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Pierre Hermé, Paris

by Janelle 02.20.2014
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During my visit to Paris last weekend, I was delighted to finally check out the famed pâtisserie Pierre Hermé on rue Bonaparte in the sixth arrondissement. Pierre Hermé is an acclaimed French pastry chef who Vogue dubbed, “The Picasso of Pastry,” and upon entering his boutique it is not hard to see why. Rows upon rows of meticulously […]

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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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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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La Petite Maison

by Janelle 09.26.2013
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I first went to La Petite Maison while on holiday in London a couple years ago and I remembered it as one of my favorite meals of the trip. Now that I am living in London, I had to make it back to see if it was as good as I remembered. La Petite Maison […]

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Authentic French Cassoulet

by Janelle 09.04.2013
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It’s quite possible that making a cassoulet has been my greatest culinary achievement to date. A cassoulet is a rustic, slow-cooked stew hailing from the southwest region of France, full of hearty beans, herbs, and rich, juicy meats. Whenever my husband and I are in Paris, we stop at our favorite bistro smack dab in […]

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A Cake Fit For a King… Galette des Rois

by Janelle 01.10.2012
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The French are smart. After Christmas, once the endless Bûche de Noëls and truffles au chocolat are devoured and forgotten till next year, the French fill the newly formed dessert void with a brilliant confection, Galette des Rois. In Paris, bakeries reopen on January 2nd with their shelves full of these much-awaited cakes. Traditionally eaten […]

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Apple Flognarde… A Light French Clafoutis Dessert

by Janelle 11.24.2011
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Apple Flognarde is a delicious traditional French specialty hailing from the Limousin and Auvergne region in the southwest of France. A flognarde, similar to a Clafoutis which is made with cherries, is essentially a puffed “soufflé” baked with fresh fruit. Although you can make it with blackberries, peaches, figs, or blueberries, just to name a few, […]

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A Croque Monsieur Recipe from Paris for Bastille Day

by Janelle 07.14.2011
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In honor of Bastille Day today, I wanted to share an authentic recipe for one of the most well-known and beloved french bistro dishes, the Croque Monsieur. As French as it gets, this haute, cheesy grilled ham and cheese sandwich began as a sort of “fast food” snack enjoyed at the countless bistros in Paris. […]

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A Sip of Paris

by Janelle 12.20.2010

This quite possibly might be the most romantic drink ever made.

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