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Sweet pleasures in Hôtel Costes courtyard

Hôtel Costes
Hôtel Costes beautiful and charming courtyard is one of my favourite places in Paris and I love coming here every now and then. Not long ago I went there with my friend to spoil ourselves with tea and hot chocolate accompagnied with Hôtel Costes heavenly delicious desserts. That pavlova and that trifle aux fruit rouges, no need for further explications. Have a look on my photos below…dream away…or go there and try them yourselves. But I’m warning you, they are dangerously addictive ;-)

Do you have any special place in Paris where they serve delicious desserts you want to share?

Hôtel Costes in Paris – 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
Hôtel Costes
Hôtel CostesHot chocolate at Hôtel Costes
Hôtel Costes Trifle
Hôtel Costes Who can resist?
Hôtel CostesTry the trifle when you go to Hôtel Costes!

Hôtel Costes Having a pavlova at Hôtel Costes

Mamie Gâteaux

Mamie GâteauxMamie Gâteaux, a hidden gem located on Rue du Cherche Midi in the 6th arrondissement.

I’m still exploring my new nighbourhood (yes, I moved almost 2 months ago ! 3rd time in one year since I arrived last year..more about my new home in a separate blog post!) and Mami Gâteaux was one of the first ones I wanted to try as my friend Carol had posted photos from her visit to this tea salon on her blog. Their lemon meringue pie got all my attention, the generously fluffy meringue covering the lemon pie was almost speaking to me….

One day by lunchtime I went there, I wanted to have one of their tartes salées, but they were sold out on almost everything so what was left was their veggie soup that I had with a plate with mixed salad. Having a hot soup on a summer day was maybe not optimal…but I quickly finished my lunch as the main purpose was to try their lemon meringue pie! Luckily there were two pieces left when I ordered my dessert. It tasted just as it looked like, heavenly !

I will definately return to this cozy Salon de Thé with its vintage interior and old charming school desks as tables. Have you ever been here? Any favourites on their menu?

Mamie Gâteaux - 66 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris

Mamie GâteauxThe homemade cakes looks delicious!!!
Mamie GâteauxHaving lunch at Mamie Gâteaux
Mamie GâteauxLemon meringue pie
Mamie Gâteaux Lemon meringue pie at Mamie Gâteaux and my hand to the right…and for those who wonders, nailpolish from Chanel, colour : Pirate
Mamie GâteauxMamie Gâteaux one of the gems of Rue du Cherche-Midi

Organic dinner in Provence

organic-risotto-1If Claudia would open up a restaurant in Paris you would have seen me there every single day. That’s how much I loved her food :-)

On my last evening she had prepared a delicious risotto (that she had boiled with whte wine) with haricots verts and yellow zucchini topped with spring onions and milled flax seeds. As a maindish she had made organic wheat pasta with freshly squeezed lemon juice, freshly cracked pepper, sea salt, blended with freshly grated parmesan cheese and topped with freshly cracked walnuts. Pure love!
The dessert was a total bliss….vegan lavendar custard served with fresh cherry coulis. Unfortunately my photo don’t do it justice, but if you are interested in trying to make this at home it’s very simple. Boil oat milk with cornstarch to ake a custard, add 2 drops of organic essential oil of lavendar, pour into ramekins and allow to cool.

Many thanks Claudia for sharing the recipies ;-)

La Vudèle – Provence

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s in July 2014

organic-risottorisotto with haricot verts and yellow zucchini
organic-dinner-1organic pasta with lemon and topped with walnuts
organic-dinnerorganic pasta with lemon
organic-dessertlavendar custard with cherry coulis

Gorges du Verdon

The Gorges du Verdon was definately one of the highlights during my holidays in Provence. Deep, wild and beautiful, the 21 km long Verdon river runs through breathtaking narrow rock walls. Hiking along it for a while before a heavy rain bursted from the sky was a great experience and next time I’m looking forward to plunge into this crystal clear water :-)

Gorges du Verdon Gorges du Verdon Gorges du Verdon Gorges du Verdon


quinson-20On my last, and second day, I went for hiking. I followed a path from La Vudèle, passed by the village Quinson, heading to the Gorges du Verdon…..

The beautiful village Quinson is situated in a valley surrounded by steep cliffs and forests..most of the houses in the village are built of natural stones and their shutters where painted in beautiful bright pastel colours adding lots of charm. The Museum of Prehistory in the center of the village is a must to visit. It’s one of Europe’s largests and is close to many of the sites where many ancient remains were discovered. Unfortunately I had no time to visit this museum, but will definately do when I’m going to La Vudèle next summer :-)

foret-quinsonSo many different shades of green…stunning view over the forests on my way to Quinson
olive-trees-provencePassing by an olive tree orchard on my way to Quinson from La Vudèle
olivier-quinsonPassing by an olive tree orchard on my way to Quinson from La Vudèle
quinsonHiking to the village Quinson
quinson-fontaineOne of the many beautiful fountains in Quinson
quinson-fontaine-3One of the many beautiful fountains in Quinson
quinson-4The village Quinson
quinson-1The village Quinson…empty on people on this Sunday morning…
quinson-2The village Quinson…empty on people on this Sunday morning…

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