Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shortest Time Span in Between Two Blog Posts I Have Ever Made

So hey! This isn't really a blog post... This post pertains to one thing in particular. French food. Not just any French food, although it is alllllll so amazing, but particularly French bakery items. Not just any bakery items, but one amazing, delectable, beautiful, and delicious cake in every single way. What I'm talking about is:
Three Chocolates.
To get this out there to start with, the only real part of this tasty treat that is cake is a centimeter thick layer of it at the bottom. The rest is dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate mousse one on top of the other with a very thin layer of plain old chocolate on the top. After eating one serving, I feel like my arteries are going to explode in the best way possible. Well, no actually. The thing itself is insanely light... I would chalk that up to the mousse. I am not saying that it isn't amazingly unhealthy for you, but for being so darn sugary, you'd think it would be pretty heavy.
What else is great about this cake? The versatility. Three different ways to eat it... :) You can, obviously, take a spoonful with a little bit of everything, and the taste is quite marvelous. But you also have the choice of starting at the top or bottom, which leaves you with a white chocolate taste or a dark chocolate taste. Any way you eat it though, if you are a lover of sugar-filled/chocolately-abundant things, this is your choice. :)

But I guess now that I have mentioned the words "French food," I can't leave it hanging out in the open. So here is a list of some of the food ventures I have had this year and my thoughts about them:
-Duck Confit- OMG. AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
-Foie Gras- Nomnomnom
-Rabbit- ...meh...
-Plain old duck- :D:D
-Steak Tartare- Surprisingly delicious!
-A plethora of cheeses:
-Runny ones- Blech... my mouth tastes like poop afterwards...
-Firm cheeses-quite yummy!
-Escargot- Doesn't taste like what you think a snail would taste like. Pretty good, actually!
-Thon St.Moret- This is pretty much like a little dip made out of the equivalent of cream cheese in France and tuna. I love tuna to start with, so it's great!
-So many yogurts I don't think I could name them all- They are all amazing in their own ways. Except danonette. I actually don't care for this one, even though it is etremely popular. And Mamie Nova is bizarre.
-Ratatouille-'Tis ok, but... I dunno... I am not a huge fan.
-Steak Haché- Miam! (Yum in French)
-Macarons- Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. So unbelievably delicious. DELICIOUSSSSS. And beautiful!
-Raclette- Good if you are in a cheesy mood...
-Tartiflette- Another mountain dish. Potatoes+cheese+onions+lardons=obviously amazing!
-Crepes!-So good! Especially if you make the batter yourself.
-Galettes-(Savory crepes) We don't make the batter, but it is great no matter what you put in!
-Quiche- So many different types... but they are all very good and easy to make to boot!
-Pâté- it depends, but normally, it is pretty good!
-Tartes-Sucré or salé, they are great :)

I guess that is all I can think of for now... so I'll be bidding you farwell!
Bisoux!
-Carly

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh hai there!

Hey everybody~~
Not much has been up lately... well, except for one thing. One big, marvelous thing... SPRING! It is now officially the season of bonheur and flowers. I am so so so happy that it is finally here. I seriously thought that winter would never end. But looky now! It is 17 degrees outside and everything is blooming. I can't believe my eyes. The transformation from completely desolate to blossoming and leafy is happening so fast. And with it is my attitude. I am feeling quite positive lately. No matter what, I can't keep myself from having a smile in the back of my mind.
I have also been struck by a recent wave of nostalgia. Every day there is at least one thing that reminds me of the US or earlier in the year or anything, really. It is so weird... but wonderful at the same time.

The French is going well. I am more and more confident with it every day. My vocabulary grows with every week, and my grammar perfects itself with every month.

Speaking of months... :O Guess how many I have been here for? 6?! 6! SIX MONTHS?! Wow. Actually. This is kind of old news. I will have my seven months in France mark in 10 days. Holy crap. Time flies.

If only everybody I know and love could be here with me. There are so many things to say, yet I can't figure out a means to get all of my fleeting thoughts into writing. And some of the things I am going through are only understandable through the experience itself. Other things I can't even start to explain. And occasionally I forget what I wanted to mention that was of such importance! Everybody should just come to France. 'Twould be nice.

Salut,
Carly

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

So. Where did all of that time go?

I think it has been another week or so... Life goes by so quickly, now!! All that has really happened this week is that I got sick and watched a bazillion movies Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; and now I am back at school still slightly sick, but happy to see my friends. :) I actually really don't have anything of interest to mention right now... well, yesterday and today it was like 13 degrees Celsius. AMAZING! I hope this is a sign of forthcoming spring. Awww the nostalgia. I can't believe it is already March! :O Craziness!!!! Guess what tomorrow is? The day that marks 4 months left in my exchange. Holy crappolas. I guess time flys when... okay, let's skip the cliché.
One thing I have been thinking about one thing lately. Nostalgia, in fact. Doesn't it seem that sometimes nostalgia is better than the moment itself? I am trying to figure out how I will perceive France and my experiences here when I go back. It is interesting.

Bye for now!
-Carly

P.S. I love bus rides.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Déjà?!

So I am going to try to write this in French. We shall see if I succeed.

Donc... ce que je veux dire aujourd'hui est... un peu plus -comment dire- lourd que normale. Maintenant je suis en vacances, dans les Alpes, les plus belles montagnes que j'ai jamais vu dans ma vie. Je suis vachement contente, mais au même temps, quelque chose me gène.
Ça fait six mois que je suis partie des États-Unis. Six mois. Pour moi, ça représente pleines de choses. Ça fait six mois que j'ai pas vu ma famille, mes amis, ma ville. Ça fait six mois que j'ai habité avec ma famille d'accueil géniale (en fait, quelque jours moins que ça... c'était le dimanche que j'ai rencontré les Marron). Ça fait six mois que j'ai découvert la France, le Français, et ...moi...
Sur un côté, je suis fière de moi.
De l'autre côté, je sais pas... mais, c'est comme il y a un grand nuage noir au dessus de moi. Ma famille me manque, c'est vrai, mais la chose le plus bizarre est que je comprendre pas le fait que je vais revenir aux E.U. Je peux pas expliquer comment je me sens vraiment, mais... je vais juste dire que cet époque de mon échange est très bizarre. :|

So... bye for now.
-Carly


Oh yeah, I just checked it in google translate and it doesn't properly translate some of it... but whatever!

And lastly but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND ERNIE!!!!!!
And ISABEL! :D