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A sunday brunch at Ralph’s, Saint Germain Boulevard

Posted in Paris, restaurants, shops, Uncategorized on September 18, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Perfect day today – indian summer in Paris ! -for a brunch outside. We decided to go on the left bank, at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant which opened last year.Located in a  fabulous private mansion built in 1683 Ralph Lauren flagship in Paris houses a restaurant serving typical american food.I love brunches and this one starts well with a Mimosa (or you can choose a Bloody Mary if you’re ready for a spicy sunday). I enjoyed benedicts eggs and tasted Edwart ‘s salmon baggels .We did liked the cakes and brownies : so delicious and unique. We were very well received and had the nicest table outside.

              

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Hugo&Victor : high patisserie in Paris !

Posted in luxury, news, shops on February 7, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

You know I’m a sweet teeth and I’ve discovered recently in my district  a new fantastic patisserie called “Hugo&Victor”(7 rue Gomboust 75001). It looks like a jewellery boutique but you can eat all the creations ! The chef, Hugues Pouget, had worked formely  for famous french chef Guy Savoy-so you can figure out the high level you find there.With Sylvain Blanc, his friend,  they decided to open a new kind of shop : the idea was to propose patisserie you have in a gastronomic restaurant as take away. And that’s a success : they opened one year ago the first shop in 7th district  and last december they open the one I’m talking about in the first district. They have  also now a corner in big department store Printemps.

The chef is working with traditional tastes like chocolate, vanilla and caramel on one hand-revisiting traditional “eclairs” , “choux” and chocolate tarts for example-  and more innovative or excentric tastes on the other hand, such as combawa (in green below)slightly tangy with a delicate lemongrass perfume,  or lychee (the best dessert I’ve ever eaten, definitly my favorite !)…

I do recommend also the little “financiers” (especially the one with cherries) elected the best in Paris by ‘Le Figaro”-a famous french newspaper-and I do confirm !

And if you want an original gift : their chocolate boxes look like a book …very ParisDeluxe&Arty indeed !

Paris Gourmet tour

Posted in luxury, restaurants, shops on October 6, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I loooove my job ! Such a treat today ! I was working for an agency and I gave a “gourmet tour ” for people from the Ritz hotel : we started with a wine and cheese tasting at “Pharamond”, a very parisian and very good bistrot in Les Halles district, classified national heritage : 1900 style, with colored tiles on the wall and private lounges upstairs for private lunches or diner (from 2 to 12). Oh my god ! we tasted a Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru from 2007 !! I  really enjoy Burgondy wine, more than Bordeaux. Black cherry colour and taste, perfect with Saint Nectaire cheese.

SalonThen we walked in lovely Montorgueil street to admire famous pastry shop “Storher” since 1730. Stohrer was the pastry chef of Kingof Poland whose daughter married king Louis XV, so he settled down in Versailles and opened a shop n Paris in 1730. He’s the one who created famous “Baba” (because when he created his cake the king was reading the famous tales of 1001 nights) !  Originally  it was a dry brioche from Poland he enriched with “crème patissiere” and Malaga wine. Today is a spongy brioche with a lot of rhum and whipped cream. Other specialty : the “well of love”, a sweet mix of sugar, butter and “pâte feuilletée”, absolutly delicious !

Then we had a meeting at Marcolini’s boutique near Opera house. Pierre Marcolini is a belgium  chocolate maker (from italian roots) who travels himself to Bresil, Mexico, Peru ….to select the best cocoa beams he transforms in his own workshops into exceptional chocolate. The shops in Belgium are famous, he’s got also shops in Japon too and 2 in Paris. It’s luxury chocolate, not industrial (please forget Godiva or Leonidas)  with elegant minimalist design for boxes and boutiques. Lanvin fashion house selected him  for the fashion defile to offer to VIPs dark truffles chocolate !!

It’s so funny, because after that wonderful afternoon, I was working at Grand Palais for Monet exhibition (I have to write on  it ) and I arrived so excited and in a great mood, full of energy ; my colleagues asked me what’s happened !! haha ! exceptional wine and dark chocolate is the secret  !!

Le comptoir dessiné par Olivier Lampereur

No diner for me tonight !