Tanisha is an Adjunct Professor in Paris teaching Wine & Spirits courses.
She is also the creator of this blog, Girl Meets Glass, a site that takes the stress out of drink pairing.
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Parisian Entertaining

The thing I have noticed the most, and admired the most about the French style of life is that it is effortless, but doesn’t look that way. From the hair, to the makeup, to the clothes, to the entertaining. I had dinner with my French family one night and they bring out this machine. We were having raclette, a traditional dish made with cheese. They already have wine open by the time I get out there, a rose from St Tropez. Easy breezy. Fresh strawberry flavors with a lightly salty, minerality. 

Back to the dish. I had never heard of it, let alone had it. Silly me! There is a hot plate, but under it are dishes that are heated from the hot plate above. You put various thinly sliced meats on the hot plate and the cheese in the dish. Once the cheese gets all melty and gooey, you pour it over potatoes. Place the cooked meat on top of that et voila!! You have a meal! It’s so easy but yet looks complex. Everything was served on a glass dish and we ate on real plates. The dessert was fruit salad, beautifully colored, fresh fruit salad. So simple. A great evening that took no time, we made dinner ourselves, lol! The potatoes just had to be boiled. 

For lunch one day I watched my French ‘Mom’ whip up a quick dish using sausages, couscous and veggies. Then cut up some strawberries and put them on a plate with some whipped cream. She then put everything on a tray to carry to the living room to eat. Total prep time: 20mins give or take.

I hope to pick this up and make it a habit. Who wants to come over so I can try this out??

It’s about that time… #rhum #martinique #dranks #wegotlimes #GMG (at Rue de Sèvres)

It’s about that time… #rhum #martinique #dranks #wegotlimes #GMG (at Rue de Sèvres)

Flowers and grapevines in the park! Hey Spring 👋👋!! #budbreak #thereareparkseverywhere #vinesinthecity #GMGinParis #ihaverosèinmypurse (at Parc Georges Brassens)

Flowers and grapevines in the park! Hey Spring 👋👋!! #budbreak #thereareparkseverywhere #vinesinthecity #GMGinParis #ihaverosèinmypurse (at Parc Georges Brassens)

Had a long day? End it with rosè!! Think of the ripest red berry fruits you can… That’s this rosè!! Enjoy with light foods, perfect for picnics this spring & summer. 
And this 25cl  bottle is the perfect serving size for me 😆 #rose #Provence #GMGonFrenchWine #frenchwine  (at Paris 14e Plaisance)

Had a long day? End it with rosè!! Think of the ripest red berry fruits you can… That’s this rosè!! Enjoy with light foods, perfect for picnics this spring & summer.
And this 25cl bottle is the perfect serving size for me 😆 #rose #Provence #GMGonFrenchWine #frenchwine (at Paris 14e Plaisance)

An impromptu bar crawl in Paris?? Yep, I’ll take it!! HUGE thankx to Pam Wiznitzer for the fun times…. and 2AM Croque Monsieurs ;-)

Places Visited: Lockwood, Candelaria, Experimental Cocktail Club

I would love to give you a bit more detail on each of these, but we had some rules. What happens during the crawl… you know the rest ;-)

All of these places are an ABSOLUTE must if you want great cocktails in Paris! Please trust me on this one.

Found out about a spot that does flaming mojitos. Will def try to fit that in this week!! Stay tuned

Digestif! #honey #herbs #Polishspirits #GMGRoadtrip  (at Noisy Le Grand Centre Ville)

Digestif! #honey #herbs #Polishspirits #GMGRoadtrip (at Noisy Le Grand Centre Ville)

Bordeaux Supèrieur FTW!! Blend of Merlot & Cabernet. Perfect with red meats and cheeses… and my lunch 😊🍷#GMGRoadtrip #wineanddine  (at Noisy Le Grand Centre Ville)

Bordeaux Supèrieur FTW!! Blend of Merlot & Cabernet. Perfect with red meats and cheeses… and my lunch 😊🍷#GMGRoadtrip #wineanddine (at Noisy Le Grand Centre Ville)

A spring day in the city hunting for grapevines… found em!!  Gotta love Paris 💜💜 #bercy #GMGinParis #grapevines #WW  (at Parc De Bercy Village)

A spring day in the city hunting for grapevines… found em!! Gotta love Paris 💜💜 #bercy #GMGinParis #grapevines #WW (at Parc De Bercy Village)

A walkthru of Bodega Ribas and a tasting of their amazing Mallorcan wine lineup. This is one of my fav wine tourism trips to date!! I can’t wait to talk a group of you here and show you around. Email me for deets!

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