Learn how to make your own croissants!
I’ve just been sent a link via http://Twitter.com/laroussecuisine – and after watching the video I just had to share it with you – this is fantastic!
Simple ingredients, but you must follow the instructions from the Chef to get the absolute best results – go ahead, try it out soon!!
Let me know how you go – I’d love to hear they were delicious :-)
Video: How to make your own Croissants
Now there’s no excuse if you don’t live in Paris – you can make these anywhere in the world!
The recipe provided with the video is as follows:
“For 1 lb. of dough. Difficulty: medium.
Ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1/3 cup of whole milk, 1 tsp of baking yeast, 2 1/2 tbs of granulated sugar, 2 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of butter.”
More recipes (in french) :
Bonjour a tous! A big hello to everyone!
Postcards from Paris
29th August 2010
Bonjour tous le monde! Hello everyone!
I’m behind schedule with my Newsletters and I do apologise – I’ve been working on too many projects at once, and Paris is always in my head, but I just didn’t sit down and type my cheery news to you … and I’m going to fix that right now :-)
I hope you’ve been having a faaabulous week, month, wherever you on this amazing planet, and I’m sending a hearty “BONJOUR!”
“So,” I hear you ask, “What’s been keeping you so busy?”
And a good question that is too :-)
One thing which I’ve been working hard on is the website redesign – you may not notice much of a difference, but I just needed to make the pages seem less cluttered, easier to find your way around, and pleasing to the eye. I’d LOVE to know what you think if you notice the difference (pop down to the bottom of the newsletter and Add A Comment) – I’d appreciate hearing whatever you have to say. Anything you miss? Something you’d like reinstated or brought back? Something you;d love me to consider adding, which hasn’t been on the site before? Go ahead – let me know your thoughts :-)
Video Tip: How to make your own Croissants
If you’re an armchair traveller, and have little chance of tasting a real French croissant any time soon, why not make your own? Here are some simple instructions from a great chef:
How to make your own French croissants >>
Video Tip: How to open a bottle of wine with a SHOE!
That’s right, if you forgot your bottle opener, try this! It really works :-)
How to open a bottle of wine with a shoe >>
Video Tip: How to say I LOVE YOU in French :-)
Quick recap from recent months, for all those new subscribers (THANK YOU SO MUCH for signing up!) – a sweet quick little video with some words of love – mots d’amour – to try out as you whisper sweet nothings into your sweetie’s ear.
after words of love, my thoughts turned to food, and I started reminiscing about …
My favourite delicatessen in Paris – Charcuterie – run by the Charcutiere
Last time I stayed in Paris I rented a lovely apartment in the 11th arrondissement, right at the Metro Voltaire.
This coin – corner – of Paris was fabulous and it was the first time I’d stayed around there. Each day I popped into the local shops, got to meet the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker … well, no, not the candlestick maker – I couldn’t find one :-)
But I did get to know the owners of the deli who were absolutely delightful, and persevered as my rusty French came out of the closet in the early days and gradually improved over the 5 weeks I was there. My friend Sigrun from Iceland came to stay for a few weeks, and we spent many a lovely hour in the deli looking at all the wonderful food prepared by the owner. On many a day Sigrun and I would walk our little feet off as we explored and shopped and had a fabulous time, then we’d head home, grab some delights from the deli (cheese – fromage, pate, ham – jambon, salad – salades), grab a baguette from the lovely girl in the bakery, and we’d head upstairs to the apartment to make a picnic. Of course no picnic is complete without a glass of red wine – une verre de vin rouge, and before long we’d need to have a little siesta – un p’tit dodo – before heading out in the late afternoon or early evening to find a new place to have dinner.
Here are some photos of some of our lunches:
OOOhhh doesn’t that look delicious? If it wasn’t night-time as I write this, I might just duck out and buy some of these goodies right now :-) Here’s another photo – this one has grated carrot – carotte rapée, vine-ripened tomatoes – des tomates, brie, camembert – les fromages; ooh la la! It was divine!
Doesn’t that orange carrot rapee look so fresh and delish? The dressing was some kind of vinegar, not too strong, and really tasted delicieuse.
So are you wondering why I’m telling you about this little pique nique?
When you’re visiting a new city or holidaying somewhere fabulous, it is a great treat to get to know the local shopkeepers, practice your rusty French and buy some tasty delights for lunch or a light supper.
If you’re going to be out for the day, you can pop in and buy your goodies before you grab the metro or bus, just remember to take a knife to cut tomatoes etc, and perhaps a couple of paper plates.
Having a picnic in one of Paris’ many gorgeous parks is a delightful way to pass the time, and it will also save some money (which you can put towards a yummy dinner at Le P’tit Manger later that evening).
Or maybe you’ve decided to take my all-time favourite barge cruise for two and a half hours – perfect for a take along picnic! If you don’t want the hassle of cutting up the deli food, buy pre-prepared sandwiches baguettes – sandwiches made with baguettes – at the local bread shop or deli.
Think outside the box when travelling – don’t feel like you have to sit in a café for lunch every day (although I do love to do that – a LOT), try to have some picnic time and get to know the parks of Paris – you’ll have such a grand time, I’m sure of it!
If you’d like to know where my favourite deli is, here’s the address:
138 rue de la Rocquette
Here’s the map – so if you come by metro, you need to be on the northern corner of Rue de la Rocquette where it crosses Rue Voltiare. If you walked west on rue de la Rocquette (to the left on the map), its about 10 minutes to Place de la Bastille (and it’s a very interesting walk, I love the quaint little shops in rue do la Rocquette):
Speaking of French food :-)
I’ve just come across a quick little video online showing the treats inside a Parisian pastry shop – les patisseries – the pastries.
Boulangerie = bakery
Patisserie = pastry shop
That’s it for today, hope you enjoy these little snippets, there’ll be more next week – I’m planning on catching up with all the great Parisian goodies I want to tell you about :-)
I’d LOVE to hear from you, clidk the ADD A COMMENT link below and post me a message :-)
Au revoir for now,
Great Italian-style coffee found by Melbournite!
Have you tried coffee at La Cafeotheque?
My husband and I loved the coffee here on our recent trip to Paris (we are self professed Melbourne coffee snobs).
They roast their own beans and the main Barista trained in Sydney.
Perfect every time.
52 rue de l’ Hotel de Ville, Paris 75004.
I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for Italian-style coffee the way we Aussies prefer it, and this is a GREAT FIND!
When I’m next in Paris I will be checking out this Sydney Barista on my first day :-)
To find the café, here’s the map:
I would like to know the best places to eat and go out clubbing in Paris What’s on in Paris in August??
Teena says …
Hi there Monique, Thanks for dropping by my site!
I have a page on my site for things to do in August – you can view it here:
Paris in August >>
Here are a few more suggestions for you:
For where to eat, there are hundreds of restaurants in a very small amount of space, so you will be spoiled for choice – just walk down any street and you’ll find a café, restaurant, bistro or brasserie where you can dine. You can also check out my pages here:
Click a photo to read more …
Click any of the famous French food photos above to read more about all of these delicious French foods – yum yum!
As I don’t know what age you are, I can’t recommond where you should go clubbing, but if you buy the Pariscope booklet as soon as you arrive, it is filled with places to go and things to do for the period of time you’re in Paris. You can buy these where you see magazines and newspapers sold.
I hope you have a marvellous time!
At first I thought this was going to be a joke video …
I was thinking all kinds of slapstick thoughts when I saw this video title, but as I watched it I was totally amazed!
Yes, you CAN actually open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew! Let’s hope you have a shoe nearby to use :-)
Even if you don’t speak French you can undertand the actions in this video – so in future, don’t panic if you arrive at the picnic without your corkscrew – all is not lost :-)
Do you know any cool tricks like this? Let me know :-)
We will be travelling with our two year old …
We want to visit paris in november 2011
I will be travelling to paris with my wife and 2year old baby girl. i am 50 and my wife is 39.
Can we enjoy paris with a 2 year old baby?
Teena says …
Thank you for writing back.
Your question is, “can we enjoy paris with a 2 year old baby ?”.
You will find a section on my website about things to do in Paris with children:
Paris is filled with families so there is no reason why you won’t enjoy Paris with yours – you can have a marvellous time and create many wonderful memories. Here are other links for you to look at. Some of these activities are for summer time, but some of them are still fun in colder seasons too:
Once you have booked your accommodation, you could ask the Concierge or Front Desk to recommend babysitters if you and your wife would like to go out on your own at some point.
Have a great trip, do let me know what you love most about Paris after your holiday :-)
Bon Voyage!! Cheers
Is it too cold to visit Paris in November?
Do u think i should visit paris in November or will it be too cold to enjoy, this is my 2nd visit to paris.
Teena says …
Hi there Fadi,
Thanks for dropping by my website!
The approximate temperature in Paris in November is:
Highs = 49 deg F / 9 deg C
Lows = 39 deg F / 3 deg C
As I don’t know which temperatures you’re used to, I can’t say if this is too cold for you, but hopefuly you can work this out :-)
It will be winter and you’ll need hat, gloves, scarves, coats and plenty of warm clothes. Here is an overview of the annual temperatures to help you decide when to visit Paris:
I do hope this helps, and I’m sure if you’re prepared with the right clothes for the right season, you’ll have a simply marvellous time! Don’t forget to visit this page: What can I do in Paris in November?
There are so many wonderful things to do in Paris at any time of year, so if you do decide to go in November, you won’t be disappointed :-)
Write back after your trip to Paris and let me know wha you enjoyed most :-) You can click the Add A Comment link below.
What can I do in Paris in November?
James wants to learn French & visit Paris.
Thanks for this website it is very useful.
I am going to France for a holiday in 2 months and i have been learning french privately for about 3 months. i hope to study french in paris after my holiday.
i was looking for a school that is not too expensive. most schools do 4 – 8 weeks and are so expensive that it is not an option.
Did you ever come across a cheaper school when you were there ?
Did you learn much in your course? It sounds like you did and had fun meeting people which is my aim.
i’d like to learn a lot while i am there. I have an EU passport, so i was wondering if that would make my accommodation cheaper or is it best to stay with a host. Where did you stay and with who?
Sorry for all these questions. I am excited about going as you were when you first went over there.
Thank you for any help you can give me as I am isolated over here in australia from too much information about paris and people that have been studying there.
Teena replies …
Let’s see if I can answer your questions – I do hope I can help you.
I am so pleased you enjoyed my website, and that you are are excitedly looking forward to your trip to Paris which must be very soon.
In regard to learning French in Paris, there are so many different language schools and types of language classes to choose from. The only way to work out what you can afford is to go to the websites and see what they offer, and how much it costs
You might also consider going to a couple of French expat forums for Paris, and ask people how they learned French in Paris, and ask for suggestions.
For example, you could search, or sign up at these forums in order to ask questions:
I hope this helps.
In regard to accommodation, I’m not sure how long you’ll be there, or whether you’re willing to stay in hostels or hotels, or find share accommodation.
You could check out Craigslist – you can read about this on my site, as well as other types of accommodation:
If you’d like to use an accommodation Search Engine, pop over to this page and type in your dates:
Once you’ve searched for dates, you can SORT the list according to price for single (or double) occupancy.
You might be surprised to find that some accommodation is as low as 30 euro per night.
I did a search for mid-May, and sorted the results by price for single room, just click this link to have a look:
PS – you asked where I stayed in Paris when I first lived there – I lived with my boyfriend so I didn’t have to worry about finding somewhere to stay, thank heavens. It’s so much easier now.
If you’ve already booked everything, bravo! Now you just have to count the sleeps until you go on holidays :-)
Bon voyage, have a fabulous time!
Would you like to be dancing in the streets of rue Mouffetard in Paris?
I’ve just read that on Every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. there is a group of dancers and singers who celebrate life by dancing in the street — on rue Mouffetard.
What a joyous fun thing to do!
If you are in the area, do pop along and have a look.
PS – rue Mouffetard is very well known in Paris, and worth a few hours to mosey along very slowly :-)
Tight budget? Grab some couscous for the price of a drink.
La Choppe, 75018
If you’re on a tight budget in Paris, it’s Friday or Saturday night and you can afford to buy yourself a drink, pop over to La Choppe and get a free dinner.
From 8.30pm the delightful owner Samir starts serving delicious Moroccan couscous (with all the trimmings) to anyone who’s bought a drink (prices are approximately €4 which is around around £3.50 at time of writing).
Get there at least an hour in advance to ensure you get a seat – this place is VERY popular with locals.
La Choppe Café
40 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018
Tel: 33 1 4606 2010.
Métro: Château Rouge.
Want to know a quick and soothing way to avoid jet lag?
Jet lag is the curse of the traveller on long haul flights and journeys, and here’s a tip you might not have considered before.
Once you arrive at your destination, go straight away to have a full-body massage. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 (ok, old references to Monopoly may not be suitable :-)
Your body will thank you, your well-being will thank you, YOU will thank you :D
The simple act of having a full-body massage will help your stressed body get back into a gentle zone, away from lugging suitcases and stressing over missing flights etc.
Try to have a one-hour massage — at least — to allow your body time to get back into the local timezone with ease and comfort.
Trust me — you’ll feel refreshed and revitalised.
I just had a friend visiting me from overseas, and on her last day she had a two and a half hour massage and spa treatment BEFORE she got on her long-haul flight. This is a wonderful thing to do too!
Let me know if you try this out, as my ‘research’ so far works for me and my friends, and I’d like to know if it works for you too :D
You might also be interested in 5 of my other Top Tips to Beat Jet Lag …
- Thierry Mugler, défilé prêt-à-porter, automne-hiver 1984-85
- Thierry Muble, Ready-to-Wear, Autumn-Winter 1984-85
- © Guy Marineau
EXPOSITION | EXHIBITION
du 1er avril au 10 octobre 2010 | 1st April 2010 to 10th October
History of Contemporary Fashion Volume 1
Les Arts Décoratifs proposent la première exposition sur l’histoire de la mode contemporaine en deux volets. D’abord objet d’un livre publié à l’automne dernier, « Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine » prend une nouvelle dimension à travers deux expositions consécutives. Aux décennies 70 et 80 suivront, dans un deuxième temps, les années 90-2000 comme deux volumes d’une rétrospective historique et sélective de la mode…
The Decorative Arts Museum present the first expo on the history of contemporary fashion in two .
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