Greetings from New Hampshire, where the flowering crabapple trees are in full bloom.
Maybe you can answer this question. Do you know why cafe au lait is served in bowls? I'm assuming it's done that way in France as well? Mu sister and I had a funny experience in the Vieux Port, when we were served 2 bowls. We had never seen this before, and didn't quite know what to do. It seemed obvious to just pick it up and drink it, but what if...just what if it was the custom to drink it with your spoon? Either way, if we did the wrong thing we would look like real nerds. This got us into a fit of laughing, and I mean the kind of laughing where you can't breathe. We were really gettting silly, and it was a day I'll never forget. Anyway...she would also like me to buy her some nice bowls while I am shopping. I prefer to buy from local artisans, as they work so hard, and I want something that will be unique. Maybe you can kill 2 birds with one stone, and give me the history of "the bowl" and perhaps an idea of how to find a good local artist. I found your food tips very interesting also, and FOR SURE I'm going to the place where they serve the fresh fruit drinks.OMG,I love that stuff!! Happy spring...Nancy (aka: Lilac Lucy).