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A final taste of Paris

French Macarons

I’m back home from Paris – until I’m lucky enough to be able to make a return trip, at least – and I miss it already. The city was fantastic, the people were lovely and the food was delicious. Even though it was tempting to do so, I didn’t take the time this trip to plan out where the “best” or most famous patisseries and ... Read More »

Restaurants in the Eiffel Tower

View from the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world and a must-see for most visitors to Paris. The average day for a visitor will include a wait for either the elevator or the stairs to get up to the viewing levels, some time taking photographs and enjoying the Paris skyline, and a wait back at the elevator to get down. Or, ... Read More »

Butter with Sea Salt Crystals

I always use unsalted butter for baking because it offers a consistent baseline for a recipe. But I really prefer salted butter for basic uses, like topping toast, pancakes or a baked potato because the extra bit of salt adds a little contrast to the slightly sweet cream taste of plain butter. The one thing that can top a good salted butter is butter with ... Read More »

How to pick a good baguette in Paris

Good Baguette

It seems like there are several boulangeries, or bakeries, on every block in Paris selling baguettes and other types of breads. Sandwich shops and some cafes, many of which look just like bakeries themselves, also sell baguettes and baguette sandwiches. So how can you pick a good one? In part, it’s a crap shoot because there are just so many out there, but there are ... Read More »

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 »

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