Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The oldest patisserie in Nice (oops, I forget it's name) has a Halloween display in the window. Yes, this is an example of American culture around the world. The display is tasteful as only the French could construct it. Among the little marzipan pumpkins with jack-o-lantern faces nestled in beautiful boxes are larger pumpkins perhaps four inches 'round. The outsides look as real as real can be, the orange tint as if just picked from a garden, the tops sliced off, sitting next to the gourd. However, as the French say, vive las difference! (Yes, I know they were talking about gender, but just wait.) The pumpkins are lined with chocolate and -- oh. la! -- filled with white, sugar-dusted Turkish Delight.