Cooking for French guests

I've lived in Lyon for five years and am just now discovering the amazing French section of MyRecipes.com. Far beyond the same ol', same ol' of boeuf bourguignon and brie en croûte you find on most sites - this one has recipes for real French food, and lots of them. It really helps take the intimidating edge off cooking a meal for your French friends. (And here's my recommendation for all the cultural information you'll want to know.)

I am beyond thrilled with this recipe discovery... and suddenly very hungry. Below is the recipe for one of my favorite lyonnais dishes from MyRecipes.com. Happy browsing and bon appétit, y'all!

Salad Lyonnaise

(c) Kui-Doraku


* 8 cups (8 oz.) frisée or tender inner curly endive leaves, rinsed and crisped
* About 1/4 pound French bread, sliced and toasted
* 1/2 pound side bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
* 3 to 4 large eggs
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
* Salt and pepper


1. Tear frisée into bite-size pieces and place in a wide salad bowl.

2. Tear bread into 1/2-inch chunks and scatter over the greens.

3. Put bacon in a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat and stir often until browned and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to towels to drain.

4. Break eggs into drippings in pan, and when whites are firm on the bottom, slide a spatula under each egg and, if desired, carefully turn over. Cook until whites are no longer clear, about 1 minute total. With spatula, transfer eggs to a plate (place side by side); keep warm.

5. Quickly discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from pan. Turn heat to high, add vinegar and mustard, and whisk until mixture boils.

6. Pour hot dressing over frisee and bread, add bacon, and mix. Spoon into wide bowls and top each serving with a hot egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Starbucks update

The third Starbucks in Lyon will be opening soon at the corner of rue de la République and rue du Confort. This is between métro stops Bellecour and Cordeliers. See you there soon!

How to order Starbucks in French

The original location on Rue de la République

The second location in Villeurbanne

For ladies... and men

The International Christian Community is inviting readers of Lyon Eats (ladies only) to a women's Bible study starting in October.

Dates: Oct. 2, 16; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4 (Fridays)

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Rue de la République, near Starbucks

For information, contact Maria: mariaaitchison AT yahoo DOT com

Now don't go getting too jealous, guys. There's a big, manly study for you too. Contact Mike for details: mdigena AT gmail DOT com

Moving sale

No, Lyon Eats isn't moving... but some friends of ours are. Check out their moving blog for furniture, appliances, and even freebies. Priced to sell, so click quickly!

Attention vegetarians in Lyon!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 3rd! The Lyonnais branch of the Association Végétarienne de France invites you to celebrate World Vegeterian Day with them from 11am-6pm at place de la République.

On the agenda for the day:

- an expo on vegetarianism focusing on animals, environment and planet resources, and health

- a quiz based on the information at the expo, lots of 100% vegetarian prizes and restaurant gift certificates to be won!

- an information desk to answer all your questions about vegetarianism

- face-painting for kids

- 100% vegetarian food stall offering organic meals and hot and cold drinks from Lyon's restaurants: Toutes les couleurs, Couleurs des mets and Plan bio

- A 100% vegetarian evening meal and musical soirée at the Atelier des Canulars, 97 rue Montesquieu, 69007 (5 minutes from métro Saxe-Gambetta), starting at 7.30pm

Everyone is welcome to attend - vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!

Contact: avf-lyon@dbmail.com

More information on vegetarian dining in Lyon

Coupon alert!

In today's print edition of 20 minutes on page 9. You can find them all over the city at métro entrances. Coupon is only valid Sept. 18 and 19.

10€ off a 100€ purchase at any of the Carrefour Hypermarchés.

Happy savings!

Breaking news: Starbucks III!

Coming soon! Lyon's third and newest Starbucks location! Located on Rue de la République (that's right, just a hop-skip-jump down from their first location) between Cordeliers and Bellecour. This photo was taken just yesterday, so as you can see progress is being made and it should open soon!

How to order Starbucks in French

The original location on Rue de la République

The second location in Villeurbanne

Senor Carlos comes to Lyon!

Looking for authentic (and I mean authentic!) Chilean and Argentinian fare? Look no further than Senor Carlos, located at 49 rue de la Charité, just around the corner from Bellecour. His specialty is empanadas (baked or fried) including ricotta-spinach, shrimp-cheese, onion-corn, tuna, ham-cheese, chorizo-cheese, cheese-corn, and beef. And for dessert: sweet empanada with cheese and cinnamon.

Prices range from 3€ to 4.50€ for empanadas and 8.90€ for chili con carne with rice.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30am-2:30pm and 7pm-9:30pm.

You can find also Senor Carlos on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Marché Quai Saint-Antoine, selling his famous empanadas.

Mastering the Art of French Eating

Episode 59 of the Nutrition Diva podcast takes a look at French cuisine, popularized recently by the film Julie and Julia. Do you think our local quenelles and andouillettes made the list of topics coverd? Maybe not - but the delicious French butter sure did!

You can listen to the podcast here: Nutrition Diva :: Mastering the Art of French Eating

The film will be released in Lyon on September 16th.

Self-guided walking tours in English

Taking a quick break from the food-related topics of Lyon Eats, I'd like to share a site I just found.

Guided Tours - France has published a series of Lyon walking tours in English which are available on their website. (Did I mention my second-favorite word? Free! What's my favorite word, you ask? Probably snack. Ooh, or dessert.)

Back to the tours... Each one includes a printable intinerary as well as Google maps.

Walking tour of Vieux Lyon

Walking tour of the traboules at the Croix Rousse

Their site has lots of other walking tours in French, so let's join together and thank them for the English translations... and hope they'll translate the others soon!

Starting with this one... Vélo'v biking tour