Your new favorite cupcake shop: Cupcake Lovers in Paris

Cupcakes are my favorite dessert.

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I love cupcakes. After the Cupcake Camp Paris 2012 event last month, that love was officially declared over cyber space.  That being said, I am happy to introduce to you your newest love affair with the dessert. It is found at the following address: 11 rue d’Armaillé, 75017.  Where am I taking you? To Cupcake Lovers in Paris

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A delicious assortment of cupcakes

After meeting the lovely owner, Venata, at Cupcake Camp Paris 2012, I knew I had to visit her shop as soon as it opened.  When I stopped by her pink cupcake paradise, I spoke with her as we were deciding which of the gorgeous desserts we would bring home.I learned that her background is in management and marketing. She combined her MBA degree with her love of baking and voila, Cupcake Lovers in Paris was born.

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The lovely owner, Venata

Of the four kinds we chose, each one was better than the next. The red velvet cupcake was incredibly moist, with a very complementary frosting.  As a person who likes the cake and not the frosting, this is a huge kudos to Venata’s culinary skills.  The Oreo cupcake was a first; I’d never seen one, let alone tasted one! The mini Oreo cookie on top was a cute touch. The speculoos cupcake essentially rocked my world, and dark chocolate was divine.

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Our four cupcakes

Also a smart incorporation to her store: party supplies.  You can find themed napkins, plates, party favors, you name it.  For those of us that hunt around and consult all sorts of online forums, I am here to tell you that you can find everything you need for your child’s party here.

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A part of the wall of supplies

Deliciously-made and beautifully-decorated, Venata’s cupcakes come in themes, as well as a large variety of flavors.  You can also get a mini cupcake, for those that just want a little taste of something sweet.  Additionally, you can order customized cupcakes and/or full-sized cakes, so keep them in mind for a loved one’s birthday.  Whatever the case may be, I would head to Cupcake Lovers in Paris for a treat.

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Christmas Cupcakes by Venata

Cupcake Lovers in Paris

11 rue d’Armaillé, 75017

Metro/RER: Etoile, Ternes, Argentine

06.37.45.57.91

cupcakeloversinparis@live.com

http://www.cupcake-lovers.com

Thanksgiving in Paris – and how to carry a fresh turkey safely across the city

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Being away from the US, I was curious as to how the celebrations would fare this year.  Where does one get cranberries, a turkey, pumpkin pie ingredients, gravy, and stuffing in this city?

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Thankfully, (pun intended) you can get it all in Paris! Not without a few treks across entire metro lines and hitting the store Thanksgiving in the Marais (without which the full meal would not have been possible), but you can definitely find everything you need to pull off a successful Turkey Day meal. In fact, at the store Thanksgiving, one can get all sorts of American food products! (Reese’s peanut butter cups, included!) Oh, the way to get a turkey across the city is to place yourself in the back corners of the metro, where you can put it under your seat, or behind you on your seat, because that thing is heavyyy.

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Our lovely Thanksgiving spread!

I was fortunate enough to have not one but TWO Thanksgivings this year! Both involved including friends from all over the world and introducing them to our fabulous eat-til-you-burst holiday.  The best parts of the night were going around and saying what we were thankful for (which everyone loved! When an English friend heard what we were about to do, she said, “YES! I have always wanted to do this and I never thought I would get to!!!!!” Happy that this made her holiday!) and introducing European friends to my favorite dessert, pumpkin pie.  I loved seeing the concerned and curious faces take their first bite of the pie and immediately smile and say, “Oh my goodness! THIS IS SO GOOD!” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, pumpkin pie is amazing.

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So excited for pumpkin pie!!!

Of course, the experience of being able to celebrate this important American holiday while being almost 6000 miles away from home was truly the best part of this Thanksgiving.  This year, I am thankful for: my family, of course, whose support and love is my biggest motivation to succeed and without whom my life in Paris would not be possible; my friends, old and new, who never cease to impress me, motivate me, make me proud, and make me laugh; my voice teacher and professors, who help and push me to achieve my goals; having met John, who every day makes me so incredibly happy; and last but certainly not least, Paris, which has shown me different sides of myself, has made me grow as a person with the new challenges and experiences that I see on a daily basis, and is the city that has introduced me to some of the most amazing people and things in the world.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Photo Credit: K. Leverton

As always, Paris, je t’aime.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! – Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

It’s the third Thursday in November.  This can only mean one thing: Beaujolais Nouveau is here!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day officially starts at midnight on the third Thursday of November in Beaujeu, near Lyon, home of the vintage.  Barrels are rolled through the streets of the region, and the celebration lasts throughout the night.

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Barrels of Beaujolais nouveau are rolled through the center of Lyon.

French law prohibits the wine to be sold before the third Thursday of the month, which creates an exciting anticipation once the month of November comes around.  So today, all around France, people will celebrate the arrival of the newest Beaujolais!

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Wine is poured for tasting at the official launch.

The 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau campaign this year revolves around the world of fashion, as they believe that this wine shares the qualities of “refinement and glamour” that fashion possesses.

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 campaign poster

Although, the French are not the only ones to drink this light, fruity red wine.  Following the Parisians in Beaujolais consumption around the world are the Japanese, Americans, and Germans.

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As tradition has it, on this festive day, restaurants, wine caves, bars, and wine stores will have signs out that say, “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” (The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!”)  Can’t wait to celebrate!

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One of the signs you will see throughout France announcing the arrival of the new Beaujolais!

For more info, check out these links:

http://beaujolaisnouveau.beaujolais.com/index.php

http://www.beaujolais-wines.com/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2012/nov/15/roll-out-barrel-beaujolais-nouveau-2012-pictures

http://www.beaujolaisnouveautime.com/

http://www.karenmacneil.com/

Cupcake Camp Paris 2012 Charity Event: A Success!

For all cupcake lovers in France: there is a mecca of incredible cupcake bakers in Paris.

I found many of them at the Cupcake Camp Paris 2012 charity event and was lucky enough to try their baked goods! The event was a Halloween-themed fundraiser, where the best cupcake bakers in the city came together to make over 2000 cupcakes. Entry to the event was free, and all of the proceeds from the cupcake sales, raffle tickets, and other purchases went to Make-A-Wish France.

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Cupcake Camp Charity Event

I was astonished at the fact that this incredible space existed near the Canal Saint Martin, let alone that you could rent it out for an event like this.  The line to get in was massive; I counted about one hundred people down the block – and I arrived halfway through the two-hour event!  There were countless varieties, styles, and flavors of cupcakes that were displayed at Le Comptoir Général.

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Cupcakes!

Upon entering, I didn’t know where to begin; there was so much to see! We ended up going for a counter-clockwise approach to scope out our options, and then we went to find the witch that would sell us our tickets.  (She was actually dressed up in a very convincing witch costume.) “Il faut trouver la sorcière!” the vendors would tell us.

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Cupcake Camp Paris 2012

So many cupcakes!

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Scottish Cupcakes!

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Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

After much thought and reflection, Kat decided on the speculoos cupcake, while I went with the spicy chocolate, Dia de los Muertos themed cupcake.  Both were amazing! At the end of the event, there were still a few cupcakes left, so we got the “Bartender’s Chocolate Delight,” which was quite tasty.

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Dia de los Muertos Cupcakes

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Our picks of the bunch 🙂

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Yummy!

Everyone left happy and full. A few lucky people went home with some of the amazing prizes and baskets that were raffled off, like an original Kasia Dietz bag. Click here for more pictures of Cupcake Camp Paris 2012. Can’t wait for next year’s event!

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PatriciaParisienne and two copines

We were truly impressed with the number of cupcake companies here in Paris. Below are some of the sponsors and participants in this year’s Cupcake Camp.

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Cupcake Camp Paris 2012

Bryan Pirolli – Lola’s Cookies – Paris Insights – Fairy Cooker – Faismoicroquer.com – Cake, Cook and Co. – LaVieMaraisienne – The Kale Project – NOGLU – Mimi’s Cupcakes – Sugar Daze – Ô Chateau – Beauty Cakes – CAKE & BAKE accessories – Once Upon a Cake – Paris Pastry App ~ David Lebovitz – COlunching – Sweetly Cakes – Bleekcup’s – Context Travel – La Cuisine Paris – Cupcake Lovers in Paris – Wrist Flick – Carolive’s Cupcakes – Excuse My French

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For those looking for a cool place to grab a drink with friends or for an amazing Sunday brunch in Paris, Le Comptoir General is the place to go.  The beers are cheap, the location is incredible, plus the glass roof makes you feel like you’re outside enjoying summer in a beer garden. Allez-y!

 Le Comptoir Général

80, quai de Jemmapes

75010

United Buddy Bears in Paris!

Buddy Bear Exhibition ~ Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower)

If you haven’t been able to make it to Berlin, you can come see the famous United Buddy Bears in Paris!  Last Thursday on the Toussaint holiday (loved that surprise day off!), a lovely German friend of mine and I went over to Trocadero to see these gorgeous works of art.

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Some of the bears at the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower) in Paris

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United Buddy Bear – Paris 2012 – Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower

Lined up along the Champs de Mars, the Buddy Bears add some most welcome accents of colors to the City of Lights. Each bear represents a different country, and the local artists came up with some brilliant ideas to showcase their country.  All of the bears are visually stunning; some even went beyond the canvas and added unique accents.

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Irish United Buddy Bear

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Israeli Buddy Bear

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Polish United Buddy Bear

The idea behind the bears is of peace.  The United Buddy Bear website explains, “Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.”

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Great Britain United Buddy Bear

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Mexican United Buddy Bear

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Germany + Mexico/USA

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Chinese United Buddy Bear

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Back of the German United Buddy Bear

The bears will be in Paris through November 18, 2012.  If you can’t make it across the pond, check out all of the bears and their artists here.

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With the German United Buddy Bear