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Did you know that yesterday was National Croissant Day in France?  Celebrated every year on January 30th!

I have such delicious memories, waking in Paris that first morning after I arrive, catching the intoxicating whiff of fresh-baked goods from the local boulangerie. As you probably know, there is at least one bakery on every block.

I would eat a croissant every day if I could, and once did when I was younger. Proof? I gained 30 pounds in three months!


Is your mouth watering?


FYI: ONE French “croissant au beurre”  (literally made with layered sheets of butter in between the pastry) has on average more than 200 calories, and more striking still, contains 40 percent of one’s daily recommended allowance of saturated fat. (Note: a whole baguette has only 130 calories).



Un cafe creme at one of my favourite coffee houses in the 9th!



French people generally consume croissants for breakfast but for obvious reasons, only once and a while, not every day.

I have also noticed that they also eat them in a particular fashion. They unfold the layers, starting with the crunchy middle, and then nibble each of the ends, usually dunking them in their coffee.

(Personally? — Yuck!)


There are competitions for the best croissants!


How To Pronounce “Croissant”!

You hear English speakers pronounce the word in all manner of ways.  The closest thing to a “croissant” that many of us grew up with was Pillsbury Crescent rolls, so I have heard people still pronounce the original French version as  a “crescent.”

If you Google how to say “croissant”,  you will get both a similar English pronunciation and the more French one.

Try to say the words phonetically to yourself and you will see what I mean.

“kruh·saant”   (With a “t” at the end, this is not French but you hear it a lot.) 

“krwa·san”     (This is the French version — with the “t” is silent at the end.)  
Personally, I think it is more of a “kwa” sound, and it does take practice to pronounce that first syllable — reaching far back into the throat.
But it is so satisfying to line up at a Paris bakery, and when it is your turn, to speak up, enunciating as clearly as possible, “deux croissants s’il vous plaît “ and have the baker nod in your direction.
I can’t wait to have that experience again!
In the meantime, if you can find a bakery that is open, and makes croissants, indulge and honour the day after National Croissant Day!
P.S. There is also a National Escargots Day in France!  Do you know when that is?

Don’t Miss This Date!  And Today’s Contest*


Feb. 9th at 12:30 EST

Sonia Choquette will be my guest on February 9th for a 40-minute interview where she will talk with me about her life, her life in Paris, and her work.

In this interview, I will be giving away TWO of her books, Waking Up In Paris, but also Walking Home, the story of walking the Camino de Santiago, which Sonia did on her own, persevering despite painfully injuring her feet, and enduring cold and rain for the lion’s share of the trip.

This is indeed a story of resilience and commitment to testing yourself!



Sonia on the Camino de Santiago


So Save The Date:

February 9th at 12:30 pm EST/9:30 am Pacific

6:30 pm in Paris/5:30 pm in London


($22.50 CAD*)

**Important Note: The cost of attending this interview is in Canadian dollars to make it super affordable for everyone, AND you will get the benefit of the exchange rate if you are paying in US dollars, Euros, or Pounds.  



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Today’s Contest: The 5th Person to sign up for this interview right now will receive a copy of Sonia’s book above — Waking UP In Paris!


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  1. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on January 31, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Should have read this message AFTER breakfast – because now all I want is a warm, buttery, CROISSANT!!!!! And there are none in my cupboards! Quel surprise!

  2. Shardie Stevenson on January 31, 2021 at 8:52 am

    …. and don’t forget to say “ Bonjour Madame / Monsieur” to whomever is serving you your Croissant at the local boulangerie , first! 😘

    • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      You are so right Shard!

  3. Twink on January 31, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I made croissants once in a bread baking class.
    I had to push in one pound of butter into the pastry.
    So now I just buy them.

    • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      I know… it is pretty scary when you see how they are made and just how much butter goes into them.. much easier to let the bakers bake them for sure. And stay in denial when you eat them! Love hearing from you Twink!

    • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      It is pretty scary when you see them made or make them yourself. Better just let it to the bakers and stay in denial when you eat one! Great to hear from you Twink!

  4. Margaret Ann Gendreau on January 31, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! You have me drooling on a Sunday morning for both croissant and Paris! Looking forward to the interview on Feb. 9th. See you the Diana.

    • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      I know. I should not have sent to people at breakfast time! I am thrilled that you are joining us for this interview.. and the others too!

    • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      I know I should not have sent out this blog before breakfast!
      I am so glad you will be joining us for this interview Margaret Ann!

  5. Trudy Van Buskirk on January 31, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Just thinking about a croissant makes my moth water. As you know my mastermind used to meet (before the pandemic) at Patisserie La Cigogne in Toronto and I always had a coffee (not French:-( ) and a croissant. A friend from the mastermind who lives nearby, has twice brought me a croissant and my favourite – a pain au chocolat – from there!!!!

    • Trudy Van Buskirk on January 31, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      oops – should be – mouth not moth 🙁

      • Diana Bishop on January 31, 2021 at 2:23 pm

        Yes, there should be a Pain Au Chocolat day as well, don’t you think? Thanks for the comment Trudy!

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