30 January 2021

Waffling



 

What better on a rainy day in Paris than an afternoon of home-made waffles, chilled apple cider and spiced coffee....

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 The batter for these French gaufres, a family recipe of a friend's grandmother in Burgundy, is made with yeast. Their background flavor reminded me of my mother's delectable small Bohemian yeast pancakes that were usually preceded by a traditional vegetable soup with potatoes and cabbage. Accompanied by cinnamon sugar and melted butter, they'd disappear the second they were flipped out of the pan. - BPJ 

 



29 January 2021

Lone star

 Most Christmas decorations have been removed, but a few stragglers will hold out until the last day of January when the holiday season is officially over.

27 January 2021

26 January 2021

Café to go


 
 
 All over Paris coffee lovers who've been cut off from their local cafés can be spotted meandering streets in search of a decent cup. But it's not just coffee they're craving, otherwise they would stay home and brew their own. No, these are the displaced, whose cafés were abruptly shuttered, thus cruelly shutting down a lifestyle, a French lifestyle, of savoring time, with coffee as the backdrop.  
 
But thankfully, with each confinement many cafés, boulangeries, pâtisseries and small shops that weren't in the business of selling drinks to go have risen to the task. No one is complaining about the once annoying noisiness of espresso machines, now a welcome sound. Or pointing at tourists carrying drinks while walking around, until now a very un-French habitude.
 
Parisians are finding that their only respite are these stop-and-go places set up to sell coffee. Sometimes there will be pastries, sandwiches and crêpes. And if they happen to live in a neighborhood where many know each other, such as Montmartre, these quick coffee stops will provide a welcome excuse to speed socialize and catch up on local gossip - which makes taking a walk something to look forward to. - BPJ

Note:
 - The latest curfew begins each evening at 6 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m.
(exceptions: if you have a dog to walk, a signed attestation to justify why you are out, or a need to step outside for a smoke)
- If nature calls toilettes will be off limits
 
  Above: a coffee roaster shop makes use of its burlap coffee bags to show they now have coffee to go
 
Below: freezing weather doesn't deter this man in flip flops, T-shirt, and shorts; a café-turned-hot-drinks-street-food vendor w/plenty of hand gel on a side table

 
  
 


25 January 2021

Take it away

 

Perfect for roaming....

With seemingly never ending lockdowns and curfews, and despite days growing colder, leaving the sofa to stretch legs and inhale fresh air has become a daily essential. 

Atop (or at the foot of) Montmartre stairways and on its winding streets, expect unexpected enclaves that harbor comfort in the form of familiar faces and hot drinks, but only à emporter - to take away. - BPJ

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  Tip: whatever small or medium drink you order - espresso, tea, café noisette, hot chocolate... - ask for a large cup to be able to balader without spilling or having to fumble with plastic lids

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 Tomorrow:
More emporter

23 January 2021

22 January 2021

Le Christ jaune

  

A graffiti version of Paul Gauguin's Autoportrait au Christ jaune with a nod to his fantasized some say delusional journal, "Noa Noa," discovered well after his death.

21 January 2021

Paris meets London

Evening apéro of saucisson sec à l'ancienne and herbed baguette croûtons paired with a crumbly Shropshire Blue and splash of port.

Cheers!

20 January 2021

Snowed in

Covered in footsteps, Place Dauphine was practically deserted by midday.

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Above all, my dear child, do not come to Paris!
No one leaves for fear of seeing this plague fall on us, it spreads like a dry wood fire. The king and Mazarin confine us all to our apartments. - Attributed to a letter from Mme de Sévigné to her daughter, Thursday April 30, 1687
 

19 January 2021

Snow bird


 At first I didn't notice the white bird, a seagull, standing perfectly still on the just fallen snow.

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"Snowbirds" migrate from a cold climate to a warmer and in Arizona, their caravans fill national park campgrounds. Usually retired, they make new friends as they go, comfortably installed for the winter months on folding chairs and around campfires - knitting, cooking, making coffee, chatting, exchanging stories and travel advice. - BPJ

18 January 2021

First snow

Snowflakes fell in Montmartre on Saturday as another curfew began at 6 p.m.

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 Stay warm

❤️

 

15 January 2021

Potage maison

 
 
 
 
With yesterday's announcement of a stricter lockdown it was time for a potage campagnarde. 
 
Above: tureen of winter veggies - potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, more - thickened w/beef marrow and cream
 
Below: potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips

 

 
 
 
 

14 January 2021

Voilà l'ennemi!

A vintage poster enshrined in a Paris wine shop window.

 Above: before-after illustration of the ravages of alcohol; just beneath, drawings of healthy organs contrasted w/"organs of the alcoholic"

11 January 2021

Marrons glacés

With icy cold weather this small chestnuts-chocolat-chaud stand is a welcome sight at the top of the butte.

 

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- In front of l'Église Saint-Pierre -

9 January 2021

Chestnut season


'Tis the season... of roasted chestnuts.

Above: hand-warming marrons a.k.a. châtaignes at an outdoor market on the Left Bank

Monday: more marrons


8 January 2021

Emilie in Paris

Not much is known about Emilie Mey, who came to Montmartre from Alsace with artist Théophile Steinlen where they were married a few years later.

Above: sculpture of the couple in a loving embrace

6 January 2021

Home for the holidays #3


Another holiday apéro, for six.
 
Above: planches of charcuteries w/assorted crackers; home-made variation of Liptauer cheese (Austrian specialty); sweet-salty pretzels w/nuts mix (recipe: David Lebovitz)
 

 

5 January 2021

Home for the holidays #2



When neighbors happen to be friends....

 2021 was heralded in chez des amis with a simple celebration au coin du feu.

Above: champagne and smoked salmon w/chive cream sauce; variety of canapés

Below: foie gras de canard w/fig chutney; AOC farm cheeses 

 



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Las doce uvas de la suerte

The twelve grapes of luck

When I lived in Spain, on New Year's Eve everyone would have a small cup of twelve grapes at the ready for when the first bell chimed at midnight, and with each chime, we'd eat one grape, and with each grape, make a wish. According to the tradition, downing all twelve grapes just as the last chime chimed would lead to twelve months of prosperity and good luck. This year, someone suggested cherry tomatoes instead but, superstitious, we decided it was better not to tempt fate. - BPJ

4 January 2021

Home for the holidays


Celebrating during this holiday season has given a whole new meaning to, "Home for the holidays."
 
Tomorrow:
A New Year's Eve apéro

2 January 2021

Christmas village

 

A delightful Christmas village complete with a mini Christmas market and entertainment has been set up in front of an illuminated Hôtel de Ville.  

Ends tomorrow, January 3, 2021

 Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville 

National Cream Puff Day

 
In case you hadn't heard...
 
Once again, it's National Cream Puff Day in France.
 
 Above: profiteroles, one of the most cherished desserts of la cuisine française

1 January 2021

First baguette 2021


 First baguette of the New Year... May there be many more!

 

New Year's Day


 Stepping into a New Year.

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- Bonne Année / Happy New Year - 

With all best wishes - BPJ
 
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Et voilà.... 2021 est enfin là....
Une année tant attendue, tellement nous avions envie de nous débarrasser de 2020 et de son souvenir.