February 27, 2015

PARISIAN STYLE // 07

Parisian style Val 1 Parisian style Val 2

On Friday, my fingertips hurt. I played guitar all day, writing a song,  finally... Another sad one because obviously that's all I'm good for. I remember when I wrote the more loving one. Damn, that was long ago. It's still my favorite song. I never would have written it had I not gone through that heartbreak, though. So it sucks how sad I had to be to get the best thing I've done. 

Parisian style Val 3
coat: Miss Sixty • bag c/o Pepa Loves • boots c/o Blowfish Shoes • hat: H&M • scarf: Benetton • skirt: thrifted

Another appearance by those boots. I've lost count of how many times I've worn them on the blog. Many, many, many. They're perfect for winter, what can I say. Right now I am quite sick. I started getting sick Wednesday, and have been getting a bit worse every day. However I didn't realize I was getting sick so I didn't take care of myself (i.e I did not sleep at all Friday night thanks to my Moose family and a lot of gin). I had to work until 1am last night and didn't get to sleep until past 3. Well today (I'm writing this on Sunday, by the way) I shall rest. Oh yes. 

February 25, 2015

HEALTHY SNACK: 150 CALORIES

Citrus salad 1 Val

I'm not a huge fan of snacks. Only because I overdo it very often. Snack, snack, snack. I'm one of those people who eats when she's bored. Or procrastinating. And god, I do that a lot. Without a job, I guess I have the time to do useless things like make a pretty fruit salad. A fruit salad should not take that long to make, jesus. You cut fruit up, mix them... and it all goes in your mouth soon enough. It made for a pretty picture, at least. And I'm a sucker for all those beautiful smoothie bowls and fruit salads that appear in my Instagram feed... but I don't want to forget simplicity. In these days of beautiful food art, I forget that sometimes I should just bite into an apple and eat it. Instead of cutting it into uniform shapes and arranging it to look like an f-ing masterpiece. It. is. just. an apple. 

This isn't. This is orange, grapefruit and banana with a drizzle of yogurt and agave. Delicious! 

Ingredients
1/4 orange
1/4 grapefruit
1/3 banana
+ plain yogurt, agave, bee pollen, lavender, orange blossom water, pistachio (optional)

Citrus salad 2 Val


February 23, 2015

DÉGUSTATION DE PATISSERIES // 06

SA chou 1 SA chou 2

Sadaharu Aoki


choux au matcha – I got this when I was going through my huge pastry phase. When I was eating three to five pastries a week. Valentina, the damn idiot on a sugar high for an entire summer. I went to Sadaharu Aoki to get my matcha almond croissant (the one I love oh so very much) and decided to get this as well. I wasn't in the mood to eat it the same day, so I put it in the fridge. I thing I ate half the next day and the other half the day after. This was my own mistake. You want to eat éclairs and choux as fresh as possible. However I did like the choux. It had a good matcha flavor and the pastry cream was nice and... creamy. I have made matcha éclairs though, and I think this was just as good as mine. It's gigantic, if you can tell by the picture. 


Laduree 1 Laduree 2 Laduree 3 Laduree 4

Ladurée


éclair au chocolat – now for the iphone pictures (sorry)... I took a friend and her family to Ladurée to try the macarons and they also wanted an éclair. It's Ladurée, so I'd never actually tried anything other than macarons. The chocolate éclair was fine but nothing out of this world. It was a simple, good éclair. I wouldn't recommend it over the other places that make only éclairs. If you go to Ladurée and have the choice between a macaron and an éclair, stick to the macaron. 

macarons – this is what people stand in line for. For the first few (many) years in France, I only knew of Ladurée macarons. If you invited people over and wanted to give them a little something fancy for dessert, you bought a box of Ladurée macarons. I see why they're famous. These macarons are definitely delicious. While the vanilla doesn't stack up to the Pierre Hermé vanilla or some other ones I've tried, the flavors are classic, elegant and delicate. The boxes are so beautiful and you can't not feel fancy when buying some. There's always a Pierre Hermé-Ladurée "which is best?" fight going on. For good macarons, classic flavors, and something everyone knows, Ladurée. For the best of the best, Pierre Hermé. 


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