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Jacques Genin (Paris, France)

If you ask me what are my favorite pâtisseries in Paris prior to this recent trip, it’s either Pierre Hermé Paris (primarily for ispahan flavored anything and everything) or Jacques Genin for exquisite caramels and the best cakes and millefeuille that come from his kitchen upstairs of his upscale, sleek and modern Rue de Turenne location. (You may read my love for Genin when I was there the first time around here.) (more…)

L’Eclair de Génie (Paris, France)

Christophe Adam, pastry chef and owner of L’Eclair de Génie in Paris’s Marais district (and there’s other locations around the city). Adam has transformed and modernized the classic French éclair into a dessert that is fresh and appealing. He dresses his éclairs in stunning rainbow colors, finishes them off with edible powdered silver, and throws into the mix fun flavors like yuzu, salted caramel, orange pistachio, and even caramel popcorn. Basically, he’s made the old éclair cool again. What you won’t find is any other pastries here since this brand is all about éclairs, chocolates (that are boxed or you..

Angelina Paris (Paris, France)

If you ever crave for something sweet just a few steps away from the Louvre, you should go to the legendary pâtisserie Angelina Paris. This salon was founded in 1903 by the Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer. This grand tea house has a faded grandeur of a belle époque salon is bustling with the many tourists who flock for the pastries and a few who want to have a light meal and there is a take away section at the front of the tea room. (more…)

Pâtisserie Gilles Marchal (Paris, France)

Part of the reason why I visited Patisserie Gilles Marchal is because I have ment and briefly hung out with Gilles a little more than six years ago when he was the Creative Director of La Maison du Chocolat (it was m first time visiting Paris and you may read that post here) and curious to know how’s life after the mentioned position. Prior to his post at LMDC, he was the pastry sous chef at the Crillon, and executive pastry chef at the Plaza Athenee and Le Bristol. We found out toward the end of our visit that he..

Bar 8 at Mandarin Oriental Paris (Paris, France)

<img Mandarin Oriental Paris is a stunning, sleek hotel found in one of the toniest shopping and sightseing neighborhoods in Paris. The Mandarin Oriental is one of my favorite luxury hotel brands to visit and stay with whenever possible (as seen from my travels to Asia and Boston). This time around we dropped by for pre-dinner drinks and snacks at Bar 8 at their zen-like courtyard after passing though their glamourous and futuristic lobby and dark, chic bar with an eye catching marble bar. (more…)

Delicious Crêpes at Breizh Café (Paris, France)

Breizh Café specializes in galettes de blé noir, commonly known as buckwheat crêpes is a great spot for those who crave savory and sweet crêpes served with artisanal French ciders in the hip Marais area of Paris. It’s no surprise when we arrived around 9:00 PM on a Friday night, the place was buzzing with activity with a mix of tourists and locals eating plates of them and people waiting on the sidelines for either a table or taking their order to-go. After waiting for 15 minutes for a table, we settled down and taken a look at the extensive..

Lovely Afternoon Tea at Le Meurice (Paris, France)

If you have been following my Instagram for the past week or so, I’m traveling around Paris, Nice and Monaco and eating quite well. Please note, these posts are not in any particular order (chronological or even about preference of a restaurant, hotel, etc.). Le Meurice is a beautiful seven-story, hotel palace located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers (but beware the flood of tourists). The opulent Restaurant Le Meurice (2* Michelin) looks pulled straight out of Versailles with its gilded moldings and rococo..

Jacques Genin: French Caramels and Millefeuille Heaven

This is a continuation from my Parisian vacation that took place in late May 2010. Menu on the window Monsieur Jacques Genin, how I have read so many good things about you. I have read you have ruined people after they ate your made-to-order millefeuilles and your exquisite caramels. Oh, the temptation…and I cannot resist delectable sweets. I made a pre-dinner (yet to be reviewed) stop during the late afternoon after extensive shopping with HC. (more…)

Beef-centric Dinner at Le Bis du Severo

When you go to any French brasserie in the world, whether it’s in New York City or Paris, the dish that one would always find on their menu would be steak frites. Scouring through Paris food guides like Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris and Paris Chowhound, I ended up reserving a table at Le Bis du Severo. Le Bis du Severo Le Bis du Severo is an annex to Severo, both restaurants are owned by a former butcher from Nivernaises who is passionate about his meat. The interior is sort of retro-modern with the black and white checkered tile floor,..