FRENCH FRIDAY #53: LE PORFIRIO


LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, carré, coffee talk, la tasse de cafeLe Porfirio
French Pronounciation:  |le porh-fee-ree-oh|

Definition : Pepper Mill

Salut! Have you noticed that pepper mills are getting bigger and bigger these days? Check out Guy Fieri's in this picture! Ridiculous, right? So, the other night, while at a French restaurant, I almost died laughing when the waiter asked me if I wanted fresh pepper on my salade niçoise and he whipped out this massive pepper mill. I had to see this thing in action and say "Oui"! Well, there were some French ladies nearby who were laughing even harder than I was. When I found out why, I realized I just had to share...

It all has to do with this guy Porfirio Rubirosa, an international playboy from the Dominican Republic, who became known in Paris as "toujours prêt, or "always ready". In restaurants, the moulin à poivre, or pepper mill, started to become known as "le porfirio" or "le rubirosa", and I'm sure you can use your imagination to figure out why! But something tells me Simone doesn't know this one...

Simone: Mamie, could you pass the moulin à poivre?

Mamie Louise: Do you mean le porfirio? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Simone: What's that? What's so funny, mamie?

Mamie Louise: You wouldn't understand, Simone.

Amy Lynn: You're right! She wouldn't! She's such a prude! Ha ha ha ha!

I guess Simone is a bit of a prude! Anyway, I know I will never be able to look at a pepper mill again without thinking of Monsieur toujours prêt!

Bon week-end, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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jenee here:  this is why I love Mlle Love so much. She speaks the true "language of love". As you know, when you say it in French it always sounds nicer. This is how one gets away with lewd comments still sounding like a lady. 

So to ladies who lunch and brunch and...  Spice up your dish and experience the "Le Porfirio".


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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