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HOW TO HAVE THAT JENEE SAIS QUOI - EPISODE 4

Wine Cliff Notes with Sommelier - John Slover
Series | How to have that Jenée Sais Quoi
After my excursion to the Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting at the Waldorf a few weeks ago, I was influenced to seek out a bit more wine knowledge to share with fans of JSQ. 

As part of the series on "How to have that Jenée Sais Quoi", knowing at least a little about wine is having "that certain something special". 

Thankfully I have a good friend, John Slover, who is a wine expert, also known as a sommelier. We had a quick chat about what I thought were some wine etiquette essentials and he obliged me with a wine opening demonstration. It's a performance he has perfected after almost 20 years in the wine business working at places such as Blue Hill, Cru, Le Bernardin, and Daniel.

Luckily for us, this private wine consulter who manages some pretty impressive wine collections, shared his knowledge with JSQ pro bono.

See Interview below:



INTERVIEW WITH WINE EXPERT, JOHN SLOVER

JSQ: If u are clueless about vineyards, grapes and regions, is it ok to buy a bottle based on the looks of the label?
JS: Well there are no rules, but how about maybe learn something and make an informed decision, or build a relationship with someone in a wine store and ask them for recommendations. You don't taste the label, although licking it to be sexy can be fun. 

JSQ: How reliable is the person working in the wine store ? 
JS: It depends on the store and the worker. I would suggest to anyone if they want to learn about wine (and you learn by drinking and tasting) to find a good wine store (Chambers street wines, Astor wines, Crush wines and spirits in manhattan, Heights chateau in brooklyn heights, and there are many more), find a worker, and tell them you want a case of wine split between white and red, name your price range, take the case home and drink it over the course of a few weeks. Take some notes as you taste and drink - you don't have to go crazy and write a novel, just what you like and don't like, and if you can articulate why you like or don't like, and when you're done with the case go back, find the same worker and share your notes and let them pick out another case, always naming your price range. After a round or 2 of this, you'll know whether the worker is a good person to have a wine relationship with.  

JSQ: How important is it to store my wine on its side at my home? It's not laying down at the store.
JS: very important!

JSQ: Would u ever mix coca cola with red wine?
JS: Next question. (he actually said something else)

JSQ: Which kind of red wine makes the best sangria?
JS: Something cheap and fruity, like $4 a bottle or less


JSQ: Do u have a favorite brand of wine glasses to recomend? High end/ Low end
JS: High end - Zalto. Low end - Cardinal arcoroc

JSQ: Are there any tricks to not getting purple teeth?
JS: Nope - stainability is genetic. Keep a tooth brush handy. Or drink white wine


JSQ: I find the world  of wine and the world of fashion very similar in that a select group of people actually fully understand it -those that work in it or those that spend the time getting to know it. There are some steadfast rules in fashion to help the less daring always get it right. For instance a black cocktail dress is always chic. Pearls are always sophisticated and black pumps with a slender heel will always be stylish.

For normal people just trying to to by a decent bottle of wine or choose a glass with dinner. What are 3 tips to make this process more successful?
JS:
1 - try and get a simple understanding of what you like and don't like so you can give them simple information (full bodied or light bodied? fruity or not so fruity? etc)
2 - ask for help and trust your sommelier or bartender
3 - name your price range, and don't be ashamed if its low. Sommeliers out there would prefer direct communication about that

JSQ: Also like fashion, there are some ridiculous prices. Or are they ridiculous? In fashion some items are prices far beyond the value of the product. Much of the price inflation is about the status of the brand. Does wine pricing work in a similar way ?
JS:yes, status, brand, but also in wine rarity is a big factor that drives prices up. Maybe thats the same in fashion too.

JSQ: How about this wine you are using in the demonstration - It's huge! This is not a normal bottle of wine.
JS: Yes, it's large. It's called a Magnum which is = 1.5 liters. This wine is from Piedmont, Italy. Piedmont reds, particularly ones made from barbera are good pizza wines, and it turned out to be pretty good with chinese food too!!

JSQ: Thanks for entertaining my questions and adding to our "je ne sais quoi"  Looking forward to licking more labels with you soon.

FRENCH FRIDAY: VIDEOS

Since Mademoiselle Love and JSQ started "La Tasse de Café", many fun things have happened on French Fridays. Simone and Amy Lynn, the text book examples for our learning delight, have been caught up in some interesting scenarios, if not hilarious ones. It has somewhat become a mini soap opera.

In addition to that, Mlle Love and JSQ have become the stars, writers and directors of the Videos titled "La Tasse de Cafe". In case you missed them, today they are all featured here for your weekend viewing pleasure.

Enjoy and build your fashionable French vocabulary.

This is our First Video - It covers the French Phrase: RSVP


This is our Second Video - It covers the naming and meaning of Jenée Sais Quoi


This is our Third Video - It covers the popular French expression, Oh La La


More coming soon.
Let us know what you think or if you want us to come to your café or boutique to film our next video

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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, 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. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

Travel Planning Tips

The first time I heard the B-52 song "Roam" on a TV commercial for student travel I was hooked, on travel that is. Being hooked on the B-52's came a little later. Since that day, I've travelled "around the world"and have learned how to best plan and prepare for these trips through some advice and a bit of trial and error. Following are some of my best recommendations for planning and booking your trip.

For your listening pleasure while you read this post.... Turn it up or put your headphones on.

BOOKING FLIGHTS and FINDING THE BEST PRICE






Kayak.com is my most trusted site for finding flights. When you find the flight that best suits you it takes you to the airlines website where you can purchase it directly. I prefer not to buy tickets on 3rd party sights which tend to have too much fine print. **Note that you have 24 hours to cancel/ change a flight if you made a mistake**

RESEARCHING & PLANNING YOUR TRIP DETAILS






Trip Advisor is one of the largest online communities for travel. If you travel a ton, you can set up a profile, join forums and plan your dream get-a-ways. It's great for researching hotels before booking and general destinations in the area. It's like Yelp for travel basically. It has ratings for everything right down to the seats on airlines.  One of my favorite uses on this site is Air Watch. I can set it to watch air fares to my favorite destinations. When the price dips to my specified range I get an email alert.

FINDING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED 










Lonely Planet is my go to travel book. I never go to a foreign country with out one. All guide books are not created equal and Lonely Planet is for the more adventurous traveller. It does it's best to steer you clear of tourist traps and find places that only locals dare to go. Sometimes it takes knowing how to read between the lines, but Lonely Planet has never lead me wrong. Note that Lonely Planet offers some great trip planning ideas depending on your length of stay in a certain place. These can usually be found in the very beginning of the book. They also have a website for more updated info and interaction.

I use a combo of Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet to do my research for trip planning. Then I go with my finely tuned travel instincts to make a final decision.  If you need to make long distance calls ahead of time to hotels use an internet service like Skype. It's only pennies a minute.

Let me know if you have any questions and ROAM IF YOU WANT TO !!!!!

This is part of Jenée Sais Quoi's Month of Adventure - from booking the flight to showing up in style and personalizing your drink order even if you fly economy.  Happy Trails to You. 



** regarding flight cancel/ change - I am not certain this applies to every single airline in the world but it does apply to most airlines**

French Friday #19: Oh Là Là Video


As promised last week, Mademoiselle Love and I made this video for your French education and entertainment. Add a little more Oh Là Là to your life. Grab a tasse de café and enjoy.

See you next week.


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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, 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.

3 Reasons to get into Cream

It was another typical summer weekend in BK filled with beach going and Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Yet, even a typical weekend in Brooklyn can still be filled new & exciting discoveries. 
This weekend I made some "creamy" discoveries that ultimately leave one feeling very cozy, content & sentimental. 


Creamy discovery #1: Van Leeuwen Earl Grey Ice Cream
At first this ice cream flavor seems strange, but after you taste it you think, "Of course this would be an amazing flavor!". Who doesn't like black tea with milk??? It is the taste of being content. Though, in the summer hot tea is not so appealing. Yet, turn it into ice cream and it's a year round treat.  Thanks Van Leeuwen for stepping out the box.

Creamy discovery #2: Sentimental songs from The Lone Bellow
Creamy discovery #2 lead us to creamy discovery #3. The Lone Bellow performed Saturday night and the Van Leeuwen truck lead us there

The Lone Bellow are fellow Brooklyn friends and we had the chance to see them perform on stage at Celebrate Brooklyn - the best outdoor concert venue in New York. 

If you are not already a fan, it's time you discovered them. Be prepared to have your heart melted as fast as an earl grey ice cream in a New York Heat Wave. You might want to listen in private because it's hard to hold the tears back as these guys sing with so much heart and soul!

This video is a personal favorite because we share the same subway home. It shows scenes that all F train commuters get a glimpse of when traveling to and from the city as sung in "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold"..."The F train takes us home..."

This is "Bleeding Out'




Creamy discovery #3: Los Angeles Home Interior
While at the beach, the only thing better than watermelon is a brand new fashion magazine. As I thumbed through my new issue of Bazaar, I fell in love with the color palette of Interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's Los Angeles home. As opposed to the typical male inclination to decorate the home with ultra modern steely colors, cream paint was paired with black trim for a warmer, inviting more cozy homelike feeling. I love it.
Photos from Bazaar Online
MORE INTERIOR PHOTOS BELOW












C'est Fou Wears Red Pants

RED TROUSERS 

Flair, Confidence & Party

Joe Fresh Red Pants

When you wear Red Pants, you have Flair. You might get some attention so Confidence is key to pulling off a look like this. C'est Fou (Ari) has is all: Flair and Confidence. When he is wearing these, you know there is going to be a Party.

This week the Party was at Madison Square Park in NYC with the Deedle Deedle Dees, America's Ultimate Teaching Band. When the gates opened up, hundreds of strollers descended!!!

Below Ari is singing one of my favorite songs, "Marie Curie' which is partially in French. Note the plug he gives to Jenée Sais Quoi  :)


Joe Fresh Red Pants
The best Accessory for Red Pants.... An Electric Guitar









Joe Fresh Red Pants
The best Rock Concerts have Bubbles




They are both wearing ties.......... Syke!         The one on the left is PRINTED!!!

French Friday #13: Let's Talk French Names


This week's French phrase
by:  Mademoiselle Love

Jenee sais quoi . com
pronounced:   zhə nay say kwah  
   

Last week Mademoiselle Love translated the inspiration for the name of the blog which comes from je ne sais quoi

This week we take it video style.

Enjoy



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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 my friend, the author, 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 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.

French Friday #12: Je ne sais quoi


This week's French phrase
by:  Mademoiselle Love

Je ne sais quoi
pronounced:   zhə nə say kwah  
   
Translation
Literally - I don't know what
Figuratively - That certain something special 


Have you ever wondered how Mrs. Jenéesaisquoi got her blog name?

Pronunciation for Jenée sais quoi:
[zhə nay say kwah]


Has there ever been anything so great, so mind-blowingly innovative and fascinating, but you just couldn't put your finger on exactly what it was that made it so mind-bogglingly cool? Well, that is how Jenéesaisquoi got her name.
In French, "Je ne sais quoi" means "I don't know what". And when someone (or something) is just so special, but you can't put into words why or how, you say she has a certain "je ne sais quoi" about her. 

The French also really like puns, and that is exactly what "Jenéesaisquoi" is. It's a play on the phrase "Je ne sais quoi". And by now, I think we all know that Mrs. Jenéesaisquoi and her blog have that certain special something about them, non?
Let's see how Simone and Pierre use this very useful phrase:

Pierre: Simone, I theenk I'm falling in love weez your friend Amy Lynn.

Simone: Really? That dingbat? 

Pierre: Oui! What deed you call her??

Simone: Oh, never mind. You were saying...?

Pierre: Yes, there eez just something about her. I can't quite say what eet eez exactlee...
Simone: You mean, she's just got that "je ne sais quoi" about her?

Pierre: Exactlee! Zat eez eet!
Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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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 my friend, the author, 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 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.
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jenée here - How perfect that je ne sais quoi was on Mademoiselle's Love lesson plan for today?! Finally you all have a clear understanding of what is going on here.  So often, when I would introduce myself to new people it would go like this... "Hello, I'm Jenée" "Oh, Jenée?, like Je ne sais quoi?" "Uh, yes, basically, like that." At one point my friend Wendy told me if I was ever a burlesque dancer, I should call myself Jenée Sais Quoi. Well, that dream never came, true but it does make a great blog name. Oddly enough, for your viewing pleasure, I was able to dig up this video taken last year when I did have my 3 minutes of fame as a burlesque dancer. It was my bachelorette party in NYC and I was called on stage to compete for a bottle of champagne. I was so nervous I was actually shaking a little but luckily I've watched enough performances to recall some hot moves. The MC is the infamous, Murray Hill. Love him.  Enjoy.

FRENCH FRIDAY #11: Chaise longue

This week's French word: chaise longue
La Tasse de Cafe | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love

Chaise longue
pronounced:    shez lɔ̃nɡ(ə) 
Translation:    long chair


Today, I, Mademoiselle Love, woke up in my Brooklyn apartment and made myself a tasse de café with my Nespresso machine. While it is quite satisfying, I'm really wishing there was some chicory in my coffee. If only I could transport myself every morning to sunny New Orleans and relax on a chaise longue with a cup of café au lait from Café du Monde. That reminds me...

We Americans have been mispronouncing this one for too long, and our buddies from Europe have been making fun of us for it for too long. Have you ever tried to be fancy and called any kind of long chair, a chaise lounge? Well, whether you're referring to one of those poolside chairs meant for sunbathing or an indoor cross between a chair and a divan, it is not a "chaise lounge". It is a chaise longue

In French, these words are not fancy in any way. 
Chaise is the word for any ordinary chair, and long(ue) just means long. Put that together, and you get "long chair". Not very fancy, right?

It's true that in English the word chaise has come to refer to any long indoor chair or any outdoor lounge chair, and people often say it when they want to sound fancy. But remember: it just means "chair"! 

From now on, let's at least spare ourselves a bit of embarrassment and stop saying chaise lounge. Amy Lynn still needs to get this one down. Her French boyfriend is in for a surprise!

Pierre: Bonjour, Amy Lynn. You look verhy preetty today. Would you like to seet weez me on zees beeuteeful bed?

Amy Lynn: No thank you, Pierre. I'm, like, totally fine here on this chaise lounge.

Pierre: Euh... mm... what deed you call zees beeuteeful chair?

Amy Lynn: Like, duh! It's a chaise lounge.

Pierre: Mon dieu! Amy Lynn. I weel not be able to date you unless you say zees corrhectlee. Zees eez a "chaise longue".

Amy Lynn: Ok, like, whatever, Pierre. Shut up, and kees me!

Pierre: Ok, you may call ze chair whatever you like.


Félicitations to Pierre who finally gets his kiss. 
Bon week-end, y'all!

Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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jenée here:
Sure a chaise longue is not very fancy at all when you realize it's simply a long chair, but stick some imperial fabric on it, place it in the Palace of Versailles and plop Marie Antionette on it - an whoa, IT'S FANCY. One of my favorite "historical" "fashion" films ever was Sophia Coppola's MARIE ANTOINETTE. The scenes are almost edible and Kirsten Dunst lounging on a chaise longue gives new meaning to ... long chair. 


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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 my friend, the author, 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. 

..... oh and one more thing to get your weekend going >>>>>>>>>

C'est Fou: Immitation is the Biggest form of Flattery

FROM 5TH AVE TO PARK SLOPE

Last Sunday we eagerly woke up at 8AM to pick up coffees from Delux and get ready to watch our friend, Wendy Monette, make her debut on Open House NYC.  She's an Interior Designer in Manhattan and making a name for herself - Go Wendy!

Here is a clip of her segment:

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Ari was so inspired by Wendy's tour, he decided he wanted to give a tour of our apt since Open House NYC is not knocking on our door. I had a dress and necklace that looked very similar to Wendy's - so on it went. Only he couldn't squeeze into my black leather thigh high boots.

ENJOY



French Friday #7: RSVP



This week's French phrase
by:  Mademoiselle Love
RSVP

Today, I'm hanging out with my girl Jenée Sais Quoi at Sweet Leaf Coffee Shop. This is turning into one of my favorite spots. It's bright, comfortable and the Rocket Fuel Iced Coffee is the bomb. Today we are adding another element to La Tasse de Café with video. In addition to my weekly written lesson we now have some video to help with pronunciation and understanding. Hope ya'll enjoy.
                 
So a friend of mine was recently talking about how Americans love to abbreviate things. He said he heard someone refer to Le pain quotidien as "LPQ"!!! I find this completely unacceptable! Let's stop abbreviating! It doesn't take that long to say an entire name, well, unless your name is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof (short version: Peaches Geldof).


But the worst thing about abbreviations is that sometimes we lose track of what they stand for, which brings us to our French term of the week: 
                   RSVP                               
It is an acronym for the phrase Répondez s'il vous plait 
pronounced:   | rā-pōⁿ-dā-sēl-vü-ple |
 Translation - Respond please?
Pay very close attention to the following conversation in order to learn how best to use this term in its unabbreviated form.


Amy Lynn: Simone, could you please RSVP to my invitation? I sent it, like, weeks ago!

Simone: Don't you know you're being, like, totally redundant when you say please RSVP?

Amy Lynn: Um, like, what does redundant mean?
Simone: OMG, You only need to say, "Répondez s'il vous plaît" so that you're not saying Respond please please. But if you just don't abbreviate stuff, you won't end up sounding so dumb.

Amy Lynn: Ok, whatever. Répondez s'il vous plaît ASAP to my invitation!
Simone: OMG, there's no hope for you... 

Little does Simone know, but she could sound a bit smarter if she dropped the OMG, but at least she's trying...


From now on, why not just write it all out: Répondez s'il vous plaît ?

Bonne journée, et bon week-end, mes amis!
Mademoiselle Love
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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 my friend, the author, 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 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.

Ari Note: Perfect Day

4 months ago "I thee wed".




Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. I'm a married woman now, whatever that means. But for me, I know it's delicious.

It was worth waiting for him to finally pop the question , it was worth all the months of insane planning, it was worth my mom driving me crazy with the little details (thank you mom - i love the details).

It was a perfect day and very symbolic of the life we have together:
It's always fun ( well 99% of the time), surrounded by friends and full of Love



Our friend, Ben Zonan, made this really sweet video for us
He is pretty amazing.




Ari and Jenee from Ben Zonon on Vimeo.



Sign up or come back often to see more pictures and stories from our Cajun-Jewish Wedding...Wedding fashion, Ari building stuff and more general entertainment !

Much Love,
Fun Fun 



Wedding Photos: Sam Gregory Photography