posts about those French customs that either delight or dismay me....
Delight.... the cafe au lait bowl. A friend of mine introduced me to the darling le pain quotidien a couple of weeks ago where much to my confusion my cappuccino and her coffee were served in a hearty sized bowl with nary a handle in sight. After my initial glancing around (to ensure they hadn't just run out of coffee mugs) :) and fumbling about deciding how exactly you were supposed to hold it to drink; I found that cupping the warm bowl with my hands and sipping was actually quite enjoyable..... not unlike that pleasurable sensation of drinking the milk remains from a bowl of cereal or trying the capture the last bit of soup (only at home, ofcourse).
I happily stopped in again for a quick bite yesterday and found myself looking forward to the waitress serving that bowl..... and, yep.... it was even more delightful the second time around. Now it appears I'm hooked on this old school French tradition. I've already found myself looking around for bowls to start my collection.
Needless to say, my kids are absolutely thrilled.... a round of hot cocoa in bowls si vous plait!