Shinzi Katoh & Paddington Bear at Colette

Last month, while meandering around the first arrondissement, I decided to pop into Colette to see if I could find any last-minute Christmas presents. I went downstairs to the water bar for a drink, when to my surprise, I came across a little … Continue reading

Le 14 juillet|How Bastille Day is Celebrated in France

Picnics on the banks of the Seine, lounging in parks, drinks on the terrace, fireworks by the Eiffel Tower. I would say Bastille Day le quatorze juillet is similar to a 4th of July celebration….but with a very French twist. For one, … Continue reading

Happy March!

Hello darlings!

After a fabulous birthday weekend in England, my 25th birthday, a week of hibernation due to sickness, and a cold week in Paris, I am back on the blog and working on posts to share some beautiful places and images with you.

Wishing you a fantastic Friday and an incredible weekend!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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La Caféothèque de Paris: Coffee with a View

Coffee date, anyone?

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With views of the Seine, La Caféothèque de Paris is a great place to sit and relax with a coffee and pastry. There are plenty of tables and couches to sit on, plus they have an incredible coffee bean selection from all over the world that you can enjoy in-house or chez toi. What makes La Caféothèque stand out is its commitment to providing the absolute best coffee from all over the world to their customers.

This 4e arrondissement gem also hosts a variety of events, including concerts, recitals, and art expositions, which they’ve dubbed “Café-i-culture”. You can check out this month’s schedule online here.

My experience at La Caféothèque was lovely.  Two friends and I had a wonderful afternoon laughing, catching up, and enjoying our delicious coffees.  The greenery inside made it seem like we were in a rustic, tropical place, all the while looking out at the Seine.

La Caféothèque de Paris

52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville

75004 Paris

10 Best Valentine’s Day Presents from Paris

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your Thursday is full of love and happiness.  For me, Valentine’s Day has always been a day where I indulge in sweets, flowers, chocolate, and letting my friends and family know how much I care about them. I love that there is a day of the year devoted to love!

For those that are still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift from Paris, here are a few suggestions. (FYI, these presents are not exclusively Valentine’s Day cadeaux. I assure you that they will be welcomed with open arms and big smiles year-round!)

1. Pierre Hermé macarons

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1a. Because I love macarons so much and their gift boxes, Ladurée macarons

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2. Veuve Clicquot champagne

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3. Patrick Roger chocolates

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4. Hermès scarf

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5. Longchamp bag

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Lastest item on the wishlist: the Roseau handbag

6. Diptyque candles

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7. Heurtault umbrella

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8. A beautiful Varda flower arrangement

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9. Angelina hot chocolate

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10 .  Mariage Frères tea (Pleine Lune is my favorite!)

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Celebrating the 2500+ visitors mark today!

Today we are celebrating the milestone of having over 2,500 visitors to the blog!

2013 has started off really well; can’t wait to see what’s in store! I’m looking forward to an exciting year full of new discoveries and experiences in this beautiful city and abroad. Here’s to another 2,500 visitors…and many more!

To all of my readers: Thank you, merci, gracias, danke, grazie, ありがとうございます。Спасибо, dankie, شكرا, Obrigada, 謝謝 , Dík, dank u wel, Kiitos, გმადლობთ, ધન્યવાદ, תודה, Makasih, Go raibh maith agat, 감사합니다, Ačiū, takk, مرسي, ਧਨਵਾਦ , Mulţumesc, Хвала , Ďakujem, Hvala, tack, ขอบคุณ , Mālō, Teşekkür ederim, Cảm ơn ông!!!!!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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How to be the most organized person in the world

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, changes, and so many things to look forward to. I found this visual while on the new PatriciaParisienne Pinterest page and thought it was so well-organized and informative.  This graphic gives great suggestions about different apps to use and suggests ideas on how to organize not only your physical surroundings but also your digital life.

Also, the academic in me absolutely adoreeeed the bibliography that is provided at the end!

Thank you, Greatist!

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One of the best visuals I’ve seen for getting organized! Great tips

Les Soldes Commencent Aujourd’hui ! Winter Sales Begin Today!

It only happens twice a year.

LES SOLDES!

What are les soldes? Only the biannual mega-sales here in la France. It’s a season, an event, a frenzy, and a happening. The best part is that all of the stores take part in it, so now is the time to come do your shopping in Paris. Think Black Friday, except that these sales last six weeks in the winter and six weeks in the summer. This winter season, the soldes run from January 9 to February 12, 2013.

Below is a little sampling of the ads you can see all around the city.  Galeries Lafayette, PrintempsLe Bon Marché: all of the grand magasins (big French department stores) have their own dramatic ads to tell the world that the soldes have indeed begun, which I personally adore.  Demure, rock-and-roll, and diva-licious: they’re covering all the bases to get you to the stores.

Time to get shopping!

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Le Bon Marche ad

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Galeries Lafayette ad for the 2013 Winter Sales

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Printemps ad

Citizens of Humanity, Hélène Darroze, and the Paris Oven Mitt

This is a match made in fashion and gastronomy heaven!

One of my favorite brands, Citizens of Humanity, has created a monthly video series called “Just Like You.”  Each video features a different, international personality discussing their respective passions, professions, personal stories, and thoughts on life.  One of my favorite videos in the series spotlights French chef Hélène Darroze.

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Though she is now the fourth generation of a family of chefs, Hélène Darroze first earned a business degree and joined Alain Ducasse’s team at the prestigious Louis XV restaurant in Monaco – but in the office.  Ducasse finally persuade her to return to the kitchen, and the rest is history. She returned to her family’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and then went on to open her own restaurant in Paris, where she won her first Michelin star in 2001, and then a second star in 2003. In 2008, she was named the new chef of The Connaught hotel in London after its nine month £70 million restoration and renovation program, where she earned them another two stars. On top of this all, other accolades include becoming a chevalier (knight) in the French Legion of Honor in 2012 and being the inspiration for the character Colette in Pixar’s 2007 film Ratatouille. Two cities, two restaurants, two children: she can do it all!

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Hélène Darroze dish

What is exceptional about Hélène Darroze’s cooking is her loyalty to her roots and the flavors of southwestern France, particularly from the Landes region where she was raised.  Her culinary style has been dubbed  “haute rustique,” as it combines the sophistication of French cuisine with traditional cooking methods and hearty ingredients. Darroze says she is very influenced by her heritage, where art de vivre cuisine and food is so important. This unique emphasis has no doubt contributed to her international success.

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Salle à manger at the Hélène Darroze restaurant in Paris

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Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

It’s no wonder that Citizens of Humanity selected such a dynamic and passionate person for their series. I fell in love with this clever combination to showcase their partnership, a jean oven mitt! And x marks the spot, or the Hélène Darroze restaurant in Paris. You can purchase the mitt online here.

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All proceeds from the Hélène Darroze x Citizens of Humanity Oven Mitt will benefit Afghanistan Libre, an organization that provides assistance in constructing and running primary and secondary schools for girls.

Visit Hélène Darroze in Paris

4, rue d’Assas, 75006

 Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

or at the Raff House in Moscow

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La Galette des Rois – Three Kings Day Cake

The French celebrate Three Kings Day, or La Fête Des RoisThe first Sunday of each new year is dedicated to this celebration, and one of the most important players in this day is the delicious galette des rois.

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Traditionally a puff pastry with a frangipane stuffing (almond paste used in desserts), the galette is served to everyone in a very particular manner.  The youngest person present goes under the table and decides how the slices are designated.  Whoever finds the féve, the object placed inside the galette, is the queen or king of the day and, of course, gets to wear the crown that accompanies the galette.

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A French boulangère with her galettes des rois and crowns

This year’s galette was absolutely delicious, and the lovely Mieko was pronounced the queen of the day!

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Mieko found the féve!

Holiday Window Displays (Part 2): Dior & Printemps

Printemps

Inaugurated by the marvelous French actress Marion Cotillard, the Dior Parisian-inspired window displays for Printemps are the essence of French glamour.

Watch this incredible video on the creation of the dolls, their clothes, and the window scenes. You can also watch the grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for this year’s window displays at the French department store Printemps, as well as a mini interview with Marion Cotillard.

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Dior window display at Printemps

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Dior dolls – Printemps

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Dior scene

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Dior elegance

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Dior dolls at the ball

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Dior Ball

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Inspirations Parisiennes by Dior at Printemps

64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris – France
Tél. : 01 42 82 50 00

Holiday Window Displays (Part 1): Louis Vuitton & Galeries Lafayette

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” croons Andy Williams.

I love December. I love everything about it! The cold, the holiday spirit, the carols, the winter attire, the advent calendars, The Holiday, Love Actually, the mulled wine or Glühwein or vin chaud, or whatever you may call it, the beautiful trees, the bûche de Noël, the Champs-Élysées lights, the marchés de Noël, (now) the mincepies, the Christmas crackers, the posadas, and, of course, the decorations.

If you are in Paris for the holidays, you must add “go see window displays” to your Parisian to-do list.  Let me clarify; these are absolutely NOT your ordinary window displays. When Dior and Louis Vuitton are involved, you don’t just get beauty, you get magic. And if Vogue raves about it, you know it’s good.

In this three-part blog series, PatriciaParisienne will take you on a tour of this year’s vitrines.

 Galeries Lafayette

The department store’s theme “Christmas of the Century” (Noël du Siècle), along with its Disney Princess addition, makes this a fairy tale holiday all month. The gorgeous Louis Vuitton window displays will be available for your sight-seeing pleasure through January 1, 2013.

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Galeries Lafayette Disney Carriage

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Swarovski tree in Galeries Lafayette ~ There are over 5,000 Swarovski crystals on this tree.

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Couples dancing at the ball ~ Galeries Lafayette Homme window display

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Panda dancing in the window

Galeries Lafayette

40, Bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

PatriciaParisienne has had over 1500 visitors! Thank you!

We’ve had over 1,500 views on the blog!!!!

To all of my readers: Thank you, merci, gracias, danke, grazie, ありがとうございます。Спасибо, dankie, شكرا, Obrigada, 謝謝 , Dík, dank u wel, Kiitos, გმადლობთ, ધન્યવાદ, תודה, Makasih, Go raibh maith agat, 감사합니다, Ačiū, takk, مرسي, ਧਨਵਾਦ , Mulţumesc, Хвала , Ďakujem, Hvala, tack, ขอบคุณ , Mālō, Teşekkür ederim, Cảm ơn ông!!!!!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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La Maison du Chocolat Advent Calendar & More Holiday Goodies

It’s officially December!

That means warm coats, scarves, cuddle weather, winter solstice, and – Advent calendars! I love that little daily piece of chocolate as a way to countdown to Christmas.

Advent calendars seem to be extremely popular in Europe! Every main chocolate brand has their own.  Kinder, Milka, Lindt, and Cadbury – you can find their cute little designs everywhere. I was recently gifted the Cadbury one below by a lovely Englishman; it’s quality chocolate. I learned that there is a game that goes along with it; the person who correctly guesses the shape or design of the chocolate that day gets to eat it!

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Cadbury Advent Calendar

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Lindt Advent Calendar

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Milka Advent Calendar

If you are looking for a truly French advent calendar, you only need to look no further than one of the best chocolatiers in the country: La Maison du Chocolat.

Nicolas Cloiseau, Master Chef of La Maison du Chocolat, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, has created some delightful and unique collections for this holiday season. The beautiful Advent Christmas tree is the most delicious way to build anticipation for the 25th.

Or you can choose a Christmas Star Coffret, for the day of, and pick from the following options:

Dark & spicy – Praline with crunchy slivers and Christmas spices (cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg) 

Dark & sparkling – Ganache sphere with Champagne Blanc de Blancs (100% chardonnay, very fruity)

 Sweet & nutty – Almond paste from Provence with walnuts from the Périgord and honey from the Morvan forest

Dark & acidulous – Pure origin dark ganache from the Dominican Republic with full, round chocolate notes and crisp, acidulous flavours of candied fruits

Dark & fruity – Duo of ganaches with coconut and lime.  White chocolate ganache with coconut, dark chocolate ganache with lime.

I would have to get all of them!

For mouth-watering and gorgeous decorations, bring home the Celestial Tree, the Christmas Star, or for the most French touch to your Christmas, the Constellation Bûche de Noël. Looking forward to seeing what will come home with me on my next trip to La Maison du Chocolat!

Happy December!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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Celestial Tree from La Maison du Chocolat

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Christmas Stars from La Maison du Chocolat

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Constellation Bûche from La Maison du Chocolat

La Maison du Chocolat

225 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré – 75008 Paris

52 rue François 1er – 75008 Paris

8 bd de la Madeleine – 75009 Paris

19 rue de Sèvres – 75006 Paris

120 av Victor Hugo – 75116 Paris

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The way to travel is with Trussardi

Jetsetters have the best travel gear.

It is important to make traveling as simple and glitch-free as possible. For all of you airport fiends, I have found the perfect travel accessory for you, thanks to The Blonde Salad by Chiara Ferragni.

Trussardi’s Document Holder makes any trip easy. With tabbed pockets for tickets, passport, documents, currencies, boarding passes, and even an “other” section, Trussardi covers all of the travel bases. Absolute jetsetting perfection!

I wish I had one for my trip to England next weekend! I’d be sitting pretty, stress-free, at Charles de Gaulle. Another addition to the PatriciaParisienne Christmas Wish List!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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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!

Cupcake Camp Paris 2012

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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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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French United Buddy Bear

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Israeli Buddy Bear

Polish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

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.”

Great Britain United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Great Britain United Buddy Bear

Mexican United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Mexican United Buddy Bear

American United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

American United Buddy Bear

Germany Mexico USA United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Tour Eiffel Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Germany + Mexico/USA

Chinese United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Chinese United Buddy Bear

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

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.

Germany United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

With the German United Buddy Bear