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French Fridays: L’heure de l’apéro

aperitif hour in Gascony on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you followed me on Instagram over the summer, you’ll have noticed a trend (well, other than the appearance of lots more frites than usually appear on my feeds!).  Many days, around 6-7pm, a photo of l’heure de l’apéro would pop up. L’heure de what???

Cocktail (apéritif) hour.  The “apéro” as it’s known is the moment that signals your work day has ended and that you’re ready to relax. (if you’re interested in learning all about this oh-so-French routine, check out this comprehensive article over on France Today).  You’ll eat dinner later but for now, you’ll enjoy a cold glass of something and perhaps a nibble of something savoury. For us this summer, it often meant rosé

Cheesy snacks on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd you’ll notice chips (crisps) and “cheesy snacks” make quite an appearance as well…

Merguez and truffle chips on eatlivetravelwrite.comBecause, when in France, one simply must try all the cool flavours on offer…

Aioli chips on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’re looking for something a little more substantial, there’s always saucisson

Chips and saucisson for aperitif hour on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut if it’s something on the lighter side you’re after, you’ll love French radishes…

Radishes for aperitif hour on eatlivetravelwrite.com Strawberry syrup on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe pink drink in the photo above is a mix of homemade strawberry syrup (similar to this rhubarb/strawberry one) mixed into Soda Stream-ed fizzy water. Thirst quenching on a hot day.

On the other hand, radishes are a perfect partner for chips and cheesy snacks…

Gins and tonics on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut good olives are always a sure bet too…

rose and olives on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’re into prepping a little snack, gougères are always a good idea…

Rose and gougeres on eatlivetravelwrite.com Gougeres for aperitif hour on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn fact, an apéro is always a good idea, period. Though I generally don’t drink wine during the week once I am back at school, I’m hoping to bring a little apéro action to my life through homemade syrups and fizzy water.  The act of “mixing” a drink (alcoholic or not) and taking the time to enjoy it (outside if the weather permits) means you do stop and take a little time for yourself before dinner prep starts. And I say that can only be a good thing.

 

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2 Responses to French Fridays: L’heure de l’apéro

  1. Krista August 31, 2015 at 05:07 #

    I’ve just started harvesting radishes from my garden, and now I know a lovely way to use them. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. trishie September 1, 2015 at 00:48 #

    Ooo I’d love to try some french snacks too!

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