25 Things to Do Before I Turn 25

I’m turning a quarter century old this month.

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Can’t believe it! My 16-year old self thinks I am pretty darn old now. That being said, it’s a milestone, 25! In order to celebrate this big birthday properly, I’m compiling a list of 25 things to do before turning 25. So far, I have decided to be active every day (must look good in that birthday dress), climb the Notre Dame towers, meet three new people, post on my blog every day, memorize seven new arias, anddd that’s about it thus far. It’s enough to keep me busy for the new few weeks, but I would absolutely love to have a list of 25 things compiled by the end of the weekend. 

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That’s where you, readers, come in! Please feel free to help out and make suggestions; I’m excited to see what else I can manage to do before the big 2-5!

Wishing you a lovely weekend! 

xx PatriciaParisienne

 

Love for Longchamp

The staple French girl bag.

It’s impossible to walk through Paris without seeing at least ten Longchamp bags. Every French girl has at least one in her collection; it’s a cultural thing.  And you can never have too many. For daily use, soirées, or traveling, the French brand has a perfect bag for the occasion.

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French street style

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A little bit of history

In 1948, Jean Cassegrain started out making leather coverings for pipes as part of his family’s tobacco business. He expanded to leather bags and accessories, and Longchamp was born. The name and logo of Longchamp (meaning “long field”) comes from the polo fields on the outskirts of Paris near Cassegrain’s home. A family-owned business, the brand has grown into an international sensation.  Their bags are beautiful and elegant; what’s not to love?

You can see everyone from celebrities to the person next to you on the metro rocking their Longchamp bags.

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Kate Moss in London

Pippa Middleton with a Longchamp bag

Pippa Middleton with a Longchamp pliable

I love all things Longchamp.

My first Longchamp bag was a gift from my father on my first trip to Paris, and I’ve been hooked every since.

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Latest item on the wishlist: the Roseau handbag

Their loyal pliables, or foldable bags, are my every day, go-to bag. Not only is it incredibly sturdy but it is also chic – and can hold just about everything one needs.  Switching from being a Sorbonne masters student to an aspiring opera singer at the conservatoire to an English professor in a college of science and technology in a day, I need a bag that can handle my heaps of music, laptop, and teaching materials. It’s with me in Paris, and it accompanies me when I travel. It’s the perfect bag for any day – and one of the only bags in the world that has proven able to keep up with this busy, often times chaotic lifestyle.

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Traveling with the beautiful Longchamp bag from JN

My favorite Longchamp boutique in Paris is on Rue St Honoré.  You can also visit Longchamp in Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché, or at their online store.

Longchamp Saint-Honoré 
404, Rue St Honoré
75001 PARIS

A Full English Breakfast: How It’s Done

What is an English breakfast?

You hear about Continental breakfasts, American breakfasts, petit dejeuner, but what is an English breakfast?  A novice but very curious student of all things English, I finally had my first English breakfast.  John and I went to The Mashed Swedes Cafe in Royal Leamington Spa, an adorable little eatery in town. What we had was delicious.

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Full English Breakfast

A traditional, or full, English breakfast consists of the following items: fried eggs, bacon, sausages, fried red tomatoes, baked beans, fresh salted mushrooms, fried or roast potatoes, with the options of black pudding, fried bread, or toasted and buttered bread. To drink, we had the option of tea or coffee and an orange juice.  The Mashed Swedes Cafe serves breakfast all day, as do many establishments that have this on the menu.

According to Market Kitchen, there are 40 or so interchangeable ingredients to a full British and Irish breakfast! There are also different versions of the meal, depending on where in the UK you have it.  There are Cornish, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and Ulster Fry alternatives, which incorporate regional foods into the breakfast. Fun fact: In Ireland, this full breakfast is also known as a “Chub.”

This meal, though extremely tasty, is not for the small-stomached, the faint-hearted (black pudding is actually a type of sausage made by dried pig’s blood with a filler), or for anyone on a diet. However, if you want to treat yourself to a hearty, traditional English meal, I highly recommend this delicious breakfast.

When in England, do as the English do.

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PatriciaParisienne and a delicious English breakfast

The Mashed Swedes Cafe

39 Russell Street
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5QB

01926 430 599

Follow them on Twitter at @MashedSwedes

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

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

Printemps de la Maison 2ème étage – 75009 Paris

Carrousel du Louvre – 75001 Paris

Orly Ouest – Hall 2 Porte A – Paris

Galeries Lafayette Maison RDC – 75009 Paris

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Dempsey & Carroll “Hello Darling” Card is on PatriciaParisienne’s Christmas Wish List!

Dempsey & Carroll “Hello Darling” Card is on PatriciaParisienne’s Christmas Wish List!

Is this not the cutest card? I am the biggest office supply/stationary lover, and this little Dempsey & Carroll gem has just captured my heart! (Click on the photo to see the rest of the collection.) Looking forward to sending … Continue reading

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

Latest in Paris this week: “Shopping for Mr. Right”

On the Prowl?

Paris is full of exclusive experiences, and I am always on the lookout for unique things to do and see. Well, this one is for the ladies.  French dating site Adopteunmec.com (Adopt-a-guy) opened a store for the week, where women can come in and “shop” for men.  The twist? The men are actually there, in life-sized glass cases!

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Women shopping for Mr. Right

The men switch out every hour, so the store is always in stock.  For those couples that hit it off and would like to continue the enchantment over coffee, there is a cafe downstairs where they can have their first date. There, you can also find a wall of polaroids, so in case you miss your guy when he’s on display, you can catch him (and his number) later.

The boutique on Rue de la Bonheur (Street of Happiness) is the dating site’s new approach to market their services.  Brilliant idea, don’t you think?  This first show will be in Paris for ten days, then will move on to other major French cities, and eventually over to Switzerland.  Only a few days left…get ’em while they’re hot, ladies!

Watch the BBC News’ full video report on the “Adopt a Guy” boutique here.

Welcome to PatriciaParisienne!

A lover of blogs, traveling, music, languages, fine dining, fashion, sports, and culture, I have wanted to start a true blog for ages. Today, I decided to go ahead and take the leap into the world of blogging!

I am Tricia, a Southern California girl who is living in Paris, studying a masters in Musicology at the Sorbonne and opera at the Paris Conservatory. I have fallen head-over-heels in love with my new city and want to share all of the adventures and wonders that are experienced on a daily basis.

Voilà, the City of Lights, from my eyes. Paris, je t’aime.