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A love affair with French cheese! ~♥

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Some who read this blog regularly, will know that I spent many long years intolerant to dairy. About ten years or so. That meant no cheese. Can you imagine!?! And then, one fine day in April 2014, I tested something that had dairy in it…and discovered that I felt no pain. So I tested some more, and I realized that maybe my body had changed it’s chemistry, since they tend to do that every seven to ten years. I began enthusiastically reintroducing dairy into my diet, and soon I was amorously indulging into the best and finest of cheeses that France has to offer. Our cheese budget went up. Before Chéri had no competition for those ivory blobs of moldy dairy in the fridge, but he soon realized that I was a true cheese devout, and we had to invest every week in much more cheese than before. In this article, I want to introduce to you a man with a plan, a concept, that originates in a profound love affair with French cheese

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Hotel Bristol’s Hot Chocolate & Buvette’s Chocolate Cake

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I like to indulge a little sometimes. I may not have a massive recreational budget, but I can treat myself occasionally to fun things like, hot chocolate at the Hotel Bristol, or chocolate cake at Buvette Gastrothèque. Both require a budget of around 20 euros or less, and I consider that a decent price to pay for a little winter indulging in the city of light! Read more →

Sunday Search for Late Brunch in the 20th

Sunday Search for Late Lunch in Paris 20th
We had to head over to the 20th arrondissement this Sunday afternoon to pick up something we found on the Bon Coin website for bébé chéri who is arriving in just two months. And instead of making the trek over there just for this one transaction, we thought we would make a day of it. I was in a mood for brunch!

On our list of places to grab a fun brunch was the über trendy, very popular Mama Shelter, but when we dipped in to have a look at the restaurant, it looked dark, crowded, noisy and not the relaxing brunch/lunch we had imagined. Plus everyone seemed to be seated on tall stools, and my poor back can’t take that these days. So I promised myself we would head back there to take advantage of the terrace when the warmer months came back around if the opportunity provided itself. Read more →

L’Oiseau Blanc Restaurant

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A friend took me this past summer to the newest fanciest place to dine in town, to celebrate my good news that Chéri and I are expecting a baby!

L’Oiseau Blanc at the new ultra luxury hotel Le Peninsula.
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It was such a wonderful way to feel toasted and cared for with the most luxurious service, beautiful food and setting and a view to die for!
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The Taittinger Champagne Caves

Article by Scott Sallée

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tait-bottles-8sizes-brutnv-10cm-jpgWe visited the Taittinger Caves recently in Reims, a short 45 minute TGV away from Paris Gare de l’Est.

Three tasting options are available after the tour – the Brut Réserve, the Brut Réserve followed by the Rosé, the Prélude Cuvée Grands Crus, or the recently released Millésimé 2006, and the Brut Réserve followed by the fleuron of the Maison, the Comtes de Champagne 2004.

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Amore e Gelosia – Italy in Paris

Amore e Gelosia
We had a fabulous girls’ night out (with Kasia, Alana and Mary) at an outstanding restaurant in the charming center of Paris just off the Left Bank. Invited by friend and restaurant manager, Kajsa, to test the imported Italian delicacies of Amore e Gelosia, we were welcomed with the warmth of a friend and the luxury of a highly experienced professional.
Amore e Gelosia
What first sparks the interest upon entering the establishment are the large portraits and images that decorate the walls, or famous Italian icons and people eating pasta with sheer and utter contentment. Large bosomed women with grand and brilliant smiles and laughing men who look well fed and well loved. It’s the beginning of an evening bathed in the Italian culture. After a tour of the restaurant (three different dining areas) I decided it has the perfect balance of cosiness and chicness to be exactly what I would hope for from this #ItalyInParis experience.

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Bofinger Brasserie is 150 Years old! #150Bofinger

I was invited in September to a fantastic soirée at the Bofinger brasserie that I have blogged about before (a few years ago).  Amongst a slew of Parisian bloggers I was excited to be able to taste some of the options from their new Fall-Winter menu.
Bofinger 150 ans par Prete Moi Paris

(Pour les francophone, voici quelques blogs en français sur le sujet : auhasard.fr, bambiaparis, ParisianShoeGals, Eloàlabouche, YuYuFashionBook, RaphALaVanille) and for a collection of the tweets and instagrams check out Storify.
Bofinger 150 ans par Prete Moi Paris
Not just a well presented dinner, the event was a fun and involved one. The lovely ladies who organised the event had us rate our favorites as the procession of food progressed, and we all got to participate in a food preparation lesson for one of the courses.
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Treize Bakery Totally Awesome Cooking Class

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I LOVE Treize Bakery… It’s dangerous to have a friend with such an incredible restaurant… my hips aren’t lying!
Cooking Class @Treize Bakery, Paris

But image learning how to make all that incredible happy and home-cooked food, yourself! Eh oui!!! Laurel, the amazing magnificent Laurel, now offers cooking classes on Wednesday evenings. (Sign up in advance so you make sure you get a spot). She teaches techniques like how to make the four basic sauces and the base of all sauces (a simple combination of butter and flour but that needs to be very carefully mixed together and watched with an expert eye), or pie crust…light and flaky buttery pie crust…OH MY!!! Or how to make her famous carrot cake…Mmm hmmm… that’s what I’m talking about! Read more →

Cute Cookies in the Cuisine

Article/translation by Melissa Ladd
CakeMart cookies
I needed to make some cookies for someone’s pregnancy announcement, and just as I was thinking about scouring Paris for baby themed cookie making products, I received an email from a German company who has just opened up their website commerce in France for all things pâtisserie : Cake Mart. They asked me if I would like to test some pastry tools. What wonderful timing, I replied! So they shipped me my selection of items, and they do have a lovely collection of baby themed cookie tools. I merely wanted cookie cutters and some fun decorations to make a few batches of sugar cookies, but really I could have gone all out, and perhaps soon will, with cake molds, muffin cups ( good for cupcakes!), cake decoration supplies and on and on…

J’avais besoin de faire des petits gâteaux sablés pour l’annonce de grossesse de quelqu’un, et juste au moment où je songeais à aller à la recherche des ustensiles de pâtisserie pour le thème bébé, j’ai reçu un mail d’une boîte allemande qui vient d’ouvrir leur site e-commerce en France, Cake Mart, pour tout ce qui concerne la pâtisserie. Quel timing parfait! je leur ai dit. Ils m’ont donc envoyé ma sélection d’articles, et c’est vrai ils ont une bonne sélection d’ustensiles thème bébé. Je voulais tout simplement des emporte-pièces et des décorations amusantes pour faire quelques douzaines de cookies sablés, mais j’aurais pu en prendre la total pour le compte, et peut-être je le ferait bientôt  avec leurs moules à gâteaux, caissettes à muffins (bon aussi pour les cupcakes), les décoration de gâteau et tout et tout…

I used this recipe from the Food Network for sugar cookies. It’s simple and made great slightly crunchy buttery sugar cookies that were well enjoyed.

Je me suis servie dette recette du Food Network pour des cookies sablés. C’est simple et j’en ai fait des cookies légèrement croutillants avec un bon goût de buerre qui ont été particulièrement appréciés.

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Coffee Talk : Terres de Café

Article by Melissa Ladd (English & français).
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It’s no secret that coffee culture has made a big comeback in Paris with the opening of many little spots that aim to serve artisan coffee and to bring back the art of the barista. It’s also no secret that the expat communities have embraced these establishments as well. But we are also seeing the Parisians and French communities release their bitter Café Richard gulped in a rush at a Parisian brasserie counter, for the more indulgent idea of lounging at a coffee shop for a while. It’s a much more delightful way to savor the flavor and appreciate the different blends. For me it brings back many memories of my youthful days spent in Monterey California where coffee shops and flavor exploration was an almost daily agenda item.

Ce n’est plus un secret que la « coffee culture » est revenue en force à Paris avec l’ouverture de plein d’adresses qui veulent servir du café artisan et faire revivre l’art du barista. Ce n’est plus non plus un secret que la communauté d’expats ont accueilli cette culture les bras ouverts. Mais on voit également les communautés Parisians et Français laché leur café Richard amer qui se prennait d’un trait en hâte au comptoir d’une brasserie, pour s’intéresser à la perspective voluptueuse de se prélasser longuement dans un bar à café. C’est une manière nettement plus agréable à savourer l’arôme et apprécier les différents mélanges de café. Pour moi, c’est un renvoie joliement nostalgique à mes années de jeunesse passés à Monterey en Californie où l’exploration du café et des bars à café faisait partie de l’agenda quasi-quotidien. Read more →

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