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Here’s what I have been watching on Netflix

that is in French (with English subtitles!)

 

The Chef’s Table France

 

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.

 

We are whisked to the tiny French island of Noirmoutier off the Atlantic coast, a remote-like location similar to Fogo Island in Newfoundland.

 

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.

 

Alexandre Couillon, owner and chef of La Marine

 

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.

 

Local fish at La Marine

 

 

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.

 

 

The Erika Oyster

 

 

 

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!

 

Click HERE just in case you do too!

 

 

The Kretz family in L’Agence

 

L’agence | The Parisian Agency

 

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.

 

 

Majo — the unexpected star of L’agence

 

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!

 

 

Inhuman Resources

 

 

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”?

 

Sound familiar?

 

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!

There is also  the brilliant  series —  Lupin and also call My Agent Agent! 

You can review others I wrote about way back in 2019 by CLICKING HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

House Sitting in France and Beyond

My interview with Alison Browne

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

12:30 EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm Paris/5:30 London  

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Alison Browne has found all sorts of creative ways

to travel through France and other parts of the world.

One is house sitting where she has ended up in dreamy family homes

taking care of everything from two chickens (Clara and Fluffy) to three donkeys.

Alison, who now lives in Paris, will take us on a personal tour of her adventures,

travelling solo while house sitting in France and other parts of the world.

Check out Alison’s website at Dreamer at Heart.org 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Shardie Stevenson on October 24, 2021 at 9:15 am

    As a home stager and decor consultant I’m fascinated by the real estate in “The Parisian Agency “ ! As a woman , I’m fascinated by the men in this family! Ooh la la!!!

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2021 at 11:04 am

      It was so so yummy!

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on October 24, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Aren’t you having FUN sourcing “all things French” ?!!! The stories are all so interesting!

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2021 at 11:04 am

      It is my passion Gretchen! Off to Paris soon! Diana

  3. Rebecca Brown on October 24, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Good list! My favourite French Netflix show is “Lupin”. It is excellent!

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Yes, I enjoyed that one immensely too Rebecca. Thanks for mentioning it.

  4. Luci Rizzo on October 24, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Of course i choose L’agence!!

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Haha… makes total sense! Loved it. Can’t wait for the next season. Thanks for commenting Luci. Diana

  5. Margaret Ann Gendreau on October 24, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    We loved the French version of “Call My Agent”.
    Looking forward to taking a look at your list Diana. Thanks so much.

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