Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthday Cake: Barefoot Contessa Coconut Cake

It's a birthday! A 35th one for the hubs this year. To celebrate, I baked him a coconut cake from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa At Home cookbook. Fellow blogger Nosh Girl has used this recipe before so I knew it was good. It was so good that even after we came home from a 3 course meal that included dessert, we shared two slices (just one wasn't enough). I made it healthy by adding fresh strawberries.
Following Ina's recipe, I needed 5 sticks of butter for the cake + frosting. Really? Wow. You can find the rest of her recipe here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Good Eats Paris: Lunch at Ladurée

Ladurée, the Parisian patisserie mostly known for its macarons, also has a restaurant on the Champs-Elysées. My travel buddy and I indulged ourselves in the prix fixe lunch that included a main course and dessert for 29-ish euro.
 My travel buddy had a puff pastry filled with a chicken and mushroom sauce served table side.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Good Eats Paris: Le Relais du Comptoir

I had no idea this was a destination restaurant when my travel buddy and I stumbled upon this cute, bustling bistro in our first walk about the Odeon area near our hotel. But it all makes sense now. We had to "attendez" (wait) for a table and the food was really good.
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On the ground floor of the Hotel Relais Saint Germain, Le Comptoir serves French bistro fare run by famed bistro chef Yves Camdeborde (of course I didn't know any of this until after). Apparently it's difficult to get a dinner reservation but after a few minutes wait on a weekday, we were seated for lunch. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shark Attack

This is how B greets me when I come home. With terror. And sharp teeth. All "I'm a shark" I get it. Nothing says Great White Shark like a great white 18lb Westie. Nothin'.
I know I said I'd share all things French but I've been so out of it lately. I'll catch up soon one day. Maybe after I do my taxes (arrrrgh!!) this weekend.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's Paris!

I was "off in Paris" last week. I'm a snot for saying that. Here's proof I was there. Btw, I'm loving this Pocketbooth app. I clearly need to practice my spontaneous faces.
More highlights and photos of Ladurée macarons (I ate enough to call it out on its own) coming soon!!