Food and Drinks

Fall table inspiration


Fall table inspiration | French By Design

This year, I’m all into natural textures and details for my fall table : simple lines, crisp linens and vintage details. Here is my autumn tablescape inspiration. Leonardo Da Vinci said that “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”, and when it comes to my table decor, I couldn’t agree more. Keeping it simple, yet…

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Food Files | Creamy zucchini soup


Creamy Zucchini Soup | French By Design

After just a few beautiful summer-like days, it seems that fall has arrived here in San Francisco. This means more ‘fall dishes’ dinners, like gratins, stews and soups. I made this creamy zucchini soup for the family this week that my good friend Claire had shared with me a few years ago, and thought I’d share it…

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Our zero waste pledge


Real Foodies Compost - French By Design

We are big nature lovers here at home. We’ve banned the use of plastic bags while grocery shopping since 2001, we avoid wasting energy and water, and Inès often participates in community work by picking up trash on San Francisco beaches. We’re also big on composting and recycling, but when SF environment asked me to spread the…

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Food Files | Favorite Fig Recipes


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Fig season is at its peak, and I already mentioned my fascination for this fruit on the blog – and shared some recipes on the blog in the past, here, here, or here. So I rounded up my favorite fig recipes, a total of 11 delicious recipes using fig as a main ingredient. [click on image…

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