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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 »

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 »

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 »

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