Posts Tagged ‘food’

4th of July Shoutout from French Bakery

July 5th, 2014

Poilâne, noted Paris bakery, creates wonderful decorations for some of their wonderful breads but they may have outdone themselves with their creation to honor the 4th of July! Official Poilâne photo


Macaron Day extra

March 20th, 2014

With any purchase Pierre Hermé is offering a poster (of macarons, what else!) for 25 euros.  Candy for the mouth and the eyes!  But be prepared for lines!


Jour du Macaron – March 20, 2014

March 17th, 2014

The 9th annual Macaron Day will be celebrated Thursday, March 20th in Paris.  Once again sponsored by Pierre Hermé (who will also be donating a percentage of the profits that day from all his boutiques) participating pastry shops are giving away a free macaron in exchange for a donation (in whatever amount) for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (and of course you’re free to buy their wares!).  Click here for a list of participating shops in Paris and plan to sample at least a few if


Foodie? In Paris March 16 – 18?

March 13th, 2014

Then the Omnivore World Tour Food Fest Paris is for you!  March 16 – 18 at the  Maison de la Mutualité in the 5th.  For full details from their site click here.  And for an analysis of the program and their personal picks read the article by Paris by Mouth by clicking here.  Then lick your lips in anticipation and buy your ticket!


Valentine’s Day Food Treats

February 13th, 2014

Valentine’s Day in France means chocolates and champagne, a tradition I like!  But bakers and pastry makers join the fray along with chocolate makers with themed treats.  Take a look!  Better yet, if you’re in Paris, rush out and buy some.  Hungry yet? Pierre Hermé (1st 2 photos + others)      


Chandeleur is coming tomorrow!

February 1st, 2014

Like crêpes?  Then the festival of Chandeleur (Candlemass), celebrated every year on February 2nd, is for you! (Hmm, that’s Groundhog Day – you have to wonder about a link…) While probably pagan in origin Chandeleur was incorporated into Christian tradition and eventually became associated with crêpes in France, Belgium and Switzerland.  Tradition in these countries says that if you (successfully) flip a crêpe (faire sauter les crêpes) while holding a coin in your other hand it will bring prosperity to your family for the coming


Epiphany – Galette des Rois

January 7th, 2014

The French celebrate the Epiphany (which commemorates the date when the Magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus) with this wonderful cake – the galette des rois (or king’s cake).   While almond paste filling encased in puff pastry is the tradition in much of France, in the south it’s a circular brioche cake decorated with dried fruit.   You can even find other regional variations.  And these days you can find the traditional galettes with alternate fillings – apple & chocolate, pistachio or hazelnut!


Bûche de Noël

December 19th, 2013

The bûche de Noël is the traditional Christmas dessert in many regions of France.  These days, all the well known pastry chefs and chocolate makers outdo themselves with elaborate versions – each year they bring out new creations!  But the traditional bûche has a closer resemblance to the yule log (linked originally to the winter solstice in ancient times) that it commemorates.  And many bakeries offer slices of their bûches so that even singles and couples can enjoy!  With so many fascinating designs and flavors


French Nod to Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

The French don’t really ‘get’ Thanksgiving as Elaine Sciolino noted in her recent piece in the NYTimes.  How could they?  They don’t have the 200 year history of that holiday ()but they do have a much longer culinary tradition.  But increasingly they’ve found ways to nod to our Thanksgiving traditions.  As examples – a bread by noted baker Poilaîne with a turkey crafted in its center and a pumpkin tart by Sébastien Gaudard at Pâtisserie des Martyrs (available until November 30).  Both by special order


Restaurant Week – Paris

September 16th, 2013

Tous au restaurant is restaurant week, version française!  From September 16 – 18th participating restaurants are offering a free meal for every meal purchased (from their special ‘menu’).  In other words, your guest is their guest!  Reservations opened a week ago but, with the large number of participating restaurants (from 3 star Michelin to more modest bistros, in all parts of the city) there are bound to still be tables to book!.  For more info click here.

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