I am often asked the difficult-to-answer question, “Who is the best chocolatier in Paris?” There are very few parts of Paris where you can’t find something delicious made of chocolate. Luckily from my apartment, I’m just a few blocks from Dalloyau, Gerard Mulot, Lenôtre, and Joséphine Vannier near the Place des Vosges, a small chocolate shop whose window delights the tourists, but belies the more…

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Pick-Up Line

“This isn’t your house? Paris is your house! A dog dèjection left on a sidewalk is a 183€ fine. 30,000 garbage cans are at your disposal in Paris” (If you think it’s icky looking at this on your computer, this sidewalk billboard faces the tables at an outdoor restaurant and cafè. Imagine looking at that while enjoying dinner!)

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While strolling the Mercato Centrale in Florence a while back, I was introduced to this curious gelatina, a little pot of Beer and Chocolate Jelly. When I told the shopkeeper I was a chocolatier, he gave me the jar as a gift (that’s why I love Italy…) and told me to let him know how I liked it. I conferred with my pal Judy and…

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The stinky garbage strike finally ended…phew! We had ice cream at Dammann’s on the quai Montebello… I bought some fouque-ing seal oil to winterproof my shoes… I found a place to swim au natural with Parisians… …and my favorite chocolate shop in Paris gave me a nice, big bag of chocolates…for being such a good customer! Damman’s Glacier 1, rue des Grands Degrés Tel: 01…

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French Beignets

Since we’re on the subject of beignets, I spotted these enticing looking pastries at one of my favorite out-of-the-way boulangeries in Paris. It must be a global trend. Boulangerie au 140 140, rue de Belleville Paris Tel: 01 46 36 92 47 Métro: Jourdain

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We made it to Amateur Gourmet Survivor: Round II! The fierce competition already managed to raise so far $2750 thanks to many of your generous donations. This time, for Round II, it’s all about beignets, those favorite deep-fried pastries from New Orleans. Melissa, my dedicated Survivor contestant, made two separate batches: due to a successful whining campaign by yours truly, in addition to caramelized-apple beignets,…

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I often cook pasta in not enough water. I wash mushrooms. I don’t grind my own coffee beans. I melt chocolate in a bowl set in, not over, simmering water. I hate soup as a first course. I buy store-brand butter for baking. I try to use as few pots and pans when I cooking as I can. I lift the lid when cooking rice…

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Café Malongo

Café Malongo is Fair-trade and made from Arabica coffee beans Café Malongo 50, rue St-André des Arts Tél: 01 43 26 47 10 Other Café Malongo bars at: -53, rue Passy –Lafayette Gourmet 46-48, Boulevard Haussmann -Monprix, 14 rue du Départ Read more at my post: Where to find a good cup of coffee in Paris.

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Although Germany is famous for tall, multi-layered torten with alternating layers of cream, cake, fruit, nuts, beer, sausages, etc…German Chocolate Cake is decidedly the result of good-old American ingenuity. Deep, dark chocolate cake is layered with a rich filling of toasty coconut and pecans, then glazed with a slick, bittersweet chocolate icing. It’s based on a recipe using Bakers™ Chocolate, a company which employed Samuel…

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