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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. Read more →

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).
Terres de Café by Prête-Moi Paris
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 →

High Tea at Le Meurice : Pastries of Opulence

I was so happy to be invited by Le Meurice for a tea time tasting of their pastries, which are renowned, and rightly so given the dedication to French excellence in pastry arts and cuisine that is promoted by this Dorchester Collection hotel.
Tea Time @ Le Meurice : Prête-Moi Paris
But an article about tea time at Le Meurice will no doubt spark a conversation about the recent media frenzy over the boycott against hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei, a small sovereign nation that is pocketed on a Malaysian coastline. Anna Wintour and all the celebrities have a very valid point in boycotting hotels owned by this sultan who is integrating sharia law into his country’s customs. I IN NO WAY SUPPORT SHARIA LAW IN ANY WAY. These laws are intrinsically homophobic, misogynist and inhumane. I think radical leaders like Hassanal Bolkiah should be given a taste of their very own oppression and discrimination. I support Anna Wintour and the fashion industry boycotting the Dorchester Collection hotels. But… I also support the dedicated and open minded professionals that work in and for these hotels. These people have nothing to do with the garish laws implemented in Brunei, nor its sultan’s opinions or religious inclination. These people who work in hotels such as Le Meurice, uphold the standards of luxury and tolerance of people from all walks of life. The wonderful people who work for Le Meurice support French standards of business, liberté, égalité, fraternité. I find it sad that these people are the ones being in essence hurt by this sultan’s decisions, and it isn’t fair for them at all. They do an amazing job of running a hotel with high French standards. I do hope the public opinion can put enough pressure on the sultan for him to retract his decision for sharia law without putting in danger the jobs of those who work in his hotels.

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Summer Salad Recipe for your (Bastille Day) Picnic

PRETE MOI PARIS Summer Salad This is a super easy, and incredibly delicious summer salad that I whipped up the other day. Now that I can eat dairy again, I have been putting cheese on almost everything. And I had this feta in the fridge that needed wanted to be eaten. I grabbed a few items that were sitting around for a fun colorful palette of food. Read more →

Move Over Macaron l’Éclair De Génie Has Appeared!

Eclair de Genie, Paris I headed off to the Marais the other day with friends Frank and Patricia, for a little indulgence. Our destination was the very talked-about very blogged-about Éclaire de Génie; a little concept store éclair shop, created by Christophe Adam, that is making the foodie scene turn their heads from the ever-famous over-instagramed (yes, I’m guilty) macaron. The éclairs are about twice the price of a single macaron, but they are at least twice as big, if not three times, and they are quite a bit more  complex. With a whole slew of flavors to chose from, with eye-pleasing decorations and colors, these new sweet bites may very well take over the throne that the macaron has claimed for the past handful of years. Read more →

Coretta – Trendy Gourmet Bistrot

Coretta Coretta is a restaurant that will forever mark an amazing change in my life, the reintroduction of dairy into my diet. For about ten years now I have nixed dairy from my intake, and at all the restaurants I visit, I must always inquire about the lactose contents of the menu and carefully select accordingly which often limits my choices to a sad one or two dishes. Often, the kitchen has to make special dishes for me, if they are in the mood. But recently, I have daringly tested out my dairy intolerance, because, they say that every ten years or so your body chemistry changes. It all started with a Pierre Hermé salted caramel cream macaron that DIDN’T make me feel sick. I was astonished. I made a few more attempts at Pierre Hermé macarons, and a couple bites of friends’ desserts to test the theory. It seemed to have some truth to it. Coretta was the first restaurant where I dared to have a whole dish that contained a little bit of cream in the sauce… A revelation of flavor came over me and I remembered what amazing food can taste like! Butter and cream and cheese really do make a difference.

Coretta
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Dose Café on Rue Mouffetard

 

Had a fabulous coffee date with @patriciaparisienne aka @Tricia_Rosas @a50lbwardrobe today at #dosedealercafe on Mouffetard! I used to head to the Sugarplum Cake Shop often, but now I tend to frequent Laurel Sanderson’s new place Treize. But the 5th was really where I created some of my cherished memories as a student in Paris, like most students do. It’s a very student oriented neighborhood, and my second year here, I lived in a tiny little chambre de bonne on rue Laromiguière, just a few steps away from place Contrescarpe and rue Moufftard. I have much nostalgia of that year and so I return to rue Mouffetard with a light heart and a smile on my face.
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Beaucoup Restaurant

BeaucoupRestaurantParis I am going to tell you about a wonderful new spot in the Haute Marais quarter. Open since Novemebr 2012, this place offers something rare in the old parts of Paris : space. It’s called Beaucoup, and it has beaucoup d’espace for a Paris restaurant. It’s the third Parisian restaurant by the duo Ludovic and Julien. They seem to have a knack for opening trendy chic spots. But what I find so delightful about Beaucoup, besides it’s décor, menu and atmosphere… is that it’s right around the corner from the well known spot Merci. To me it seems to be the obvious suite to the installation of Merci. Merci… Beaucoup. And I hope someone opens a place just down the street from Beaucoup, and calls it « De Rien »! It could be a cute little place that serves up something different every day according to what they have available. It would be like they are making something from nothing! Get it? « De rien »?  Every meal there would be a surprise! But… I digress with my little Paris restaurant fantasy. Read more →

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