An Afternoon in Paris

Today we are spending an afternoon in Paris. What could be more delicious and fulfilling? We shall sit in cafés, drink, eat, and people watch in the world’s most beautiful city. So here we go…

The most sought out Café in Paris is Les Deux Magots and its neighbour Café de Flore. However, while they are both charming, they have turned into tourist attractions and hence not quite as charming anymore. Instead, I suggest heading further south down the Rue Bonaparte to Église Saint-Sulpice. Here you will find, tucked away under some lovely trees and overlooking the Place Saint-Sulpice, the Café de la Mairie (8 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris) – perfect for enjoying a coffee, tea or an aperitif on a sunny afternoon.

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For some truly delicious tea you must visit Mariages Frères Tea Salons. Thankfully, they have several locations strewn across Paris and you can simply stumble into one after a visit to the Louvre or an afternoon of shopping. (Check their website for the location perfect for you – http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/UK/vt+addresses.html). They truly know how to make fantastic tea! A must if you are a tea drinker!

 

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Onto some delicious food! A lovely and chic café to visit is Rose’s Bakery. She has two locations in Paris, my personal favourite being the location in St. Germain’s Bon Marché (the other being in the Marais). It is light, beautifully decorated, and serves both delicious lunch and pastries. It’s perfect to meet a girlfriend here and catch-up or replenish yourself after strolling through St. Germain.

The Broken Arm

Another Café I enjoy is the Broken Arm (12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris). It has a Scandinavian/California feel to it, with a wooden counter full of carrot cake, brownies, and delicious treats. The food and drinks are great too. Everything has a fresh and healthy taste, leaving you feeling good about yourself and ready to go. Right next door is their boutique, which sells very hip, ultra designed clothes.

Fotor0513150040A perfectly styled and utterly cool hangout is Colette (213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris). While the ground floor and upstairs are filled with everything hip and in, downstairs is devoted to everything edible. The menu is modern and the atmosphere is fun. The crowd and location are just as important as the food here, so may not be for everyone. They also have a water bar, offering a superb selection of different types of water, ready to quench your thirst.

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Eating your way through St. Moritz

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Before the winter is over I feel one wintry post must be made. I celebrated New Years in beautiful St. Moritz this year and was treated to quite the culinary and otherwise fantastic experience. However, nothing is ever just normal in St. Moritz. Instead, everything includes a splash of fabulous or a hint of extravaganza. And while every famous chef is represented in St. Moritz, the following suggestions, are all unique to this beautiful part of the world.

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So let us begin with the most interesting of dining experiences. What made it so memorable was the means of getting there…horse-drawn sledge! We rode through the snow-covered woods under a star-spangled sky, covered in many layers of sheep skins, up the mountains and into the Fex Valley, where we enjoyed a delicious Swiss dinner! It was Delicious in a whole new way! Our destination, Pensiun Crasta (Vallata di Fex, Sils im Engadin), served traditional Swiss food and that is what they are known for – the Raclette was great!

Another delicious St. Moritz experience was at Paradiso. This is a ski hut only to be found in St. Moritz. Champange served for lunch, a long with extraordinary good food!  There is Bar and a Club, with the Club being more formal and with a slightly different menu, but both have seating options outside. Everything we tried was delicious, my personal favourites being the Fondue and the mille-feuille+cream dessert! But what makes this place truly remarkable is the absolutely stunning view you have over the village and lake below and the surrounding mountains. Absolutely beautiful!

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For a refined afternoon cup of tea I suggest the Hotel Kronenhof (Via Maistra 130, 7504 Pontresina). Situated on the other side of the lake, Pontresina is much smaller, quieter and very picturesque.  The five-star hotel is beautiful and elegant, with a stunning view to take in while enjoying your afternoon tea. They have a special afternoon service that includes freshly prepared crepe. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of skiing. (They also have a great spa!)

Finally, for drinks out in the evening, my favorite was bar at Badrutt’s Palace (Via Serlas 27, 7500 St. Moritz). The place feels like you’re in someone’s living room and everyone seems to know everyone. Even if you don’t, the food and drinks served here make it well worth a visit. Try the Italian hazelnut flavoured Frangelico liqueur here.

The Best Pâtisseries in Paris

I just visited my sister in Paris and oh have I missed Paris and its food. The choices are simply so overwhelming I’ve been contemplating how to present all this deliciousness. I’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to my favourite part of Paris, namely the Patisseries and Boulangeries. Each and every one is delicious, with a slightly different take on these French delicacies.

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Let us start with Claus (14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris). Claus is actually German, but don’t let that fool you. Claus’s serves some of the best croissants in Paris, as well as the best Bircher Müsli. The décor is light and modern, which is why I love it. Also, the upstairs is perfect for breakfast – whether you enjoy the croissant or the Müsli is of course up to you.

Another hip and newly discovered favourite of mine is Liberté (39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris). It is located in the up and coming neighbourhood of Canal St. Martin and most definitely has this cool vibe. It also serves delicious French pastries that I would love to devour on a daily basis. Oh, the hardships one endures when not living in Paris!

A good standard French bakery is Gerad Mulot (76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris). It is a traditional Parisian bakery that hasn’t given in to a hip design or cool logo, but relies on serving good quality. It offers all the traditional French pastries you could hope for, as well as the baguette and bread the French are famous for. It’s best to buy a sandwich and pastry here while enjoying the beautiful Saint Germain neighbourhood because there is no seating.

A slightly different take on pastries is La Boutique Jaune de Sasha Finkelsztajn (27 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris). Located in the Marais, the traditionally Jewish neighbourhood of Paris, this place is not your traditional French boulangerie experience. Finkelsztajn, as the name suggests, is Jewish and serves Jewish baked goods. It is actually a traiteur and so also serves pâté, cold cuts and everything you knew about Jewish food and a lot you didn’t. Patisseries done differently!

Enjoy and bon appétit! And a big thank you to my dear sister, who ate and explored with me!

Lunching in Munich

Munich is my hometown and you’d expect me to know it better than any other place on earth. That is however, wrong. Instead, I rely on my mum’s delicious cooking. But don’t despair, I have a few favourites that I love to frequent and that are perfect for all fellow food-loving travellers. I hope you enjoy!

My ultimate favourite place to have lunch in Munich is Schumann’s Tagesbar (Maffeistraße 6, 80333 München). This is a modern, hip and delicious “daybar” serving breakfast and lunch. The menu changes daily and is made up of a selection of dishes that are usually Italian and German inspired. The food is always good and has never disappointed. The coffee is Italian and equally fantastic, as is the freshly baked cake. In the evenings they close at eight and serve small amuse-bouche and delicious drinks. A note of caution, this is definitely a place to see and be seen and as such not to everyone’s taste. However if you don’t mind mingling with Munich’s “schickeria” and are looking for a fun delicious place to have a superb lunch, Schumann’s is the place for you.

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Another favourite of mine is the Italian Due Passi (Ledererstraße 11, 80331 München). Now, I love this place simply because I feel like I am in Italy the moment I enter; it’s bustling, lively and relaxed…and I am always inclined to have a glass of wine for lunch. Also, the decor is fantastic, seeing as this used to be an old cheese store and the cow+landscape painted tiles have all been left in place. The food is (of course Italian), mostly Pasta, and has a home-cooked feel to it; so you’ve got to be in the mood for traditional Italian food when you lunch here. There is a daily changing menu as well as their standard menu. There is freshly made cake and Florentiner for dessert. The staff is Italian and make you feel part of the family.

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And finally, another go-to place of mine is the Literatur Haus (Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 München). The restaurant and café are situated in beautifully high vaulted, tall windows … I love coming here because of the atmosphere and the menu! The menu is French and offers traditional French classics, such as boeuf tartare, Quiche and salad, bouillabaisse and the much-loved steak+frites. They also offer a large selection of wine and French pastry, both of which perfectly round of a meal. It also means you can come here and simply enjoy tarte aux pommes and coffee. Also, as its name suggests, the restaurant does have a literature component – there are art installations with literature excerpts integrated into the bar, quotes on your plates and a changing exhibition on literature next door. Always enjoyable!

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