Christmas at Le Royal Monceau

It was a very speedy visit, but Paris Breakfasts and I visited Le Royal Monceau last week for their Christmas press day. Once there, we made a bee-line for the Bonpoint stand, but more on that later. The bûches de noël from Pierre Hermé also caught our eye. This chocolate one above that I didn’t […]


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The Sunday before we left Paris we celebrated DH’s birthday with a family lunch at his sister’s flat and I was responsible for dessert. I wanted to get a large Paris-Brest (here’s a link to the small version) from Sébastien Gaudard, since I know that DH had been dreaming of it ever since Gaudard first […]

Meow! A Cat Café is coming to Paris

Being a huge cat lover, I am so excited! A cat café will be coming to Paris! Hot the heels of Norimasa Hanada’s super successful Neko no mise (shop of cats) in Japan, where cat lovers can enjoy a tea and pastry at a café surrounded by a gaggle of kitties, the concept will be brought […]

All I want for Christmas is…

After a visit to the head office of Pierre Hermé this week, all I want for Christmas is… A macaroon-flavoured candy Pierre Hermé vending machine… Aren’t the Japanese lucky to have these?!

I love you… forever

It’s true Parisians have quite a reputation when it comes to love…. Or amour. Love is always in the air.. Even at the local cheesemonger. They bake love… They send love… And kisses too. I feel so happy to live in a city where people aren’t afraid to say “je t’aime”…. Paris, I love you… […]

Tuesday market at Bourgueil, Loire Valley

By now you may have noticed that our life in the countryside is governed a lot by food and markets! This morning we woke bright and early to get to the Tuesday market in Bourgueil. It’s centralised under an old Halle (covered market), but on Tuesday it also extends out into the streets of the town […]

Junk food fix at La Grande Epicerie de Paris

La Grande Epicerie de Paris has recently undergone a huge change, moving their wine cellar (pictured below) to a new expanded location downstairs.  I paid a visit after a dentist appointment last week and, of course, got completely sidetracked with the expanded “American” section and all the goodies they have now! Some savoury treats, plus […]