Treize – New Secret Spot in Paris

Treize Laurel Sanderson was one of the founders of the wildly successful Sugarplum Cake Shop and was the heart, soul, and sunshine of their tea salon… We were all sad when she left the Paris baking/eatery scene, but that didn’t last long! She’s baaaaaaack! And she has created her own little place that is full of her contagious and addictive charm and warm cheerful hospitality, serving up her fantastic recipes for lunch and brunch, and that amazing carrot cake she is so well known for.

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Chez Nous, breakfast sounds like this…

Chéri and have busy lives, and with me working most Saturdays, we greatly treasure our time together on Sundays. Especially breakfast. Continue reading

Hyatt Regency Brunch

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The Hyatt Regency Etoile hotel asked me if I’d like to indulge in their Sunday brunch, so of course I said “oui”! Located on the ground floor of the chic tower at Porte Maillot is their hotel restaurant. Continue reading

Brunch at La Maison du Danemark

So Summer seemed to end rather abruptly here in Paris, land of the grey skies. Buf before it did Chéri and I got in a fantastically fabulous brunch at a très chic address : 142 avenue des Champs Elysées. La Maison du Danemark, reknowned for their high quality fish and seafood serves up raw fish delicacies and lots and lots of salmon.

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I thought it would be fun to sort of “bond” with my ancestral roots, and have a Danish treat (no not a fancy pastry), a real deal Dane’s dish of delicious! (Was that too much alliteration???) 😉

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The Salmon

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Le Brunch…

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…Le Brunch is a big deal here in Paris. Or maybe it is a world wide phenomenon going on. Because Sunday morning my instagram is choc full of brunch images from both sides of the Atlantic and even elsewhere in the world from all the trendy and interesting people I follow. I have gone out to brunch in Paris a few times, but generally I save that for a big occasion. Why? Because I work Saturdays and I just can’t drag myself out of bed (nor Chéri either for that matter!), and get dressed, do my hair (because non, I don’t leave the house and go out into the City of Lights without looking presentable, and yes, you can snicker and call me Parisian, I will take it as a compliment!). Sundays are sacred for me and Chéri. We rest. At home mostly.

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Fashion Brunch in Paris

Brunching is THE thing to do in Paris. Make your brunch experience even trendier if you head to the Fashion Brunch IN’a City. For it’s second year in a row, the Fashion Brunch concept createtd by Tiyi of InAcity.fr  is hosting weekend events this winter where you can get a fabulous New York style brunch for 25€ with sweet and savory dishes accompanied with breakfast drinks. You get to go back for seconds, and if you go for the brunch the 2€ entry fee is reimbursed to you.

This new edition will be held at the Café A in the Masion de L’Architecture right next to the Gare de l’Est in the 10th. A fabulous open space in this historic building will host the brunch restaurant and a giant room next door is where all the fashion and fun will try to contain itself!

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Friday en Français : Je suis comblée

Le concept : traduire un ancien billet et français, déjà pour pratiquer mon français à l’écrit mais aussi pour faire un geste envers mes lecteurs et lectrices francophones! N’hésitez pas à me corriger mon français.

The concept : translate an old post into French, first in order to practice my written French, but also to be a bit more welcoming to my francophone readers! Don’t hesitate to correct my French.

(Original post in English here)

Originally posted October 25, 2009 / Publication d’origine le 25 octobre 2009

J’ai reçu beaucoup de bonnes vœux dans le but de célébrer le fait que je vieilli (mais ne grandis pas), ainsi j’aime référer à mon anniversaire. Et j’ai été étonné par le nombre de mes amis français qui m’ont dit : “j’espère que tu as eu tout ce que tu voulais!” (Je me demande si c’est une truc français de dire ça???) Ma réponse à cela : je suis déjà bienheureuse!! Surtout grâce à mes proches qui m’ont entouré avec leur compagnie qui m’est très chère dans mon bar préféré dans le Marais, le Yono, rue de Temple. Nous avons bien rit, bien bu, bien dégusté du gâteau que j’ai fait pour eux. On m’a aussi emmené brunché le lendemain matin… et quel brunch! Au Safran situé dans le Hilton hôtel palace, sous un décor somptueux nous avons eu le grand service bien polis et souriant… de tel service est souvent considéré comme rare à Paris. Le concept du brunch est un buffet, mais ce n’est pas le buffet moyen-mange-tout-ce-que-tu-peux. Il y avait des rangées de langoustines, des plats entiers des dizaines de tranches de foie gras, des bols de salade remplis de poulet au curry et aux amandes, tranche après tranche de thon braisé, des rouleaux et des rouleaux de sushi, plusieurs plats de saumon, des bols des haricots verts sautés au noix pécan et des morceaux de bacon, des étagères de desserts tous en couleurs pastels, chocolat, des paniers de croissants, un sous chef qui découpait le rosbif et le jambon rôti au miel…et des roues et des parts de tant de fromage, assez pour une roi.

Je suis retournée trois fois pour me resservir! Ce n’est pas un lieu où l’on irait toutes les semaines si on prends en compte le prix (et les calories), mais pour un événement heureux c’est parfait. On a un choix devant soi qu’aucun restaurant pourrait proposer en menu, et le service, vraiment est impeccable! Nos verres de vins ne restaient jamais à moitié vide, et notre serveuse ne gênait jamais nos déplacement vers le buffet, mais était toujours disponible quand on avait besoin d’elle. Mes gracieux remerciements à ceux qui ont célébré mon anniversaire avec tant de délice et d’amitié! 🙂

Minimal Max

Take only the minimum at the Max Café.

Max café, the trendy spot installed one floor up from ground level at the BCBG store, 14 boulevard Madeleine, satisfies in terms of ambiance and on the scale of chic-ness I’d give it a 6 or 7 which I think is pretty decent. Service was friendly and accommodating, but then it wasn’t a very busy time when we reserved, (don’t you love how when we receive decent service in Paris we automatically assume it’s because of other reasons!). The lighting is lovely and the venue seems light and airy. You sit comfortably and are off the crowded streets in a cool and quiet atmosphere. Thank god they were not blasting techno music.

The brunch however seemed like something your sister-in law who is just learning to cook would make.While you may not leave hungry, this meal looks like it’s made to please an anglo-american-unrefined palette. There was a café and a large fresh squeezed orange juice (that part I enjoyed), then there was une assiette salée with a mini-burger, some kind of creamy mayonnaise potato salad with ham strips on top, grated carrot salad with a hash-brown topped with two mini sausages, and a sort of omelet club sandwich. It all looked very heavy and I only ate the carrot salad and the sausages which didn’t sit well with me anyway.

This was followed by une assiette sucrée which was a slight improvement from the first plate : A large glass of fresh fruit salad, berry purée and cream, baguette, and cupcake. I ate the fruit salad and some baguette.


The café is situated inside the store, but you might want to do your shopping before eating so you can fit comfortably in the clothes. Or perhaps after, so you don’t purchase anything… if you would rather leave without an extra hole in your wallet. I browsed a few racks of the supposed chic brand, and saw “Made in china” everywhere. Yuck. That’s like that mayo-cream ham potato salad, not worth it.

The café itself is worth a visit, but no need to eat there. Have an espresso or iced tea in the afternoon, but don’t waste your taste buds on their fare or your budget on their fashion, especially when you can get their clothes at discount stores everywhere, including their OWN website!