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5 Classes to Make You Feel French

5 Classes to Make You Feel French

It’s hard to disagree with that fact that French people are super fancy: they’re chic and sophisticated, they’re thin and stylish, and they’re baguette masters. Maybe you’re not French, though, and that’s OK -- it’s not your fault that you’re just a boring old American (blame your parents)! However, if you ever want to feel French for a day (without taking up smoking and giving up shaving), then Manhattan has plenty of ways to help you out:

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    Croissant Class
    Croissant Class

    Mille-Feuille Bakery

    Croissants are the closest thing to heaven that we have on earth. C’mon, they’re buttery, flakey, and delicious...what could be better? Oh, if they’re warm and homemade too, you say. Well, you couldn’t be more right, good work (*pat on the back*)! I guess you have to bake some of your own then. This three-hour activity offered by Mille-Feuille Bakery Cafe will give you all the tools you need to know how to make perfect, French croissants. A Parisian chef will instruct you on the proper techniques behind preparing the delicate dough and baking it to perfection, helping you create 15 to 20 croissants of your own to take home. As an added bonus, you’ll even have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine as you nom on Mille-Feuille’s famous pizza croissant.

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    French Slang
    French Slang

    Fluent City

    Learning French can be a lot more exciting than just learning grammar rules and word lists in a classroom. Furthermore, you often need more than basic French vocabulary to fit in with native French-speakers. The solution to the problem: a French slang class. In this fun course, you’ll learn all about French slang. First, you’ll be taught how slang works and why it’s so common. You’ll then move on to learning major slang concepts and specific phrases that are commonly used in French media. Your French-speaking abilities are sure to seem much more authentic in no time. Oui?

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    French Cheese and Wine
    French Cheese and Wine

    Artisanal Premium Cheese

    The culinary history of France is incredibly rich, and it’s about time you learned some more about it! This class from Artisinal Premium Cheese promises to be both informative and delicious. You’ll have the chance to explore some of France’s most flavorful wines and cheeses from all over the countryside. Experts will teach you all sorts of interesting things, from why soft cheese goes well with champagne, to why it’s often important to pair wine and cheese from the same region to create exquisite flavor combinations.

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    French Macaron Workshop
    French Macaron Workshop

    Mille-Feuille Bakery

    This dessert makes me feel the need to say “thank you, thank you, thank you, France!” Macarons are without a doubt one of the most popular desserts in Manhattan right now. Here’s the good news: they are incredibly yummy, crunchy, chewy, and delicate. Now, here’s the bad news: they are extremely difficult to make...especially on your own! This class is a great way to learn the complex techniques behind creating these delightful treats. You will learn the history and theory behind the French macaron and then have the opportunity to bake 30 of them from scratch.

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    French Bistro Favorites
    French Bistro Favorites

    Home Cooking NY

    It’s a widely accepted fact that French food is absolutely delightful. Ths class from Home Cooking New York will take you beyond croissants and baguettes. You’ll learn how to make complex, professional foods, all the while gaining an appreciation for the care and artistry behind each French dish. You’ll have the pleasure of cooking a traditional, fancy meal of goat cheese soufflé, beef filet, string beans with pistachio-shallot butter, potatoes with caramelized fennel gratin, and rich dark chocolate mousse. Best of all, you’ll be lucky enough to walk away with all of the recipes! Bon appétit!

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