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In the spotlight this week, gastronomy!

Here is the program for the week :

MONDAY / Culture

This week is about gastronomy, a key element of French culture! It is so embedded within the French society that the “Gastronomic meal of the French” was added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Indeed, not only landmark buildings or sites are recognized as Cultural Heritage! It is also worth noting that gastronomy is a key element of the French diplomacy.

The “gastronomic meal of the French” is not only about the mere fact of eating. It is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature

For more information on the French gastronomic culture:

TUESDAY / French Language

 Be a creative chef!

Create an animal, a landscape or a human face on your plate with fruits, vegetables and other foods


Today we interviewed a French chef based in Yangon, who shared with us his vision and his experience of French and Burmese gastronomy. Currently chef at The Strand, Xavier Fauvel has worked in many restaurants around the world. Come and discover his history and his more than flattering opinion on Burmese cuisine. He also shared with us a French recipe, done with local ingredients: Beef Stew, Gnocchi, Pumpkin.

THURSDAY / French Language

Today let’s test your knowledge of French gastronomy with these 5 questions.

(1) What famous and symbolic type of bread one can buy in a French bakery?
a) a baguette
b) a croissant
c) a string
d) a pain au chocolat

(2) What is this famous Normandy cheese’s name ?
a) Goat cheese
b) St Nectaire
c) Brie
d) Camembert

(3) This dessert is named after two French cities …
a) Paris-Lille
b) Paris-Brest
c) Paris-St Honoré
d) Paris-Roubaix

(4) It is the traditional Christmas cake in France!
a) the chocolate charlotte
b) the log
c) the chocolate roll
d) the macaroon

(5) What is the name of this traditional wedding cake?
a) a chouquette
b) the cabbage tower
c) a pyramid
d) a mounted part

Answers: 1a, , 2d, 3b, 4b, 5d


FRIDAY / Culture

We wrap up this gastronomy week with wine, that comes as a pair with French gastronomy! And what better way to find out how important wine is to the French food culture than through a visit at the Cité du vin in Bordeaux?

You can discover this unique place here:



“A lion with strawberries. I am so scared..”

Do you want to make an animal on your plate with fruits, vegetables and other foods? Cat, whale, fish, lion, ..? Yessss! And win a gift? Yesss!! Today, we invite you to be creative and foody!

How to participate:

1. Post the photo of your plate with the shape of an animal on your parents’ Facebook with hashtag #francais #Ohlala

2. Post the photo of your drawing in the comment of this post

The teachers will choose 5 most creative plates for a small gift.

Need idea?…/recette-radis-fromage-frais-ciboulette…/recette-navets-glaces-riz-cremeux-enfa…

Deadline to participate: May 13 at 3 p.m.

SUNDAY / French Language

Sunday meeting with French-speaking guides from Myanmar:

  • A meeting on our Facebook page to discuss Myanmar culture.

Keep in touch!

You can find all the cultural and educational activities that were offered to you this week on the theme “Gastronomy”.

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