May 3, 2016

Two lunch spots in the Marais

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Breizh Cafe

If it's 3pm and you're starving and you feel like eating crêpes for lunch, head to Breizh café. For normal hours, I recommend reserving a table! I like to go for a classic, like fromage, or saumon-crème fraîche but everything is delicious. Definitely leave room for dessert, as the apple, caramel & ice-cream crêpe is one of the most amazing things to exist. 

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Le Pain Quotidien

I've yet to be disappointed by Le Pain Quotidien. I know, a chain of restaurants. What can I say? I love their menu, their ingredients, their healthy choices, and their not-so-healthy but incredible Brunette praline nut butter. This is one of the only times I allow myself to eat loads of bread! woohooo! There are quite a few around Paris, and seeing as they are open all day, it's a good place to eat if you're starving and every other place is closed. 

April 3, 2016


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Paris these days...

Things have been better. Remarkably so.

My friend Christophe – who is the best house guest ever, I should add – found me a part time job with one of his friends. What I had thought would be waitressing is actually a magnificent trio of cooking, kitchen prep and waitressing. The other day I made lemon polenta cake as the dessert of the day. And last night I made olive oil brownies with rosemary ganache, and ricotta-honey feuilletés with a blood orange salad. All gone! Everyone happy. So this – all of it – makes me happy.

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My wonderful housemate Ruth organized a sushi dinner. Look at that table full of sushi! awww yeah.

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My "I just dyed my hair for the first time in two months" selfie.

Unfortunately this was in February and it's time to dye my hair again. This annoys me, it's not fun. But I like my copper hair, I do, I do.

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The loft all beautiful and ready for the second Loft Session before everyone arrived. So much fun. At the last loft session, I played my songs at 4am with a cellist, a bass player and a fantastic guitarist. It was magical. Below are the organizers, angel Peter and devil Olivier. 

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Face mask selfie. I have been slowly using up all the half finished lotions and masks and whatnot in my 'beauty' drawer. I thought I had too many lotions and beauty products, but I realize by going to other people's homes that I actually don't have more that others. There are three homes that I went to recently that had bathrooms FILLED with bottles! I still believe my pile is excessive, and I believe I can become even more of a minimalist in this area... but I'm no worse is all! And for someone who was beating herself up for being a creature of excess, it feels good to say to myself "You're not that bad" ;)

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And that's all the pictures as of late! Cheers!

March 17, 2016


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necklace c/o Junam • dress: vintage • shoes: Minelli • bag c/o Lodinatt

Guys, guys, guys... spring is here... I think it is! Last Friday was the first day that I was able to leave the loft without a coat. It was amazing. After going to the gym in the morning, I cycled home and decided to keep going. I left my sports bag, grabbed only my velib' card, some money, my keys and my phone and headed out on another cycling adventure. I went all the way up to the 18th, checked out some streets and places I had never seen before, then cycled down to the Marais. I got off to check out the dresses in BHV since I'm on the lookout for a bridesmaid dress for my mom's wedding this summer. I found nothing but I still have time. 

The Marais is such a popular place. The streets were packed! Around 5:30pm I was (finally) getting tired so I decided to pick up a falafel wrap at L'As du Falafel for dinner in the evening and head back home. I cycled up to Belleville while the sun was going down. It's difficult. I don't have a problem going down to the Marais, or Bastille or even all the way down to St Michel... but going up! Ah, my legs feel the burn once I make it up to Couronnes. It's a two minute walk to my loft from the velib' station, but it always feels like my legs are suddenly so light haha. I can tell you, I devoured that falafel wrap... ah man! One of my favorite things! 

Today was beautiful too. I had to run an errand at 8am and I was afraid it might still be too cold to go out without a coat that early but it was just a lovely chill that reminded me of walking to classes at Smith in the early days of spring. I miss Smith and Northampton so much these days. I would love to visit. I would love to go back to all those wonderful shops and restaurants I loved so much! I would get the pad thai at Thai Garden – with extra peanut sauce! and the salmon caesar salad at Paul & Elizabeth's which has polenta croutons (the only kind of crouton I shall eat!), and then I'd go to Viva Pasta and have the sweet potato ravioli with maple-walnut sauce (Oh my god), and I'd somehow fit in ice-cream at Herrell's, GoBerry froyo, sushi at Zen, and breakfast at the Green Bean. Of course let's not forget coffee and pastries at Haymarket, as well as the kalhua chocolate fallen soufflé cake at the Roost. Seriously, I could go on and on... You would think I would forget Northampton living in Paris and all. 


Hey, spring weather. I love you. 

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