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I received some emails last week from people who said they could not access Heather Stimmler’s interview from December 8th because it required a password, so  I am following up this week with the link and the password.


Sorry for the inconvenience.


Here is the LINK and the password is Paris2020# (case sensitive)


While I am here, I thought I might revisit my French Gift List for those of you who are new to my blog.

You may not be surprised that many of them involve food or drink.

Diana’s Top Five Christmas Gifts from France 


1.  French Macarons

A box of these light-as-air artistic treats are as much fun to buy as they are to give. They have crispy shells surrounded by a creamy centre, usually made of ganache, butter cream or jam.

They come in so many colours and flavours that it might take you a while to decide.

(And remember if you live in the Toronto area you can purchase them from Katsy Entifi of Gourmets Marcarons et Plus.)



2.  Hot Chocolate from Angelina’s

It’s a touristy thing to do when in Paris — to go to Angelina’s for hot chocolate, so thick and creamy, that your spoon stands up in the cup.

I am not a huge fan of Angelina’s as it is overrated as a restaurant, but the hot chocolate is legendary.

Now you can buy a bottle ready-made to heat up at home.


3.  French Beret

Too corny?

I still remember the one I wore to death when I was about 12. It was white. I featured it to the side, of course, and thought I looked so chic!

I still think they look great on women of any age. Especially in black or red.


4.  Crepe Mix

You can make “crêpes” from scratch, but I think my friends would be more likely to do so if they already had an authentic mix.

I might add a few crêpe recipes to make this a nice gift, such as, my favourite savoury crêpe — ham, Gruyère cheese and mushrooms.

The mix comes in kilogram bags at the Grocery Breizh Café in the Marais.


Les truffes

 5.  Truffles

This is a gift that I wish someone would give to me! (hint, hint)

Truffles –the fungus not the chocolates — are not to everyone’s taste.  But if you have ever ordered an “omelette aux truffes” in France, I promise you will be a convert, and happy to find a tiny jar of them under your tree.

You can find truffles in fine stores all over Paris, probably near you as well.

Or you can visit the restaurant, La Maison de la Truffe Madeleine (which specializes in every truffle dish possible), and buy truffles from their little shop next door.

Paris-Themed Masks

Don’t forget to stay safe this Christmas —

But you can still be chic doing so with three-ply, reversible Paris-themed masks

by Joie de couture! 

On my Shop Page! Here’s the LINK!



The Eiffel Mask


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  1. Luci Rizzo on December 20, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I loved Angelinas for a couple of reasons. My Moms name was Angeline and so i had to was a very pretty cafe and it really did offer THE very best hot chocolate I have ever enjoyed. We couple it with a very nice piece of quiche but after The richness of these 2 selections there was no room fir a cookie or pastry. Wow was it hood and i plan to return on my next trip. Now should i order a bottle or a tin of powder? That is my dilemma! Diana what do u think?

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on December 20, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Your BFF / my Cousin wore that Paris-themed face mask last week when we met for lunch. Tres chic!

    • Diana Bishop on December 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      I saw that! It looked great on her. They make great gifts. All the girls in my family are getting them this year!
      Have a wonderful Christmas Gretchen, Diana

  3. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on December 20, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I am always delighted to receive a message from Diana.
    Thank you and happy days to all

    • Diana Bishop on December 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      You are too kind! You as well, Diana

      • Diana Stimmler Winkler on December 22, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        This is a wonderful list. I would like to add fabric made in France! I just bought some fabric from Maison Sajou, a print from the Alsace region where my family originated in). I’ve been in the Paris store twice on my previous trips. I love all the beautiful haberdashery! Yes, macarons for sure. Good thing I found a French bakery here in Phoenix for my fix. I have my black beret I wear but I also found a lovely purple felt hat in a Paris thrift store that I wear to death. Joyeux Noël !

        • Diana Bishop on December 22, 2020 at 12:51 pm

          Diana.. it is so nice to meet you in the comments. I know you as Heather’s sister and she speaks so highly of you.
          Fabric from France … great idea. NOW that I am organizing with a supplier to make Paris Themed masks that might be a new idea for us.
          Thank you for continuing to follow me. I appreciate the support, Best to you and Happy Holidays, Diana

  4. Trudy Van Buskirk on December 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I have had 4 berets for years. They’re black, winter white, hot pink and purple. I can never decide which one to wear !! Merry Christmas Diana!!!!

    • Diana Bishop on December 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Trudy,
      We have had this conversation before as you sport a beret much better than I do. I think longer hair suits one more readily than short hair or maybe it just doesn’t really suit me. But I do love them! Happy Holidays my dear friend! Diana

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