Posts Tagged ‘Ladurée’

Battle of the French Macarons

Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, and Fauchon are only a few names in the big business of macarons. As a matter of fact…

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French Culture: The Marie Antoinette Diet

“Let them eat cake!” is the most famous quote that the Queen of France never said, but if you want to look just like her, then just pretend that she said it anyway! A new diet trend that was developed by author […]

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The Louvre

Paris en Famille

Judging from the number of couples holding hands and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walk along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, one is convinced that Paris remains a premier honeymoon destination. Practically speaking, the honeymoon is a newlywed couple’s vacation taken 1) when they have a rare, extended amount of time off work; 2) as a reward for tireless wedding planning; and 3) perhaps most important, because it may be the last time they travel without children in tow! But, traveling with kids in Paris can actually make the city come alive in a different and equally enjoyable way.

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Small and Sweet and Good to Eat: Where to Find the Best Macarons in Paris

Belgium and Switzerland probably produce the best chocolate in the world, America is the undisputed home of the cupcake and Vienna could give France a run for its money in the patisserie stakes. But when it comes to macarons, there’s no doubt that Paris is the undisputed reine. But what started the passion for macarons in Paris?

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Let Them Eat Macarons

Dainty macarons are just as cool as cupcakes, but they’re more than a fad in France. Le macaron is a delicacy: a melt-in-the-mouth meringue sandwich with a delicate crispy shell and a creamy ganache or jelly center.

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The old-fashioned arcades on the Champs Elysées

Aux Champs Elysées

“At noon or at midnight, there is everything you want on the Champs Elysées.” Joe Dassin’s song about the Paris icon spins through my head every time I find myself walking the world’s most famous avenue. The song is lovely, nostalgic and oh-so-romantic. But what about the avenue itself? There is much debate among Parisophiles, and I understand the logic when some bemoan the commercialization of the street. “It’s turned into a shopping mall of brands you can find anywhere in the world!” they cry. It’s true: the Gap, McDonald’s and Nike are all there in full force, but this also translates into some very exciting contemporary architecture, with enough traditional addresses to make it worth the trip—especially at Christmas, when the holiday lights give the neighborhood a uniquely festive feel and the spiced wine from the Christmas market perfumes the air.

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Shopping, Sweets and Sights

When I first moved here, Paris had the three s’s: shopping, sweets and sights. After six years, nothing has changed.

My favorite kind of shopping in Paris is vintage. It’s affordable and, most important, it’s fun! One of the best neighborhoods for thrifting is the Marais. It’s full of little shops like Coiffeur and Noir Kennedy, which are two of my favorites.

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Girl Talk with Pamela Boulet

Like so many women who end up in Paris, Pamela Boulet went for work and stayed for love. What was supposed to last just a few months ended up as a 20-year stint, and with two children and a French husband, it seems she won’t be coming home anytime soon. Pamela has the kind of job so many women I know would kill for. She sells high-end fashion via trunk shows all over the world. Flitting from Southampton to Hong Kong, she sells the designs of Andrew Gn to the international fashionista set.

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