The French expression "A la bonne franquette" is typically used around food and entertaining. It is about preparing simple food without fuss and sharing a meal with friends and family. When using the expression "A la bonne franquette" French people also imply that they are somewhat breaking the strict rules of entertaining A la francaise. The food at A la bonne Franquette bistro is prepared using French techniques and recipes, but it is definitely taking a number of liberties with traditional recipes with its use of spices. The infusion of Arabic spices reflects Chef Hamed's Sudanese origins and nomadic life style through the great continent of Africa and the many influences he has encountered while living in Africa, Europe and in the United States.