Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day!

Last Sunday, Harvard Square celebrated Bastillle Day on Holyoke Street. The whole street, where Sandrine’s is located, was closed off for the activities: the World Cup finals was shown on a giant TV, there were food stalls everywhere, and music, face painting, even balloon making!

balloon man

I swear, I didn’t push any kids out of the way to get this picture

It was a very hot, uncomfortable day and I was starving when I got there, but the Chez Henri sandwich and the fun atmosphere immediately put me in a good mood.

holyoke street

the street was packed with soccer fans people who wanted to celebrate the French culture


in addition to the Sandrine’s stall and restaurant, there was also a beer garden

chez henri

I bought my lunch from the Chez Henri stall


the pan bagnat had me at gruyere and avocado aioli

sweet cupcakes

I said “non merci” to these Sweet babies…


… and to Lizzy’s ice cream

Because if I’m getting any French desserts, I’m getting macarons. Or creme brulee.

Which brings me to my favorite French restaurant in Boston: Petit Robert Bistro. The food here is divine (and pretty affordable, too). I always go to the Kenmore location – it’s perfect for Girls Night (good wine + cheese + dessert = ingredients that make me and my girlfriends happy) and Date Night (cozy setting + good food = romantic time with the boyfriend). I love the homemade pates and the escargot, and pretty much everything on the entrees menu. Also, I’m not going to lie, but the bread and butter alone are enough for me to keep coming back to Petit Robert. I’m a sucker for a warm, crusty baguette served with creamy French butter.

And of course, the swoon-worthy desserts. On a recent Girls Night out, my friends and I shared a few:

creme brulee

creme brulee



apple pie

and apple pie

I think I gained 2 lbs just looking at those pictures again.

Are you doing anything to celebrate Bastille Day today? What’s your favorite French restaurant?Au revoir!


6 Responses to “Bastille Day”

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    Baking Serendipity posted July 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This looks like such a fun festival!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Yes it was! I love street fests.

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    Corinne posted July 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Bianca, this looks so fun! I celebrated Bastille Day by celebrating my birthday! :) Delicious dinner and martinis out! Nothing french but my french fries and name. ha. Did you get to sport a super cool balloon hat too!?!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Corinne, haha french fries, martinis and your name counts (I love your name btw). Sounds like you had a fab birthday ;)

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    Daisy posted July 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I read about this event and wanted to attend but ended up getting side tracked. maybe next year because it looks like so much fun!

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 16, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I love robert bistro. I want to go there now…

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