C’est la Chandeleur!
It’s French Candlemas week at Le Trèfle.
Celebrated exactly 40 days after Chrismas, on February 2nd, Candlemas is essentially synonymous with conviviality. This tradition, originally a Roman feast, has been continued from generation to generation.
Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
There are all kinds of French proverbs and sayings for Chandeleur; here are just a few:
À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens
À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
On Candlemas, the day grows by two hours
Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost
Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
Dew on Candlemas, winter at its final hour
La Chandeleur Week Specials
La Maradona crêpe $15
Dulce de leche (milk caramel), whipped cream, banana, roasted hazelnuts
La Grisonne galette $17
Cheese, büendnerfleish (Swiss bresaola), onion rings, cornichons
Semi dry – 750ml – $20
Cidre doux artisanal Fournier – Frères, Normandy FRA
Dry – 750ml – $20
Cidre brut artisanal Fournier – Frères, Normandy FRA
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