A Parisian Break [Part 02]

April 22, 2014

Paris / blog.jchongstudio.com
So besides visiting the plethora of museums there is probably this thing called the Eiffel Tower that you don't want to miss. It's of course always super crowded there but you can't go to Paris and miss this right? My grandparents lived in Paris so as a child Paris was my "Disney" because we spent most summers visiting. I remember sitting at the Jadin Du Champ de Mars eating baguettes with butter and sugar on top with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. Or you can also head over to the other side to the Jardin Du Trocadéro for another beautiful view too. Thanks to my host Pullman Hotels they suggested a river cruise ride around the Eiffel Tower. It was a pleasant ride but I'm still a big fan of exploring the city on foot.

Du Pain Et Des Idees/ blog.jchongstudio.com
Du Pain Et Des Idees / blog.jchongstudio.com

Liberte / blog.jchongstudio.com
Next on the list? Patisseries! Carbs, sugar, more carbs! When in Paris, you just have to right? I definitely have a bit of a gluten belly after being back but happy that I indulged a lot while I was there. Du Pain Et Des Idées was the first stop - 'snails' as my friends Rick and Bora refered to them as. They were tasty, flaky, sweet but not too sweet. I also tried the banana chocolate croissant oh what I would do for some of those right now. I also really enjoyed Liberté. I had some sort of apple turnover which was kind of amazing.

Streets of Paris / blog.jchongstudio.com
Liberte / blog.jchongstudio.com

Le Jardin des Plantes / blog.jchongstudio.com
Le Rech / blog.jchongstudio.com
I definitely ate to my hearts content and some I had things like meat pies at Bofinger Paris and perfectly prepared pork at L'Esprit du 12ème but my all-time favorite meal was at Le Rech. An Alain Ducasse restaurant all about 'de Poisson' aka fish. I'm typically not a big fish eater but I was so impressed and charmed with my meal here. The host was incredibly friendly and the food was prepared to perfection. The breads and salted butters there were like crack I finished half a stick of butter all by myself. If you come to Paris Le Rech is worth the visit.

Paris Riverboat Cruise / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pullman Bercy / blog.jchongstudio.com
Pullman Bercy / blog.jchongstudio.com
While my stay was short I was happy to call this hotel my home. Whenever I got back to Paris I definitely want to set up shop at their Bercy location. Who has heard of a loft style hotel room?! (and with a great view!) Frankly I think I would be quite happy living in this hotel room. Comfy bedroom upstairs and a beautiful living/office space below. All I need is a kitchen but hey there is always the the restaurant downstairs right?

As a special treat here is a Panna cotta recipe from Pullman's Pastry Chef Olivier Michelet

Panna Cotta from @accorhotels / blog.jchongstudio.com
PANNA COTTA print this recipe!
Panna Cotta
Cream 500g
Sugar 80g
Gelatin 2 sheets
Paste 150g brown
Whisky 10g

Tangerine Coulis
Tangerine puree 200g
Sugar 30g
1 sheet gelatin

1. For the Panna Cotta add cream + sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil, add chestnut paste and hydrated gelatin mixer.
2. For the Tangering Coulis – combine puree and sugar and bring to a boil, add hydrated gelatin.
3. Put the panna cotta in a glass halfway allow panna cotta to cool then top with the tangerine coulis then alternate again with Panna Cotta.
4. Add the Clementine and chestnut ice segments

While I didn't get to visit all the small shops I wanted to you can check out Happy Interior Blog, Pret-a-Voyager and Design*Sponge for some suggestions!


A Parisian Break [Part 01]

April 17, 2014

When you get an email asking if you're interest in going to Paris for a few days what do you do? You pack your bags and go, because they say Paris is always a good idea right? Even though I've been going, going, going I didn't want to miss this opportunity. So I packed my bags for a 11 hour flight to Paris. I arrived in Paris in the morning and headed to the hotel, Pullman La Defense for a quick nap before I started my day. For my first meal in Paris I enjoyed a tasty feast by Chef Jean Paul Corbillet at Quinte&Sens – foie gras, fish cooked in the tandori and a delicious chocolate pear for dessert. The folks at Pullman were great host, the La Defense hotel was located right next to the metro and about a 20 minute ride into the city. The weather was fantastic while I was there 70's and mostly sunny – so what do you do when you've got a limited time in Paris?

A Parisian Break / blog.jchongstudio.com
A Parisian Break / blog.jchongstudio.com

Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com
Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com
Musee Orsay / blog.jchongstudio.com

First thing on the list is buy a museum pass and explore to your hearts desire. Because two days isn't enough time to check out all the museums I picked my favorite three to explore Musee Orsay, Centre Pompidou and of course the the Lourve. I'd say that Musee Orsay and the Lourve should be on everyone's list. If you a fan of modern art you should add Centre Pompidou. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is walking (and because sometimes the transit system can be intimidating - though the Paris one isn't at all!) I did the museum tour walking from museum to museum. It's a long walk but I did my fair share of eating so a few extra miles for me wouldn't hurt.

Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com

Centre Pompidou / blog.jchongstudio.com
The Lourve / blog.jchongstudio.com
Macarons from Laduree / blog.jchongstudio.com
More to come on what I ate in Paris in my next post but oh! I must share my tragic macaron story. My friend Marisa told me to check out Pierre Herme for some delicious macarons. I'm typically not a big fan of these but I decided to pick up a bunch for some friends back at home, so I loaded up the boxes and bought two for myself to try. They were quite delicious I had a mint chocolate and a passion fruit mixture – soft and chewy with a little bit of crunch. I toted the bag with me all day and set it down on a train ride but doze off. When I woke up I realized it was my stop so I ran out but left the macarons. By the time I turned around to retrieve them it was already too late. Jetlag you got the best of me, but hopefully I made someones day with some delicious macarons!


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