Mint Tea Break | La Mosquée de Paris

I love the hustle and bustle of Paris, but sometimes you need a little moment of relaxation. La Mosquée de Paris is just the place to do that. The mosque has a restaurant and patio, which is a little slice of exotic … Continue reading

Jacques Genin: A Chocolate Paradise in Paris

Wow. That’s all I could think as I was biting into the millefeuille dessert at Jacques Genin. “Wow” is also the word I said after I had my first sip of their incredible hot chocolate. Jacques Genin is a chocolate … Continue reading

Happy Monday! Café Gourmand on My Mind

 “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.

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.”

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My favorite goûter: the café gourmand

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!

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!

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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Kinder 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

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