Paris

Macarons get a lot of attention in Paris. Decked out in pretty colors and delivering incredible flavors to match, they can steal the show at any of Paris’s top pastry shops, or pâtisseries. The beauties above are from Ladurée, which many macaron aficionados say are the best in Paris. The macarons shown on the left at […]

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Chocolate. It’s one of the reasons I love to go to Paris, and an art the French do so well. Even simple chocolates are hardly mundane as Parisian chocolatiers have the talent in turning this gift from nature into some of the most complex, mysterious, and delicious creations. As mentioned in my previous post, on this […]

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It’s not hard to have great food experiences in Paris, and one of the fun things I did on my trip were some “Meeting the French” food tours: one for cheese, one for a boulangerie, and one for chocolate (more about the other two in another post). The visits by this company are designed to give […]

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Day 2 in Paris happened to be April Fool’s Day, or “Poisson d’Avril” (the “April Fish”), in France. While no one knows exactly why this day of pranks started, legend has it that it may have originated in France in the 16th century when King Charles XIV of France reformed the calendar. Many of the […]

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I’ve been behind on posting, but for a good reason: I was in Paris last week as part of a small group without a minute to spare for writing. I had never been to Paris in April, and it truly is a nice time to go. The city was finally putting its unusually cold winter […]

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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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