Bleu Entrecôte

Living in France I generally like to try to fit in with the natives. I think I accomplish this relatively well, especially due to the fact that I have discovered that when I speak French, or something that slightly resembles that language, people are more  than (often but not always) willing to talk with me: in English. Maybe it’s because the French just cannot bear to hear their beloved mother tongue butchered by a foreigner but I like to think it’s because the French recognize the massive effort I put forth to communicate with them and they follow suit by trying to speak English to me.


Anyway, in our attempt to integrate into French culture we have found some American culinary masterpieces that translate sans difficulty. I’m talking about nice juicy steaks, or, as the French say, entrecôte (more or less the American version of a rib-eye)! So at the end of this last academic year we hosted a few of the senior students for an evening meal of entrecôte, French fries (obviously this food translates well), and pineapple upside down cake (this one doesn’t translate easily but it’s sinfully delicious and that transcends the language barrier).     


When Mr. G asked how each of us wanted our steaks done, our French student replied with a laugh, “Bleu! Because I’m French!” The other asked for red, and, keeping up with the color themed idea, I asked for pink.  We all had a wonderful time as one of the advantages of living on campus at a boarding school is that we get to know the students in and out of the classroom. We had a few BBQ nights and these are photos from one of them. Sadly, there are none of us at table because the food disappeared too quickly. So here’s to our American/French summer evening BBQs!      



About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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2 Responses to Bleu Entrecôte

  1. Brother John Moylan says:

    I have not long ago was able to bring up “The Chavagnes Experience” I am enjoying it very much, and it seems to me that the college is in great hands. May God bless your endeavours.

    • Thank you! I remember meeting you when we arrived at the College…sadly it was just around the time you were leaving! You are often and fondly remember by the teachers here and they tell wonderful stories about you! 🙂 Hope you are well and so glad you enjoy reading the blog!
      God bless!

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