The Perfect Paris Beurre

The perfect Paris Beurre from Le Petit Vendome in Paris

The perfect Petit Beurre from Le Petit Vendome in Paris

Paris has many treasures that often stay hidden to those who don’t live there. One of these is the Paris Beurre. I only came across this delicious concoction thanks to my sister Teresa. While she was living in Paris she’d text me telling me she was sitting in the Jardin des Tuileries enjoying a Paris Beurre for lunch. Ignorant me assumed she was eating baguette with butter. Oh was I wrong!

While baguette with butter is pretty fabulous already, the Paris Beurre is that much better. It consists of baguette, rather a lot of delicious salty, creamy French butter and the perfect slice(s) of ham! There is something about the combination of butter, ham and bread that make for instantaneous deliciousness! Different forms and variations of the combination can be found in numerous cookbooks, in different cultures and throughout history. This French version remains a classic and for a damn delicious reason! I promise you nothing short of a simple delicious pleasure! Many many thanks to my awesome sister for sharing this treasure!

Now the trick is finding the perfect Paris Beurre. My trusted favourites is Le Petit Vendome (8 rue des Capucines, 2e Paris – just around the corner from the Place Vendome and a few minutes walk from the Tuileries). This fantastic little place is only open for lunch and always packed – you really have to hustle through the crowds to place your order! What makes the Paris Beurre so special here is the baguette from Boulangerie Julien (which has won Best Baguette of Paris!), the Brittany Ham, and the best French butter! I promise it is a must while in Paris!!!

So, try a Paris Beurre on your next trip, sit in the Jardin des Tuileries and marvel at beautiful Paris!  Bon Appétit and let me know what you think!

Eating at Frenchie with Greg Marchand

Whether you’re in need of a bite before you head out to watch tennis at Roland Garros or you’re coming back and starving, or you are simply in Paris, there is one place that serves it all – Frenchie (5-6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris). You can come here for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between.

My sister introduced me to Frenchie during my last visit to Paris and I loved it! And I am not the only one who has come to feel this way, as Greg Marchand, the mastermind chef behind Frenchie, has been skyrocketing to success. Hidden away in the Rue du Nil, Frenchie is developing into a culinary empire, that is no longer known to just the foodies of Paris. The Wall Street Journal just published an interview with him, including a recipe from his newest cookbook (which is superb and worth buying by the way!)

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Marchand’s restaurant “Frenchie” was the first to open in 2009, but was soon followed by “Bar À Vins and “Frenchie To Go”, both of which are located just opposite the restaurant. “Frenchie” is a small and elegant restaurant, with a daily changing elegant á la carte menu (be warned this is fairly pricey). The food represents a modern understanding of great French cuisine and is perfect for a delicious French dinner.

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“Bar À Vins” is the more casual sister to “Frenchie”. It’s a wine bar that serves great wine along with fantastic food. I loved this place not simply for the great wine and food (the octopus I had was A-MAZING), but because of the great atmosphere. The place is full, loud and busy. Everyone seems to be having a great time, enjoying the fantastic food and drink! Great for a fun foodie/wine night out!

If you are looking to go for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break then the casual and delicious Frenchie-to-Go is perfect for you. Don’t worry they also have seating options. My personal favourites are the absolutely divine sandwiches, which are the perfect combination of great ingredients and indulgent greasiness. (I highly recommend trying the Pastrami Sandwich.)

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Can’t wait to go back! (In the meantime there is always his cookbook “Frenchie: New Bistro Cooking”.) Hope you have as much fun as I did!

If you’re looking for more delicious food in Paris there’s more here.

(I was so busy eating and drinking that I failed to take a single picture. Photos are courtesy of http://www.frenchie-restaurant.com/photos-accueil and http://www.frenchietogo.com/photos)

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.

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!