Compagnie des Glaces, 75005

As soon as the sun comes out in Paris, I scrabble for alternatives to Amorino. Fortunately, last week, I found a new place which is worth sharing with you: La Compagnie des Glaces. Strictly speaking, it's a franchise and they currently have twelve outposts all over France - stretching from Honfleur in the north, to Pornic … Continue reading Compagnie des Glaces, 75005

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Tiger Paris, 75006

Tiger opened in December 2015 and embodies the latest development in the ever-evolving Paris craft cocktail scene. We've seen a specialised whisky bar (Sherry Butt), we've seen rum (CopperBay), we've seen absinthe (Lulu White) and so it was hardly surprising to see Paris' first dedicated gin bar. There's been a boom in small-scale gin production around … Continue reading Tiger Paris, 75006

Spotlight On: Chausson au Speculoos

The croissant is so passé. My social media feeds this week (I'm looking at you in particular, Facebook) have been clogged with supposedly scandalous chatter of straight vs curved croissants. It's pure semantics. Anyone who knows their butter from their margarine knows that the croissant was not created equal. So while we wait for the online … Continue reading Spotlight On: Chausson au Speculoos

Walrus, 75010

Have you wondered where the young, hip and unshaven hang out? The answer is the Walrus. It's a welcome addition to a quartier which doesn't have much to offer besides stolen iPhones. Think I'm joking? Just spend a couple of seconds on the crossroads of boulevard Magenta, rue Maubeuge and rue de Dunkerque (near Gare du Nord) and … Continue reading Walrus, 75010

Festival des Pains de Monsieur Habhab, 75020

Just ten minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, there lies a relatively unknown quarter of Paris and it feels like you have stepped into another world. We talk about Saint Germain and the Marais having a neighbourhood feel... but unless you've lived there for the last twenty years, chances are that you're seeing … Continue reading Festival des Pains de Monsieur Habhab, 75020

Here’s What You Didn’t Know About Galette des Rois

We tend to translate Galette des Rois as "King Cake" in English. Yet, the translation is rather deceptive. Despite sharing a name, King Cake, the colourful cinnamon cake found in New Orleans around Carnival and Mardi Gras, has nothing in common with the pastry that is traditionally eaten in France at Epiphany. Actually, I lie; both versions … Continue reading Here’s What You Didn’t Know About Galette des Rois

Who Is Saint Honoré?

If you want to get to grips with French pastries, you simply have to start with Saint Honoré. Honoratus, bishop of Amiens, lived sometime in the 6th century AD. He was made a saint after his death and is venerated in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. It's not entirely sure when the association between … Continue reading Who Is Saint Honoré?

RAP Épicerie, 75009

There are many Italian delicatessens in Paris but there are very few who have such high-quality products as the RAP Épicerie. Alessandra Pierini arrived in Paris in 2010 and her mission was to source the best of Italy and bring it to France. Still independent, she currently stocks over 1000 products, purchased directly from more than 300 … Continue reading RAP Épicerie, 75009

“Les Goûters du Cœur” / Upcoming Christmas Charity Event 2015

STOP PRESS! Normally, I only write about upcoming events on my Facebook page. There are so many delicious diary entries for every single day in Paris that to put them on a static blog would make them quickly out of place and out of date. However this particular event is particularly special, thus I am making an … Continue reading “Les Goûters du Cœur” / Upcoming Christmas Charity Event 2015