Newsletter Faure concert competition- Piment d’Espelette – Herbes de Provence

Dear French Market Shoppers,
I am safely back from France after a wonderful but too short a trip, it again reinforced my love of the food and environment that places good food and appreciation of fine wines at the centre of a good life plus the French couture and perfumes are so impressive.
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Travelling through Paris I realised that one quickly loses touch with the latest fashions, I used to go across regularly when I worked for Air France and felt at home there – I took for granted the beautiful French woman dressed in the latest clothes, even the most casual outfits worn with such a flair as they walk down the street with a whiff of a subtle perfume in their wake.  One of the big fashion gurus in Paris is Ines de la Fressange, not only was she a model for Chanel, she also comes from one of the old French families – at 51 this classically beautiful, tall French women proves how you can still have a serious impact on trends no matter your age. Many Parisians treat her style advice as serious “must do” I remember her commenting that it was fine to wear a string of exquisite pearls with jeans but pearls were no longer “a la mode” as formal wear. Now I am back, Paris seems like life on another planet. Its memory lies in my Guerlain perfume and memories of incredible meals and lots of cheese.
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I did manage to bring back some special things for the shop: a small stock of Piment d’Espelette , the unique and delicately flavoured mild chilli pepper from the Basque country and some Herbes de Provnce. if you would like some please drop me a line. There is, of course, all our stock of beautiful French cheese and pates.
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Its Fathers Day on Sunday so if you love your Dad then the best gift you can give him is a wonderful platter of French cheese and pates!
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I have a little competition for you – the Endler Concert Series at the University of Stellenbosch will be presenting a special concert of Faure’s most beautiful French choral music on Sunday 22 June at 16:30. The Music department has generously given me 2 sets of 2 tickets to offer as a prize to you. To enter the competition you have to answer the following questions, the 2 first correct replies will win a set each of 2 tickets for this concert.  You will find the answers in the brochure on the programme.
1 What was Faure’s nationality
2 What is Schola Cantorum
3 Where will Endler Concert on Sunday 22 June take place.
Please email your answers to me and I will announce the winners during this coming week.
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Tonight I am in hospital as I am having an ankle replacement tomorrow, hopefully this will fix my ankle and I shall be up and about again soon. As a result I am limited in time and actions so I will not be sending a recipe over the next couple of weeks. Diana is again looking after the shop and my team of wonderful helpers so please keep them busy. And when I come back I will launch my French wines, champagnes and spirits as I have got my liquor licence at last.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Best regards
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Suzanne

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