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[PARIS] Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula

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The Lobby Restaurant at The Peninsula Paris

Add: 19 Avenue Kléber, 75016, Paris
Tel: 01 58 12 28 88
Hours: [afternoon tea] 3~6pm
Website: peninsula.com/paris
Price: [tea set] 45/person, 80/two people [a la carte] 18~22/dessert, 12~18/tea
Tasted on: Nov 2014

My chef took the team out last week (merci chef!) for a dessert tasting at The Peninsula. I had already visited this beautiful hotel in July during its pre-opening media event, but of course it’s a completely different experience coming back here after it’s a few months into operation. What we came for on this particular afternoon were desserts by Julien Alvarez, champion du monde de pâtisserie (world champion in pastry) of 2011, now the head pastry chef at The Peninsula. Ready to feast?

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As typical at most hotels, The Peninsula offers an afternoon tea set (45/person, 80/two people) as well as a la carte options (18~22/dessert). Since my chef personally knows Julien Alvarez, all we had to do was order our tea, then wait for the desserts to appear on the table – needless to say that we fully trusted him to show us his best. For tea, I chose Shincha Kirishima (€18), an exceptional green tea from Kyushu, Japan, and later also tried Oolong Chataigne (€12), an interesting mix of Taiwanese oolong tea with chestnut flavor.

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Then came the desserts. The first – Chou (18) – is a vanilla and hazelnut cream puff with a melting praliné heart, served with gianduja chocolate sauce at the table.

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November 26th, 2014 at 11:24 am

[PARIS] Chambelland

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Chambelland

Add: 14 Rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris
Tel: 01 43 55 07 30
Hours: 9am~8pm
Website: www.chambelland.com
Price: 3.50~5/pastry and bread
Visited on: Nov 2014

I’m not gluten-free, but the photos from Chambelland look so tempting that I just had to pay a visit. This boulangerie opened up earlier this year, and I had actually first heard about it from a friend who was just visiting Paris. Having stayed at an apartment just around the corner from Chambelland, she came here frequently and raved about all the breads and pastries she’d had. The fact that she never mentioned, or perhaps she was unaware of, the fact that this place is gluten-free, was a good sign for me.

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Chambelland offers an assortment of breads, pastries, cookies (including the Browkie, an in-between of brownie and cookie), but no viennoiseries at the moment.

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Our picks for the afternoon: moelleux chocolat, cheesecake, and tarte aux myrtilles (3.50~4.50 each for dine in). All were simple and quite delicious, and taste surprisingly similar to regular pastries –  I doubt that I’d be able to tell that they are gluten-free if someone just offered them to me like this.

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November 25th, 2014 at 10:30 am

[TOKYO] Le Chocolat de H (2)

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Le Chocolat de H

Add: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 2-21-1 / 東京都渋谷区渋谷 2-21-1 渋谷ヒカリエ ShinQs B2F
Tel: (03) 54683167
Hours: 10am~9pm
Website: www.lcdh.jp
Price: Coffret du Chocolat ¥2,700~10,368
Tasted on: Nov 2014

A friend recently came back from Tokyo and brought me a box of chocolates from Le Chocolat de H by Hironobu Tsujiguchi. You might have read my previous posts on this Japanese chocolatier (here and here) and already know that I’m a huge fan of his creations. Needless to say, I was grinning from ear to ear upon receiving this box…an assortment of 16 different chocolate bonbons!

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November 19th, 2014 at 10:27 am

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[NORMANDIE] Honfleur & Deauville

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Day 2 in Normandie started with a large coffee, toasted country bread, and homemade jams for breakfast. With sunlight spilling in from the windows, even better.

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Then, we drove over to Honfleur, a touristy port town that has managed to maintain some of the charms that once inspired artists like Monet, Courbet, and Boudin.

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November 16th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

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[NORMANDIE] Orbec

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Spent some lovely time last weekend staying with friends in Orbec, a small 2500-people town in Normandy. As much as I love Paris, it sure does wonders to the body and mind to leave the city once in a while.

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A stroll through the Sunday market, followed by visiting the church where my friends will get married next Spring.

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November 15th, 2014 at 11:41 am

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[PARIS] Persillé

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Persillé

Add: 66 rue du Chevaleret 75013 Paris
Tel: 01 45 82 98 96
Hours: [butcher shop] 10am~4pm, 5~8pm [restaurant] 12~2:30pm (closed on Sun)
Website: www.persille.fr
Price: 10~11/burger, 15~16/burger set
Visited on: Nov 2014

What you can find at Persillé maison de viande: fresh high quality meat that comes directly from the farm, and ready to eat items like burgers and beef tartar (available during lunch time). “Butcher to table”, a nice concept it is.

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The regular Persillé Burger is priced at 10 alone or 15 with fries, drink, and dessert, while the weekly special burger is priced at 11/16. This week’s special is Pumpky Burger, which is served with a pumpkin sauce. Not bad, though a bit on the bland side. Perhaps I ought to have tried the Persillé Burger for this first visit.

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Beef tartar (€11, or €16 with menu), hand cut with ginger and orange. Fresh, but perhaps needs more seasoning.

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Cheesecake. Is a cheesecake.

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As this is a butcher shop, there are lots of products for you to take home to.

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A nice concept, with very friendly service. It’s a bit too far out to be a regular spot for me, but if you live in the neighborhood, why not come give it a try?

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November 3rd, 2014 at 10:12 pm

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[PARIS] Walaku 和楽

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Walaku 和楽

Add: 33 Rue Rousselet, 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 56 24 11 02
Hours: [lunch] 12~3pm [afternoon tea] 3~7pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Website: walaku-paris.com
Price: [lunch] 32 [tea sets] 12~25
Visited on: Nov 2014

Japanese tea salon in the 7th arrondissement. A branch out from the one Michelin star Japanese restaurant Aida (just around the corner), this space seats no more than eight, with four at the bar and four at the tables. Presiding over this tranquil little space is Takanori Murata, who grew up in a family of traditional Japanese pastry chefs. Reservation recommended.

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November 2nd, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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[PARIS] Arnaud Larher

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Arnaud Larher

Add*: 93 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 43 29 38 15
Hours: [Tue] 2~7:30pm [Wed-Thu] 10am~7:30pm [Fri-Sat] 10am~8pm [Sun] 10am~7pm
Website: arnaudlarher.com
Prices: 5.20/individual pastry
Visited on: Oct 2014

Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) is a prestigious award in France according to category of trades – whether in woodwork, tailoring, or clockmaking – in a contest among professionals. When someone is awarded MOF, it’s generally a solid indication that he or she has exceptional skills. In the world of pastry, a few MOFs have opened their own boutiques here in Paris, Arnaud Larher being one of them. I have visited his shops twice before back in 2012 and 2013, but was never really drawn to his style of pastries. Seeing positive reviews of his work lately on multiple social media, I decided to drop by again to see if anything will appeal this time.

*3 boutiques available in Paris, check website for detail.

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Sometimes I spend a long time making choices in front of a pastry display because I want to buy everything, but at Arnaud Larher it’s usually the opposite – I have a hard time finding something I want to take home with. It’s both the look and the combination of flavor…somehow, nothing sing out to me in particular.

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November 2nd, 2014 at 9:29 am

[PARIS] Le Petit Bleu

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Le Petit Bleu

Add: 23 Rue Muller, 75018 Paris
Tel: 01 42 59 27 01
Hours: 6pm~1am (open everyday)
Price: [salads] €7 [cous cous/tajines] €10~12
Visited on: Oct 2014

Le Petit Bleu isn’t the fanciest spot you will find in Paris, but it’s got delicious couscous worthy of your stomach space, at very affordable prices too! If you happen to be in the Montmartre neighborhood around dinner time, do drop by.

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My default choice: cous cous royal (€12), which comes with merguez (mixed lamb sausage), grilled chicken, meatballs, and stewed vegetables. The portion is generous enough to be shared among two people, but since each person must order one dish, tag on a feta salad (€7) if you don’t want to be too stuffed.

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The small place can become quite packed especially on weekend nights, so come early (it opens around 6pm) or expect a wait.

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October 20th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

[PARIS] Le Richer

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Le Richer

Add: 2 rue Richer, 75009 Paris
Tel: n/a (reservations not accepted)
Hours: 8am~1am (open everyday)
Website: www.facebook.com/Restaurant.Le.Richer
Price: [appetizers] €9~10 [main courses] €17~18 [sweets] €8
Visited on: Oct 2014

Le Richer has been receiving a lot of good press since its opening early last year. This corner restaurant is open everyday (a rare find in Paris) and for all occasions (8am to 1am), making it a good spot to drop by anytime, any day. We came for lunch on a weekday and found the place to be bustling with activity, but not in an overly hectic way. Except for the desserts, we were quite happy with the dishes we tried , which are generally light, refreshing, and creative. Especially worth noting were the beef tartar, the tomato gaspacho, and the colvert duck. Pictures below.

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Saucisse aux herbes, pain de mais et condiment abricot/navet/girolles (€9), sausage with herbs, corn bread, and a condiment of apricot/turnip/chanterelles.

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Tartare de boeuf, huitres/granny smith/radis et sésame (€10), beef tartare with oyster/granny smith/radish and sesame.

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October 16th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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