Sunday, February 6, 2011
Sunday, August 22, 2010
We all know that the French are extremely gifted for making good food and wine. They excel in everything from appetizers to miniardises. It is indeed a fabulous country to live in! Nevertheless, although the French make maybe the finest chocolate in Europe, there is one culinary domain where they still can make significant progress: "Les bonbons".
I dear to say that there is no real culture for sweets in France. Of course, you find delicious specialities like calissons, fondants and caramels au beurre salé. However, if you want to buy some winegums at the movies, some marshmallows at the supermarket or some fruit gums at the bakery, you are often left with boring and chemical-tasting Haribo.
For sweets that taste more natural, that are more delicate - yes, simply better, I strongly recommend the shop Käramell run by Lena, a Swedish sweet tooth. Lena`s shop is cosy and colourful and the variety of sweets is unrivaled in Paris. Most of the produce is imported from Sweden and tastes way better than what you can find elsewhere in town. Lena also sells some nice accessories and products reflecting where she has her roots.
15 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Métro Notre Dame de Lorette (line 12)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
On the wooden shelves you find well chosen products in a wide range of categories: spices, olive oils, premium quality fruit juices (try the summery strawberry-apple), mustards, pasta, sauces, chocolates, biscuits, sweets (do not miss the fabulous marshmallow sticks with great, natural flavours like vanilla, strawberry, anise, orange blossom…), herbal tea and so on.
For the ones that like to tender their own garden, Epicerie Lion sells seedcorn for growing old-fashioned carrots, tomatoes and radish. In the green corner of the shop, you can also find bulbs for four-leaved clovers – allowing you to cultivate good luck. For yourself and for your loved ones.
The staff is friendly and happy to offer advice.
7 rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
On weekdays, this 2 stars restaurant offers a lunch menu that represents exceptional value for money: For 50 euros you can enjoy an exquisite and generous meal: appetizer, starter, main course, cheese, dessert and mignardises.
As an illustration, I paste the menu suggested on 26 Jan 2010:
Terrine de coquilles Saint-Jacques à la ciboulette /Œuf mollet et émulsion d’asperges vertes /Coquillages juste cuit en coque, persil et jus de Bellota
Pêche de ligne du jour " suivant arrivage"/ Confit de joue et aiguillette de bœuf saignante,pommes de terre dorées au poivre noir /Cuisse de volaille de Bresse façon demi-deuil, légumes oubliés
Sélection de fromages frais et affinés
Chiboust à la vanille et pomme/Chocolat et praliné façon Paris-brest/Soupe de coco-ananas, sorbet à la mangue
Service is discreet, friendly and efficient in this place where time stands still.
8 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
Métro Saint-Michel (line 4)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Although the shop is open all year, December is clearly the best month for visiting La Boutique des Anges at Montmartre.
The store is tiny and crowded with angels (and often with people as well). Sacred music gets you in the mood and optimises the chances that you fall for a angel figurine, an angelic postcard, a puny pocket angel (to watch over you wherever you go), an angel soap, a book or some other angelic item.
The old-fashioned place is really unique. And irresistible in December.
2, rue Yvonne le Tac 75018 Paris
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Inside you find Nadine's lovely jewellery creations as well as chic accessories selected by her. The latter comprises porte-monnaies, umbrellas, gloves and hats. She makes some accessories herself too, namely some charming shopping bags, porte-monnaies and the like. There are also some clothes to be found in the boutique. I think Nadine is the creator of those as well. Key adjectives for all the items are "romatic" and "nostalgic".
My only regret is that I did not know about this shop when I was a 10-year old girl. It would have been the perfect place to go to with my Mum on a Saturday for cultivating the already quite developped dream of being a princess... :-)
Nadine Delepine, 14, Rue Princesse, 75006 Paris
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
41, Rue du Montparnasse 75014 Paris. Telephone: 01 43 21 90 53