Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in New | 0 comments

Taking your show on the road takes practice--even then-- stuff happens.  I f you were curious about The French People who were not present in the last blog post they are accounted for here.


On the Saturday after MP and I arrived in Montana we walked Main Street in Bozeman.  We perused the shops and stores, lamenting the closure of some and taking in new trends.

On that particular Saturday with snow still piled up from Brutus (an earlier blizzard producing 18 inches of blowing snow over Northeast Montana), downtown was overflowing with football fans.

The 25 year old cross state rivalry between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats is epic. Also known as Cat-Griz, Griz-Cat, and the Brawl of the Wild, the game's winner receives the Great Divide Trophy.

Since the game was being played in Missoula this year, the locals were spilling out of the taverns and restaurants in preparation for the big game.

MP and I slid down a side street looking for lunch.








Tucked inside an old storefront was a French Cafe in Bozeman!

This is the family story from the restaurant website.

The Cafe Francais des Arts is dedicated to bring the full French experience. , we are welcoming our customers to enjoy high quality organic coffee and original French pastries. Our menu caters to diverse tastes; where else can your party enjoy a  pain au chocolat, a brie sandwich, a salmon crepe, and Parisian salad simultaneously?

We are located in the historical downtown area on 25 South Tracy, our interior is decorated with the watercolors of the owner Francoise Alexandre who is also the mastermind behind the delicious pastries freshly made on a daily basis.

Our family moved in Bozeman MT almost five years ago and we  felt in love with the community and the quality of life Montana can provide. We are originally coming from the Loire Valley in a town called Orleans where some of our recipes  are coming from such as the Tarte Tatin.

Take a moment and enjoy this You Tube video.  Turn up the sound!

Greeted by the Grande Dame of pastry herself, we ordered the perfect lunch.




MP chose the Sandwich au thon--a simple tuna sandwich on a crisp golden baguette.



For me?


Salade Parisienne

Organic baby lettuces and sliced scallion with a light vinaigrette.

French Potato and Leek Soup with thin slices of baguette and a splurge of remarkable delicious natural butter.



Francoise invited us back for crepes and accordian music on Sunday but we were chasing turkeys.

The Bobcats defeated the University of Montana Grizzlies with a final score of 16-7.

Go Cats!





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