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This year’s Cupcake Camp Paris was a huge success! Kudos to Cat Beurnier from Sugar Daze Cupcakes & Bryan Pirolli for hosting the cupcake extravaganza benefiting Make-A-Wish France. Beautiful, themed, experimental – the variety of cupcakes was astonishing. The prizes … Continue reading
I’ve read about this English sensation for ages. They’ve been around by 2006, when friends Victoria Jossel and Romy Lewis began selling cupcakes from their homes. A smash hit, they moved to a Primrose Hill commercial kitchen, and after a … Continue reading
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Celebrations must include desserts. Since my Verdi and Wagner seminar ends at 12:30 p.m., Lauren and I decided to opt for celebratory sweets instead of lunch or drinks. The cause for celebration? Having both presented our 20-minute, entirely-in-French exposés (presentations) on Verdi … Continue reading
It was hands-down the best crêpe I’ve had in Paris so far.
The nutella-filled wonder was made by Alain, who has a stand at the Marché des Enfants Rouges (The Market of the Red Children) in the Marais. Merci to my Englishman for having found this gem!
Made popular in the UK by The Little Paris Kitchen’s Rachel Khoo, Alain’s organic stand had a long line of anglophones when the handsome Englishman and I stopped by for our goûter (the 4 o’clock snack in France). People visiting Paris for the weekend made sure to stop by the market and try these gastronomical creations. Not only does Alain make amazing organic crêpes (“tout bio!” as he shouts), but he also makes fantastic breads and the famous cornet végétarien.
The eccentric Frenchman sings and dances to the music of his boombox as he prepares your order. His cooking has a certain grace to it as he moves fluidly around his kitchen, grabbing this ingredient or that. The line moved quickly, and soon it was our turn! DM ordered a sugar-lemon crêpe, while I ordered my usual, a crêpe au nutella. As he buttered the hot plate, we were treated to another little song-and-dance performance.
Both crêpes were AMAZING. For the sugar-lemon one, Alain grated some organic lemon zest and then squeezed lemon juice all over it as a finishing touch. We thought it might make it taste a bit sour but instead it complemented the sugar and sweet batter perfectly with a crisp, tangy taste. My nutella one was heavenly! We decided that the magical element may just have been the slightly burnt butter that made the batter taste all sorts of wonderful.
The Marché des Enfants Rouges is a perfect place to stroll around on a Sunday or meet up for lunch. With a wide variety of stands, ranging from Moroccan tajines to a fantastic wine hub, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Below you can see some of the pictures from our visit and the delicious treats we enjoyed. Can’t wait to visit again soon. Merci, Alain!
Today is the day!
Le Jour du Macaron is finally here! After work, it’s off to Pierre Hermé I go! “Un don, un macaron” (a donation, a macaron) is the slogan chez PH, as they are raising money for Vaincre la Mucoviscidose, an organization that raises money for cystic fibrosis research.
Here are a few pictures to get you stoked on your future macaron(s) on this special day! Personally, I think it should be a national holiday, but I will take a nice macaron whenever I can get one! Lovelovelove these delicious French desserts!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Coffee date, anyone?
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
Your new favorite place to eat in Montparnasse: Le Stand
Le Stand is a new New York-Italian style restaurant in the fun 14e arrondissement. A lover of both the outdoor métro line 6 and the Edgar Quinet neighborhood, I was absolutely delighted to discover this eatery.
Chef Yann Frohn has put together an incredible menu that will satisfy any member of your party’s palate. Burgers and pasta dishes highlight his mastery of this particular cuisine, while the plat du jour menu usually features French dishes that are salivation-worthy.
Frohn’s previous experience at four-star hotel restaurants and in the luxury industry is apparent in the presentation and variety of the menu. The ingredients are fresh, with the vast majority of the menu made in-house. The burger was perfectly American, and the fries were without a doubt the best I’ve ever had.
The décor is fun and modern, and it gives you the impression of dining in a Big Apple eatery. It’s only when the staff and other guests speak that you realize you actually are in the French capital. I absolutely loved the light fixtures (see below) and red walls!
Desserts were also amazing! As you know, I’m a lover of the café gourmand, and this particular one was a big hit. If you can contain yourself and enjoy just one dessert, I would go for the profiteroles!
Another plus is that they can accommodate large parties. We celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday, and all twenty of us were easily accommodated and well taken care of.
For a casual lunch or night out, Le Stand is the next place on your list.
9, boulevard Edgar Quinet
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
1a. Because I love macarons so much and their gift boxes, Ladurée macarons
2. Veuve Clicquot champagne
3. Patrick Roger chocolates
4. Hermès scarf
6. Diptyque candles
7. Heurtault umbrella
8. A beautiful Varda flower arrangement
9. Angelina hot chocolate
10 . Mariage Frères tea (Pleine Lune is my favorite!)
A fabulous macaron recipe by An English Gourmande!
In Helmut Fritz’s song, Ça M’énerve, he singles out the customers at Ladurée queuing for macaroons (or macarons if you want to be French about it). Then he backtracks saying he’s heard macaroons actually taste pretty good. Nonetheless, many felt his frustration; macaroon-mania has had an inordinate amount of airtime. After all they’re just almond meringue jam sandwiches. Let’s not forget those lovely coconut macaroons with rice paper bottoms that are just as praise-worthy and don’t lend themselves to a faux-French accent.
So for the past couple of years I cut off my nose to spite my face and ignored them. Until last week when my eight-year-old nephew brought me to my senses by making a beautiful batch. I’m living in Paris for goodness sake! Surely that’s as good an excuse as any to jump on the bandwagon.
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“On prend un café?”
My answer to this is always “oui!” I am always up for coffee. What makes a little caffeine even better is if it’s accompanied by something sweet.
My favorite dessert, apart from the moelleux or mi-cuit au chocolat, is the café gourmand.
A café gourmand is a “culinary concept aiming at proposing an espresso and a bunch of mignardises at the same time, served on the same plate.”
If you can’t decide which dessert to pick, pas de souci (no problem). Just order this winner; you can have your cake and eat it, too!