Bonjour mes amis! If the closest you've been to Paris is staring dreamily at a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the back of your French text book in high school, don't fret. July 14 is Bastille Day, which means a slew of French and francophile spots around town are hosting events, featuring fabulous specials, and revving up their menus for the occasion. Oh la la!
In the morning, make like Lance Armstrong and bike through the streets of Somerville to Redbones BBQ in Davis Square to watch Stage 12 of the Tour de France at 9 a.m. and munch on a breakfast buffet of eggs, sausage, fruit, yogurt, juice, and coffee. (You can do it all again next week on July 21 to catch Stage 18.) Breakfast is $8 per person and includes a complimentary bike valet.
French hair salon Acote is offering 30 percent off its products on Bastille Day, and will be distributing gift certificates for a complimentary blowout to all women who visit the salon for a service that day.
All three Sel de la Terre locations (State Street, Boylston Street, and Natick) will be honoring the storming of the Bastille with a $45 prix-fixe of classic French dishes with tongue-in-cheek names like "Robespierre style charcuterie plate" and "Liberty creme brulee."
From 5 -10 p.m., Parisian restaurant Pigalle will be serving a three course menu for $50 in honor of the French holiday. Select from menu items such as salmon nicoise, pork sausage slider with fried oysters, crispy suckling pig, and sauteed sole.
At South End hotspot the Beehive, enjoy a meal while listening to the sounds of Gypsy Jazz by the French group "The Chicken Thieves" from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. before the space transforms into a St. Tropez style dance party at 9 p.m.
Looking for an encore? The Seaport Hotel is hosting a five day specialty menu of French food, wine, and drinks from July 12 - 16. On Thursday, guests will receive complimentary pomme frites (that's french fries for all the English speakers) with a beverage purchase from 5 - 10 p.m.
Keep the fun going on Friday with a Bastille Day Party on Marlborough Street, hosted by the French Cultural Center. The event, which runs from 6 - 11 p.m., will feature music by Senegalese performer Yoro Ndiaye and his band, as well as Rupa & the April Fishes. The block party will also have dancing, street vendors, and French food and drinks from local restaurants. Tickets are available through World Music/CRASHarts.
On Sunday, take the revelry to the street in Harvard Square for the Bastille Day / Le Fete Nationale block party from 3 - 10 p.m. hosted by Sandrine's Bistro and the Harvard Square Business Association. Sandrine's Bistro chef Raymond Ost will be tending to Alsatian sausages on the grill while cocktails like the Sparkling Pear are available in the al fresco lounge.
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