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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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All over Paris

9 Apr Pierre Hermé Tarte Infiniment Vanille

As I write this, I’m massaging my thighs, as I walked all around Paris in not so great flats and my thighs are cramping up. It was so worth it though. I took a ton of pictures, which you can see in the slideshow at the bottom. This post will contain a few highlights only. It IS a little picture heavy though.

When I woke up, I rushed to Huré to get my first (!!) croissant of my stay in Paris. Unfortunately, although I tried to get there early, it wasn’t warm anymore. It was still quite good though..apparently they’ve won some sort of award or something for their croissant au beurre. Interesting to note also, is that they have croissant au beurre and a normal croissant. Maybe I have to do a taste test between the two one of these days..no picture because I devoured it on the way home.

I then headed out to a beautiful day in Paris. I walked to the Notre Dame first. There were a ton of people, but the line to get in was pretty quick. I spent around 30 minutes in there. Everything is so huge, it’s hard to imagine how they built it back in the 14th century without any modern technology.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

After Notre Dame, I walked through the Ile de la Cité and Ile Ste Louis. Both are quaint little islands which remind me of Granville Island – swarmed with tourists and filled with little trendy boutiques. Also, on Ile Ste Louis, one can find the best ice cream in Paris – Berthillon.

Caramel beurre salé + vanilla cone from Berthillon, best ice-cream in Paris!

Caramel beurre salé + vanilla cone from Berthillon, best ice-cream in Paris!

It was very smooth indeed, and I enjoyed it. Around the same price, but much better than the local “gelato” shops we can find in Hong Kong. It didn’t leave you thirsty either! After having my ice cream, I walked to the Place des Vosges, which is the oldest planned square in Paris. Built by King Henri IV in the 17th century, it’s now filled with locals sunbathing or having picnics, as well as children playing. I love this little park and wish HK had parks like these.

Maison de Victor Hugo next to the Place des Vosges

Maison de Victor Hugo next to the Place des Vosges

Victor Hugo also lived at the Place des Vosges at one time, and I went into his apartment on the second floor for a tour a few days later. It’s amazing to imagine how people lived back then…his apartment is so grand! I then headed to a patisserie next as I felt a little hypoglycemic (excuses!)… Continue reading