These Superhero plush toys are adorable! The brand Funko creates these very cute little superhero “dolls” or “stuffed animals”. Even though they say ages 3 and up, most of the Plushies do not have “small parts”. (I am not, however, endorsing giving these plushies to children under the age of 3).
Superman Plushie by Funko
Get the Funko Plushies Superheroes here (both Marvel and DC heros available).
Les Chansons Des Clipounets are CDs and DVDs and even an app with comptines (nursery rhyme songs). For ages 1 and up, the DVD is awesome! It has animated videos that illustrates the lyrics of traditional French nursery rhymes, such as Frère Jacques . The DVDs are designed for language stimulation and to introduce sounds, words, and sentences to babies.
A different version of a video lullybye of Twinkle Twinkle, video for toddlers, babies, and children by Super Simple Songs. At the time of the publishing of this article, the video has hundreds of millions of views !
It is short and sweet and to the point. The 3D graphics are awesome yet basic and not as overwhelming as some other children’s nursery rhymes videos.
Another great night time video for toddlers, babies, and children of all ages, even moms and dads love this beautiful arrangement by the GiggleBellies.
The vocals of this song are so amazing, for until I checked to see who was singing, I thought it was Dave Matthews! Awesome job on vocals, Patrick Fleming, this is amazing. We are huge fans of you. I was showing this video on YouTube to a collegue and another one heard the song and asked who was singing and wanted your album
I came across this cool animation of parkour using flip book style.This isn’t the first time I have heard about parkour, I first heard about it in a episode of The Office, and even on Facebook. It seemed to me that this word and the underlying concept it refered to were rather familiar to me.
What is parkour? Definition of parkour :
parkour n. [pärkur']
“sport or athletic activity in which the participant seeks to move quickly and fluidly through an area, often an urban locale, by surmounting obstacles such as walls and railings and leaping across open spaces, as in a stairwell or between buildings.” [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition]
French words in English
The English word parkour is actually a phonetic and graphical adaptation of the French word parcours.
parcours n.m. [paRku:R]
“Déplacement déterminé accompli ou à accomplir d’un point à un autre; espace correspondant, chemin, distance parcourue” [TLFi]
So with no further ado, the parkour video I promised :
A photo that I took the other day with my iPhone of some fallen leaves on a fall day in Paris
Une photo que j’ai prise l’autre jour avec mon iPhone d’une feuille par terre dans une rue de Paris.
Autumn Leaves on a Parisian Street - Feuilles d’automne dans une rue de Paris
Paris - where chewed gum is used on the sidewalks to absorb shocks
Am I the only one that notices that all of the sidewalks in Paris are covered in ABC gum(”Already Been Chewed”)? My theory is that the chewing gum surface provides a sort of cushion layer to the pavement, which in great quantiy will reduce the hardness and absorb some of the shocks incurred by pedestrians. Parisians must just spit their gum out on the streets to keep their knees from giving out from all of that walking they do.
Fall leaf near a man hole on a Parisian Street
What’s your theory on this chewed up spit out gum that lines the streets of Paris?
Certain French people may find it blasphamous that I would dare try to consider Tartare as the best French cheese; after all it comes in a plastic tub. I and one of my great friends have a different opinion. Tartare is awesome!
So with no further ado - I present to you one of the best tasting French cheeses ever - Tartare.
Tartare herb and garlic cheese spread
Tartare - naturally good and with no preservatifs*
*Anglophones : be careful with this faux ami - Trust me, when you tell someone there are no condoms* (conservateurs) in your jelly, you’ll understand what I mean.
Container of Tartare out of its box
Tartare - what to eat with it
As some of you may know in typical French culture, meals often can include a cheese course. During this cheese course (which comes after the main dish and before dessert) different types of French cheeses are served with baguette “French bread” . It would therefore be safe to say that the marjority of French people eating Tartare, are probably spreading it on a bit of baguette. I have tried it this way and must admit that Tartare on a baguette is one of the best Tartare recipes that exists…
Tartare part way open
The ultimate Tartare recepie
“Chips et tartare”
Tartare with potato chips is delicious. You must try it if you have the chance. You simply take your potato chip (crisp in British English) and scrape it across the top of your Tartare. The consistency of Tartare is rather thick with the consistancy of cold cream cheese and therefore I suggest using ridged potato chips which tend to be more sturdy.
tartare contairer opened
Avis sur Tartare - opinons about Tartare
This herb spread is the best, none of similar cheese spreads like Boursin or generic come close to the distinct and refreshing flavor of the Orignal Tartare.
Comme toujours, letting everyone know, that I have no affiliation whatsoever with the producers of Tartare L’Original. Just testing out some French cheese and sharing my thoughts.
Frü Cheesecake à la Myrtille Sauvage -
Frü Wild Blueberry Cheesecake
Some of you may remember my article about Gü Brownies or maybe my other article about Frü carrot cakes. Now I’ve tested their blueberry cheesecake. Yet another great example of the awesomeness of cream cheese - cheesecake!
Cheesecake with Wild Blueberries by Frü
Frü Cheesecake à la myrtille sauvage - Blueberry Cheesecake by Frü
Fruits et fun - Fun and fruit
Fru cheesecake - délices aux fruits
A message from Frü on the back of the box
Frü - Pour les fous de fruits, avec une bonne dose de fun.
Vous avez envie de ponctuer votre journée par une note douce et sucrée?
Sortez une petite cuillère et laissez-vous porter par le cheesecake à la myrtille sauvage.
Our French to English translation
Frü - For fruit lovers, with a good dose of fun.
Do you want to mark your day with a soft and sweet note?
Get out a little spoon and let yourself be swept away by wild blueberry cheesecake.
Nutritional information for Fru Cheesecake - what’s in it?
Ingredients and calories in Fru Cheesecake
Frü - Smart packaging as always
Calories per 100g serving = one Frü cheesecake (which is 100g)
More often than not, I find that in France the calories are given for 100g servings. However, one rarely is given a serving of exactly 100g of whatever it may be we that we purchase at the grocery store (l’épicerie ou supermarché). With these blueberry cheesecakes - Fru smartly gives us a 100g so we know exactly how many calories are in the serving without having to resort to math to try to figure it out. So 1 individually wrapped Frü Cheesecake is 286 calories. No calculation required.Thanks Frü - that was nice of ü.
Easy to open lid that smiles at you
Smiling desserts - Cheesecake in a glass pot
Servi dans un ramequin en verre - served in a glass ramequin
A closeup of Fru cheesecake
Avis sur Frü : Smiling tréma desserts - Cheesecake that makes you smile
Definately worth a try.These little cheesecakes were great. I don’t know where they get their cream cheese in France, but they put it to good use. It is almost as good as their carrot cake .
As always, I’d like to let everyone know, that I have no affiliation whatsoever with the producers of Fü Cheesecake. Just testing out another take on American food in Paris .