Holiday Window Displays (Part 2): Dior & Printemps

Printemps

Inaugurated by the marvelous French actress Marion Cotillard, the Dior Parisian-inspired window displays for Printemps are the essence of French glamour.

Watch this incredible video on the creation of the dolls, their clothes, and the window scenes. You can also watch the grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for this year’s window displays at the French department store Printemps, as well as a mini interview with Marion Cotillard.

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Dior window display at Printemps

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Dior dolls – Printemps

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Dior scene

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Dior elegance

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Dior dolls at the ball

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Dior Ball

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Inspirations Parisiennes by Dior at Printemps

64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris – France
Tél. : 01 42 82 50 00

A Full English Breakfast: How It’s Done

What is an English breakfast?

You hear about Continental breakfasts, American breakfasts, petit dejeuner, but what is an English breakfast?  A novice but very curious student of all things English, I finally had my first English breakfast.  John and I went to The Mashed Swedes Cafe in Royal Leamington Spa, an adorable little eatery in town. What we had was delicious.

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Full English Breakfast

A traditional, or full, English breakfast consists of the following items: fried eggs, bacon, sausages, fried red tomatoes, baked beans, fresh salted mushrooms, fried or roast potatoes, with the options of black pudding, fried bread, or toasted and buttered bread. To drink, we had the option of tea or coffee and an orange juice.  The Mashed Swedes Cafe serves breakfast all day, as do many establishments that have this on the menu.

According to Market Kitchen, there are 40 or so interchangeable ingredients to a full British and Irish breakfast! There are also different versions of the meal, depending on where in the UK you have it.  There are Cornish, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Ulster Fry alternatives, which incorporate regional foods into the breakfast. Fun fact: In Ireland, this full breakfast is also known as a “Chub.”

This meal, though extremely tasty, is not for the small-stomached, the faint-hearted (black pudding is actually a type of sausage made by dried pig’s blood with a filler), or for anyone on a diet. However, if you want to treat yourself to a hearty, traditional English meal, I highly recommend this delicious breakfast.

When in England, do as the English do.

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PatriciaParisienne and a delicious English breakfast

The Mashed Swedes Cafe

39 Russell Street
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5QB

01926 430 599

Follow them on Twitter at @MashedSwedes