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.
30 mai 2015 § Poster un commentaire
I was invited last Tuesday by Grace, who is the author of the blog « La Petite Banane » for the press inauguration of the second edition of the Chinese Food Week. This event is held in Paris from June, 1st to 7th, and every night, one restaurant representing a region is put forward. On Monday, it will be Hakka specialties and on Wednesday, Sichuan will take center stage. I have booked for the Friday dinner, which is Dim Sum at the President in Belleville!
More infos on their website: www.chinesefoodweek.com
2 mai 2015 § 3 Commentaires
Pozzetto is an italian ice cream parlour located in the South Marais. My friend who just came back from Firenze confirmed that it was as good as the ones she had during her journey. The gelati here are creamy, flavorful and you can taste a bite of Italy in a pot of ice cream.
Address: 39, rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris
14 avril 2015 § 5 Commentaires
Tteok-bokki is a korean dish made of rice and red chili sauce – 고추장. It is the most widespread dish sold in food trucks and stalls as it is easy to prepare. A good Tteok-bokki should have a soft and chewy rice base and a sweet chili sauce which is not too spicy. After trying several addresses for finding the one, Ppoung-nyon Ssal Nong-san (풍년 쌀 농산) Tteok-bokki was the place which met all my expectations. It is like crepe in France: very easy to cook but only few places do it really well. The fried one on a skewer was my favorite : crispy and chewy at the same time, with a spread of sweet red sauce. The drink to have with Tteok-bokki is Shik-he (식혜) made of rice and brown sugar. It is closed on Monday, and if you have the possibility, avoid the week end because the waiting time can be very long.
Address: 81-1 Hwa-dong, Jongno-gu