Bastille Day: Your Bay Area celebration guide

OK, the American Independence Day is behind us. Next up, the French. And we can all be Francophiles on Bastille Day, July 14. It only takes a love of fine food and wine and a hearty cry of “Vive La France!”

Here’s everything you need to know about celebrating in the Bay Area, from festivals and restaurant specials to winery events and macaron shops:

A plate of duck confit at La Sen Bistro in Walnut Creek. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff archives) Special Bastille Day events

Honest, it’s not all about the food. We’ve got an entertainment guide with ideas for listening to French gypsy jazz, watching vintage French videos, even kicking up your heels with can-can dancers. And yes, some restaurants are putting on the dog for this holiday by braising coq au vin and making eclairs.

Fave French restaurants

Whether you live in the East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula or San Francisco, we’ve got a restaurant recommendation for you. But we know we’re just scratching the surface with this list of five. Check it out, then tell us where you go for the best mussels, steak frites and souffles.

Chantal Guillon is offering macarons in the colors of the French flag. (Courtesy of Chantall Guillon) Those irresistible macarons

Frances’ meringue-based confections have become quite the rage here. They’re tasty, they’re pretty and they’re gluten free too! Here’s where to find great ones all over the Bay Area. If we’ve missed your favorite source, let us know.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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