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[PARIS] Des Gâteaux et du Pain (6)

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Des Gâteaux et du Pain

Add: 89 rue du Bac , 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 48 30 74
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~6pm
Website: www.desgateauxetdupain.com
Price: [pastries] €5~6
Tasted on: Jul 2014

Some lovely recent tastings from Des Gâteaux et du Pain. Variation Citron (€6), literally a variation on the traditional lemon tart – the lemon cream has been infused with verbena (one of my favorite herbs to use in pastries!) and dotted with a few fresh raspberries. Light and refreshing.

sugared & spiced - des gâteaux et du pain

sugared & spiced - des gâteaux et du pain

sugared & spiced - des gâteaux et du pain

sugared & spiced - des gâteaux et du pain

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July 22nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

[PARIS] The Peninsula

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The Peninsula Paris

Add: 19 Avenue Kléber, 75016, Paris
Tel: 01 58 12 28 88
Webiste: peninsula.com/paris

The Peninsula has always been one of my favorite hotel brands, so when I heard that it’s entering the European market with a hotel in Paris, I was very excited to see the property. For those of you who don’t know The Peninsula, it’s a hotel group dating back to 1866, and currently operates in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, and Manila. The Paris hotel will officially open on August 1st…but why wait? Here’s a sneak peek.

sugared & spiced - the peninsula paris

The hotel sits majestically on 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe. First opened as Hotel Majestic in 1908, this 19th century classic French building has been meticulously restored and discreetly modernized with 21st century convenience. The process – from design to finishing – employed some of France’s finest artisans and took 6 years to complete. From the building facade to the interior fine marble and gold leaf finishing, the restoration process is really very stunning, and you can see a video of this on their website.

sugared & spiced - the peninsula paris

For us, the introduction began at the garden-like Kléber Terrace.

sugared & spiced - the peninsula paris

sugared & spiced - the peninsula paris

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July 13th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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[PARIS] Fragments

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Fragments

Add: 76 rue des Tournelles, 75003
Tel: n/a
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8:30am~6pm [Sat] 10am~6pm
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Fragments-Paris
Price: [coffee] €2.20~5.10
Visited on: Jun 2014

A simple and cozy espresso bar, opened just a few months ago in Le Marais (right near metro Chemin Vert) by Youssef Louanjli. Youssef is no newcomer to Paris’ coffee scene – he was previously at the highly praised Black Market Coffee, which he closed down for insufficient kitchen space. What you can find at the newer, bigger Fragments: beans from Coutume, Belleville, and Coffee Collective, brewed on a Kees Van Der Westen Mirage. I did not see any food on my visit, but apparently Fragments also serves simple breakfast and lunch, with a focus on fresh ingredients.

sugared & spiced - paris fragments cafe

sugared & spiced - paris fragments cafe

Love this corner. And the rest of the cafe space, for that matter.

sugared & spiced - paris fragments cafe

Dreaming up my next pastry project with a cup of café crème (€4).

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July 1st, 2014 at 9:04 am

[PARIS] Acide Salon de Thé

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Acide Salon de Thé

Add: 24 rue des Moines, Paris 75017
Tel: 09 83 87 05 09
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 9am~7pm
Website: acidemacaron.com
Price: [drinks] €2.50~6.50 [pastries] €2.50~7.50
Visited on: Jun 2014

Jonathan Blot (ex-Plaza Athénée and Jules Vernes) opened his Acide Macaron boutique and tea salon back in 2009, but I never really had the urge to visit because…well, its name sounds a little too corrosive for my palate. I finally trekked up there last week after hearing good reviews from a friend who also works in the industry, and was very happy to have discovered this cute place.

sugared & spiced - paris acide salon de the

sugared & spiced - paris acide salon de the

sugared & spiced - paris acide salon de the

Afternoon tea for one (just kidding).

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June 30th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

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[PARIS] Frenchie Bar à Vins (2)

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Frenchie Bar à Vins

Add: 5-6 Rue du Nil  75002 Paris, France
Tel: 01 40 39 96 19
Hours: 7pm~late
Website: www.frenchie-restaurant.com
Price: [small plates] €9~18
Visited on: Jun 2014

Frenchie Bar à Vins is always a good choice when you are looking for something casual and delicious, given that you can arrive before 7pm to snatch a seat (no reservation). Here are some snapshots from a recent visit.

sugared & spiced - paris frenchie bar a vins

sugared & spiced - paris frenchie bar a vins

Burrata, peche, basilic pourpre, balsamique (€16), burrata with peach, purple basil, and balsamic.

sugared & spiced - paris frenchie bar a vins

Tortellini a la ricotta, petit pois, beurre noisette (€14), ricotta tortellini with peas and brown butter.

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June 30th, 2014 at 8:12 am

[PARIS] Verjus Sandwich Lunch

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Verjus Bar à Vin

Add: 47 rue Montpensier, Paris 75001
Tel: 01 42 97 54 40
Hours: 6~11pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Website: www.verjusparis.com
Price: [small plates] €4~14 [wine] €6~13/glass [lunch set] €15
Visited on: Jun 2014

If you are not sure where to go for lunch tomorrow, consider Verjus Bar à Vin. They’ve got a lunch set of sandwich + dessert + drink for €15, and the fried chicken sandwich with cabbage salad is absolutely worth going for. You can also choose a glass of wine with a €3 supplement, which of course is a very attractive option.

sugared & spiced - paris verjus wine bar sandwich lunch

sugared & spiced - verjus wine bar sandwich lunch

On a related note, Verjus Bar is actually one of the first places I went to upon arriving in Paris, and its upstairs formal restaurant is very lovely as well.

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June 29th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

[PARIS] Café Marlette

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Café Marlette

Add: 51 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Tel: 01 48 74 89 73
Hours: [Tue-Fri] 8:30am~7:30pm [Sat] 10am~7:30 [Sun] 10am~6pm
Website: www.cafemarlette.fr
Price: [coffee] €3~5 [pastries] €2~6
Visited on: Jun 2014

Marlette, a French organic bread and cake brand, opened its cafe a few months ago on rue des Martyrs, steps away from Kooka Boora and Sebastien Gaudard. Despite the heavy rain, I trekked all the way up there for my breakfast date with Carin. The cafe turned out to be cute, and the company was (as always) more than lovely, but breakfast itself, unfortunately, was rather disappointing.

sugared & spiced - paris cafe marlette

sugared & spiced - paris cafe marlette

sugared & spiced - paris cafe marlette

I chose Le Marlette (€12.50), which includes a hot drink, orange / lemon juice, housemade compote / cottage cheese with jam, chestnut cream, or granola, and a Marlette pastry. I wouldn’t mind paying €12.50 for these if they were good, but nothing from the set really impressed. One can easily pull together something better than this at home.

sugared & spiced - paris cafe marlette

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June 29th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

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[PARIS] Gâteaux Thoumieux (2)

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Gâteaux Thoumieux

Add: 58 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 1 45 51 12 12
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10am~8pm [Sun] 8:30am~5pm (closed on Tue)
Website: www.gateauxthoumieux.com
Price: €4~6/pastry
Visited on: Jun 2014

I went to Gâteaux Thoumieux when it first opened in November 2013, and wasn’t too impressed by what I tasted. It wasn’t until more than 6 months later that I went back to this pastry shop, and this time, I was pleasantly surprised by the changes that have taken place here. The prices are higher, but the pastry display was also looking a lot more attractive – seems like Jean-François Piège and his pastry chef Ludovic Chaussard have been coming up with some lovely ideas lately.

sugared & spiced - paris gâteaux thoumieux

As I so rarely go to Gâteaux Thoumieux, it was very tempting to get a little bit of everything, but I managed to limit myself to just four pastries on this visit…

sugared & spiced - paris gâteaux thoumieux

sugared & spiced - paris gâteaux thoumieux

I started with Chou Chou Coco Passion (€4), a large chou filled with coconut cream, enveloping a mini chou filled with passion fruit compote. Lovely flavor combination, and a good balance between the sweet and the acidic.

sugared & spiced - paris gâteaux thoumieux

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June 15th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

[PARIS] Sebastien Gaudard (4)

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Sebastien Gaudard

Add: 22 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Tel: 01 71 18 24 70
Hours: [Tue-Fri] 10am~8pm [Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~7pm
Website: www.sebastiengaudard.fr
Price: €4~6/pastry
Tasted on: Jun 2014

To compensate for a rather disappointing breakfast at Cafe Marlette (more on this later in a separate post), Carin and I strolled along rue des Martyrs to Sebastien Gaudard for some sweet pick-me-ups. For previous posts on this cute pastry shop (which has one of my favorite lemon tarts in Paris), see here, here, and here.

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For those who wish to take photos in the shop, do note that only 2 photos are allowed per person. Ahem, yes, they are actually that strict about it. On another note, special thanks to Carin for lending me her camera for the morning! Can’t believe I left my battery at home, yikes.

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paris sebastien gaudard

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June 12th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

[SLOVENIA] Day 2

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Day 2 in Slovenia, this time staying at this charming B&B surrounded by hips and hips of lavender, with butterflies dancing all around. Like a dream!

sugared & spiced - slovenia day 2

sugared & spiced - slovenia day 2

sugared & spiced - slovenia day 2

sugared & spiced - slovenia day 2

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June 10th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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