June 11, 2015



I was told at Pierre Hermé that the vanilla macarons season would end sometime in may. It always comes back, but I never know when. And it is my favorite dessert, favorite macaron, favorite everything in the world. So I took this month seriously. I went every two or three days and bought a few macarons individuels à la vanille. The big ones. I cut them in half usually, ate some for dessert every day. I decided that this was my dessert or snack of choice until the time was up. Buuut I'm not sure when or if the vanilla macarons are still being sold (it's june, I'm thinking... no) because after about 15 of them, I slowly moved on without really realizing it. 

A while back, I tried some different brands' vanilla macarons to see if they were anything as good as Pierre Hermé... 

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Hugo & Victor
I had never heard of this place. Sometimes though, I get really into certain ideas, and obsess over them, so when I came up with the vanilla macaron blog series, I researched aaaall the places I could get pastries. It was my first time at Hugo & Victor, and I can only talk about their vanilla macaron. I can say thaaat... I liked it. It had a good taste and texture, but didn't win over Pierre Hermé (which was expected. I'm only on the search for a part-time replacement to get me through the hard times!) 

Maybe you remember when I talked about Dalloyau last time in my Dégustation de Patisseries series...  Like all Dalloyau macarons, this one was a bit chewy. What I liked most about Dalloyau was the champagne macaron because it was tasty and different. Vanilla wasn't that special. Clearly not a winner and although not bad, it was nothing compared to Pierre Hermé, and also not the winner amongst these three. 

La Grande Épicerie
I can't recall if I've ever talked about this one. Once with Kady, we got the big macaron individuel from La Grande Épicerie. It was incredible, and I was over the moon because I thought it was good enough to get me through the "no Pierre Hermé vanilla macaron" season. I still wanted to try it again for this though, and I bought the mini one. It's funny, because the small macaron isn't nearly as good as the big one!! It wasn't even better than Hugo & Victor. However, so far the closest to Pierre Hermé is this one but only in the big size. 

June 6, 2015


Benedict 1

When I think of Sunday brunch, I think of eggs benedict. I love cooking but this is one of those dishes that simply tastes better when someone else is doing the work. And lazy Sunday is the best day to go out and pay someone to feed you.

The restaurant is in the heart of the Marais, dangerously placed in front of Pierre Hermé. Who says no to a macaron? Sad people, maybe. I didn’t need another reason to go into the Marais but if these great restaurants keep popping up, I might have a hard time finding a reason to get out. Benedict is spacious and full of natural light which is amazing for a restaurant in Paris. The decoration is minimal and modern, with a focus on the food and little to distract you from your company.

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The word that comes to mind when I think of Benedict is “classic”. Not deconstructed, or green, or artisanal, or vegan, but good old classic. Hipsters might try to claim bacon as theirs, but here it is in its natural place: the eggs benedict. My friend and I shared the beef teriyaki carpaccio as the appetizer and then ordered two eggs benedict; the traditional for her and the cheddar for me. The carpaccio was incredible. I had one of those “I really don’t want to be sharing this” moments, yet was still polite enough to say, “no, you have the last bite!” When the main dishes arrived, the server made a mistake and served us two traditional eggs benedict. He apologized and quickly brought out the right dish. He even offered us a side of fries on the house. (Have you ever not forgiven someone who brings you extra fries?) The eggs benedict were rich and creamy, and with some extra salt and pepper, they were really good. While mine could have had a bit more of the tang from the cheddar, I still enjoyed it too much to care. Even the side salad was perfect.

We left in a food comma, but that is always easily remedied by walking down the winding streets of the Marais. We were lucky to eat there at a time when the restaurant was empty, but I would arrive early on a Sunday, it is bound to fill up quickly.

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– 19, rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4e Arr.

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