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Biting in a Burger: Celebrating Americans in France

Joe Allen Restaurant History

5 7 17 Lisa Anselmo burgerLisa Anselmo About to Bite Into a Burger

5 7 17 Joe Allen MenuJoe Allen July 4th Menu

What do Americans do to celebrate July 4th if living outside the U.S…such as Paris, for example?

I don’t know about everyone, but I like to go to Joe Allen Restaurant
for a burger or other typical July 4th fare…and that’s what we did.

Joe Allen, a New York establishment transplanted in Paris (and London) has been around since 1972. The International Herald Tribune claimed it brought the American burger to France and it’s highly probably that’s true. Those of us at the table who had it, claimed it had a much better flavor than most French burgers, even at the good cafés, because they tend to leave out the array of seasonings Americans add to their ground beef such as salt, sweet paprika, chili powder, dried basil, white pepper, celery seed, ground ginger, dried mustard, dill, garlic powder and onion powder…just to name a few!

Lisa Anselmo picked up her hamburger to eat it with her hands, as right she should. Most French are still eating them with their forks and knives, cutting the burger into little triangular mouthful-size sandwiches in the same way they might cut a camembert cheese. It never ceases to crack me up, but slowly they are changing their ways and starting to dig in with gusto like Americans — in fact it’s the cool young “bobo” French who have finally mastered the art of eating a burger with their hands. We witnessed it first hand at Joe Allen — a table of young guys who weren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and shove that big burger in their mouths.
I went for barbecued ribs and baked potato this year instead — time for a change and they were down-right respectable and delicious. We all cleaned our plates then whittled away at a Key Lime Pie. It got a thumbs up, yet there was much debate over who makes the best KLP and whether meringue topping was better than whipped cream or vice versa.
Political conversation did pass our lips, but only very lightly. We knew better than to ruin our good time by focusing on all that perturbs us on a daily basis, even from as far away as France. Last night when I returned from burgers and ribs, I found a special message from Democrats Abroad in my email inbox. It read:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident – that all people are created equal, and that we hold certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    As we celebrate July 4th around the world, we celebrate how far we’ve come since a brave few signed the Declaration of Independence and sent it boldly on its way to a monarch who considered its very concepts of freedom and democracy to be treasonous.

    We celebrate democracy’s spread to many corners of the globe since that time, and with it civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of mobility, and the freedom to vote.

    And we remember that we carry the American vision with us everywhere we live and work. It’s that same vision that inspires us to stand up and fight for democratic values, and to work to make our world a more equal place, where many more than a select few can enjoy the rights we hold so dear.

    Today I want to thank you for your efforts to support democracy and protect our rights: your letters and calls to Congress, your phone calls to fellow citizens to get out the vote, and your advocacy for the issues we hold dear.     
    Thank you, and I hope you have had (and are having) a wonderful Fourth!

    Democratically yours,
    Julia Bryan
    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Stay tuned: I await news from Democrats Abroad regarding a potential show of solidarity on Bastille Day, July 14th, when the U.S. President pays a visit to Paris and once again shakes the hand (strongly and for a long time) of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Americans are showing off their talents this summer both in Paris and in Nice!

“Salon Sessions” at Club Rayé (an American-owned night club here in Paris) welcomes best-selling author, Lisa Anselmo TONIGHT! Lisa Anselmo, a writer, blogger and creative director, started traveling to Paris regularly 12 years ago — at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website, but soon she had cultivated friends — both Parisians and expats — and after over a decade of visits, had built another life across the ocean. In 2012, after the death of her mother from breast cancer, she decided to seize the day and make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank. One bold move led to a changed life and her memoir, “My (Part-Time) Paris Life,” chronicles this journey.

Tickets are 15€. The program starts with Happy Hour from 6 p.m., that will include a signature cocktail and access to their guest’s talk at 7 p.m., then join everyone for more social networking and enjoy Lisa’s special playlist the entire evening.

Freddie HallFreddie Hall

In Nice, Freddie Hall will be singing at the Shapko Jazz Club this Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week July 6th, 7th, and 8th and again on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of August.

Freddie has built an outstanding reputation for delivering the best of soul and is an international legend! He has shared the stages with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. His resume is extensive and includes supporting the Three Degrees last year. His vocal tells the story of a Soul Man who has lived his life in the music spotlight and is one of the most sought after entertainers. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this music legend.

Hopefully you celebrated the 4th of July as happily and indulgently as we did.

A la prochaine…

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