Olive Us: Episode 5: How to Visit a French Bakery

Hooray! Here’s episode 5 of Olive Us. In this one, viewers will get a little cultural lesson — and maybe even learn a few French words — while Olive, Betty and Ralph demonstrate how to properly visit a French Bakery. A tiny warning: you may want to watch on a full stomach. : )

Bon appetit!


Shopping basket from Kayce Hughes.
Betty’s blouse, dress, and cardigan from Olive Juice Kids.
Olive’s skirt and sweater from Olive Juice Kids.
Ralph’s outfit from his closet. (Yes. He totally wears scarves.)

56 thoughts on “Olive Us: Episode 5: How to Visit a French Bakery”

  1. This is one of my favorite episodes so far! Ooh la la, la France me manque!

    The year I spent there was happily populated with many tartelettes au citron, and I’m afraid I have yet to find a patisserie in the Netherlands now that replicates the unctuousness of the originals. Thank you for this delectable visual treat, at least. (:

  2. I absolutely love Olive Us, and this episode might be my favorite. My kayce hughes straw bag keeps showing up and that makes me smile! Your children are precious. The music is delightful, too. Best wishes to you all.

  3. Great video ! I really enjoy Olive us ! My favorite episode so far is the first !

    But, I noticed some mistakes in the spelling :
    – “chouquettes” not “choquettes”
    – “tartelette au citron” not “tartelette à citron” (“au” is the contraction of “à le” !)

    Ok I’m a grammar freak !!!

    1. Oh no! We had one of our local French friends type up the correct spellings for us, but I forgot to check the video against her list! How embarrassing. She, of course, had fixed all the mistakes you mention.

      I’ll have the video team update the words asap.

      Thanks, Eve-Lise!

      1. I saw the modifications !

        One last…. “tartelette au citron” not “aux citrons”.

        This is a tricky one. We say “aux framboises” because we use many raspberries to make one tartelette. But, with lemon, it’s the juice wich is used to make the tartelette. So, it is uncountable.

        Otherwise, the video is really really appealing !

  4. So cute, my favorite episode so far.:)) Love the music and your kids are brillant !!
    Just a tiny correction of french language :
    Tartelette à citron => tartelette citron or au citron
    Tartelette à framboise => tartelette framboise or à la framboise
    Choquette => chouquette


      1. I’ve read your response. Don’t worry…some french people do the same mistake…
        My English could be improved too ;-) I learn everyday reading your blog !!

  5. My favorite so far! It’s a shame we don’t get to hear the kids in the boulangerie. Betty had the sweetest French accent in the “Petit Chaperon Rouge” video!

  6. love this one -i think it’s my favorite so far. especially love how you captured putting the money on the actual tray, I think it’s a european thing but rarely does money change hands directly like it would for us in the US. Place money on tray, sales person picks up, puts any change on tray and then you pick up. Kind of a funny thing. If you hand over money, they will take it but begrudgingly.

  7. Our daughter is in French school here in New Orleans, and her pre-K 4 class visited the French bakery down the street in May as a lesson in how to greet someone properly, order, and pay in French. I can’t wait to show her this video!

  8. Our family loves the Olive Us videos. My children who are 3 and 5 request to watch them over and over. They are helping me to convince my husband that we should move our family to France! Thank you for being such a wonderful example of happy families.

  9. Watched this while eating carrots & hummus for lunch. How sad! Now I want a sweet treat. Loved this episode. :)

  10. Okay, now I’m officially homesick……J’aimerai une religieuse et un croissant s’il vous plait…merci…au revoir

  11. Jennifer Jordan Burns

    This is my favorite episode so far! Completely captures the pleasures of walking into a French bakery . . .the anticipation, bonjour exchange, beautiful pastries, euro coins, the lovely detail of wrapping the pastries and the pretty walk with market bag, past the garden. Perfect. Brings back happy memories. Can’t wait to show my children later today. Bravo!

  12. I love watching these with my daughter! She’s 5, and to this one she replied, “these are such cute little creative kids!”. It’s great that Olive Us is inspiring me and my little one too.

  13. I am a French teacher at a private elementary school in Indianapolis… I can’t wait to show this to my students during our “town” lesson! Merci!

  14. So sophisticated and yummy!! And the ease with which the bakery worker was able to wrap the goodies…I had to rewind and watch that wonder happen a few times!! Nice work. XO, MJ

  15. Oh these just get more charming as you go along!! How is sweet Olive feeling about her namesake project? I so wish I could tag along one day….. thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Beautifully done! I love all the names of the desserts. Just something also that I learned since living in Bordeaux – Pain au Chocolat is the Northern Term – here in Bordeaux (and perhaps elsewhere in the South of France) they are referred to as Chocolatines. So funny when you enter a bakery here and ask for pain au chocolat and they look at you funny and say – Do you mean Chocolatine?…

  17. This was like a wonderful refresher course in the French skills that have been disappearing slowly for the past few years! Delicious treats and delightful children.

  18. This is, by far, is our favorite! I say “our” because my 6 year old daughter is DYING to go to Paris and we love watching your adventures. You inspired us to head to our local bakery for a treat this morning! Safe travels on your trip…

  19. Love this one! I have to ask, were do you get Ralph’s scarves? I’ve been looking for one for my little guy and I cannot find one I like!

  20. That was so, so cute. I love French bakeries. The only thing I missed seeing was a mille-feuille. Every time (all of twice) I have taken a bite into one, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. Mmmm.

  21. Oh dear – this video tugs at my heartstrings! We used to get a pain au chocolat on the way home from school everyday, or a tarte aux framboises! Heavenly! And don’t even get me started on the baguettes – bread will forever be changed for you after this, I’m sure of it.

  22. This is perfect timing because we’re in the middle of France Week! Just watched the video with the kids, who loved it, of course. I asked them to see if they could find differences (they noticed the telephone numbers, the time on the parking sign, the way the money was placed on the tray) and similarities (bringing your own bag and how some of the words were familiar: sandwichs, chocolat, tart, citron).

    We’re very curious about why one of the desserts is called a religieuse. Lexie’s guess is that if you eat it you’ll think you died and went to Heaven. Is she right?

    (Please tell your children “thank you” for the lesson today. And because we’re trying not to be too stereotypical as we “journey” around the world, do kids in France really play croquet?)

  23. What an awful thing to do to me! Now I want a REAL pastry! Not this AMERICAN stuff………………….Oh- someone take me back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. When I was in Normandy last spring we stopped at a bakery for lunch and it was our first experience with a French person that didn’t speak a word of English. We still got our baguettes but it took a little bit of hand gestures and smiles. It was one of my favorite experiences of the entire trip!

  25. I love how there is a specific name for all the pastries! When I lived in Spain I was amazed how everything had a name. Like in the States we would just say “the lemon one” or just point, you know?


  26. I just found your website and I’m in love. If I had to pick another place to live other than the US, it would be France. And the timing is so perfect to find your post with that silly little bicycle race going on now. LOL

  27. My favorite episode so far! I ate waayy to many pain au chocolate while I studied in paris years ago… I’ve found some good ones here in the states, but none like the ones in France!

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