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Halloween in France…and at La Petite!

The French are known to love costume parties, especially for Mardi Gras and birthdays, but they did not celebrate Halloween until more recently.  Traditionally on November 1st, they celebrate the Catholic holiday of “la Toussaint”. Although a sad celebration, it’s

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The Eiffel Tower Turns 125

  Arguably the most iconic landmark in France, the Eiffel Tower turned 125 on Monday, March 31st and shows no signs of age affecting her popularity.   Easily one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, the Eiffel

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The History of French Mardi Gras

  La Petite France is proud to host the first ever Downtown West Hartford Mardi Gras Celebration which will take place on March 8th from 11 am – 3 pm.   When most people think of Mardi Gras, they tend

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Vive Les Macarons

With Valentine’s Day a little over a week away, here’s a little history lesson on La Petite France’s signature dessert that is sure to bring a smile to whoever receives them 🙂   Macarons originated in France and are a

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La Chandeleur – Crepe Day

  The French holiday of La Chandeleur, celebrated on February 2nd, falls in direct competition with Superbowl Sunday here in the U.S. so it may not get a lot of attention.   For those looking to learn more about this

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Coldest January Ever?

I know that headline may be exaggerating a bit, but not too much…   It seems that we are experiencing some of the coldest temps for the third time this month and the term ‘polar vortex’ has become the norm

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Cronuts…Right Here in West Hartford

Can you believe it is January 15th already?! Looks like 2014 is off to a fast start…   January is usually the time when people make resolutions and plans for the new year and at La Petite France we are

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La Galette des Rois is here!

January is the month of the Galette des Rois or Kings’ Cake in France. What is the Galette des Rois?   The Galette des Rois is one of France’s favorite desserts. Deeply rooted in French tradition, in the northern half

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New Year’s Eve in France

In France, New Year’s Eve is called la Saint-Sylvestre and is usually celebrated with a feast called le Reveillon de Saint-Sylvestre. This feast usually includes special items like champagne and foie gras, and the celebration can range from an intimate

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French Christmas Desserts

In part three of Laura K. Lawless’s article about Christmas in France, she talks about traditional French desserts, one of which we specialize in and feature here at La Petite France Cafe, the Buche de Noel or Yule log:

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