This week's spotlight: Garden State

Garden State Juice Bar & Deli
6 rue de la Charité, 69002 Lyon
Open Monday - Saturday from 8am to 9pm

Looking for somewhere new to eat in Lyon? Garden State is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tapas. You can get a drink, stop by for a meal, or take it to-go. Located just off Bellecour, their menu includes:

Breakfast: fresh fruit or veggie juice + hot drink + toast, pancake, muffin or yogurt for 6 euros

Also try their donuts (white chocolate, Milka...) and specialty muffins (blueberry, Milka, chocolate...) or a breakfast blend smoothie.

Lunch: among many other options, you'll find bagel sandwiches and wraps. For 9 euros, try a bagel or wrap + dessert + smoothie.

Oh yeah, and did I mention over 35 KINDS OF SMOOTHIE? Their combinations have great names too, like the Punky Brewster, the Palm Springs, the Cure and the Circus. Delicious!

Opens next week: Best Bagels 2!

Tucked behind the Ampère métro stop, just a block or so away from Ninkasi Ampère, is the location for the soon-to-be-opened Best Bagels! (And by soon-to-be, I mean early next week.) The menu will feature the same favorites as the original restaurant at 1 Place Tobie Robatel.

New location: 14 rue d'Auvergne, Lyon

Found: candy canes!

Spotted at Monoprix!

A pack of 12 was just over 3€.

Or, you can order wintergreen, cinnamon or cherry flavored candy canes from My American Market. Refer your friends and get 10% off!

Lyon in theFrenchPaper

The December issue of this 62 page English-language newspaper all about France is now at your fingertips... or at least in a kiosque near you. As an expat entering my sixth year in France, I highly recommend theFrenchPaper - and at €2.50 an issue, it's a great deal.

News, analysis and opinion this month
France 'faces winter blackouts'
The big debate: What does it mean to be French?
Is France really that corrupt?
'Hand of Henry' prompts national soul-searching

Explore France
Take to the slopes with our 8-page France Skiing Guide and win ski breaks and ski gear
Read our insiders guide to Lyon (Focus on the Fête des Lumières)
Discover the best Christmas markets in France (Lyon's!)

Have yourself a very merry Christmas!
40 fabulous ideas for the festive season including recipes and decorations
Locate your nearest carol service
Test your general knowledge with our Big Christmas Quiz

Save Money
How the right exchange rate deals could save your business money

I know what you're thinking. What does this have to do with Lyon Eats? Well, pick up a copy of theFrenchPaper and you'll see. The recipes and food topics in the Living section are very inspiring!

Le Black Friday! 4 things to know

1. My American Market is launching a 3-day sale for Black Friday weekend: 20% off Hershey's kisses, 30% off A&H baking soda, 25% Herhey's semi sweet chocolate chips, 25% off Kool Aid barrels, 20% off Newman's Own popcorn, 30% jellied cranberry sauce, and much more... It's time to stock up on your favorite foods!

2. The Christmas market at Perrache opened yesterday! Santa will be there for kids from 3pm to 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mark your calendars!

3. Shop 'til you drop!
In the past, the annual Christmas market organized by the French military was open just to the military staff and their families. This year they are opening it to public. All proceeds will be donated to handicapped children.
Date: Dec 3rd from 9am to 15pm
Location: 22, avenue Leclerc, Quartier General Frere, 69007

4. Christmas Carols are coming!
The 5th annual Christmas Carol celebration will includethe traditional English Christmas Carols that so many of you grew up with. There will also be a short talk about the real reason we celebrate Christmas given by pastor Mike DiGena. Some refreshments will be offered after the celebration. Last year over 400 people who came, so don't be late if you want a seat!
Date: Dec 13th at 4pm
Location: the Temple du Change (Eglise Reformée) in Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) on the Place du Change, 69005

Thanksgiving at MyAM!

There's still time to place Thanksgiving orders at My American Market!

Any orders received before 3pm will be shipped that day. You can opt for Chronopost and get home delivery the next day before 1pm (usually just a couple of euros more than La Poste Colissimo).

Libby's 100% pumpkin purée, Stovetop stuffing mix, Crisco for pie crusts, Aunt Jemima's cornbread, Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce, Princella canned yams, pecans, marshmallows, pure cane sugar, jellied cranberry sauce, Karo syrup... it's all there!

Wine tasting in Lyon: fun & free!

A very big welcome to Lyon Eats' newest guest writer, Ngan Dam. Ngan is currently teaching English here in Lyon, and also searching for the best wines along the way. She is a trained and certified English literature and ESL teacher, has years of experience in the translation and interpretation industry, speaks English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, and is working to add French to the list. She is a Suite 101 contributor, writes for Go English mgazine, and blogs at Le Croissant Trail.

Wine tasting is one of my favorite things to do in Lyon for two reasons: it is FUN and it is FREE. Where else in the world can you have gratuit access to hundreds, if not thousands, kinds of wine in one place, at the same time?

Don’t worry if you are a novice drinker (like me), these salons des vins are super casual and the vignerons (winemakers) love to talk about their wines to those who visit their stands and want to taste their products. Some vignerons speak English!

Vinomedia and Vigneron Independent are two organizations that have annual salons des vins in Lyon.

Vinomedia hosts several salons des vins yearly in Lyon. Their salons are smaller than Vigneron Independent’s, featuring about 100 winemakers. Click here for the dates and location of Vinomedia’s upcoming tasting events.

Vigneron Independent, an association of independent winemakers of France, hosts a big salon every fall at le Halle de Tony Garnier in Gerland. More than 500 vignerons showcase their wines over the course of 5 days. Imagine all the wine you can sample!

Entrance fees to these salons run between 3 to 6 euros. However, you can request free invitations on Vinomedia and Vigneron Independent websites. Local newspapers, such as ANOUS, LyonPlus and Le Petit Bulletin, often print free invitations a few days or weeks before the salons.


10 days of Thanksgiving recipes!

I'll be posting a recipe each day until Thanksgiving over at Bon Appétit, a blog with over 400 recipes for Americans cooking in France. These aren't just any holiday recipes - they're tried and tested American recipes using ingredients you can get in France! Green bean casserole, sweet potatoes two different ways, deviled eggs, buttery yeast rolls, two kinds of dressing, pumpkin pie filling from scratch...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bilingual kids' club - last spots open!

Want something fun, entertaining (and cheap!) for your kids this weekend?

One-day bilingual kids' club

Who: Children 6-12 years old

Songs, stories, sports, games, handbells

Saturday, November 14th

Where: Centre Paroissial de l’Eglise Réformée, 6 rue Albert Thomas, 69300 Caluire
Near Stade Henri Cochet (Metro C to « Cuire», then Bus 33 to «Stade H. Cochet »)

Time: 9h30-16h00 (each child should bring a sack lunch)

5 €/child (3€/ for families with multiple kids)

Questions? / cbdigena(AT)gmail.com / or click here for more info.

Sign up soon by calling the phone number above. But hurry - there are just a few spots left!

e-My American Market

The November e-newsletter from My American Market has just come out - and if you don't get it, you really are missing out. I've lived in France for 6 years and every issue of this newsletter has consistently had topics of interest and things that made me go, "I didn't know that!" and, "How cool!"

In this issue, for example, there's not only a recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, but also a recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. (Now that's useful in France!)

It's more than just food though - the new immigration visa (no carte de séjour required) and saying it with flowers en français and the 8 flowers to avoid.

You can sign up for the newsletter here (I really recommend you do), become a fan on Facebook and also follow Clark from MyAM on Twitter.

10cm Baby Subway for 1€


SUBWAY restaurants in Lyon have launched a new ranges of Baby Subways for only 1€! The 10cm sandwich comes in 5 varieties: ham, turkey, tuna salad, roast beef or salami & pepperoni - all with your choice of lettuce, American cheese and the usual topping selections.

6 Place des Terreaux , Lyon, 69001

19 rue Childebert, Lyon, 69002

3 Rue Saint Jean, Lyon, 69005

Gare de Perrache (2nd floor), 69002

Centre Commercial de la Part-Dieu (4th floor), 69003

Gare de la Part-Dieu / Station Tram T1, 29 boulevard Vivier Merle, Lyon, 69003

85 avenue Gambetta, Métro Garibaldi, Lyon, 69007

1 Cours Emile Zola Charpenne, Villeurbanne, 69100

36 rue St Pierre de Vaise , Lyon, 69009

21 Avenue Debourg, Lyon, 69007

New to Lyon?

The Lyon AVF invites you to an Open House and tour of Vieux Lyon on Saturday, November 21st from 10am - 4pm.

5 place de la Baleine
69005 LYON
Tel: 04 78 42 50 03
(métro D – Vieux Lyon Cathédrale Saint Jean)

Sign up by email: avf-lyon.rhone@wanadoo.fr

What is AVF?

AVF is a national association with 350 local branches throughout France (including Lyon!) designed to help people who have recently moved to the area.

What do they do?

Qualified AVF personnel listen to your needs provide you with the information to answer your list of questions. Oh, and it's free. AVF is staffed by volunteers who want to help you with the transition.

There are 30 AVF branches in the Rhône-Alpes region. Click here to find one near you.

Found: animal crackers!

Brought to our shelves at Monoprix by Cadbury, these animal crackers are 1.23€ a box. Zanimo are biscuits in the shape of animals, half covered in chocolate. Works for me!

Pepperidge Farm roundup

We've come a long way since the arrival of the first Pepperidge Farm cookies just a few years ago. Now, on any given stop by the local Monop' you can find a wide selection of cookies by Pepperidge Farm, all in the 3 to 4 euros range.

Time to celebrate by dunking!

What's in season in Lyon

According to Fruits-Légumes, here are some of the items you should be stocking up on at Lyon's markets in October:

white cabbage
red cabbage
Chinese cabbage
Brussels sprouts
winter squash
romaine lettuce
passion fruit

Attention English-reading bookworms!

Lyon à la Carte is partnering with Raconte-moi la Terre bookshop to do some something bookworms will love: a book exchange!

Bring up to three books (any language) to the Lyon à la Carte event on October 17th and swap them out.

Bring one, take one!

Upcoming events

Mark your calendars! Here's a quick listing of what's on schedule with the ICCL. And of course, don't forget Lyon à la Carte this weekend!

All-Day Bilingual Kids’ Club - Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (Caluire facility) Crafts, games, stories, songs ... and more! English/French. For ages 6–12. Check the website for details.

Thanksgiving Meal - Sunday, November 15 1:30 pm
(Caluire facility) Please RSVP for the meal. Check the website for details.

Thanksgiving Worship Service - Sunday, November 15, 4:30 pm
Check the website for details.

Christmas Carol Celebration - Sunday, December 13, 4:00 pm
Temple du Change in the Vieux Lyon. Check the website for details.

Lastly, don't forget the two study times being offered this fall:

Women’s Study - Meets every other Friday afternoon Lyon 1e (near Hôtel de Ville) We are studying the book of I Peter. Check the website for details.

Men’s Study - Meets Thursday mornings 7:00 am ‘Espace Carnot’ Café, 4, place Carnot, 69002 Lyon (near Perrache station). Check the website for details.

Recipe: Homemade candy corn!

Recipe and photo by Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy) at Serious Eats

Homemade Candy Corn
- makes about one pound of candy corn -


1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup*
1/3 cup salted butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and yellow food coloring


1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the sifted confectioners' sugar and powdered milk. Set to the side.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.

3. Add the confectioners' sugar and powdered milk mixture to the wet ingredients; stir well until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.

4. Let the dough cool until it is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes to an hour (I just let it cool in the saucepan).

5. Divide the dough into three equal parts and set each third into a separate bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one dish, one drop of red and two drops of yellow to another dish, and leave the remaining dish uncolored. Knead the dough to which you have added food coloring until the color is even (you may want to use gloves to ensure that you don't stain yourself). If the dough is feeling very soft or sticky, you may want to chill the dough for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before proceeding with the next steps.

6. On top of a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper, use your hands to roll each color of dough into a long, slender rope. You can roll it out to your desired thickness: for larger candies, make each rope thicker; for smaller candies, make each rope thinner.

7. Line the three ropes of dough together: white, orange, and yellow. To ensure that they will stick together, lay a piece of waxed paper on top and give them a very gentle rolling with a rolling pin. You just want to adhere them, not to flatten them.

8. Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles. Keep a damp cloth nearby so that you can wipe off the knife if it begins to get a candy residue. This method will result in half a batch of traditionally colored candy corn and half a batch with yellow tips (it's OK—they taste the same). Let the finished kernels sit for an hour or two (do not stack them on top of one another as they will stick together!) to become firm.

* Corn syrup substitute
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a heavy, large pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover on it for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and cook until it reaches soft ball stage. Stir often.

Cool syrup and store in a covered container at room temperature. It will keep for about 2 months. Makes almost 2 cups.

This weekend in Lyon, n°5 (free!)

The fifth event to consider for this weekend...

Extra! Extra! Get your Petit Paumé 2010!

Seriously. You should hurry. They are such great little guidebooks for Lyon's restaurants and they disappear quickly.

Saturday, October 10th at 1.30pm at place Bellecour

Don't feel like making the trip? Send a letter requesting a copy of this year's Petit Paumé to the address below. Include a self-addressed A4 envelope stamped for 2,97€ .

Le Petit Paumé
23 avenue Guy de Collongue
69134 Ecully cedex
04 78 33 12 12

This weekend in Lyon, n°3 & n°4 (free!)

The third and fourth events to consider for this weekend...

Start the weekend off with music over lunch. The Brasilian group Conjunto Jacaré will be performing (free!) Friday at 12.30pm as part of the 8th annual Festival Belles Latinas at the Opéra de Lyon. (And then stick with the Latin American theme: time for a siesta before the weekend!)

Then on Sunday, take in (free!) concerts all day long: 11am, 2pm and 4pm. More information here.

This weekend in Lyon, n°2 (free!)

The second event to consider for this weekend is the open house at the Hôtel de Ville de Lyon.
Saturday, October 10th from 10am to 5.30pm
Entrance is free!
Hôtel de Ville stop on métro lines A and C

This weekend in Lyon, n°1 (free!)

There is a lot going on in Lyon this weekend! Here's the first event I want to fill you in on.

Husbands and boyfriends, listen up. I'm going to let you in on a cheap date night idea. If you visit the Vinomedia website, you can fill out a form online requesting free tickets to the second annual Salon International de l’Œnotourisme. Discover over 200 French wines from around the country, learn about organic wines, and of course - tastings!

30 seconds later, they magically appear in your inbox. Just print and presto. You've just made romantic plans for the weekend.

October 9th, 10th and 11th
Centre de Congrès L'Espace Tête d'Or
103 Boulevard de Stalingrad 69100 Lyon-Villeurbanne

Natural living

The Vivez Nature de Lyon show is an expo for natural pleasures, organic farming, the environment, natural products, well-being, natural flavours, natural living and ‘eco-homes’.

It is split up into a series of areas, including a relaxation area, a ‘body techniques’ area and a children’s area.

On the programme are free activities, talks and workshops, as well as a relaxation and keep-fit area.

Organic food and drink is available on site.

Practical information:
The Vivez Nature de Lyon takes place November 20-23.
Lyon/Chassieu - Eurexpo
Entry: €6 OR Print a free invitation here (while offer lasts) or free entry for all who ride bikes out to the Expo
Children under 12: Free

Cooking for French guests

I've lived in Lyon for five years and am just now discovering the amazing French section of MyRecipes.com. Far beyond the same ol', same ol' of boeuf bourguignon and brie en croûte you find on most sites - this one has recipes for real French food, and lots of them. It really helps take the intimidating edge off cooking a meal for your French friends. (And here's my recommendation for all the cultural information you'll want to know.)

I am beyond thrilled with this recipe discovery... and suddenly very hungry. Below is the recipe for one of my favorite lyonnais dishes from MyRecipes.com. Happy browsing and bon appétit, y'all!

Salad Lyonnaise

(c) Kui-Doraku


* 8 cups (8 oz.) frisée or tender inner curly endive leaves, rinsed and crisped
* About 1/4 pound French bread, sliced and toasted
* 1/2 pound side bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
* 3 to 4 large eggs
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
* Salt and pepper


1. Tear frisée into bite-size pieces and place in a wide salad bowl.

2. Tear bread into 1/2-inch chunks and scatter over the greens.

3. Put bacon in a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat and stir often until browned and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to towels to drain.

4. Break eggs into drippings in pan, and when whites are firm on the bottom, slide a spatula under each egg and, if desired, carefully turn over. Cook until whites are no longer clear, about 1 minute total. With spatula, transfer eggs to a plate (place side by side); keep warm.

5. Quickly discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from pan. Turn heat to high, add vinegar and mustard, and whisk until mixture boils.

6. Pour hot dressing over frisee and bread, add bacon, and mix. Spoon into wide bowls and top each serving with a hot egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Starbucks update

The third Starbucks in Lyon will be opening soon at the corner of rue de la République and rue du Confort. This is between métro stops Bellecour and Cordeliers. See you there soon!

How to order Starbucks in French

The original location on Rue de la République

The second location in Villeurbanne

For ladies... and men

The International Christian Community is inviting readers of Lyon Eats (ladies only) to a women's Bible study starting in October.

Dates: Oct. 2, 16; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4 (Fridays)

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Rue de la République, near Starbucks

For information, contact Maria: mariaaitchison AT yahoo DOT com

Now don't go getting too jealous, guys. There's a big, manly study for you too. Contact Mike for details: mdigena AT gmail DOT com

Moving sale

No, Lyon Eats isn't moving... but some friends of ours are. Check out their moving blog for furniture, appliances, and even freebies. Priced to sell, so click quickly!

Attention vegetarians in Lyon!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 3rd! The Lyonnais branch of the Association Végétarienne de France invites you to celebrate World Vegeterian Day with them from 11am-6pm at place de la République.

On the agenda for the day:

- an expo on vegetarianism focusing on animals, environment and planet resources, and health

- a quiz based on the information at the expo, lots of 100% vegetarian prizes and restaurant gift certificates to be won!

- an information desk to answer all your questions about vegetarianism

- face-painting for kids

- 100% vegetarian food stall offering organic meals and hot and cold drinks from Lyon's restaurants: Toutes les couleurs, Couleurs des mets and Plan bio

- A 100% vegetarian evening meal and musical soirée at the Atelier des Canulars, 97 rue Montesquieu, 69007 (5 minutes from métro Saxe-Gambetta), starting at 7.30pm

Everyone is welcome to attend - vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!

Contact: avf-lyon@dbmail.com

More information on vegetarian dining in Lyon

Coupon alert!

In today's print edition of 20 minutes on page 9. You can find them all over the city at métro entrances. Coupon is only valid Sept. 18 and 19.

10€ off a 100€ purchase at any of the Carrefour Hypermarchés.

Happy savings!

Breaking news: Starbucks III!

Coming soon! Lyon's third and newest Starbucks location! Located on Rue de la République (that's right, just a hop-skip-jump down from their first location) between Cordeliers and Bellecour. This photo was taken just yesterday, so as you can see progress is being made and it should open soon!

How to order Starbucks in French

The original location on Rue de la République

The second location in Villeurbanne

Senor Carlos comes to Lyon!

Looking for authentic (and I mean authentic!) Chilean and Argentinian fare? Look no further than Senor Carlos, located at 49 rue de la Charité, just around the corner from Bellecour. His specialty is empanadas (baked or fried) including ricotta-spinach, shrimp-cheese, onion-corn, tuna, ham-cheese, chorizo-cheese, cheese-corn, and beef. And for dessert: sweet empanada with cheese and cinnamon.

Prices range from 3€ to 4.50€ for empanadas and 8.90€ for chili con carne with rice.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30am-2:30pm and 7pm-9:30pm.

You can find also Senor Carlos on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Marché Quai Saint-Antoine, selling his famous empanadas.

Mastering the Art of French Eating

Episode 59 of the Nutrition Diva podcast takes a look at French cuisine, popularized recently by the film Julie and Julia. Do you think our local quenelles and andouillettes made the list of topics coverd? Maybe not - but the delicious French butter sure did!

You can listen to the podcast here: Nutrition Diva :: Mastering the Art of French Eating

The film will be released in Lyon on September 16th.

Self-guided walking tours in English

Taking a quick break from the food-related topics of Lyon Eats, I'd like to share a site I just found.

Guided Tours - France has published a series of Lyon walking tours in English which are available on their website. (Did I mention my second-favorite word? Free! What's my favorite word, you ask? Probably snack. Ooh, or dessert.)

Back to the tours... Each one includes a printable intinerary as well as Google maps.

Walking tour of Vieux Lyon

Walking tour of the traboules at the Croix Rousse

Their site has lots of other walking tours in French, so let's join together and thank them for the English translations... and hope they'll translate the others soon!

Starting with this one... Vélo'v biking tour

Found: ground cloves!

Maybe I'm just blind, but I have looked and looked for ground cloves and never found them in the five years I've been in Lyon - until this week, that is.

Bahadourian sells a 100g bag for only €2.95, both in their stores and online.

Pumpkin pie, molasses spice cookies, and better zucchini bread... here I come!