French 5 | 07.09.21


Welcome to the 18th edition of French 5, where I share a glimpse of France through language, places, food and drink, arts and culture, as well as a random fun fact.


In this week’s edition, baker and Frenchman turned New Yorker Gautier Coiffard shares what he loves about France and how he’s bringing a taste of his home country to the big apple. 


A big thank you to Gautier for participating in this interview and for sharing their colourful and creative photos. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see or who should be featured, please leave your comment below.


Featuring || Gautier of @lappartement4f

I'm Gautier! I'm from Grenoble but I moved to New York City in 2012. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Ashley and our puppy Chip. I love France because there is nowhere else like it. I love showing Ashley all of the different regions, drinking all of the different wines and tasting all of the food native to each village. 


01 Language || Impossible n’est pas Français!

Impossible n’est pas Français! Impossible is not in the French vocabulary. I love the idea of not giving up even though something seems unreachable. Like Running the Paris Marathon or raising money on our Kickstarter!


02 Place || Park Hyatt Vendôme

A place that is very special to me is the Park Hyatt Vendôme in Paris. Whenever we visit France, I love bringing Ashley there because of how luxurious it feels. The atmosphere, service, and views of the Eiffel Tower can’t be beat. It’s also the first hotel in Paris I ever brought her to and watching her eyes light up when we arrive, there is no better feeling.


03 Food & Drink || Chartreuse Liqueur

I have to say Chartreuse liqueur which is made by monks about 15min from my hometown. My favourite cocktail is the Last Word which is made with Chartreuse and gin. Whenever I see Chartreuse in a New York bar, it reminds me of home. 


04 Arts & Culture || Galette des Rois

My favourite tradition is definitely Kings Cake! It is a pie made with almond frangipane only served in January. A small trinket is baked inside the tart, and whoever finds it in their slice is crowned King for the day. Because I had so many siblings, my mom would actually hide two trinkets in the cake. Come next January, make sure to order it on our website.


05 Fun Fact || Cheese course

We like to eat our cheese after dinner but before dessert. You could say it is the transition from savoury to sweet. I always find it odd to see a cheese plate as an appetizer in the states.


Follow Friday || Léanne Ansar of @leanneansar

Léanne Ansar is a French creator whose posts blur the lines between France and New York. Each post is a work of art, showcasing French music, art, food, and the Parisian lifestyle. Her style is classic and timeless.



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