Sunday, July 10, 2011


Today, I attended the Bastille Day celebration on 60th street between Fifth Avenue and Park.  There were more people this year it seems than there were last year.  There were more vendors serving my favorite grilled Merquez sausages.

Each year, Bastille Day on 60th is celebrated commemorating the historic friendship between France and the United States through France's celebration of their own independence on July 14, 1789.

Here are some live videos and photos I took of the event:
The first one was sponsored by Le Souk in Greenwich Village, a Moroccan-French restaurant.
The above video may help you create your own Merquez sausage buns next time.  They heated up the baguettes on the grill, then cut them into portions.  They sliced it and spread both sides of the bun with harrisa.  Place some Romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes and drizzle a spicy mayo combination on it.  But the secret is the light but crisp baguette and whatever they put in that mayonnaise.  It was delicious!

They had balloon people that created hats and figures for kids.  Watch this guy make a dog a a pole where the dog could actually slide.
What's Bastille Day without Crepes!  These were the most reasonably priced crepes and therefore had the longest line.  I had the peach and strawberries.

My favorite canelle -
A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. The dessert, which is in the shape of small, striated cylinder approximately two inches in height, is a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France but can often be found in Parisian patisseries as well. Made from egg, sugar, milk and flour flavored with rum and vanilla, the custard batter is baked in a mold, giving the canelé a caramelized crust and custard-like inside.

Regular size canele.  But they had mini ones which I bought.  It came in chocolate, pistachio, rose water and plain.

There was grilled steak sandwiches with what looked like sauce Bearnaise - but they said it had no egg.  They called it tarragon sauce.  (It might just as well be sauce Bearnaise)

It was a fun afternoon.  There was entertainment and raffle booths for a trip to Paris and lots of French food! They also had a lot pastries from Payard and macarrons from Macarron Cafe.  They charged $15 for wine tastings.

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