This Week's French Word
by Mademoiselle Love
Pronounced: | pahn yay |
Mon mari and I decided to go for a little bike stroll through Greenpoint, and after brunch at the adorable Jimmy's, it was time for a little tasse de café, and that's how we ended up at Spina. If you ever think, "I want to grab a coffee, a donut and a cactus", this is the place for you. I really wanted to buy a cute cactus at this coffee shop inside of a flower shop, but then I thought ... If only I had a panier...
is simply the French word for basket, but, mon dieu, does it sound better in French, and the anglophone world has caught on. Do not be surprised if you ask for a bike basket at your local bike shop, and they respond, "You mean, a panier?" Man, that bike salesman is sounding very Simone, non?
Simone is currently taking Amy Lynn on a tour of her homeland, and they are just in time to check out the Tour de France! Today it is passing through the city of Tours in the Loire Valley, and the girls are excited to get a peek at the riders.
Amy Lynn: Those bikers look very serious with their spandex and all that bike gear. They don't look as stylish as I thought they would look...
Simone: Amy Lynn, OMG, what part of bike race don't you understand?
Amy Lynn: Sorry... but I still feel like they could look a little cuter. If I were in the Tour de France, I would wear a super cute outfit, and my bike would definitely have a cool basket attached to it.
Simone: OMG... whatever! I don't know why I take you anywhere! And anyway, it's called a panier now, not a basket!
Don't forget to check out the Tour de France this year! It ends on! And, by the way, the bikers are pretty hot - even without their paniers!
jenée sais quoi here:
Once again, I love Mademoiselle Love's lesson today because I have noticed panier sneaking up in fashion lately. It first came to my attention in the spring of 2012 when every fashion magazine from Paris to New York continued to highlight this Dolce & Gabbana handbag.
As a handbag designer we would refer to this kind of bag as a Basket bag or Basket Style bag, for obvious reasons - it's made of straw and structured like a basket. Though, a few times it crossed my path being called a Panier since in fashion we are more apt to adopting the French names of objects.
Another fashionable obsession taking over the States is cycling in the city as a mode of transportation, not just for sport. A bike basket is essential in this case as one needs a place to put a handbag or other items you pick up along the way like a cactus. A person strolling along with a basket full of flowers and baguette is the epitome of chic. In this case as well, some bike sites I have visited offer a bike + panier. You can thank us later when you are in the know and do not need a translation at le bike store or the boutique.
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, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French words or expressions for the fashionable girl, but to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.