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9 posts from June 2007

In the Orangerie


Finally in the Orangerie...


At the Jardin des Tuileries


I loved this woman with her lavender scarf.


Queuing at the Musée de l’Orangerie





E Dehillerin/Paris apricot tart


Of course the best part of coming home from holiday is tearing into all the packets you shored up against the anticlimax of being back. My tart pans from E. Dehillerin were quickly put into service to make Patricia Well's (or Verlet's) extraordinarily easy apricot tart, and that, with a cup of Chandernagor, was as soothing as I had hoped.

Note that my 23-cm/9-in tart pan took only about 90% of the pastry; dab hands at imperial to metric conversions will quickly note 4 oz of butter can't possibly be 12 g (I used 112 g, and 157 g for the flour); unsure of what Wondra is, I took a tablespoon of the potato flour brought back from Paris; and the Affenbrotbaum or baobob honey I bought from the ever-eloquent salesman at the Miriam Eva Kebe stand at Kollwitzplatz was perfect for the filling.

Crêperie de Josselin (Leaving Paris)


The Crêperie de Josselin was hot, crowded, and the perfect place for our final dinner in Paris. We traced our way carefully up the rue du Montparnasse, having been warned by Avital not to get confused by the competition. Our crisp galettes did not disappoint, and the waiter didn't blink when I sprinkled my second plain one with sugar to make a nonce dessert.

Crêperie de Josselin, 67 rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Open Tuesday-Sunday

Sacha Finkelsztajn, or Cheese blintzes in Paris


Amidst busy Marais shopping (tea, shirts, paper) a cheese blintz can revive a girl wonderfully - and all the better if it's only 3 EUR. Should I ever find myself back in that street, I'll try one of their fabulous-looking boreks.

The place made all the more special when Anne-Solène wrote to say it belonged to Benjamin's grandfather some twenty years ago...

Sacha Finkelsztajn, 27 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm, Mondays 11 am to 7 pm

Proust’s notebook (for James)


With thanks to James, for recommending I visit the Musée Carnavalet.