I’m Jen, the owner of Crêpes à la Maison and Be Fluent in French (website coming soon).
I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up and spent most of my life in France, and during a visit to New York City eight years ago I met the most amazing man during my first WEEK here (true story)! Javier and I decided a year after having a long distance relationship that it wasn’t for us. So I packed my bags and joined him in New York. It was the best decision I ever made because we’re still together, and he’s the love of my life!
We would like to start a family soon. Sometimes you just need to take that leap of faith to find true love waiting for you on the other side! The next big thing after my move across the Atlantic was to find a job. One day, someone mentioned posting an ad on Craigslist. My response was “Who’s Craig?” Well, thanks to Craig, whoever he is, I started offering private French lessons.
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
It seems like only yesterday when I arrived in this country barely speaking any English but hoping to “make it.”
The next big thing after moving across the Atlantic was finding a job. It wasn’t easy. Then, one day, someone suggested posting an ad on Craigslist. My response was, “Who’s Craig?” Well, thanks to Craig, I booked my first French lesson in no time, and my tutoring business took off. That was exactly seven years ago. Since then, my company, Be Fluent in French, has grown to include clients from the movie industry, Wall Street, fashion, media, and children of all ages. Three years ago, I threw a crêpe party in Montauk for some of my friends. They absolutely loved it, and encouraged me to start my catering company, Crêpes à la Maison. Now I run two companies. I’m living the American dream, and loving every minute of it.
How did you get your start and what was..
The first thing that caught my eye when I came to New York was that food temptation is everywhere. Seriously! Most restaurants are open all day which is totally unthinkable in France. In New York there are food vendors on every corner, new, “hot spot” restaurants to try, and of course the delicious classics that have been around for ages.
I often compare New York to Disneyland for adults where everything you want is so easily accessible. You can stay home and have everything delivered directly to you.
So as a new bee in the big apple, I obviously fell into the delicious food trap. I started snacking all of the time because I was felt hungry simply by looking at and smelling food. As a result, I gained 15 pounds and produced very bad eating habits.
Sure in France, I used to have the typical three meals a day but in New York, I was not having breakfast. I ate lunch then would have snack after snack after snack. By..
I often miss my family and friends who live in France; however, rarely do I ever miss the food because I’m fortunate enough to live in NYC where there are so many French restaurants right at my fingertips.
If I happen to miss a particular dish, to satiate my craving, I usually cook it and if I don’t know how– I learn how to cook it! Take this past weekend for example. I went to visit a very good friend in Colorado and I learned how to cook Lapin a la Moutarde watching a YouTube video. You may be asking yourself “What? YouTube?” I say, why not?! I’m a visual learner, as many of us are! I do know that being French neither means I was born a cook nor does it mean that I’m slim and trim (I’ve read French Women Don’t Get Fat and trust me, I can get fat because there is temptation everywhere! I digress, so we will discuss that topic in a future blog post). What I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to attempt cooking a..