The Gerbeaud café in Budapest, Hungary (2016)

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I ate the famous Palascinta (Hungarian sweet pancakes) at the Gerbeaud café in Budapest, in 2016. It is a pastry with a blend of several flavours (apricot, walnuts, vanilla and chocolate). The atmosphere and decoration are elegant, chic and timeless. … Continue reading

Parisian pastries 2/2

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The Flan pâtissier is a flan (an egg cream beaten with milk and baked in an oven) put on a short pastry. « Baba au rhum is a light cake raised with yeast, containing raisins and dried fruits and soaked … Continue reading

Parisian pastries 1/2

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Chouquettes are small choux pastries with pearl sugar. The choux pastry dated from the 16th century and was invented by the Italian Popelini who was the pastry cook of the French Queen Catherine de Médicis (1519-1589). In 1760, Jean Avice … Continue reading

Homemade Alsatian Christmas pastries

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We made Alsatian pastries for Christmas : Cinnamon stars or Zimtsterne (soft cinnamon cakes recovered with icing sugar), Kouglof (Brioche with raisins and almonds, shaped in a special mould with a hole in the middle) , Spiced bredele, Florentins (biscuits … Continue reading

Favourite culinary specialities in Bourgogne, France

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Cheese gougère, snails of bourgogne, wine of Bourgogne and mustard are my Favourite culinary specialities in Bourgogne, France. There are others specialities in Bourgogne like beef bourguignon (beef with wine, onions, bacon and mushrooms), wine rooster, truffle of bourgogne, Chablis … Continue reading

Favourite sweet specialities in Bourgogne, France

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Ginger bread, blackcurrant (fruit, jam, candies, cream, sirup…) and nonnettes (round small pastry with ginger bread, often with jam inside) are my favourite sweet specialities in Bourgogne, France. There are other sweet specialities in Bourgogne like anise of Flavigny, gamblettes … Continue reading

Alsatian Christmas pastries

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Homemade Alsatian Christmas bredele (Étoiles à la cannelle, Linzer…).

A gourmet Christmas in Alsace


Hansi‘s illustration of an Alsatian little girl and Alsatian Christmas pastries.
In the set, there are my favourite Alsatian pastries for Christmas : Cinnamon stars or Zimtsterne (soft cinnamon cakes recovered with icing sugar), Kouglof (Brioche with raisins and almonds, shaped in a special mould with a hole in the middle) , Shortbread linzer (chocolate and spiced biscuit filled with jam), Spiced bredele, Florentins (biscuits with almonds, crystallized orange and lemon barks), Stollen (Christmas fruit bread with almond paste), Spitzbueben (filled biscuits with jam) and Berawecka (Christmas fruit and nuts bread).

Easter sweets

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The teddy bear in milk chocolate, the pinapple in dark chocolate and the bunny in white chocolate are from the French pastry Karamel Paris. The funny bunny with yellow glasses in dark chocolate is a creation of the French pastry … Continue reading

Celebrating Christmas with marvellous pastries (2017)

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Delicious Advent calendars

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Advent calendars to drink : Advent calendars to degust : Photo sources : sortiraparis.com, cosmopolitan.com, iletaitunefoislapatisserie.com, chocoladdict.com, odelices.com, kissmychef.com, parisianavores.paris, vanityfair.fr, doctissimo.fr, 30ansoupresque.com, femina.fr and arts-et-gastronomie.com.

Tea time in Paris 7

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The gold bowls (ZEN) and the tea pots (LUCKY STAR and BRÛLE PARFUM) are  from Mariage Frères.  In addition, the bookcase dates from the 19th century and is in speckled mahogany and gilt bronze. Besides, the red silk peonies are from Wayfair … Continue reading

Favourite tea times in Paris 16

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The white cups (Manoir tasse à café sans soucoupe) are from Villeroy & Boch. Besides, the background represents Paris and is from the Disney movie “The aristocats”.

Savoring delicious and ravishing pastries at l’Osmanthe in Paris

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L’Osmanthe is a pretty and peaceful tea room where we can taste ravishing and delicious pastries. The Chef Fang Jin realizes marvellous French pastries and creates original cakes with Asian flavours (matcha, green tea…). I degusted the fruity and slight … Continue reading

A royal tea time with Marie-Antoinette at Nina’s in Paris

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Nina’s was orginally a perfume distillery company founded in 1672 by Pierre Diaz. This firm was the supplier of fragrances for King Louis XIV and the Court of Versailles. The Queen Marie-Antoinette liked particulary the lavender and rose fragrances. Today, … Continue reading

A gourmet and elegant Tea time near to the Tuileries at Sebastien Gaudard in Paris

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Closed to the Tuileries, there is the wonderful and refined pastry and tea house “Sébastien Gaudard”. We can degust delicious traditional French pastries and savouring tea. Sébastien Godard is one of my favourite pastry chef in Paris. The decoration is … Continue reading

A Japanese-French fusion Tea time at Sadaharu Aoki in Paris

Sadaharu Aoki is a reputed Japanese pastry maker. The Japanese flavours (black sesame, matcha…) add a Japanese touch to French pastries (eclairs, puff cakes, Opera…). My favourite pastry is the black sesame eclair. It is delicious!

I tasted also the matcha puff cake and It was very tasty. Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea which is made from powdered green tea leaves. Besides, i savoured a delicate genmaicha tea (Japanese tea made from roasted tea leaves and toasted rice).

I went to the Aoki’s shop located 56, boulevard de Port-Royal 75005 paris. There are others shops in Paris.
The official website : http://www.sadaharuaoki.com

Delightful and ravishing pastries at Gilles Marchal

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I discovered this beautiful and delicious pastry shop when i walked on the hill of Montmartre in Paris. The decoration and the pastries are very refined. The chandelier, the madeleine printed wallpaper and the door handle in the form of … Continue reading

An enchanting timeless breakfast at Angelina

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I tasted the breakfast at the famous Tea house Angelina in Paris. Angelina was founded in 1903 by Antoine Rumpelmayer and the decoration was designed by the famous Belle Epoque architect Edouard-Jean Niermans. The decor is finely-worked and sophisticated with … Continue reading

A gourmet and flowered tea : “Coquelicot gourmand” by Dammann Frères

“Coquelicot gourmand” is a wonderful perfumed black tea at once gourmet (biscuits and almond paste) and flowered (poppies, cornflowers and rose peonies). This tea is a delight!

coquelicot gourmand thé

We can purchase this tea on the official website : http://www.dammann.fr/fr/coquelicot-gourmand_1.html

Sugar sweets with Mediterranean flavours

The French brand “Le clos de Laure” has assembled jam makers since 1998. These artisans create Provençal and Nice local gourmet products.

I tasted the “Délice d’amande à la fleur d’oranger” (almond delight with orange blossom) and the “Confit de rose de Grasse” (candied Grasse rose). It is delicious and very flavoured !

délices orientaux

The official website : http://www.leclosdelaure.com/

I found these products at the “maison Castro” in Paris.

The French pastry allied to the Japanese taste at “Yamasaki” in Paris

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Yamasaki is a Franco-Japanese tea room and pastry shop in Paris. The French pastries are revisited with the Japanese spirit. The pastries are colorful, delicious and sophisticated. The tea comes from the tea house Betjeman and Barton. It is located … Continue reading