The Biggest Luxury Discount Store in Paris!

The Biggest Luxury Discount Store in Paris!

Worn that €1,000 pair of shoes from Chanel once for that special party? Clearning out your original Vuitton luggage? Don’t wear your 52nd Hermes scarf? The lucky… ... Read More

Recipe for Christmas Bûche de Noël

Recipe for Christmas Bûche de Noël

I drool over the beautiful Buches de Noel by Pierre Herme. Here is a sampling of this year’s lineup and an easy to make recipe below. Each creation looks more delicious than the one before. They are cake creations of his famous macarons, Ispahan, Chuao chocolate, Montebello… I’m going to make the following easy recipe ... Read More

French Recipe Idea For Leftover Turkey

French Recipe Idea For Leftover Turkey

Leftover Turkey: Mini Tourtes de Dindes! Turkey and Vegetable Pie  Mini Casseroles Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant has revived the use of Cocottes, or small iron casseroles dishes at his new and aptly named restaurant, ‘Les Cocottes’.  The recipes are original and delicious, from cold layered starters to hearty winter main courses, to apple crumble a’ la cocotte for dessert. French ... Read More

The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable: American vs French Versions

The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable: American vs French Versions

  The French are circulating a re make of this old fable. I’ve translated a lighter version into English for your enjoyment. You can practice your French by scrolling to the bottom! American Version: The Ant and the Grasshopper Ant works all summer during a heatwave Builds a house and sets in provisions for winter. ... Read More

Making the Best Macarons in the World!

Making the Best Macarons in the World!

My daughter Alexia (age 14) and I have fallen in love with macarons, especially the ones made by Pierre Herme’ in Paris.  We purchased his Macaron cookbook and have spent many hours in the kitchen trying to perfect his delicious concoctions. Making Macarons by Pierre Herme They say that macarons are the most difficult pastry ... Read More

Innies vs Outies: Paris Apartments Outside vs Courtyard Views

Innies vs Outies: Paris Apartments Outside vs Courtyard Views

We’re redecorating the living room and master bedroom of our Merlot apartment and I had the treat to stay there. Stay tuned for our new pictures soon! I sat the dining table and was concentrating on the computer work; you know how it happens.  I looked up to see the most beautiful sunset arrayed beyond ... Read More

The Bridges of Paris – Spectacular Sunrise Views!

The Bridges of Paris – Spectacular Sunrise Views!

What an incredible gift, watching the sun rise over Paris! It struck me how lucky that our Paris apartments are located so close to the romantic Seine river… ... Read More

A Delicious French Salad!

A Delicious French Salad!

Refreshing Artichoke Salad by Christian Constant Early this year, we launched cooking lessons for guests inthe Michelin starred kitchens of the Violon d’Ingres.  This excellent restaurant has become a favorite in the 7th arrondissement among Parisian locals and businessmen alike.  The lessons have also been a success, thanks to the hard work of Head chef ... Read More

Love French Food, But Can’t Live Without Some American Treats

Love French Food, But Can’t Live Without Some American Treats

We love French food, Paris open air markets and restaurants, certain American products our irresistible. ... Read More

Why We Love Paris Apartments on High Floors

Why We Love Paris Apartments on High Floors

Getting ready to take pictures of the Saumur Paris apartment for rent, I woke up early. First stop was one of my favorite pastry shops across the street to buy my standard breakfast in Paris: ‘Bonjour Madame, un pain au chocolat s’il vous plait et un pain au raisin.’ ... Read More

The Muscadelle Apartment!

The Muscadelle Apartment!

We had a lot of fun decorating our Muscadelle apartment and thought you’d enjoy the latest photos. It took longer than expected to receive the right pieces of furniture, and the new dining table and dresser were delivered last week. ... Read More

Birthday Lunch for Philippe!

Birthday Lunch for Philippe!

My husband Philippe’s birthday was last Thursday and I was struggling to find something special to offer him. Then, I walked past Dubernet, the shop which sells specialties from the Southwest of France on rue Augereau in the 7th and the lightbulb went on! This shop is tucked away on a quiet street, but well known throughout Paris. ... Read More

My Favorite Pastime: Photographing Pastries in Paris

My Favorite Pastime: Photographing Pastries in Paris

Pastries are to me what jewelry stores and fashion boutiques are to many of my girlfriends. They are individual works of art, original and inspiring, each one to be savored and appreciated as a fine piece of jewelry. I love looking at their jewel-like displays in the beautiful patisseries of Paris! ... Read More

The Art of the Patisserie

The Art of the Patisserie

Pastry Shops near our Paris Rentals ... Read More

Original and Fun Pastries

Original and Fun Pastries

Look at the work to make these darling milk chocolate and dark chocolate ladybugs to celebrate spring… Completely edible with chocolate coating on the outside of a white sponge cake, sitting on their little yellow flower petals made out of marzipan…  Quel travail! These are from Lenotre, one of the undisputed pastry makers in France. ... Read More

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