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Heavenly Cakes and Teas

One of my favorite indulgences right now is Ciel, a Japanese tea room that only has one kind of pastry: light and airy angel food cakes with cream filling in flavors like strawberry, yuzu, chocolate, matcha, Griotte cherry, vanilla, or black sesame. They are beautifully presented for eating at the small counter space or to […]

Ready for Lift Off

The luxury hotel Peninsula has made Paris its European point of entry, introducing a few new drinking and dining options to the city. The rooftop restaurant and bar, L’oiseau Blanc, was named after the French plane that attempted to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York in 1927 but mysteriously disappeared. Fittingly, […]

Champagne in Champagne

Over brunch one Sunday years ago, a friend raised her glass and said, “Thanks for introducing me to champagne.” I responded, “You’d never had it before?” And she said, “Well, at weddings. Not, like, every day.” Regrettably, I don’t drink champagne everyday. It’s more a once-a-week thing. Though I can be cheap in other areas […]

Apero Culture

The apéro is one of the many French traditions around food. And as a true francophile, you understand that food is sacred to French people. Today, we are going to demystify the French apéro for you and give you tips to impress your French hosts when you’re invited for an apéro. L’apéro is the short […]

Fresh from Ile de Ré

You may have heard of Marlette, the trendy culinary brand originating from île de Ré that has taken Bretagne by storm with its savory and organic pre-made mixes. Now you can have it all in Paris at Café Marlette, opened by sisters, Margot and Scarlett; this tearoom boutique can be found on the famous rue des […]

A Triumphant Return

The reopening of the restaurant La Ferme Saint Simon is without a doubt one of the events of the 2014 culinary season after months of well-deserved hype. This mystical Parisian restaurant address had lost some of its glamour in the past; however, with a new team that has strategically rethought the menu and interior design, […]

Cali Cuisine, Paris View

California dreamers who don’t want to lose sight of the Eiffel Tower should book a terrace table at Frame, the contemporary California-inspired brasserie at the Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower. I went for the Eiffel Tower views (even after 19 years living here, it’s still impressive!) and the fish tacos on the menu. My Parisian friend […]

Where the French President Eats

Imagine our excitement last Friday evening when we saw none other than the President of the Republic, François Hollande, dining at the gastronomic jewel in the crown of the 18th arrondissement: La Table d’Eugène. Proof that not only is this part of the 18th becoming hipsterfied – it’s positively being gentrified. Helmed by chef Geoffrey […]

Emerging from Obscurity

The crepidula fornicata, or Atlantic limpet as it’s soon to be better known in English (sometimes also known as the Atlantic Slipper Shell, or berlingots de mer in French) is actually native to the northeast of the U.S. Until now, few people have tasted this shellfish as it’s very difficult to extract the edible part […]

Plastic Not-So-Fantastic

Le Fooding is creeping northward, even reaching my neck of the woods behind Sacre Coeur. I tried out Jeanne B, one such place, and hoped for the best. Alas. My salmon in “papillote” turned out to be salmon “en plastique” though no mention of it was made on the menu. Neither did the server deem it […]

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