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Paris Brest with Espresso Cream

Paris Brest with Cream Filling

Paris Brest are a type of pastry that I encountered on my trip to Paris last year. The pastries were created in 1891 in honor of a bike race that ran from Paris to Brest, a city on the Western coast of France. They are made of pate a choux that is piped into ring shapes to mimic the shape of a bicycle tire, as ... Read More »

French Ham, Cheese and Egg Crepes, step-by-step

Folding the almost-finished crepe

One of my favorite food memories from my trip to Paris a few months ago was going out late at night near the Eiffel Tower and queuing up with a bunch of other people to get freshly made crepes, then sitting in the park enjoying the lights of the tower while eating. The crepes were so good that the first night I had one, I ... Read More »

The Sweet Life in Paris

The Sweet Life in Paris is part memoir, part cookbook, and part guidebook on how to blend in with Parisians. The book tells the story of why pastry chef, author and blogger David Lebovitz decided to uproot his life in San Francisco and move thousands of miles away to France. And within that story, there are many others, from how David makes the best use ... Read More »

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 »

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City’s Best Pastry Shops

If you’re not planning a trip to Paris in the near future, there is no reason to miss out on all the delicious pastries that the city has to offer – and let’s face it, the pastries are a big part of the draw of Paris (that, the art and the Eiffel Tower, n’est pas?)! In Dorie Greenspan’s book, Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the ... Read More »

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