Charlotte Gainsbourg France It Girl

Marion Cotillard reminds us of past icons such as Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Adjani. She looks typically French and very glamorous when she parties out. However, if you want to know what’s hip in France and has been for a while, it is the Bohemian Chic trend that we call bobo. Celebrities such as Vanessa Paradis and Charlotte Gainsbourg are at the fore front of that trend. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.

Serge Gainsbourg Jane Birkin

So she is French “royalty”. She is married to Ivan Attal (French actor and director) with 2 children Ben and Alice.

Charlotte Gainsbourg Ivan Attal

Charlotte is a very good actress and won the Cannes Film Festival award in 2009 for Antichrist.She is perfectly fluent in both French and English. Her first album 5:55 was amazing – but it is her much awaited new album with Beck called IRM that is going to reveal her talent even more. Charlotte has always been somewhat shy and reserved but a couple of years ago she suffered a brain incident and almost died. It changed a lot her perspective on life and has influenced her art. Tall and slim she always has a great fashion sense.

Top 9 best French chestnut desserts. Ode a la chataigne.

Well I do love chocolate and coffee too but I have a soft spot for chestnuts dating back from my childhood. Chestnut translates to chata^igne or marron. I spent all my summers with my grandmother Paulette in Brive la Gaillarde in Correze. Basically in the South center of France where winters can be very cold and nutritious food such as nuts are a staple in local recipes. I like plain roasted chestnuts but it is the sugary version that has become comfort food for me. It can add up in calories so I am making low calories version with Splenda but here are my favorite French desserts with chestnut.

1. Chesnut spread

Chestnut, vanilla and sugar mashed together. Some people use it as jam, I think it works straight from the spoon (like Nutella) or mixed in with plain yogurt.

chestnut spread

2. The legendary marron glace

Very expensive because the cooking process is very long and difficult. It is presented in individual gold wrappers as they are very fragile. They have always been a little too sweet for me.

marrons glaces

3- Macaron a la chataigne

A rare and seasonal offer from Laduree. Chestnuts with almond paste! Waowwww!

macarons a la chataigne

4- Mont Blanc

The white part can be yogurt or at Angelina salon de the in Paris a mix of meringue and whipped cream.

mont blanc Angelina

5- Chestnut Ice Cream

Also rare and hard to find but sooo tasty

chestnut ice cream

6/ Maron Suis’

A chestnut mousse dessert that can be found in most supermarkets in France. Amazing and cheap 🙂

maron sui's



7/ La buche a la chataigne

The traditional French Xmas dessert (the Xmas log) can be made with chestnuts . Either in a frozen version with vanilla and pear. Or with chocolate in the more traditional way (with biscuit and butter). Lenotre has announced the release for this Xmas of a Buche designed with Kenzo with chestnut and green tea!!! Hope I will be in Paris to taste it.

Buche Lenotre Kenzo



8/ La barquette aux marrons

In the shape of a boat this almond, chestnut and chocolate dessert can be found in some patisseries.It is very dense and full of flavors.

barquette aux marrons

9/ La charlotte aux marrons

A chestnut mousse surrounded by wafers with a chocolate frosting. Lenotre made one that I was praying to get as my birthday cake.I think it was called la Chataigneraie.

chataignes

What can I say? I am a BIG fan.