goût n. /gu/
taste ; tasteful (for adj.)

Goutaste is a combination of French goût and American taste; a blog for things that taste good and things that are in good taste.

Here you will find a wealth of information on how to live life as the French do, without leaving your hometown. Leave the beret and French 101 textbook at home as you learn practical tips to up the Frenchiness in your lifestyle and gain some joie de vivre (that’s French for “joy of life,” mon chéri).

“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.”
― Steve Martin

About the Author

Emily-Goutaste

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Like many great loves, my infatuation with French lifestyle began in Paris.

I used to recount my experience as the story of how the most significant romantic relationship in my life fell apart in a place that was dubiously labeled, “the city of love.” I had moved to Paris two months before my long-term boyfriend was to join me on what I had hoped would be a romantic adventure, but he announced his true feelings shortly after his arrival and we broke up.

That was the story I used to tell. But the more I replay those months in my mind, the more I realize that I was the one who ended our relationship:

I cheated on my boyfriend with Paris.

It became all too apparent when mon copain (my boyfriend) joined me abroad and I scoffed at how slowly he was walking. Why didn’t he want to read in the park? What did he mean he wanted to grab a “quick lunch”? Why was he wearing board shorts in the city? Paris had been my lover for two months now and this homo sapien just wasn’t going to cut it.

From the moment I laid eyes on him, Paris was my leading man and getting to know him was — and has continued to be — one of the greatest romances of my life.

About this Blog

I have found myself to be a merger of two distinctly different lifestyles: the American one with which I grew up and the French one I came to love. I don’t believe that one precludes the other or that these seemingly different lifestyles should be mutually exclusive.

What I hope to give you in this blog is the chance to live like a Parisian for a moment, a day, or a lifetime in the comfort of your own American city. I hope to give you the tools to create your own perfect blend of french-ness and la vie américaine.

Language

I adooooore le français just as much as the next francophile (and spent many many years studying before I embarked on my torrid love affair with Paris), but this is not a language blog. I tend to pepper my everyday English with French vocabulary, but my intent with this blog is not to make you a better French speaker.

For this reason, my phonetic spellings aren’t perfect French pronunciation, but rather they are geared towards making the language readable and accessible for native English speakers. I trust my fellow linguists and francophones will not be needing transliteration anyway.

Affiliate Links

Blogs cost money. Some bloggers pay for their blogs by using advertisements or taking on sponsored posts. I really want to avoid this.

The best solution I’ve found to help pay for the domain, hosting, and other costs of Goutaste is to use affiliate links occasionally when I reference a product.

What is an affiliate link? An affiliate link is a link with tracking data that tracks who referred you to a page or product. Some companies give out a percentage of the profits they make on a sale to the referring party based on that data. Kind of like a commission.

NOTE: I will NEVER recommend a product simply for the affiliate revenue. And in fact, only a small percentage of the links on Goutaste are affiliates.

But when I do link to something on Amazon and you feel so inclined to buy it, it’s helpful that Amazon gives me a few pennies to keep Goutaste running ad-free, and without asking my readers for donations.

If you feel strongly against this, please leave me a comment and I’d be happy to discuss alternative means for keeping this blog running ad-free!

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  1. Kate Miller says:

    Hi Emily,

    Wanted to say hello. I work with Sprocket Communications, and we do the PR for several restaurants around town, including beast + bottle. Thanks for your social media love for beast + bottle — we’re so glad you like it there!

    We also work with Bittersweet (http://www.bittersweetdenver.com), an artisanal, farm-to-table restaurant in Wash Park, and I wanted to see if you have interest in meeting me at Bittersweet to check out some of their new fall dishes. (Also, if you’re into dessert, Bittersweet’s new pastry chef is PHENOMENAL.)

    Let me know and we can get a dinner on the books in the next few weeks. Thanks!

    Best,
    Kate Miller
    Sprocket Communications
    419.571.9914

    PS: Your blog rules!

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  2. Dali says:

    Hi, I love this blog! You’re awesome, keep it up. I’d love more posts on fashion and art, if you are wondering what to write about next :)

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    • Emily Grossman says:

      Thank you, Dali! I will definitely have a fashion post coming out soon just for you! Now that we’re in sweater season, there’s a WHOLE lot to talk about!

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  3. Yaa M Asare says:

    As francophile I almost leaped for joy upon discovering your website. Wonderful information coupled with cool french sensibility never gets old in my books. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and chic corner to the world wide web family.

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    • Emily Grossman says:

      This made my day, Yaa! Thanks for your kind words and encouragement – I’m so thrilled you’ve been enjoying the website!

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  4. Lindsay says:

    What a beautiful blog. Looking forward to watching it grow!

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  5. Katie says:

    Lovely blog. You mentioned Colorado – you based there? (I grew up there :)
    Katie

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    • Emily Grossman says:

      Hi Katie! Thank you! Yes, I’m currently living in Denver! What part of Colorado are you from?

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  6. Ellin says:

    Hi Emily!

    I just found you and it was love at first sight! I love your content and your design! If I might be so bold, what platform do you use to build/manage your site?

    Beijos

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    • Emily Grossman says:

      Hi Ellin! So glad to have you on board! I use WordPress as my CMS – if you would like more info about the specific design, feel free to email me at: goutaste [at] gmail [dot] com!
      Gros bisous!

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  7. D says:

    I have an idea for you: “How the French survive the winter months” Just an idea 😛

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  8. Laura Ciocia says:

    This is such a lovely blog! You do an amazing job of articulating all of the “Je ne sais quoi” nuances that make France/French culture so extraordinary.

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  9. Chuck Woods says:

    Just returned from a month in Paris. I try to go every year. Didn’t make it last year, health issue, but I hope I’m back on track. If you an teach me how to live like I’m in Paris without being there you are a true magician!

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  10. Matsuyoma says:

    Think that you could write a fashion post on men’s style? As much as I love women’s fashion, there’s only so much that I can glean from it as a man. I’m currently bored with my closet, so probably anything would be helpful. Thanks!

    ~Matsuyoma

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  11. marie says:

    I don’t know where you are from exactly, but this is how this article feels: it is as if I had written a blog about New York City and said the ugliest, most overrated landmark is the Empire State Building, which is totally overrated, ugly as f*** and a tiny peepee in the city. What you wrote sounds like: “I don’t want to waste my life waiting in line to get in another line in order to go up some stairs, but the only good thing about the Empire State Building is that when I am up there, I can check out NYC but I don’t have to see this eyesore (although the view is terrrrrible).”

    Thank you for shitting on the most iconic landmark of all time.

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