Whether I’m riding around the ‘burbs on my Bianchi or sipping on an Aperol Spritz, I’m a huge fan of all things Italy.
But I took the girls Out and About for macarons this week at our favorite sweets spot called Oui. They have the best macarons in town, in my opinion, and I’ve eaten a macaron or two. The lemon flavor is my favorite and the vibe is minimalist industrial, not fussy like some bakeries tend to be, which means there’s less stuff for the kids to break and more time enjoying cookies. That’s what I call a win-win.
And the trip definitely gave me some French inspiration.
Saturday at my house means date night, and we’re switching it up a bit and going for a French foreign film on Netflix called Blind Date that I’m really excited to watch.
You can read the full review here but it’s about a talented pianist and reclusive engineer living in neighboring apartments with different schedules; and what begins as a way to compromise on the times and ways they make noise (inevitably interrupting the opposite routine of their neighbor) leads them to develop a deeper relationship, all the while separated by a wall and never having actually met. It looks cute and light and perfect after a long week, just like the appetizer and drink combo I’m making to go with it!
I love a good theme so I’m making a Brie and Caramelized Onion Crostini to snack on with French 75’s to drink while we watch our movie. It couldn’t be simpler.
Crostini are easy- you start with a crunchy baguette, cut thin pieces on the bias, and heighten the flavor by drizzling each with olive oil, then popping them under the broiler for 5 minutes or so. When you pull them out and they’re still hot, rub them with a clove of garlic and a sprinkle of salt and now youre ready to top them.
Tonight I’m adding a generous, thick slice of Brie and layering that with warm caramelized onions, which I sauté on medium-low heat in butter until they brown and render their sugars and I add a dash of balsamic vinegar, pinch of salt and a sprinkle of thyme because I can.
I could eat a whole baguette prepared like this by myself but since it’s date night I guess I’ll share.
This obviously goes nicely with a bold red wine, but to keep the theme rolling I’m making a French 75, which is just bubbly, gin or vodka, lemon juice and sugar. It’s light but powerful and the perfect sip for a sweet rom com date night.
A recipe named after the World War One-era French 75 mm field gun, it’s tart and refreshing-I use vodka in mine since we always seem to have Tito’s on hand, but using gin is truer to the original recipe and just as delicious.
-2 oz. gin (or vodka)
-1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
-2 teaspoons sugar
-lemon peel for garnish
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add gin (or vodka), sugar and lemon juice: shake until chilled, about ten seconds; strain into your favorite champagne flute, top with champagne and add lemon peel for garnish!
This is how we do date night. If you make these recipes, use #howtosuburb on Insta to show me your creations! How do you date night? Vive La France!