One of the wonderful things about living in Italy is how easy it is to travel around Europe-- time and money permitting. Until recently, I had not had the opportunity to return to Paris.
My grandfather was born outside of Paris in a small village called Soisson. I studied French and always felt France was calling my name. I tried on five trips to see if i could feel like I could call it home with my first trip being in 1972. It just never felt like home.
But I adore it. Sometimes it is the simplest things that make me love it-French breakfast!
|croissants, baquettes and french butter|
I adore croissant, baquettes and french butter for breakfast! Actually bread and butter could sustain me here. Tuscan unsalted bread and unsalted butter just lie flat on my palate.
The one thing my husband Andrea asked me to bring back from my trip was a baquette-- I MUST also bring back butter.
The reason I came to Paris,was that several events fell into place that sent me a sign from above.
First I heard about the Paris Cookbook Fair and knew several friends would be attending and that would be a great excuse to come. The it coinsided with the celebration of the Charcutapalooza party for Peter, the winner, offered by Truffle Pig, Mrs Wheelbarrow, D'Artagnan and Kate Hill.
Some of my favorite bloggers and writers would be there too.
The stars lined up!
|got my tattoo|
Before I came to Paris I was contacted on FB by a new "Friend" who was having an exhibit at the fair on SWEDISH products-- yet another fabulous reason to go!
My new Swedish friends---- a fabulous company searching for the finest artisan products.
Sometimes the stars line up even better than we expected! Since I am on my search for the perfect swedish dishes and ingredients- this was a gift to meet!
No trip to Paris would be perfect without Pastry- I am not a huge fan of macarons, but do love a fabulous pastry. My friend Rosa Jackson was in town updating her paris dining guide and took me to Jacque Genin. WOW- Perfect!
We had a lovely pot of tea and split the dessert, I bought caramels, gelatins and small box of chocolates for Andrea.
It was also a lovely time to see friends-
|Kate Hill from Gascony, David Lebovitz- Paris and moi!!!|
Now back to reality-- and Tuscany!
Next up-- IACP in New York at the end of the month-- then returning back to Tuscany Easter Sunday and the season begins!
What are you having for Easter dinner? Me? airplane food!!!! not looking forward to that.
And to close-- this is the PERFECT Parisian foto!
|while waiting in line at Pierre Herme chocolate shop|