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Paola Westbeek is a journalist who focuses on French food, wine, and travel. Her work has led her to every delicious corner of the French hexagon, and she is a regular contributor to FRANCE Magazine and culinary columnist for French publications En Route and French Property News.


For a Taste of French Life, Savor the Apéro

Short for apéritif, which refers to the actual drink, the apéro is the ultimate way to escape the daily hustle and bustle and shift into relaxation mode.


Cake Salé with Goat Cheese, Zucchini, and Green Olives

Cake salés are delicious cubed as part of an apéro, but you can also serve a slice for lunch with soup or a green salad dressed with a mustardy vinaigrette.



Gougères are made with a classic French pâte à choux. Any hard cheese such as Gruyère, Emmentaler, Gouda, or cheddar will work well here.

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