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L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais

In a perfect world, with unlimited resources and where I would never be full (or need to jog off a dozen extra pastries), I would have liked to try everything they had for sale at the L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais, a very cute bakery near the Place de Vosges in Paris. It all looked spectacular, and the prices seemed very reasonable. In this world, however, ... Read More »

Berthillon Ice Cream, Paris

Berthillion Ice Cream cone

One of the best known ice creams in Paris is Berthillon. And, according to many residents, tour guides and guide books, it is the best ice cream in the city, if not the world. This is quite the statement to make, and it is obvious that people take it to heart because there are lines around the block for this ice cream shop. It is ... Read More »

Nutella to Go, reviewed

Nutella to Go

My mom always reminded me to pack a few granola bars or some similar treats with me when I traveled because, according to her, you never know when you’re going to need a snack. The plane might be late and all the restaurants will be closed when you land. You might end up spending 2 hours waiting in an unavoidably long ticket line. She was ... Read More »

Starbucks Fusion with Michalak

I’ve heard mixed reviews of Starbucks in France, ranging from comments that their coffee is terrible to comments stating that they are the only decent place to get a cup of coffee in Paris. I think that the reality falls somewhere in between, as their coffee seemed pretty decent (at least as good as in the US, better at some locations than others), but they ... Read More »

A Breakfast in Paris

I’ve noticed that just about all bakeries sell a variety of pre-prepared sandwiches and other dishes. It seemed like a many people dropped in to pick up these sandwiches for lunch, or at least to eat later, but just as many opted to take them for breakfast. That said, pastries were definitely the most popular at the boulangerie/patisserie I stopped in on Wednesday morning. I ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Paris

I’m taking a bit of a break from regular work this week to spend some time in Paris! This means that I’m going to try to throw in a few posts about Paris food – not reviews, just some commentary – here and there over the next couple of days. Don’t worry – the recipes will still run as scheduled, so you won’t miss out ... Read More »

The Patisseries of Paris

The Patisseries of Paris

At one point in time, you could only find very basic travel guide books and most of them covered a wide area. These days, there are more guidebooks available than ever before and they have become increasingly specialized, focusing on cities, neighborhoods, interests and even food. This is great for travelers streamline a trip and see what they want to see. The Patisseries of Paris: ... Read More »

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

If you watch the Food Network, you’ve probably caught at least an episode or two of Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt. The show has been on for two seasons and followed AB road tripping around parts of the US looking for good road food. The show focused on diner-type restaurants and the people in them, and always felt a lot less contrived (and a lot ... Read More »

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