macarons. Her macarons are beautifully presented and packaged. We tasted her green tea macaron, which was delicate and soft. It had a subtle taste, but it didn’t taste like green tea. The Persian rose had a very strong rose flavor, but the macaron itself didn’t have the aroma of a rose. We found both macarons to be very sweet, and a sweet aftertaste lingered on our palettes. The caramel was pretty and tasted good. The aftertaste was saltier, which we enjoyed.

Chantal Guillon macarons Chantal Guillon store When I went to Le Marais on Chestnut Street to buy some macarons, it was the end of the day and they only had three left. So I bought the chocolate caramel. The macaron had a very distinctive texture. It was crumbly, a little chewy, with a strong caramel flavor. The feeling was smooth and gooey. We enjoyed it very much and regretted that we couldn’t taste any other flavors. According to staff, they only make a few flavors at a time, including chocolate mint. Caramel Le Marais Le Marais Bakery The delicacy of the macarons invites you to savor them one by one. We enjoyed every bite we took and had a lot of fun comparing and admiring them. If you have tasted other macarons in The City or beyond, leave us a comment. We would like to know about your experience.

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