October 2013

Relais de l’Entrecôte Saint-Germain, Paris

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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At this classic Parisian brasserie, there is no menu and vegetarians are somewhat discouraged to attend. Relais de l’Entrecôte Saint-Germain is part of a group of  3 restaurants in Paris, all specializing in (exclusively) steak frites with their famous secret sauce. I was a bit weary of this place because it seemed gimmicky and appeared way […]

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La Gazzetta, Paris

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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A Parisian friend of ours recommended we check out La Gazzetta, a bistro in the 12th near the March d’Aligre run by Swedish-born chef Petter Nilsson. La Gazzetta isn’t a traditional Parisian bistro per-se, but rather a hip eatery with an inventive Nordic-inspired menu featuring plenty of French influences. Nordic food is all the rage

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Beef Stew with Rosemary

by Janelle 10.17.2013
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Here is a recipe I made recently for a hearty and filling homemade beef stew. The stew is made with good quality stewing steak and plenty of red wine and rosemary for depth and flavor. Instead of starchy potatoes, I used onions, carrots, parsnips and green peas to add texture and volume. Parsnips are root […]

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Blé Sucré, Paris

by Janelle 10.16.2013
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Every time I visit Paris I try a new bakery or pastry shop and this time it was Blé Sucré, an acclaimed pâtisserie and boulangerie in the edgy 12th arrondissement. I heard Blé Sucré (which translates to “sweet wheat”) had some of the best madeleines in Paris (which essentially amounts to the best madeleines in the world) as well as […]

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Strawberry Vanilla Protein Shake

by Janelle 10.14.2013
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This recipe is so simple that I hesitated to even post it, but the result is SO delicious and healthy I couldn’t resist. It’s my new go-to 132 calorie healthy snack that satisfies my sweet tooth and packs in 20 grams of protein. All you need is

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Pollen Street Social

by Janelle 10.11.2013
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They call it “deformalised fine dining” and it’s a concept I’d like to see more of in London. Led by elBulli trained British chef Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social is a buzzy, Michelin-starred bistro with a hip vibe on an enviable Mayfair block. The interior is clean and contemporary with an ambience formal enough for […]

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Curried Dhal with Grilled Eggplant

by Janelle 10.09.2013
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I had some extra red lentils leftover from when I made my Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup, so I decided to make another dish featuring these much-loved legumes. Prior to this recent lentil kick, I didn’t realize how high in protein lentils are. In fact, they contain 26 grams of protein per 100 grams […]

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Afternoon Tea at The Cadogan

by Janelle 10.07.2013
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With a fashionable location on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge and a quintessentially English ambience, The Cadogan seemed like an obvious choice to enjoy a *real* afternoon tea. Since my disappointing experience at The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea, I have been on a mission to find a proper tea in the heart of London.

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Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup

by Janelle 10.04.2013
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Here is a lovely recipe for a healthy Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup. This soup is full of warm, spicy flavors and quite simple to make. I always like to cook a few healthy dinners during the week to balance out some indulgent ones frequently consumed on the weekends (see here and here), and this […]

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Pub Crawling Oxford

by Janelle 10.02.2013
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I took a day trip to Oxford last weekend and had a lovely time pub crawling and sightseeing this historic university town. Oxford is a quick and easy 1 hour train ride from London’s Paddington Station. During this time, many of the students were just returning to university, so it was fun to see a […]

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