Thursday, 4 January 2018

Café Saint-Médard

Special post to thank my dear friend Ayelet for the great moment we spent today around a nice piece of chocolat fondant and a cup of coffee, at Saint-Médard café, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. 

This café was created in the 50's and is named after the opposite 18th century church. There is a lovely sunny terrace which is absolutely great between April and September. Today, as it was rainy and cold outside we decided to sit upstairs in order to stay warm and to enjoy the view over the square and the church. 

Next time, I will try to come and have lunch as this bistro also serves homemade food prepared out of fresh ingredients from the market. The reviews on the internet are pretty good. As far as the service is concerned, the guy who helped us was not too nice but wasn't unpleasant either. That's about what you get in Paris isn't it, even though I will never get used to it. 

Anyway, we had a lovely time, so thank you so much Ayelet. 😘

53 rue Censier - 75005 Paris
Monday to Sunday, 7am to 2pm

Photos : © LIFE Magazine, Paul Gense & D.R.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Liquides perfume bar


Today, I took little Jude to the upper Marais to check out if there were new shops which had opened up. This part of Paris is changing very quickly over the years and, even if I do prefer the traditional part of the Marais, it's fun to walk up there and see how it's evolving. 

And precisely, today, I came across a very interesting place named "Liquides". It's a perfume bar set up in a cute little boudoir. At the back of the shop is a high wall of perfume bottles from brands I had never heard about before (Liquides imaginaires, Ella K parfums Paris, Parfums de Marly...).

As the shop was empty -no wonder on a rainy January 2nd- I asked the shop assistant if I could test some perfumes. She was very nice and helpful and asked me what kind of fragrances I liked. She then offered me to smell different flavors according to my taste. I must admit that some flavors were smelling really good and they do hold: 3 days later, the little cards on which she sprayed the perfume still smell lovely. 

I spent a great time and absolutely loved the experience of discovering new, rich fragrances. I do love the idea of wearing a perfume which matches one's taste and personality and, that is kind of unique. The only drawback was the price: around 200€ the bottle. If you can afford it, just go ahead. They have a very large selection of these marvelous fragrances and I am sure that everyone can find the one that suits her or him best.

NB: I also very much liked the candles by Fornasetti Profumi. They are very stylish and make very nice decoration objects. But again a bit dear (over 160€).

9 rue de Normandie - 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7:30pm (Saturday, until 8pm)



Thursday, 28 December 2017

Seraphine Paris

Special post today for mums-to-be visiting or living in Paris.

Did you know that the amazing maternity clothes brand Seraphine had opened a boutique in Paris ? Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, just opposite Saint-Sulpice Church, the store is gorgeous with its vaulted glass ceiling and stunning crystal chandelier.

I have been a huge fan of this brand since its creation, in London, 15 years ago.  At the time, the founder, Cécile Reinaud, had the brilliant the idea of offering fashionable maternity clothes which would look chic and yet comfy. She wanted her clients to buy maternity clothes they would have bought even if they were not pregnant. 

And that's exactly what I love about this brand. The clothes are stylish. To tell the truth, the lace maternity dresses are everything! By the way, many celebrities have been photographed with Seraphine maternity clothes on the red carpet. In England, for instance, the Duchesse of Cambridge was stuning when wearing the Marina maternity coat (cf. picture below).

Icing on the cake, Cécile Reinaud received, from HRH Queen Elizabeth II herself, the "Queen’s Award for Enterprise", in recognition of their outstanding achievements in international trade. Seraphine has opened stores in all the top fashion capitals. 

4 place Saint-Sulpice - 75006 PARIS
Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 7pm 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Galette des rois 2018


I hope that everyone had a great Christmas eve and Christmas day and that you had the chance to create nice memories with your families. 🎄

In France, just after Christmas, another great moment of the Winter festive period is the tasting of Galettes des rois, starting on January 6th, on the Epiphany. My son and I are very fond of these almond cakes and we are always very excited to check out in our slice if we have the fève, this little arty piece, which makes you the king or the queen of the day if you have the chance to get it.

Each year the fèves are different and, since I was a little girl, I have been looking forward to discovering new ones.  I actually collected them for many years. 

So, let's find out what we the galettes and fèves will look like in 2018.


Let's start with my favourite galette this year, from the Peninsula Paris. Dominique Costa, the Chef, has designed a  galette in the shape of the crown, just like the ones you can find in the South of France. It's decorated with candied fruits, Deutz Rosé champagne marshmallows and roasted pistachio slivers. Underneath these sumptuous decorations is a fine frangipane mixted with apples marinated in Deutz Rosé champagne. Sounds just perfect. 
Nb : orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance. Price: 39€ (for 6 to 8 people).
Peninsula, 39€ (6 to 8 people)


For Another galette I really want to try this year is the one designed by Christophe Adam as he used most of my favourite sweet ingredients: raspberry, lemon and almond. And I love the idea of a lemon sugar dough. Regarding the fèves, L'éclair de génie have issued a new box of 5 little éclairs, in a limited edition.
Éclair de génie, raspberry galette tart, 32€ (6 people)
Eclair de génie, box of 5 fèves, 35€


Looks like the galette "Allure Chocolat" from Maison du Chocolat is going to be a must for this season too, especially for chocolate lovers like me. The ganache, a creamy mix of chocolate and almond, looks irresistible. The fèves are really cute too. One has the shape of a piece of Salvador chocolate, the other a macaron. They are sold individually. 

Maison du chocolat, 44.50€ (serving 6)


For 2018, the galette Ladurée, of one of my favourite patisserie houses, stays traditional but as they use premium ingredients, it's absolutely gorgeous (puff pastry filled with an almond cream). What about the fèves? Well, they are in the shape of a pile of 3 macarons; very Ladurée isn't it. Each box contains 3 macarons fèves and costs 14€.

Ladurée traditional galette, 40,80€ (6 people)

Ladurée box of  Fèves « Macarons » 14€


Lenôtre chef Guy Krenzer and his team have created a lovely galette with the top sliced with blades showing the filling which is a brioche soaked with almond syrup flavoured with orange blossom and filled with almond cream. 
The fèves represent 7 fairy tale's animals. Nice, but not my favourite. I prefer when the fèves are more crafted.

Lenôtre, 59€ (8 to 10 people)
Box of 7 porcelain fèves, 39€


For Fauchon, the Chef François Daubinet has chosen a balance between the delicacy of the almond and the acidity of the kumquat. To tell you the truth, I didn't get the chance to taste this galette and I have no idea what the kumquat tastes like. So I couldn't say if I like it or not. However, what I do like is what it looks like. Here is a picture of Fauchon 2018 galette. It will be available from January 6th, in the Madelein boutique.

Fauchon, 49€ (6 people)


It's Russian time for Eric Kayser and his galette Babouchka filled with a frangipane with lemon infused in a black Russian tea and chocolate chips. Inside, a cute matriochka crafted by the famous company Fèves de Clamecy. Soooo cute.
Eric Kayser, galette babouchka, 28€ (6 people)

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

César Ladurée gift box

If you happen to be in Paris this winter and if you enjoy art and macarons, you may want to pop in a Ladurée boutique to buy their exclusive gift box with an assortment of 3 macarons created in honor of the famous artist César. It comes together with 3 classic macarons. 

Ladurée created an exclusive macaron, inspired by the sin of gourmandise of César : 2 chestnut macaron shells filled with a chestnut cream flavoured with dark rum and candied chestnut fragments, delicately covered in dark chocolate and decorated by the thumb fingerprint of the sculptor, inspired by his emblematic work, Le Pouce.

 Personally, I do not like chestnut at all but I quite liked the box and thought you might like it too.

It's a cute limited edition on the occasion of the César retrospective at the Pompidou Center, from December 13th 2017 until March 26th 2018.