June 2010

Just after I had posted the article below on Pierre Hermé’s pain au chocolate, I discovered I had a separate photo of his bostock from the same visit. Since I have never had or seen bostock in Chicago (or anywhere in the United States for that matter), I wanted to share this picture to give you […]

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Nothing epitomizes France more than the baguette, but I would say the croissant comes in a close second. Croissants can be found in just about any boulangerie, pâtisserie, or café, but the one to go out of your way for (thanks to a tip from friend Flora) in Paris is at Pierre Hermé, one of […]

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Even the French don’t eat three-course lunches every day, and after a few big meals, I find myself craving simpler fare. Fortunately, eating light in Paris can be as good an experience as an indulgent lunch, and if you do take-out on a nice day, there’s the added bonus of eating al fresco in a […]

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There are so many good bistros and restaurants to choose from in Paris, the possibilities can be overwhelming. Over the past couple of years I had read about Les Papilles (“taste buds”) many times, and liked the idea of dining in this combined bistro-tiny épicerie-wine bar near the Luxembourg gardens where you can pick a bottle […]

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This afternoon, after spending a few hours at Les Arts Décoratifs museum in the Louvre, I walked nearby to Spring Boutique, 52 Rue de l’Abre Sec. After I started speaking in French with the owner, he replied in perfect English. Ten minutes later, two women noshing on charcuterie and drinking wine in the shop offered […]

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