13 janvier 2017 § Poster un commentaire
My friend and I were on our way to visit Belvédère and came across a small café with large windows and a very appealing interior. I really never thought I would find a hemp mylk bar ..in Vienna! We came back after our visit, very excited to taste it. In case you were wandering whether we went « high », I can tell you that we didn’t. Hemp is still a source of controversy as it is assumed that this plant has the same effects as marijuana (they share the same scientific name of Cannabis Sativa), but they are two distinct varieties. You can find all the information on the Mylk Bar’s website here.
I already saw Hemp mylk on store shelves in New York but they were containing additives+thickeners and was not very thrilled to try these versions. Hemp is particularly interesting for vegans and vegetarians because of its rich nutritional values: it contains the good fat -omega 3, and all of the 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a really good source of plant based protein. In France you can find hulled hemp in organic stores (to sprinkle in your salads, soups..) and in the US, it is sold as a superfood in powder and oil.
You can guess, as a specialized mylk bar, it is freshly made every morning by Benoit and Kumiko, the adorable owners who are from Geneva. The menu is all about that magic plant: in smoothies, shakes, coffee and dishes: wraps, salads. If you just want to try the mylk, choose the « original », lightly sweetened with dates and a nutty flavor.
Maybe in the future they will expand their menu with desserts made with hemp flour? Looks like possibilities are endless!
Where? Wiedner Hauptstrasse 34, 1040 Wien, AUSTRIA. Website: here.
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.
25 septembre 2015 § 5 Commentaires
Until Sunday, will be held at Le Carreau du Temple a street food festival centered around Korean food with other food trucks as well. Korean food is not yet well known in France, maybe at the exception of the spicy kimchi and the BBQ. The Korean food stalls present here were promoting traditional korean dishes yet unfamiliar to Parisians, such as Tteokbokki, Hop-pang, or seafood Pajeon. They are prepared just in front of you and you are able to see how they are cooked.
The korean chef Pierre Sang was also there and had his own food stall. I tried his Kimchi lentil, not as spicy as I was expecting but strong enough for the Parisians trying Kfood for the first time. If you have never drink Makgeolli or Soju yet, head to the bar to try !
Where? At Le Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller – 75003 until September 27th 2015.
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.
29 mai 2015 § 2 Commentaires
When one of my friend visiting Paris asked me where she could find the best spot for enjoying french food, I was first thinking at the michelin star and the very demanded restaurants with at least two three weeks reservations. The Jambon Beurre then came to my mind: it is France most eaten food. For foreigners, French food means refinement but local people do not go to Michelin star restaurant everyday and it is not on everyone’s budget. Foie gras, Snails or Frogs are only eaten at special occasion and it is more a strong cliché than reality.
Jambon beurre is very easy to prepare: you will only need a baguette, ham and butter – that’s all. But easy does not mean that all the bistrots prepare a delicious version of this sandwich. Chez Aline, the vegetables are fresh: crispy carrots, very tender asparagus and meat is carefully sourced. The Jambon is not the one you find in the supermarket full of « nitrate de sodium » (a preservative) but the « Prince de Paris » which is produced in Paris and is preservative free.
You can take away or have a seat with a glass of wine in the busy rue de Roquette.
Where? 85, rue de la Roquette – Paris 75011
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
9 avril 2015 § 1 commentaire
It is the first time I visit a country with such delicious fruits. I thought I would lose weight here but it was the opposite! Mangoes, Pineapple, Coconut and Bananas ..for naming only them were my daily treats (with Cupcakes). When I saw people queueing at Bùi Viện, located not far from my Hostel, I did not know what was being served here but it looked very good: ice cream on a coconut shell with rice and nuts flakes. This dessert spot was only frequented by locals and the menu was written in Vietnamese but there is a picture to help you choose.
Address : 106A Lê Thị Riêng, Q.1 and the other one located on Bui Vien street, known as the backpacker’s area