Today, no design ideas or great objects or quirky details, just fun (1) and food (2) ...food? et oui, you'll see...


Explaining Thanksgiving to the French

1989 Art Buchwald article (condensed)
One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant.

Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims (Pélerins) who fled from l'Angleterre before the McCarran Act, to found a colony in the New World (le Nouveau Monde) where they could shoot Indians (les Peaux-Rouges) and eat turkey (dinde) to their hearts' content.

They landed at a place called Plymouth (now a famous voiture Américaine) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai) in 1620. But while the Pélerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pélerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pélerins was when they taught them to grow corn (maïs). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pélerins.

In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pélerins' crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more maïs was raised by the Pélerins than Pélerins were killed by Peaux-Rouges.
And so, on the fourth Thursday in November, American families sit down at a large table brimming with tasty dishes and, for the only time during the year, eat better than the French do.
No one can deny that le Jour de Merci Donnant is a grande fête and no matter how well fed American families are, they never forget to give thanks to (Miles Standish) Kilomètres Deboutish who made this great day possible.

bonne fête et bon weekend

oh, wait, I was forgetting... 
this is my contribution culinaire to this year's Thanksgiving celebration

a rich, golden, melt-in-your-mouth, calorie laden 
delicieuse Tarte Tatin...
...well, at least, this is exactement what I am aiming/hoping for.

images  jshine, hisandherparigi, rgecweb, nir tober, jack-i, dany robyn, glutenfreeguide via flickr

Joyeux Thanksgiving America.

à lundi.


  1. Miles mercis! charming story....bonne fete et tart tatin! ;-)

  2. Thank you Maggy May. I am flattered you liked it.