I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Little French Bistro by Nina George. I was so excited to receive this book that I jumped for joy. The first thing that I did was plan a lunch at a French bistro to enhance my reading experience. The only thing better than a book and tea is a book and a meal.
I loved this book! Marianne, an unhappy German woman embarks on a journey across France, by herself after a failed suicide attempt. Similar to the themes in The Little Paris Bookshop (which we reviewed here), The Little French Bistro is a story about personal discovery and growth. Ms. George is so rich with her descriptions of people, places, and food. This book was a joy to read. I loved how the characters in this story grew. They were lifted off the page until I felt that they were in the room with me. Unlike The Little Paris Bookshop, this story contained some components of magic that I loved. It was just enough to be believable without entering the realm of fairy tale.
A La Maison in Ardmore, PA
In honor of this delightful book, Kirsten and I took a little date with us to A La Maison in Ardmore. First off the decor at A La Maison is amazing. It feels like a little Parisian oasis in the heart of the Main Line. Diners can eat outside and people watch or enjoy the Provençal style of the indoor rooms.
The little man ordered a cheese omelet. Sounds kind of boring right? Wrong- it was totally delicious. I ordered a Salmon crepe that was sooo good. I definitely don’t want to know the calorie count for that baby because I ate every bite.
Kirsten ordered a Jumbo Lump Crab Crepe which was mouthwatering! We each had a bowl of amazing French onion soup as well. The little man happily devoured all the cheese off of Kirsten’s soup!
On the upside, the food was so delicious and we ate every bite. On the downside, we were too full for dessert. If you know me at all, you know that not eating dessert is almost a small miracle. I can’t believe that I didn’t know about this local gem. I definitely think I will be coming here for a date night sometime in the near future. This BYO features live music from time to time so I would recommend making a reservation for this popular local spot.
Little French Bistro by Nina George was released today! Grab your copy now and enjoy a lovely French meal while you devour the book.