Here’s what I have been watching on Netflix
that is in French (with English subtitles!)
The Chef’s Table is a well-known documentary series, where renowned chefs share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles.
But I found the French series to be some of the best in their repertoire.
They had me in the very first episode.
Among the French, the island was known primarily as a summer vacation spot, locking up tight once the season was over — that is, until a young local chef named Alexandre Couillon put it on the map with his restaurant, La Marine, acquiring one, and then a two-star rating from the Michelin guide.
The classification turned Couillon’s humble seafood restaurant into a top dining destination that is now open year-round.
Not surprisingly, the local seafood is Couillon’s canvas, and his creativity has earned him an international reputation.
The Erika Oyster
In part, it was due to his invention of the “Erika” Oyster.
Alexandre got the idea inspired by a notorious oil spill that contaminated the island in 1999, the same year he and his wife opened their restaurant.
Erika was the name of the tanker that sank.
The chef applied a squid ink bouillon to a fresh oyster and arranged it on a white plate so that it looked like an oil blob floating in the sea.
Watching it on Netflix, I was convinced that this minuscule and bleak-looking appetizer might be overrated until they showed the enraptured looks on the faces of his patrons as they sampled this unusual dish.
Made me want to make a reservation toute de suite!
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This reality series will have you drooling and not over any French cuisine.
It stars the Kretz family, who runs a real estate agency out of their Paris-area home, selling luxury properties to high-roller clients.
The properties are breathtaking, the buyers are fascinating, and the four sons are eye-candy!
However, I would watch this series again just to see the boys’ 87-year-old grandmother, Majo, whose irregular on-camera appearances steal the show.
No nursing home for this lady. She gets into the spirit right off the top when she allows her cheeky grandsons to add her to an online dating website.
And fares rather well in that department as it turns out.
Majo should really have her own series!
This thriller blew me away.
What happens to a highly-paid senior executive who is turfed well before official retirement due to the company’s so-called “restructuring”?
That is the fate of 57-year old Alain Delambre, in this case, a former human resources executive, who has spent six years since unsuccessfully trying to get back to work.
Then all of a sudden a prestigious company selects him as a candidate to engage in unorthodox training to test the leadership team’s mettle.
Alain is hired to role-play as a terrorist and create a hostage-taking scenario in a cruel corporate game.
I don’t usually engage in this type of program but the surprising twists and turns are brilliant, and the strong social comment will have you thinking about it for some time afterwards.
The title says it all.
Worth a look!
Other French Shows!
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House Sitting in France and Beyond
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Alison Browne has found all sorts of creative ways
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taking care of everything from two chickens (Clara and Fluffy) to three donkeys.
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.