I'd Rather Be In Paris: Fabulous Recipes and Traditions to bring the World to Your Living Room

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What are the lyrics to "Waltzing Matilda" -- and what do they mean? How do you make samosas -- and what do they taste like? Who is the "Greek Bruce Springsteen?" Did hot chocolate, chewing gum and peanuts really originate in Mexico? What should you never do with chopsticks -- and why? To find the answers to these questions, you could take a trip around the world. Or, you could take a trip through the pages of this fascinating, fact- and fun-filled book. With a tiny bit of imagination, ingenuity, and effort, plus the ideas offered in I'd Rather Be In Paris, you can turn a weekend at home into an exotic vacation. And you won't have to hassle with long check-in lines, longer flights, currency exchange, hotels with questionable hygiene, and large bills to pay when you return home. The book shows you how to recreate a favorite trip or take a fantasy voyage to a place you've always dreamed of. You can teach your kids about a new culture, research and share your own heritage, or explore a region that interests you. With the book as your guide, your living room can become a Mexican plaza, your kitchen a Parisian cafe, your backyard the Australian outback.

Each chapter provides a variety of experiences, from a quiet weekend with classical music in St. Petersburg, to a tour of the Tuscan countryside, to a wild, Brazilian style Carnaval. Of course you can pick and choose among the chapters and build a "virtual city" that combines elements from several cultures to create your own perfect experience.

You may, for example, decide to host a weekend party where you watch Irish films, sing Irish songs, and read aloud from the great Irish poets. But if you prefer Indian curries to Irish stew, then serve the curry! Every trip, including these, requires some planning, and I'd Rather Be In Paris will walk you through the process. You'll learn where to get every suggested item and how to find further resources in public libraries, thrift shops, bookstores, music and video shops, and on the World Wide Web. To put yourself in the proper state of mind for a journey abroad, stop the mail and newspaper for a few days, and pledge that only the machine will answer the phone. While the chapters in I'd Rather Be In Paris are structured around a weekend, you can easily use them to create a theme for a single dinner party, or an entire "week away." There's really only one rule to follow: Have fun! Break free from the daily routine, create a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience -- and then, do it again, and go somewhere else.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567316032
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Pages: 275

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Foreword vii
Welcome to Armchair Adventures! ix
Brazen in Brazil 1
A Fling Down Mexico Way 17
Kicking Up Your Heels in Scotland 33
Putting on the Green and the Guinness in Ireland 47
I'd Rather Be in Paris 61
Touring Tuscany 87
Glorious Greece 105
The Magic of Morocco 125
Into Africa 139
A Musical Wonderland in St. Petersburg 155
Passage to India 171
Fun and Feasting in China 189
Romance and Relaxation in Thailand 209
Journey to Japan 225
Idling in Australia 241
Index 264
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