30 January 2022

National Croissant Day

 

How does one celebrate National Croissant Day? By indulging in croissants, of course....!

Above: first-thing-in-the-morning freshly baked croissants

 ❤️

27 January 2022

Throwback Thursday

The welcoming warmth of Carette, Place du Tertre.

 Takeaway coffee, chocolat chaud à l'ancienne, viennoisseries and, not usual, made-to-order crêpes at early hours.

 
Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. every day

25 January 2022

Castle in a window


A Christmas tradition originating in Kraków, szopki are ornate castles that showcase nativity scenes.    

 Above: a glistening szopka takes up the entire window of the Polish bookshop on Boulevard Saint-Germain

24 January 2022

Golden globes

 
Entrance to an underground shopping mall in an enclosed atrium with tropical plants.

23 January 2022

Crêpes at Christmas


Crêpes are a festive option with visitors whatever the occasion or time of year.

Above: at Breizh Café

 

21 January 2022

Moon walk

 

The first full moon of the year shines on streets and squares.

 Above: Place du Tertre

Below: rue des Abbesses

 

 

 

 

20 January 2022

Paris-Athens

The birth of Modern Greece 1675-1919

 The exhibition, organised on the occasion of the bicentenary of the 1821 Greek Revolution, aims to highlight the links between Greece and European culture, with a particular focus on the relations between Paris and Athens.

 Paris-Athènes

Musée du Louvre

Ends February 7, 2022

19 January 2022

Window stopping

 
  
A couple stops to look in a shop window on the Left Bank.
 
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Annual winter soldes end February 8

18 January 2022

A chef's salad


Chef Yves Camdeborde's irresistible salade gourmande: 
green beans, artichokes, more, topped by a slice of foie gras

Le Relais Comptoir
9 Carrefour de l'Odéon 75006
 
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In February newsletter:
Some dishes from my childhood
 
Tripes à la mode (de Caen)
Légumes farcis à la provençale
Bacalao (salt dried codfish) w/bananes plaintain
 Omelette aux herbes a.k.a. "Daddy's green omelet"
Pied de porc en gelée
 Fromage de tête
Beef tongue w/pickles
 Tête de veau
Rognons de veau
Hasenpfeffer w/juniper berries
German Rinderrouladen
 
 More....
 
To my Father
 
 

14 January 2022

A castle in winter #3


 New Year's Day.

Above: spectacular sunrise; early riser breakfast in the kitchen of pain perdu (made w/thick slices of country bread) and maple syrup fruit compote; strong coffee; butter and milk from local cows

Below: the warmth of a fire and a chilled rosé apéro come evening

 
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May your New Year be a happy one, full of adventure, joy and most of all, robust health.
BPJ
 

13 January 2022

A castle in winter #2

 
 
Napkins and plates set out in the dining room.

 Below: New Year's Eve magic; all hands on deck; enchilada sauce made from fire-roasted peppers, tomatoes, onions; tortilla soup; a pot on every burner; variety of home-made Mexican dishes begins to arrive to the table; a fitting (light) dessert--fresh papaya, my hazelnut Vanillekipferl--in the sitting room

 

 



12 January 2022

A castle in winter #1


Leaving Paris behind for a few days we rang in the New Year with friends at their magnificent château in Normandy, one of France's most beautiful regions. On the menu: exquisite Oaxacan made-from-scratch abuela recipes, from tortillas and mole to soups, sauces, almond horchata and even Mexican white cheese.
 
Above: the castle at sundown
 
Below: walks w/the dogs; sumptuous sitting room w/its 16th century fireplace; resident horse through a window; shadows lengthen as evening falls
 
 





 

8 January 2022

7 January 2022

6 January 2022

Cakes for a King

 

Today is the Feast of the Three Kings.

 Who will get the fève?

🥳

Above: frangipane (sweet almond custard) galettes des rois w/apple cider from Brittany (where else?) tempt from a bakery window

2 January 2022

Blue hue

Illuminated in blue the Hôtel de Ville with its Christmas village on the square ends today.

Parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville (Mairie de Paris)

75004 Paris