Sugared & Spiced

paris, pâtissière in training

frequently asked questions

with 34 comments

Who are you?

A pâtissière in Paris. I have an incurable obsession with pastries, and I spend my days making, tasting, reading, photographing, and blogging about them. But life hasn’t always been this sweet! I was previously working in sales & marketing at an international conglomerate, then, realizing that climbing the corporate ladder was not what I wanted out of life, I quit and moved to Paris in September 2012 to pursue my long-time passion for French pastry. I completed the Intensive Professional Program in French Pastry at Ferrandi, and subsequently worked at Un Dimanche à Paris, Fauchon, Carette, and currently at Restaurant Lasserre.

What is Sugared & Spiced and how did it get started?

Sugared & Spiced started in Shanghai, August 2010 as a restaurant commentary blog to combine my love for eating and photography. It moved to Paris with me and is now a chronicle of my culinary adventures here in the city of glorious pastries.

What camera do you use?

Mostly Ricoh GRD4, and sometimes Leica X2. I’m not a camera connoisseur and I don’t know much about lenses and technical details, so both cameras I use are point-and-shoots.

Do you get paid for writing about restaurants?

No, but I did accept tasting invitations quite frequently when I was in Shanghai. I realize that the experience of an invited tasting can be significantly different from that of a regular customer, so in those cases I always put a note upfront in red for your information.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Shanghai?

That’s hard to say, the best is to browse the restaurant lists by cuisineby occasionby location, or by price to find what you are really looking for. I also put a list of “favorites” to generate some ideas, but do know that I have not been in Shanghai since August 2012 and the list is outdated.

I’m visiting Paris for a few days, can you give me some restaurant recommendations?

Again, it’s best to check my list of restaurants here for ideas – I can’t really recommend a “top restaurant” since I have no idea what cuisine or price range you are hoping for.

What’s your favorite pastry shop in Paris?

I have put together this list to feature a few of my favorite pastries in town. If you have the time, also take a look at this comprehensive list of all the pastries I’ve tasted since coming to Paris – you can click on any picture and get detailed descriptions.

Can I use your content on my own website?

Yes, but please link back to me as the original source, thank you.


More questions? Leave a comment or email me via :)

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February 27th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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  1. Ohhh, You honestly kill me! Jeeez.. Stumbled on your web-site by luck and….! Looks great. Really good work, I love food, and I need to try some of these places. Have been to a lot of them, but still a lot to explore. Just wanted to say good work, and hope to see some more reviews soon.


    17 Jul 12 at 2:18 PM

  2. Hi Jacob, thanks so much for your kind words. More reviews coming soon! Please stay tuned :)


    20 Jul 12 at 8:38 PM

  3. We’re huge fans of our site over here at The Tandoor! We’d love to invite you down sometime to try our food out (hopefully you’ll like us and feature us!) Come by any time!


    14 Aug 12 at 2:11 PM

  4. Thank you for your message. I’ve recently moved to Paris and will stay here for a year, so I won’t be able to come by Tandoor until much later. Best of luck with the restaurant in the mean time :)


    8 Sep 12 at 7:16 PM

  5. Oh how I wish I had found out your blog much earlier!!! Reading your food reviews will become my daily routine from now on :-)
    Keep your good work and spread the love of food everywhere in the world!!


    20 Sep 12 at 2:09 PM

  6. Thanks so much for the note! Glad to hear that Sugared & Spiced is a fun read for you :) will keep up the blogging for sure.


    21 Sep 12 at 12:27 AM

  7. Who are you, what is your story?


    3 Oct 12 at 9:28 PM

  8. Yes, would love to know who is the cool person behind all this beautiful things in your website. Do share, would you? :) real name and a picture will be awesome.

    Su Yin

    13 Oct 12 at 3:09 PM

  9. Thanks for your interest :) For now, Sugared & Spiced will remain an anonymous blog, but perhaps in the future there will opportunities for me to share more of my personal details.


    18 Nov 12 at 12:10 AM

  10. I came across your blog randomly when I was living in Shanghai and now I come across it randomly while living in Paris. I feel like it’s such a small world. Big fan of your blog and thanks for writing such in-depth reviews. Congrats on your pursuing your pastry dreams!


    2 Dec 12 at 5:58 PM

  11. hi RBJello, it is a very small world indeed, and thank you for following sugared & spiced :) hope you are enjoying paris as well. happy eating!


    3 Dec 12 at 4:12 AM

  12. Hello, I love the concept of your blog and best of luck in Paris! I am writing on behalf of a newly launched Bordeaux AOC wine brand, may I ask if I can send you a sample for tasting and perhaps you can do a post about it? Please let me know, thanks very much.


    4 Mar 13 at 7:32 PM

  13. Came across your blog through a link from Paris In Four Months. Nice! Plan to follow. Thank you.


    12 Mar 13 at 9:05 AM

  14. Hi SnS,

    Thank you for your time and efforts on Ferrandi FAQs. They are very detailed and answer most of your questions. I am from India and did want to know more if its ok. How far are you into your course?

    Good luck!!



    9 Apr 13 at 2:09 AM

  15. I just came across your blog and I love it! My husband (who is from Taiwan) and I (Im from France) are going to visit Taipei and Paris this summer (we live in NY). Your blog is exactly what we need to plan our trip. Thanks so much for sharing!
    ps : your post about jin feng is insanely mouthwatering *_*


    24 May 13 at 5:17 AM

  16. Hi Stephanie, thank you for the comment :) Happy to hear that you are visiting Taipei and Paris – if you have any specific questions about these two cities, don’t hesitate to let me know.


    28 May 13 at 10:47 PM

  17. Psst… Typo error in your above Ferrandi link.
    By the way, still a great blog as usual!


    29 Jul 13 at 11:55 PM

  18. thanks kelvin! just made the change :)


    30 Jul 13 at 2:49 PM

  19. Hi Amit, I have finished the course as well as the internship. If you have specific questions, feel free to leave them here :)


    4 Aug 13 at 4:21 AM

  20. Dear,

    We love your website, really well done and we would be really please to have you at our Café/restaurant in collaboration with café Coutume, at the new café/restaurant called Instituutti Coutume, 60 rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris, close to St Michel and Notre Dame.

    Should you need any info, please feel free to contact me back!



    2 Oct 13 at 8:37 PM

  21. I recently moved to shanghai from nyc and just stumbled upon your blog while trying to find a place to go for an afternoon tea…… I have to say your blog to me is GOD-SENT. What an epic amount of information- thank you SO much! You’ve just one lost soul in shanghai. haha. Best of luck to you in Paris!!!


    14 Oct 13 at 9:56 AM

  22. Hi Sey, so glad to know you found the blog to be a useful read. Paris is fun, but I sometimes wish that I’m still in Shanghai so I can keep adding to the content…who knows, perhaps I will be back soon :) Enjoy Shanghai!


    15 Oct 13 at 1:51 AM

  23. Hi Cindy,
    I’ve just discovered your blog and how much you are passionate about pastry in addition to achieving.
    best regards.


    6 Jan 14 at 9:51 AM

  24. Hi Fabien, thank you so much for visiting my site and for the comment. Pastry is indeed my passion, both at work and outside of work :)


    6 Feb 14 at 6:26 PM

  25. Love the pics and writing. I am planning on using your restaurant recommendations to entertain some clients in Paris
    Thanks :-)


    27 Feb 14 at 12:10 AM

  26. Very nice blog. Stumbled on it from a search about Le Chocolat de H. Your journey to your pastry school is interesting. I guess they didn’t mind you taking pictures? :]


    28 Feb 14 at 10:03 AM

  27. Not at all, everyone takes photos in class :)


    1 Mar 14 at 3:40 PM

  28. You are very welcome Rami :) Hope you find the restaurants reviews useful.


    1 Mar 14 at 3:41 PM

  29. Big fan! Would love to feature you alongside the best blogs in the world!

    Please email me, so we can get you featured!



    10 Jun 14 at 9:52 PM

  30. Hi SnS,

    I stumbled upon your site when looking for Shanghai restaurant recommendations and have been absolutely enamored with it ever since! Hats off to you for pursuing your passion of becoming a pastry chef, it’s something I’ve always dreamed about but haven’t found the courage to do so yet (living vicariously through you right now!). Great blog!! :)


    18 Jun 14 at 4:29 PM

  31. Hi Danielle, thanks for the note :) It is indeed a blessing to have found this passion and to have decided to pursue it, I’m having a grand time in Paris and cannot imagine to be anywhere else at the moment. Thanks for following me on this adventure!


    18 Jun 14 at 7:57 PM

  32. Did I miss the subscribe window??


    19 Jun 14 at 8:02 AM

  33. You can subscribe through my RSS link (icon can be found on top right of the page, or see link below), and follow me on Facebook to receive updates on all the posts :)



    20 Jun 14 at 7:09 PM

  34. Hello! My name is Giulia, I’m eighteen years old and I live in Italy. I’m attending the fifth year in a vocational school for pastry chefs, and after this I would like to attending another pastry school in France. So, I’m looking for a prestigious one and after various researches, I found the “ENSP” in Yssingeaux and Ferrandi too. This is my question: why didn’t you considerated Ensp to learn the art of pastry ? Maybe insn’t it a good school? Can you give me some advices for choose a good pastry school in France?
    Thanks a lot!
    Giulia :)


    2 Nov 14 at 12:14 PM

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