9 décembre 2015 § 3 Commentaires
Major places to visit around Dakar:
- Goree Island
Goree Island was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1978. It is today known as the location of the House of Slaves, the oldest building of the island. It can be reached by ferry from the Gare ferroviaire and it takes 30 minutes.
- Reserve Bandia
For those who want to spot giraffes, rhinoceros, monkeys and crocodile, the safari proposed here will make your dreams come true! Beware of the monkeys, they are very fast and sly.
7 décembre 2015 § 3 Commentaires
Sobo Badé is a guest house, restaurant and art space located in Toubab Dialao area, 42km in the south from Dakar. We had lunch at the restaurant, enjoying an amazing view on the sea surrounded by sculptures and mosaics.
Sobo badé has an original juice menu with exotic fruits such as ditakh, papaya or corossol, fruits I never tasted before. The corossol (or soursop) tastes like litchi and mixed with ice, it was incredibly refreshing!
Senegal is also the country of fish. From Thiou, Thiof or Monkfish, they will always be the freshest in any restaurant you will go. Caught just before lunch and depending on the season, you will have sea bream, sole.. I had monkfish with fried plantain banana as a side dish. Plantain banana is considered as a sweet « veggie » and matches really well with fish. It is fried but not heavy at all. Shrimps and Gambas were also on the menu that day.
After a digestive nap, go dive in the azure beach just below the restaurant.
Where? Toubab Dialao, Sénégal : once you arrive in the village, you have to ask the locals as there are no street names yet.
19 novembre 2015 § 2 Commentaires
Not really korean food, rather fusion, « bao » or « bun » are having their glory days in London, New York and now Paris. Pac-Man shaped bread filled with meat/tofu/fish with a spread of caramelized sauce and crunchy veggies, the pillowy texture of the bread can leave no one indifferent.
At SaAm, near Canal Saint-Martin, the buns get the korean influence from the chef Kim Yoonsun with Bossam, Gochujang and kimchi. If you want to try something else than just buns, take the fried Gimbaps to share.
For lunch, there is a menu with two buns of your choice, a drink and a dessert for 15euros. The restaurant is suitable for coaeliacs and vegetarians.
Where? 59bis rue de Lancry – Paris 75010
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
1 novembre 2015 § 1 commentaire
Just near Christian Louboutin – the red sole shoe master, you can find Claus breakfast shop. I regularly go there to buy my Mini Magoo’s granola, the only place in Paris to sell them. They have coffee beans from Coutume, Christine Feber jams and a big choice of various product from tea to eggs, dedicated to the most important meal of the day.
Also on the take away menu: coffees, pastries, cakes & flowers.
Where? 15, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Paris 75001
30 octobre 2015 § 6 Commentaires
Founded by the American expatriate George Whitman in the 1950s, it is not a library you go for finding a book in particular but rather for its bohemian atmosphere and browse inside the historic building. Few Parisian know this place as they avoid Notre Dame, considered to be « Trop touristique! » – too touristic for them! This coffeeshop should help them reconcile with Paris’ most attractive landmark.
There is a terrass but the inside is really comfy, and you can also grab one of the books available on the shelves while enjoying your mug of coffee and a slice of pumpkin pie.
Where? 37, rue de la Bûcherie – Paris 75005
27 septembre 2015 § Poster un commentaire
During this week end is the celebration of the Eid for muslims and also Chuseok 추석 or Hangawi 한가위 for Koreans, which is a three day celebration for a good harvest. The date is chosen according to the lunar calendar and changes every year. Koreans living in the cities return to their grandparents’ house and take time to visit the tombs of their ancestors.
The symbolic food eaten during Chuseok is the « Songpyeun » 송편, a rice cake filled with red bean paste, sesame seeds, sweetened with honey. Chocolate did not existed yet, the red bean paste was an excellent substitute before chocolate was introduced by the Americans. Songpyeun has the shape of a full moon and is perfumed with pin needles while they are steamed. They can be lightly colored with natural tints such as blueberry or carrot.
Next year Chuseok will be September 15th! I hope to be in South Korea to celebrate it with my family, I have not seen my cousins reunited all together for a while.
If you are interested in Korean culture, there is the exposition « KOREA NOW! Craft, design and fashion » held at les Arts Décoratifs until January 3rd, 2016. I have never seen so many beautiful korean pieces of pottery gathered in one place.
For those interested in fashion, you will see how South Koreans have changed the Hanbok for more contemporary and minimalist outfits inspired by designers like Juun J.