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Yearly Archives: 2021

A Successful Re-launching in London

Welcome back everyone! It’s been a long break, but we are happy to see you all healthy, happy, and back enjoying our Apéros Frenchies events in some of the best venues your cities have to offer.

 Heads + Tails blends a relaxed ambiance with a stunning interior to create the perfect setting to celebrate Apéros Frenchies in all of its modernness and simplicity. Located in West Hampstead, it is the perfect place to kick off all the great things to come for our International Afterwork Event!

As well as covering all food and drink angles, the bar features a beautiful garden, luscious upstairs decor and a ‘secret’downstairs … A perfect combination to satisfy all your cravings isn’t it?

Thank you to everyone who attended for making the evening an incredible success! We loved meeting all of you and hope you had a lot of fun and made many new friends! This enthusiasm for our re-launching was much appreciated.

Also, Thanks to Audrey our London ambassador for her contagious enthusiasm, and her dedication in making it happen! You can find more about her here!

Thank you to the team for their hospitality and service throughout the evening.

Thank you again to our partner  Citadelle for sharing this journey with us!  We definitely can’t wait to see you soon London  Be sure to like our Facebook Page  or Instagram to stay updated about our next Afterwork

 

 

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Stunning Views over Montmartre at Coeur Sacré, Paris

Do you prefer a refreshing drink on an outdoor terrace facing Sacré Coeur,  or a seat on a cozy rooftop patio with views of the sunset and the Eiffel Tower? At Coeur Sacré, the choice is yours!

With beautiful views over the roofs of Montmartre, the new rooftop at Coeur Sacré is the perfect new venue to enjoy your next summer Apéro. The sunny summer weather allowed all of us to catch clear views all the way to the Eiffel Tower as the sun set.  It was wonderful to see everyone dressed in their Apéro best enjoying refreshing cocktails on both the rooftop patio and wrap around terrace.

A special thank you is in order for the amazing team at Coeur Sacré for welcoming all 100+ members of the Apéros Frenchies community on Thursday July 29! We hope you all enjoyed photography from the incredible Andy Sama, and of course Le Carre de Lumiere with their Photo Booth.

Not to be confused with the “Basilica of the Sacred Heart” aka Sacré Coeur, the Coeur Sacré opened in May 2021 as a Concept store – Coffee Shop – Rooftop space. With the sunny summer weather, we enjoyed views clear to the Eiffel Tower as the sun set from the upstairs Rooftop Montmartre.

After sunset, the party got started with the help of  DJ chiefP as the whole room turned into a dance floor. If you missed us last time, no worries! Did you miss out on last weeks event? Apéros Frenchies will be at the Coeur Sacré on August 12 and August 19 to end the summer rooftop season off right. Reserve your tickets now, or if you are a member, keep on eye on your inbox for your exclusive invitation.

 

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Kickback and Relax at Le Grande Bleu Bastille, Paris

Paris is famous for many things: its delicious gastronomy, its beautiful architecture, and of course its terraces! Le Grande Bleu bar and restaurant takes advantage of all of these things and more from its cozy spot on the banks of the Bassin D’Arsenal.

What better place to hold our long awaited first event back in Paris after the closures. 

With it’s sunny rooftop area, indoor bar w/dj, and lively ground floor Biergarten,  there was plenty of space to reconnect with all new and returning members. We were also more than happy to welcome back our longterm collaborator La Carre De Lumiere! Quite a few of you took advantage of their awesome photo booth to print out some memories. 

Don’t worry if you missed out on this event, you can catch us at Le Grande Bleu again on 4 August 2021. Make sure to reserve your ticket now!  Until then stay up to date on everything Aperos Frenchies on Facebook and Instagram. We have some *very* exciting things planned with the reopening of bars and restaurants globally, and we are looking forward to welcoming our entire international community back soon. 

Until then, cheers!

 

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Apéros Frenchies is Back!

Welcome back everyone! It’s been a long break, but we are happy to see you all healthy, happy, and back enjoying our Apéros Frenchies events in some of the best venues your cities have to offer. With the reopening of restaurants and bars comes some exciting news from the team.

Thanks to your feedback and enthusiasm we are launching in Barcelona, Madrid, Lyon, Copenhagen, and Brussels. With bars and restaurants reopening around the world, we are excited to hit the ground running, and we can not wait to welcome you to new chic venues in these new cities. 

New Cities on the Horizon

We are especially happy to welcome back our community in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or Munich.  Some of you may have already seen that our Paris events are already up and running, but now we need your help. Do you know a great venue in your city you’d love for us to bring the Aperos Frenchies experience to? Send us a message, our DMs are open, or you can use this handy form right here. 

New Event Concepts Are on The Way!

Along with the traditional Aperos Frenchies events you know and love, we are planning new exclusive experiences, masterclasses, and giveaways for all the members of our incredible community. You will not want to miss these! Be sure to sign up now and become a member of the community. All it takes is a few clicks! 

Get Involved

The our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry have endured a rough period, and we are committed to making sure to provide the safest experiences for both the staff and our community. If you would like to be a part of our next steps, our applications are still open!  What better way to hit the ground running and help out the hospitality industry than by becoming an Apéros Frenchies ambassador?

See You Soon, 

Apéros Frenchies

 

A Get Away in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

 

Who hasn’t thought of leaving everything behind for a week, a month.. or even forever? 🙂We know the lack of social interaction and working from our living room has affected all of us. Let us brighten your day, and come along to the Canary island of Fuerteventura!  We found the best places to stay, and selected our favorite restaurants so you have no excuses.  It’s time to take a breath and get to know this paradise!

 

  • Situation in Fuerteventura:

It’s important to note that although The Canary Islands are part of Spain, each island can set their own rules regarding with COVID-19. To gain entry to the island visitors need a negative PCR test less than 72 hours oldThe Airport is around 30 minutes driving from the main city of Corralejo. Car rentals are the cheapest option, as a simple cab ride can cost visitors 60€ just to reach the main city! Happily, once you’ve taken the precautions and verified the rules, you can enjoy the open restaurants and bars. 

We recommend you to stay in Corralejo which is the main city of the Island and where there is all the nightlife. Be aware however that that are still some limitations: bars are only  open until midnight and seatings are limited to a maximum of 10 per table.

 When you’re not enjoying the nightlife or grabbing a meal there are plenty of other activities to enjoy on the island. Many of the coworking spaces and gym facilities are also open, just in case you need a quiet space to catch up on emails or get a quick session in. 

 

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  • Where to stay in Corralejo:

 

Are you a Digital nomad? Looking to escape on Romantic get away? Organizing a trip between friends?

No doubt, this island has something to please even the pickiest of travellers.  

Why not enjoy a quick stay at the beautiful Avanti hotel?  This Boutique hotel has only 15 rooms, so don’t wait too long to book! It’s location in the city center and just steps away from the beach is th perfect setting to enjoy a  peaceful and romantic time! (check out our dedicated article here) Don’t forget to book a table at their Rompeola restaurant to enjoy some delicious seafood!

Price around 140€/night. Thanks to a partnership with them you can enjoy 20€OFF/ night + a bottle of prosecco. You just need to book directly  on their website with our code FRENCHIES21.

 

Atlantis Garden  Beach,  perfect if you are a couple or alone, their appartements are clean, really well located by the beach and close to supermarket. (+ Pool & Tennis court).Price 50-60€/night

Bristol Sunset lounge, modern and well equipped apartments. Perfect to meet other digital nomads as they also offer a  Coworking  package and long stay offers. Price from 70€/night

Katis Villa

 

Feeling like renting a villa with your friends?

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Corralejo is full of beautiful, spacious villas all well located and prices reasonable to a variety of budgets. We specifically recommend:

– Villa Casa Royal by Vacanzy Collection. a large villa for a group of people (Up to 10 pers), with pool, BQQ and well located

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…and many others that you can find on booking.com

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  • Restaurant & Bars in Corralejo:

The city center offers a large choice of tapas restaurants with live music so get ready to dance away your stressful time back home! 😉 

– Tapas Oscar is a must try!  Not only is it the biggest tapas bar in the city, its well known for its large variety of tapas and good vibes!  The waiters are really nice and professional despite the rush. 

– Rompeolas, the Avanti’s hotel restaurant. Located directly in front of the beach, you will love their fresh seafood and the mediteranean atmosphere. 

-Tanta Luna, a cocktail bar – tapas restaurant. Our favorite one. If you want to have a unique culinary experience don’t look further, we can’t tell you more or we would ruin the surprise!

– La arroceria, even though it’s not located directly in the center of the city,  this family restaurant deserves a special shout out. They specialize in paella for all the paella lovers and it’s simply delicious!

 

Ready for a drink? Head over to La Ezquina or the Kaktus Bar for some good cocktails and chilled vibes . You won’t want to miss the Kiwi Bar for a taste of the night life and to mingle with other friendly partiers. 

Good to know: Be aware that you‘ll need to book in advance before going to the restaurants! 

 

  • What to see in Fuerteventura:

 

> North island: 

 – Corralejo has the best beaches on Fuerteventura, with fine, white sand and turquoise waters

– Corralejo Natural Park (Corralejo) is one of the essential places to visit in Fuerteventura. Be sure to stop by around sunset to grab some seriously impressive photos.

– Calderón Hondo volcano.  It will take you about an hour to complete the moderately difficult route. 

– El Cotillo, The most popular beach in Cotillo is La Concha beach, which stands out for its fine white sand horseshoe shape. With limited the waves, its the perfect seabed for snorkeling.

– Our favorite the is Playa Esquinzo,  well known from the surfers!  bring some beers, some aperitif  and enjoy a breathtaking sunset!

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> South Island:

 

It’s really easy to reach the south with a car within 2 hours from Corralejo. However, to really enjoy it we recommend you stay for a few days!

The innside by melia, is our number 1 recommendation without hesitation. Directly located on the Jandia Natural Park and Sotavento beach, it’s the perfect place for both Wind sport lovers, but also for the one who needs to just relax and disconnect! 

 The hotel offers a breathtaking view on both the lagoon and the Natural park. And you can enjoy  the  view directly from  their infinity pool and with one Piña colada (Obviously 😉 )

– With white, fine sand, no facilities, and no crowds, Sotavento beach ( Cossta calma)  is ideal for those who want some privacy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Fuerteventura. 

– The René Egli kitesurf center  (located just steps from the Innside by Melia hotel) offers classes but also all the equipment required to rent! No need to bring from home or Corralejo they’ve got your back! 

– Cofete beach : A  must-see, the most beautiful beach of the island!!  It is difficult to get there and the locals recommend you drive a 4WD to make it there comfortably. Make sure you have a car that cans handle the journey or risk literally getting stuck in paradise! 😉 

© Apéros Frenchies At the Innside By Melia, Costa Calma
© Apéros Frenchies At the Innside By Melia, Costa Calma

 

copyright René Egli Kite Center

 

 

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The Peaceful Life in Avanti Lifestyle hotel, Fuerteventura

You made it to Fuerteventura. It’s now time to reconnect with the peaceful life. Forget about your stressful life back home, take a deep breath and welcome to paradise!

The AVANTI LIFESTYLE HOTEL, In Fuerteventura was one of the first on the island. Originally named the Hotel Corralejo, after a total renovation the hotel was renamed to fully emory its new Mediterranean style in 2013. This boutique hotel is one of the most unique on the island with its white and blue architecture and design, you’ll be able to enjoy the tranquillity from the moment you step inside. With spectacular ocean views, and an incredible terrace, you’ll be able to enjoy the views on both the port and the Isla Lobos. Its location next to the sea allows guests to soak up the sun and enjoy an ocean breeze from both their rooms and the rooftop!

ENJOY 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle with our promocode FRENCHIES21

 

Are you looking for a cosy place to enjoy your get away in Fuerteventura? We’ve probably found THE spot.  

Intimate and nicely decorated, the Avanti Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy in total calm. From their professional and friendly staff, to the quality bedrooms and rooftop spa, they have all  the ingredients to offer you the best stay. Also, here is another good news, you won’t be woken up by a baby crying next door, as the hotel is only for Adults! 😉 

Check out the Rompeolas restaurant 

Moreover, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal as their in house restaurant Rompeolas is just steps away and it’s also one of our recommendations that you have to try. The menu features delicious grilled octopus, white prawns, black rice, and many more sumptuous dishes you can enjoy from a seafront terrace! 

Make your own cocktails!

Although there are plenty of bars in the city where you can  enjoy some drinks  after a nice dinner (you can check out our favorite ones here), if you feel like having a nice fresh cocktail in your room they have a spectacular offer. For instance, have you ever dreamt of being your own bartender? You’ll find a shaker, premium alcohol brands, and all the ingredients required to enjoy a fresh drink from the comfort of your room. 


In conclusion, are you already looking forward to discovering this cool spot? We have good news for you! With our promo code FRENCHIES21, you can save 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle to welcome you the best way! ( booking has to be done on their website!)

Have fun at Avanti Lifestyle hotel Fuerteventura! 

Ps: Don’t forget to let us know about your stay or to mention us on Instagram @aperos_frenchies ! 

 

 

 

 

Hello Fresh : Delivered ingredients for easy and delicious dinners at home!

Maintaining a social life in 2021 is getting tough. Bars, restaurants are still closed pretty much everywhere and “ Friday night fever” got transformed into “ a quiet dinner”.  Depending where you’re living, on the country you live in,  some of us are facing have a strict curfews, but either way or just and being a busy expat does not help when it comes to it’s about our grocery shopping! Worry not as we have a solution for you: It’s time to introduce you to our partner HelloFresh!

HelloFresh, offers  you a box full of fresh ingredients to easily prepare delicious meals delivered right to your doorstep!, and all delivered to your home! Each week, you can choose from an array of  16 tasty recipes developed by their culinary team.

Whether you don’t have time for If you have no time for grocery shopping , don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen,  or have kids who are picky? HelloFresh offers you different types of boxes that will meet your needs and preferences.

Also, every expat who has spent a little time abroad knows  the struggle  of  searching for the right ingredients, only to find it’s unavailable – or unrecognisable – in their adopted country. How frustrating can this be it is! 😉

 This concept is also great for anyone who has trouble following recipes, because every ingredient and spice is included premeasured.. there’s literally no way chance you can put more or less of anything in.So why not nurture your inner chef with the help of HelloFresh?Just be sure to follow the recipe – always available in English – and you’ll be impressing your friends with your Master Chef grill skills in no time.  

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If you are still a bit sceptical about these mealthesethose meal kits and have some doubts reservations about the origin of where their products are coming from,  worry not,No worry,  because all the ingredients are fresh and directly from the producers .

To celebrate our new collaboration with HelloFresh, we would like to offer you a 55€ discount on your first orders (25€ on the first order, then 20€ on the second, and then 10€) 

How can you to take advantage of Apéros Frenchies x HelloFresh discount? 

Simply click on this link here: HelloFresh and add the promo code: APEROSFRENCHIES55. Make your meals selection … and you’ll receive your box within a few days!  

BON APPETIT ! 

The Dating Life of an Expat (Part I)

The dating topic is probably one of the most interesting ones when you are an expat. We all know that the realities of dating abroad are more difficult than they might seem,  and on top of that the COVID-19 situation does not help. So, if you are fully experiencing these right now, this article is for you!

In this first article we will talk about the 1st type: An expat moving abroad single and alone. This one is probably one of the most common cases!

To date or not to date, that’s the question!

You are having fun and you love your new adopted city, your friends, your work, and your lifestyle. But, at the same time, you see your friends back home getting engaged, moving together, having kids, while you just picture yourself at the bar with a bunch of friends sipping your 3rd Margarita. (ok that was before COVID but it works as well with your friends at home) 😉  You are now facing the loneliness feeling as you start wondering about your situation. And it’s a NORMAL feeling, don’t worry!

So you might start using some dating apps such as Bumble, Tinder, Hinge.. or by coming to our networking events Apéros Frenchies hoping to have a crush on someone! (Yes we know!)

And  it happens! Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes it takes time. But the struggle goes on when this person is from another country especially.. your crush doesn’t have the same “dating language”  as you… and  C’est la catastrophe

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Perhaps, we learn at school how to speak another foreign language but we don’t’ learn how to speak another foreign heart language!  And especially this lockdown situation pretty much everywhere, it doesn’t  make things easier, since restaurants and bars are closed!

How does it work? Do we have to meet for dinner or an ice cream? Do we have to play it fancy or cool? Should we invite them to our place?  

Bref, so many questions that nobody really knows how to answer but that we all ask ourselves before even trying out the relationship!  

  • After a few texts you will more or less understand  what your crush is feeling! She/He wants to meet you at her/his place but you don’t feel confident enough, just say it and offer him/her to grab a take away coffee downtown.

 

  • Another situation: you feel like inviting him/ her to your place and this other person sounds up for it. Parfait!  As a french person I would obviously advise to have some good wine in your cellar/fridge 😉  But also.. to prepare a casual nice dinner sans pretention. In case the date goes well!  For example,  try  HelloFresh :You pick in advance which menu you want to receive depending on what you like .. and they deliver  all the ingredients + recipe at your place! It’s perfect when you are in a rush or if there is a curfew! 😉  

 If you are freaking out to meet with this person alone, and you prefer to be in your comfort zone with friends, what about inviting this person for some drinks in a park with your friends, or do some hiking somewhere with them too?   Honestly possibilities are limited right now but there are still some! If it goes well,  you‘ll feel safer and better to meet in person the next time, plus you may get your friends’ approval  (which is not THE most important,  but still, it matters!)  If it goes wrong, it would be just a funny memory you’ll talk about with your friends in the future! 😉 

In conclusion, follow your instinct, go with the flow and don’t pretend to be someone you are not just because you’re afraid they don’t like you. One day they will figure it out anyway!  Good luck! 

How to: Make a Gin Basil Smash at Home!

Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this lockdown. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs and allow your mind to escape to warmer days, with this Gin Basil Smash tutorial ..

If you’re an unofficial card-carrying member of the Apéros Frenchies crew, we can safely assume you do not need a refresher on the definition of L’Apéro.

If you need a remember of what is an Apéro, it’s time to check out our dedicated  article : But Wait! What even is an ‘Apéro’…?, we explain everything about it!  Now let’s come back to our lockdown routine, where we all miss our local bars, our favorite cocktails but most of all those incredible moments we shared with our friends, colleagues or family while siping a  good fresh drink…

Feeling nostalgic now? Here we go!  But hey, that wasn’t the point, we just want keep it positive. If this lockdown showed us how to improve our cooking, DIY skills or even work out skills, we can also most probably start to learn some bartending skills isn’t it?

This is why, after asking you on Instagram, which cocktail do you miss the most,  we selected for you a special one to do at home with only few ingredients : The Gin Basil Smash!

This has got to be one of my favorite cocktails and it’s all thanks to Jörg Meyer who owns Le Lion in Hamburg. Jörg created this masterpiece back in 2008 after being inspired by the Whisky Smash. The Gin Basil Smash is basically an alternative take on the gin mojito that swaps the mint for muddled basil, but it’s definitely in a league of its own. 

What do you need?

– 50ml of Citadelle Gin

– 1 bunch basil leaves (if in doubt as to how much, go heavy on the basil)

– 20ml fresh lemon juice

– 15ml sugar syrup (optional)

– Ice cubes

Cocktail shaker (or thermos)

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1- Place basil and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker (you can also use a thermos if you don’t have any shaker)

2- Squizz 20ml of lemons

3- Gently muddle the lemon and basil “smashing” the ingredients into the shaker.

4- Add  60 ml of Citadelle gin and top up with ice

5- Shake vigorously

6-  Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

7- Garnish with basil leaves and flowers

Et voilà ! Santé! Don’t hesitate to share your creation with us on Instagram @aperos_frenchies!

You can fin our video on our IGTV !

Drink responsibly. 

Where to buy some Citadelle Gin? 

In Germany: Here

In UK: Here

In France: Here

In Netherlands: Here

 

Why Do French People Eat Crêpes for La Chandeleur?

You have probably seen crêpes everywhere on the internet these past few days. If you hang out with French people or live in France, you’ve heard the word ‘chandeleur” many times. Are you still, wondering what all the fuss is about? Once again, we’ve got your back! It’s time to discover some French secrets, sharing is caring as they say…

French people have a lot of traditions, including “The Apéro”, but this one is not a secret for you anymore… (if it is, you can still check out our article here!)

The French tradition La Chandeleur (Candlemas) takes place on the 2nd of February. Actually, it is considered the last cycle of the Christmas celebration. In religious tradition, Christians were only meant to clear Christ’s manger scene after la Chandeleur. Despite its religious roots, “La Chandeleur” is now somewhat of a non-secular tradition in France so everyone, no matter what their religion can partake in eating crêpes.

A superstition? 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a French person who can tell you why they eat crêpes for Chandeleur but the custom can be traced back to superstitions that date back to the Roman times. It was believed if you made crêpes, it would bring you good fortune and a good wheat harvest. But the crêpe had to be made a special way.

“He who eats crêpes for Chandeleur is sure to have money all year long”
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Qui mange des crêpes quand la Chandeleur est arrivée, est sûr d’avoir argent pendant l’année.)

“If you don’t want rotten wheat, eat crêpes during Chandeleur”
(Si point ne veut de blé charbonneux Mange des crêpes à la Chandeleur)

The tradition of flipping a crêpe while holding a gold coin

You were supposed to flip the first crêpe in a pan with your right hand while holding a gold coin (preferably a gold Louis coin) in your left hand. The gold coin was then rolled into the crêpe and placed in the master’s room on top of a cabinet until the following year.

The following year, the coin was removed from the year-old crêpe and given to the first poor person they met to ensure prosperity until the next chandeleur.  Makes me think of good karma.

Peasants also believed that by eating crêpes, they were ensuring a healthy wheat harvest for the coming year.

Today, candlelight processions and other rites no longer exist but the tradition of eating crêpes on Chandeleur remains and although extremely rare, some people still do flip the first Chandeleur crêpe holding a coin. 😉

How do you make crêpes?

 

(Makes 15 to 20 crêpes) 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup beer (lager)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center, and pour the eggs. Whip them extending the well, to incorporate the flour gradually, and add the liquids little by little to avoid lumps.
  • Heat a pan over high heat. Let melt a knob of butter in the pan, then pour a ladleful of batter, spreading it quickly across the surface of the pan.
  • When the edges of the pancake start to brown and detach from the pan, flip the pancake to cook the other side.

Crêpes are usually eaten with different kinds of toppings such as Nutella, banana,  confiture, a sprinkling of sugar & lemons.

If you want to do it the French way,  try the Crêpe Suzette (with a sauce made of caramelized butter, sugar and orange juice, and Grand Marnier!

Also, as we love drinking red wine with cheese, we usually eat crêpes with Cider!

Bon Appétit!