8 novembre 2015 § 3 Commentaires
Left in abandon for decades, the City of Paris has decided in 2006 to renovate the space and transform it into a photography gallery. It is hard to believe that there is such place in this area: a children playground is facing the modern building and the surroundings are mostly kebab joints and clothing shops.
But most importantly, you will have to stop at the Bal’s Café as the food is really really.. awesome ! Two chefs, Alice Quillet and Anna Trattles are cooking british inspired dishes with lots of creativity. The week end brunch is quite popular here: pancakes, scones, bacon & eggs.. For cakes, they are the same sold at the coffee shop Ten Belles: pumpkin muffin topped with yogurt, crunchy cookie and the chocolate-raspberry tart.
Where? 6 Impasse de la Défense – 75018 Paris
5 août 2015 § 6 Commentaires
« Apéro » is the French equivalent of an afterwork with wine, cheese and ham. It is not a meal – rather a goûter for adult because of alcohol. Apéro is the best moment to discover typical french food: fromage (cheese), saucisson (ham) with a loaf of bread. If you want to have an apéro « dans les règles de l’art », I recommend you Inaro, a place where I bring visiting friends who enjoy drinking wine and are not afraid of strong cheese and spicy ham. Located few steps away from Place de la République, you will find stools or comfy chairs in the back of the bar which can accomodate groups of several people. « Lire la suite »
29 juillet 2015 § 2 Commentaires
Most of the people who visit my blog think I spend my time drinking espressos and eating cakes. My close friends know that I indulge myself (a lot!) with « junk food » and balance with healthy food when I cook. The most important point is to have pleasure while eating and when I eat out, I make lots of researches to be sure the place I choose is worth it. I am often said that I am picky when it comes to food, but it is part of our daily lives and we spend an important part of our monthly income on it. When I choose a restaurant I want to know where the vegetable come from, the origins of the meat and if I can, know how the animals were treated. With such criterias, there are not many places left but I know I will enjoy my meal much more being aware of all this information. So yes, if picky means that, I am proudly a « picky girl ».
I had a Korean friend visiting France for the first time, and I remember having never found a burger cooked by the book in Seoul because meat is imported and the bun is often dry. Chez Aline being closed, I brought him to PNY, located on rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, a long street my friend Sarah and I adore for its diversity and impression to be elsewhere.
20 juillet 2015 § 2 Commentaires
The Peninsula Group opened last August their first European hotel in Paris after four years of careful restoration. It is located close by the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees, a dream location for anyone visiting the City of Lights. My friend and I were talking about how impressive the palace looked like and we finally decided to book for the Afternoon Tea.
19 juillet 2015 § 3 Commentaires
After visiting Tokyo last year, I discovered a city which was mastering fine pastries as well as do the French. Many chefs study in France and return to Japan for opening their own shops. Among them some decide to stay in France, as it is the case for Mori Yoshida, who was trained by Philippe Conticini, the chef behind the worldwide renowned « Patisserie des rêves ». The only reference to his japanese roots relies in the Strawberry chiffon cake, otherwise it is a classic « french » pastry shop with viennoiseries, cakes, macarons and fine chocolates.
Mori Yoshida has chosen a calm residential area – far from the usual tourists spots, with local customers who are aware of the quality of the ingredients. I am quite sure he will not stay unknown for a long time as his pastries are true pieces of art. The classic Gateau au chocolat is exactly what you are expecting from it: moist, with a strong chocolate flavor. I also tried the Chocolate Eclair, which has an incredible filling. You will not be disappointed by the viennoiserie as well: I had a crush on the Banana chausson and the Hazelnut financier.
It is located not far from Coutume Cafe, Musée Rodin and the Invalides.
What to try? Macarons for sure, all the viennoiseries and the Eclair !
Where? 65, avenue de Breteuil – Paris 75007
17 juillet 2015 § Poster un commentaire
How to fight summer heat in Paris? The city offers a large array of busy cafes with Parisians trying to catch the sunbeams with a glass of rosé. If you want to escape from the urban crowd, you do not need to go very far but instead head to Mini Palais, a restaurant which has a beautiful hidden terrass. The menu here has been created by the Michelin Star chef Eric Frechon from Epicure, Le Bristol – considered as one of the best hotel restaurant in the world. Without booking there, you can have a glimpse of his talent at Mini Palais.
Where? Near the beautiful Alexander III Bridge and Place de la Concorde, 3, Avenue Winston Churchill – Paris 75008. For booking, website here.
22 juin 2015 § Poster un commentaire
Juice bars can now be easily found in London. Roots and Bulbs was one of my favorite as they serve healthy food as well. As a coconut lover, I chose the « Coco Heaven » smoothie : Coconut Water, coconut Meat, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, which was really good. If you prefer cold pressed juices, you can choose among the greens or seasonal ones.
Healthy sweet treats such as Banana bread, brownie or macarons are on the menu: the banana bread was moist with a strong banana flavor. Roots and Bulbs is suitable for vegans, coeliacs (Gluten Free pastries and dishes) and also for people without any dietary restrictions. Go there early as they sell out fast. Several locations across London.
Where? 5 Thayer St, Marylebone, London W1U 3JG and for other addresses, check their website: here.