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Second to Last Day Sigh

28 Apr Spéculos® (Buttercream)

Today, when I got to the hospital, I found out that most of the interns from other places had left Paris already! :(:( If I had known, I would’ve stayed longer yesterday. Also, I missed a house party one of the interns from Marseilles was throwing……and now they’ve all left. My favourite intern from Algeria was still here and leaving the same day as I was though, so that’s a consolation.

The box of 6 I got yesterday for myself

The box of 6 I got yesterday for myself

Since it’s my last 2 days in Paris, I’m staying at the hospital for the whole day until they finish. I also needed to scramble to get souvenirs for people back in Hong Kong and also gifts for those at the hospital. So today, after school, I headed to Berko first to get a dozen of cupcakes for the nurses at the clinic, and also a box of 3 for myself (in addition to the box of 6 I haven’t finished from yesterday lol). I’m gonna miss living 5 mins away on foot from a cupcake slash cheesecake store…………better for my waistline though.

Then I went on a massive shopping spree at Lafayette’s food market, and also various macarons stores like PH, Ladurée and Sadaharu Aoki around the Grand Magasins area. Also bought some cheese for my family as a souvenir. The cheese guy at Lafayette was so nice. But I also made a gaffe haha…I asked him if Tomme was similar to Swiss cheese, and he gave me the nastiest glare and said “NON!!! C’est FRANCAIS!!!! Pas suisse, nos fromages sont FRANCAIS!” Heh…sorry. Hurt his French pride. I sated him by buying some Tomme Affinée, Beaufort de Savoie, and Camembert. He also let me try a lot of cheese before buying…he gave me HUGE (like, 3X4 INCH) pieces to try. I was so full after trying lol.

Noix de Coco & mangue (buttercream); tarte aux fruit rouges

Noix de Coco & mangue (buttercream); tarte aux fruit rouges

This was my appetizer. Let’s just say tarts are not Berko’s forté…the tart base wasn’t buttery enough and I would’ve preferred more filling. Of course, it’s not fair to judge them based on a mini-tart I guess. The coconut and mango cupcake was yummerz!!! And I don’t even like coconut.

Takeout from Monoprix: tabouleh and satay chicken noodles

Takeout from Monoprix: tabouleh and satay chicken noodles

I also bought some takeaway from Monoprix as I like to experience what “instant food” is like in other countries as well.

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Starry Afternoon

11 Apr FILLET OF RABBIT FROM GATINAIS ROYAL STYLE, Soft potato purée
Le Meurice Dining Room

Le Meurice Dining Room

After another morning of OPD with last week’s hot doctor, I headed to Le Meurice for lunch. Le Meurice is a Michelin 3 star restaurant headed by Chef Yannick Alléno. The dining room has been redecorated by  Philippe Starck in 2007. The dining room is super impressive…there are paintings on the ceiling and on the walls. The servers are dressed impeccably, and one cute guy was even in a tuxedo. I didn’t want to act too weird by taking a picture of him…but I really wanted to. 😦 The decor, combined with the servers’ expertise, make you feel like you’re royalty here. I arrived at 1:15 pm, 15 mins later than my reservation, but was still welcomed graciously. I was seated in a corner seat, giving me a great view of the entire room. The tables were spaced quite far apart…the restaurant had 2 or 3 empty tables during my meal. The rest looked like businessmen or tourists.

Pre-amuse bouche: salmon cheese roll, asparagus mousse

Pre-amuse bouche: salmon cheese roll, asparagus mousse

Immediately after I was settled in, I was asked what drink I would like, and I ordered a large bottle of Evian. I was then served 3 tiny delights. One was a mousse-y ball tasting of fish on a stick, which I forgot to photograph. The other 2 are pictured above. The salmon cheese roll was nothing special; tasted like buffet stuff. The asparagus mousse was delightfully smooth and flavourful though.

The menu

The menu

I was given the menu…but I’ve already gone through it a few times online 😉 I settled on the set lunch menu at 90 euros. WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY post coming up.  Continue reading

Cupcakes Galore

10 Apr Lemon meringue

After a breakfast of Kouign Amann from my neighbourhood bakery, which had a flaky exterior and a chewy, sweet, very buttery interior (kinda like Bo-lo’gne on crack) and Yop, I headed out to explore more. By the way, Yop Chocolate is AMAZING. It’s so thick, like Angelina hot chocolate thick, and when it’s microwaved, it STAYS thick. The only thing is that it’s really sweet, so you can’t have too much at once (which is good, because it’s probably super calorific). The BEST thing about it is that it was only 1.x euros!

Today I visited the Louvre, which is an AMAZING place…I’m gonna go back a few times just because it’s so big I didn’t get to finish everything. I bought a yearly pass (only 15 euros for under 26s!), so it’ll be cost-effective anyways. Photos can be seen in the following slideshow:

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Afterwards, I went back to Le Marais area, hung around for a bit, window-shopped, then headed back home. On the way back, dropped into Berko to get half a dozen of mini cupcakes. Actually, it was my 2nd time dropping in that day as I dropped in on the way out for a post-breakfast snack. The guy working there looked at me weirdly haha…probably thinking “god, this girl is cupcake obsessed.” Not untrue. Also passed by Beatrix again and got a demi-baguette to finish off the butter I had left.

I forgot to take a picture of the baguette, but it was REALLY BAD. It tasted like Delifrance frozen baguette, except even worse. The crust was tough, the innards were tough, and the whole thing tasted floury and underbaked. This was their cheaper baguette instead of the baguette de tradition…but should the difference really be that big? Good thing the butter was good and helped me finish the baguette off.

Now for the cupcakes…I only managed to finish 3 today after the very tough baguette (which was hard on digestion).

Very bright and American!

Very bright and American!

Loving the bright feel...the Parisian boxes are always so well made

Loving the bright feel...the Parisian boxes are always so well made

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Supermarché Treasure Hunting

5 Apr Religieuse Chocolat
Tiramisu cupcake with mascarpone cream

Tiramisu cupcake with mascarpone cream

Today was a long day again at l’hôpital…lunch was 2 Berko cupcakes on the way to get a bunch of errands done. I’ve spied this store since my visit to Patisserie Pain de Sucre yesterday already…it’s a cute little cupcake store which sells mini cupcakes (their main show), normal sized cupcakes occasionally, tall american-sized cakes on weekends like carrot cake or red velvet, and also a variety of American cheesecakes in numerous flavours. They market their cheesecakes as being made with real Philadelphia cream cheese.

Cupcake army

Cupcake army...waiting to be devoured by me

Today I had a violet (!) and tiramisu cupcake. I miss REAL cupcakes!! The cupcakes we get in HK are so weird…..not like American cupcakes at all. They taste like pound cake and have unpalatable icing. These cupcakes were goooooooood…I chose violet to be the first cupcake I ate in Paris, because violet is such a French flavour! It tasted…hmm…flowery. Not flowery in a rose bath gel kind of way, but kind of sweet and fragrant. Sugary too, of course. It’s a cupcake after all.

Violet cupcake

Violet cupcake with butter cream

The tiramisu was just OK…tasted like mild espresso and was nothing special. Love the slightly cheesy but still light mascarpone icing though.

Tiramisu cupcake with mascarpone cream

Tiramisu cupcake with mascarpone cream...just OK

Afterwards it was back to school for another long afternoon with tons of patients, and a very pretty doctor. Today had to get some daily necessities too, so I went to the supermarché on the way home. Of course, I got distracted by all the food and had to get some groceries too…

Today's haul

Today's haul: Mamie Nova Yaourt Rhubarb Rose, Ready-to-eat Crepes, and a Secret Package

When I got home, I couldn’t resist opening the yogurt to try. We can get Mamie Nova in HK too…but it’s 2-3 times the price in Paris. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Rhubarb flavour in HK…I don’t buy yogurt much in HK though. The crepes I bought just for novelty’s sake. I can get fresh crepes pretty much anytime just a block away, but I wanted to see if the French were soooo good they could make even packaged crepes taste good. Well, fear not my friends, even the French could not make packaged crepes taste good. These were dry, stuck to the throat, and the crepe skin was tasteless. A bit better microwaved – the skin got a bit moister and the chocolate filling was less cloying. I ended up finishing these over the next few days as a snack to have when I felt like walking into every patisserie I see and buying everything in site. Paris is tempting like that.

Crepe Chocolat

Crepe Chocolate...kind of dry and bad

Now for the little package…what was in there?

Religieuse Chocolat

Tada!

A Religieuse Chocolat from the (nameless) bakery on my street! For those of you who don’t know, a Religieuse is like an Eclair in another form: choux filled with creme patissiere, one small choux on top of another bigger one stuck together with buttercream. It generally comes in chocolat or café flavours.

Religieuse Innards

Religieuse Innards...smooth!!

Now I’m no choux expert…my best acquaintance with choux is that from Beard Papa. Of course I’d had the occasional eclair here and there in HK (like Pierre Hermé), but I don’t know what is “authentic” or not. However, I can say that this choux pastry tasted good to me…it had a sort of buttery, eggy taste and wasn’t dry. In fact, it was sort of moist. The pastry cream was very smooth like pudding and didn’t leave a sticky feeling inside the throat. The chocolate didn’t taste artificial either… you know that artificial chocolate taste you get from local bakery cakes? Well, local bakeries here use real chocolate too I guess. The best part? This thing cost 2.5 euros only! It was pretty huge too…around the size of my palm and REALLY heft because of all the pastry cream. Who said Paris was expensive?