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La Gourmandise

arnaud-lahrerLa Gourmandise is THE pastry you just have to try if ever going to Arnaud Lahrer !!! You all know how much I’m into meringue pastries, always having the Himalayan Emperors at Miss Ko. Well..I’m telling you, la Gourmandise is the Rolls Royce version! In the photo above you’ll find la Gourmandise between Baba au Rhum and the St Honoré.

The base is French meringue with whipped cream with vanilla, a heart filled with raspberry marmelade..topped with lime zest and fresh raspberries. Very light dessert with flavours that goes so well with each other…like a dream….I’m living dangerously too close to Arnaud Lahrer’s boutique in St Germain. We had it in a take-away box and asked for two plastic spoons and headed out to in the sun exploring the Gourmandise. An experience that has too be repeated…

Next day, me and Parisbreakfast returned, are you even surprised? This time we left with a Citrus Cheesecake and L’Ivoire. L’Ivoire was more my cup of tea, with its light cream and passion fruit and mango filling on a coconut biscuit..tropical flavours <3

Arnaud Lahrer – 93 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
arnaud-lahrer-2Pretty pastries…
arnaud-lahrer-3in different colours and shapes
arnaud-lahrer-4pastries at Arnaud Lahrer
arnaud-lahrer-01that millefeuille looks dangerously delicious….
arnaud-lahrer-02Kougn amann! Did you know Arnaud Lahrer is from Britanny where kougn amann is a speciality? These ones looks very good…
arnaud-lahrer-13The citrus cheesecake
arnaud-lahrer-06Take away box from Arnaud Lahrer
arnaud-lahrer-08with two pastries I’m sharing with Parisbreakfast
arnaud-lahrer-09Sharing is caring <3
arnaud-lahrer-12L’Ivoire and the citrus cheesecake
arnaud-lahrer-st-germainArnaud Lahrer’s chic boutique in Saint Germain, Paris

Le Jour du Macaron 2015

Have a macaron for a good cause! Ten years ago Pierre Hermé started le Jour du Macaron, people would get one macaron for free when donating to the Association for Cystic Fibrosis. Un don, un macaron!

I met Parisbreakfast outside Pierre Hermé in Saint-Germain on Saturday to do some donations, but to our dissapointment Pierre Hermé only participated in the donation part only on the Friday…who got time to go there after work? Not me…..everything is closed in town when I leave the office…however, other pastryshops members of the Relais Desserts were all in the entire weekend.

Arnaud Lahrer was one of them, where I made donations and had three macarons : Fine champagne, Mille Fleurs and Mangue Mandarine.

However it didn’t end there. La Gourmandise caught our attention…and we could not resist……to be continued!
Arnaud Lahrer -93 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris

vaincre-la-mucoviscidoseUn don, un macaron ! Le Jour du Macaron

macarons-arnaud-lahrerColorful macarons at Arnaud Lahrermacarons-arnaud-lahrer-04Arnaud Lahrer macarons

Meert in Lille


Out of all meetingpoints in Lille , Parisbreakfasts and I chose Meert, are you even surprised? I knew Meert by their famous thin and oblong waffles filled with vanilla buttercream, yet I had never had one even though they have two boutiques in Paris. No, I wanted to wait and go all the way to Lille, and have my very first Meert waffle in their boutique, Lille’s oldest in fact and now an institution not to be missed when in Lille. This is were the story of this famous waffle began already in 1849, when the Belgian Michael Paulus Gislinus Meerts took over the business of Monsieur Delacourts, confectioner and chocolate maker, at 27 rue Esquermoise. These waffles are still beeing handmade daily in their laboratory that is located behind the boutique.

Stepping in to their beautifully decorated boutique was like going back in history…like a fairy tale or even a dream. No wonder why the lines to this boutique are long..who wouldn’t want to buy their sweets in this boutique full of charm and go home with chocolates, caramels and waffles in cute boxes with lovely illustrations?

After been browsing through their boutique and pastry shop we were ready to take a well-deserved break in Meerts Salon de Thé. Breakfast at Meert, thats not bad, is it? I wanted a Mont Blanc, but reminded myself to “go light” as I knew many other sweets were awaiting me throughout the day, even I do have my limits. A waffle filled with crème de marrons and a cup of Tisane de Soleil was just perfect, to start my day in Lille. That tea…I fell in love with its aroma…if they would have it for sale I would have bought it, right away.

Meert – 27 rue de Esquermoise, Lille
meert-waffleHow to eat your waffle, keep is slightly above a cup of hot beverage until the filling starts melting….very yummie!!meert-gaufresWaffles stacked in plastic boxes - they should be consumed within 10 days but if you are like me they will be finished by one or two days ;-)
meert-chocolateChocolate in all kinds meert-lillePralines Roses and marshmallows…meert-lille-1Next time I will buy a box with wafflesmeert-lille-3Beautiful boxesmeert-lille-4Like stepping back in time..this boutique boasted charm and lots of historylille-meertJust like in a fairy tale…meert-patisserieMeerts pastry and bakery shop side by side the boutiquemeert-patisserie-1I wanted a piece of each cake…meert-patisserie-5How is it possible to resist?meert-patisserie-4We went inside for a closer lookmeert-patisserie-6The prettiest pastries in Lillemeert-patisserie-lillewell prootected by a red ribbonmeert-salon-de-thewe continued to the Salon de Thémeert-tea-salonwe were not the first ones this early morningtisane-de-soleilI opted for a cup of tea, with Tisane du Soleil, delightful taste and aroma. Too bad they don’t sell this tea en vrac, I would have bought some with me to Paris ;-)meert-lille-salonFurnitures in Louis XVI stylemeert-salon-de-the-1From above, we both had tea :-)meert-lille-10While others went all in…lille-meert-11What a luxury for the Lilloise to come here for a breakfast..I would have too if living in Lille.meert-lille-12I will be back soon!

Inoubliable Marilyn

I guess I will never have enough watching photos of the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, always discovering new ones I haven’t seen before. A few weeks ago when walking around in Marais I stumbled upon a small gallery that is having an exhibition with photos on Marilyn Monroe taken by different photographers. Rare photos, go there before February 25th..last day of the exhibition !

Inoubliable Marilyn – La Galerie de l’Instant – 46 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris

Jean-François Baecker


Yesterday I went and saw the French photographer, Jean-François Baecker‘s exhibition at La Galerie du Pont Neuf. He is both a street photographer and news reports. I liked his way of capturing different sceneries in a way that evoke many emotions. Below you’ll see a selection of the photos that were shown. Today, Sunday February 15th is the last day of the exhibition – not to be missed ;-)

La Galerie du Pont-Neuf - 23, Place Dauphine – 75001 Paris

jean-francois-baecker-5Jean-François Baecker – La Galerie du Pont Neuf
jean-francois-baecker-4Jean-François Baecker – La Galerie du Pont Neuf
jean-francois-baecker-3Jean-François Baecker – La Galerie du Pont Neuf
jean-francois-baecker-1Jean-François Baecker – La Galerie du Pont Neuf
jean-francois-baeckerJean-François Baecker – La Galerie du Pont Neuf

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