Rice Pudding Brûlée
In a medium saucepan, mix rice with milk and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high. In a small bowl, whisk together vanilla, egg yolks, and 1/3 cup sugar. Slowly stir egg mixture into rice and cook until super creamy and thicker, about 1 minute.
Divide rice pudding among four (4-oz.) ramekins, then top each with 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (enough to cover thickly). Set on a baking sheet and slide under broiler. Broil puddings, watching closely, until tops are caramelized and golden, 4 to 5 minutes. (Alternatively, caramelize sugar using a kitchen-style blowtorch.)
French Brands that create Ultimate Parisian Style
Over the last several years, new contemporary brands from all over the world have been using French names to establish themselves as purveyors of cool, sexy, but totally effortless clothes.
These 10 indie labels, however, are the real deal. Born in France, with a deeply ingrained sense of French-girl style (which pivots on simplicity, sensuality, and confidence), these are the names to remember if you want to truly channel icons like Caroline de Maigret and Lou Doillon in real life.
Founded by French style icon Jeanne Damas (pictured), this affordable direct-to-consumer brand is all about down-to-earth basics and sexy but understated dresses that make you feel like a It-girl in your own right.
Seward cut her teeth at Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Azzaro before launching her namesake label in 2014 with the help of A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou. Her clothes are minimalist, but with a luxe-y, French girl twist.
This fmaily-owned, 50-year-old shoe brand is a go-to for French girls looking to pick up a new pair of motorcycle boots or high heels for less-than-Louboutin prices.
Founded in 2008 by three Parisian brothers, The Kooples is known for lean, rockstar tailoring and the kind of gamine dresses you could see cool girls like Charlotte Gainsbourg wearing.
French designer Isabel Marant launched her youthful diffusion line, Étoile, in 1999. The brand’s vintage-inspired jackets and boho dresses and tops are now cult-loved in their own right.
Marant’s husband, Jerome Dreyfuss, also has an uncanny ability to know exactly what women want to wear. His focus? Unique handbags that come in relaxed shapes and bold, gorgeous colors
Three-year-old direct-to-consumer label Sézane is becoming more popular in the States thanks to its recent collaborations with Madewell; the second installment of which just launched last month.
The epitome of French tomboy-chic, A.P.C, which launched in Paris in 1986, continues to hold court as every cool girl’s favorite place to shop.
When you think of French lingerie, you might think of frilly, delicate stuff, but Baserange’s pared down everyday basics represent a new generation of splurge-worthy undergarments.
If the French-girl uniform is a little too plain for you, you’ll appreciate Carven’s energetic, bright-color take on those everyday staples. But don’t let the playfulness fool you; the brand’s been around since 1945.
Advice from French Pediatricians
A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that Type 2 diabetes progresses faster in kids than in adults. What’s worse, though, is that when kids get Type 2 diabetes, it’s harder to treat. What to do?
In an editorial this past Sunday, the New York Times calls for more health care programs. More health care programs.
Are they nuts?
I’m all for health care programs, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to fight obesity and to keep our kids from suffering the devastating effects of diabetes, which can include heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure.
We need more than programs. We need a cultural shift in how we think about feeding our kids.
For instance, let’s talk about snacking. It’s widely accepted by parents and their doctors that children need to snack. But do they?
According to Karen Le Billon, author of the new book French Kids Eat Everything, French kids don’t snack as regularly as American kids do. Indeed, Le Billon reports that French kids, even very young ones, snack only once a day — in the late afternoon.
It’s not that French children have special French metabolisms that allow them to go more than two hours without eating, or to get through social gatherings without food. The French have a different cultural idea about food, eating and, most importantly, about hunger.
Le Billon writes:
If asked, many American parents would prefer to give something unhealthy to their kids rather than make them wait. If French children are hungry, on the other hand, they are simply promised that they’ll be able to eat well at the next meal. (p. 147)
Americans try to prevent hunger. The French cultivate it.
From the French perspective, Le Billon reports, hunger between meals is a good thing. It produces good eaters, teaches kids self-control and produces discipline around eating.
Alternatively, as a sociologist who coaches parents on teaching their children to eat right, I can safely say that American parents go to great lengths to make sure their kids are never hungry.
American kids snack and snack and snack. And the more kids snack, the worse they eat. An important study by Carmen Piernas and Barry M. Popkin at the University of North Carolina shows that:
- Children average nearly three snacks per day.
- 27 percent of their daily calories come from snacks.
- Today’s children typically take in 168 more calories from snacks than they did in 1977. (Does that mean kids are hungrier — 168 calories hungrier — at snack time than they used to be?)
- Contrary to popular wisdom, kids don’t compensate for snacking by eating smaller meals. Kids two to six years old have added 182 calories per day to their diet since 1977, with no corresponding increase in physical activity.
- Most snack calories come from desserts and sweetened beverages, but salty snacks — i.e. potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels — and candy are the fastest growing category of snack consumption.
What are we teaching our kids? Piernas and Popkin wonder this too. They ask: “Is the physiological basis for eating becoming disregulated, as our children are moving towards constant eating?”
I know that some people claim the healthiest way to eat is to eat often. But the jury is still out on this. There’s plenty of research that shows that eating frequently throughout the day reduces your chances of becoming overweight. Unfortunately, there’s also plenty of research that counters this, too.
And while the USDA continues to recommend two meals a day for preschoolers (see their suggested snack patterns) the American Academy of Pediatrics simply advises parents to “limit snacking during sedentary behavior or in response to boredom and particularly restrict use of sweet/sweetened beverages as snacks (e.g., juice, soda, sports drinks).”
So by all means let’s declare a national emergency for childhood obesity. But let’s not answer the call with just more health care programs.
Let’s change the way we teach our children how to eat.
Amazing Peninsula Paris
A Hong Kong vision of Parisian luxury, lavishly redone with vast corridors, a reception dripping with glass leaves, panelled bar and meticulously restored rococo salon. A Chinese restaurant contrasts with a rooftop French restaurant and terrace. The 200 rooms, combining comfort and technology, are very spacious.