A lot of you asked about what I packed for France so I wanted to give you my tips. I tend to dress differently in France than I do here in Los Angeles—more monochromatic and minimal with a bit of edge—as in more Charlotte Gainsbourg, less Kardashian and my packing reflects that.
We all have our own romanticized vision of the perfect day in France. For us, it would be incomplete without a classic French Madeleine to savor at the end of our meal. Buttery and delicate, these are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. Enjoying a view of the Burgundy countryside with these cookies is optional, but recommended.
Headed to Paris soon? Be sure to check out Printemps du Goût, the new gourmet shop featuring freshly made dishes, sweet treats, fine wine, and more, and located inside the legendary Printemps department store.
Team Salt & Wind is 100% behind The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's creative, gorgeous, and the plot revolves around a tower of cream puff pastries they coin the Courtesan au Chocolat. So, we made our own version with a Meyer Lemon cream filling.
After falling in love with a Frenchmen and moving to Paris on a whim, Lindsey Tramuta -- author of the wonderfully captivating site Lost in Cheeseland -- has spent the last decade uncovering the city's hidden gems, which she shares in her One Perfect Day Paris.
Props to the French for always finding a way to sneak cheese into everything from soufflés to dessert and cheese puffs. Okay, to call gougeres cheese puffs really doesn’t do them justice. Gougeres are a very special cheese puffs because they’re made with the same dough as cream puffs as in they’re basically savory cream puffs. My favorite twist are these sweet, salty, herby gougeres with Pancetta, Fontina, and herbs.
If there's one thing that makes us feel instantly French, it's an aperitif of a Kir Royale at a sidewalk cafe. The oh-so classic drink of creme de cassis and bubbles is everything we love about France, simultaneously simply elegant and beautifully inspiring.
If we could teleport ourselves anywhere for breakfast, it'd have to be to Paris with a cafe noisette and a fresh croissant in hand and a day of adventure ahead. We want in on that Parisian chic in our everyday, so we’ve rounded up 5 ways to easily bring Paris cafe culture into your home.
Paris's food scene needs no introduction. It's as legit as it gets. But in the last few years it has modernized in a way that's creative but still totally respectful of all the beurre, onglets, et vin that first made it so famous. On this week's episode of #OffMenu, furtniture maker-extraordinaire and expat Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, and I searched out the best modern versions of classic Paris.
Fig & Oliveis one of those restaurants that just makes you feel you’re in the South of France, even if you're in the midst of Manhattan. We credit it to Laurent whose love for simple elegant French food is infectious. Recently, they published a long overdue cookbook and we got to raise a glass to celebrate with them for the occasion. The dish that stood out to me the most that night was this Citrus Scallops En Papillote With Herb Emulsion so we had to share the recipe.
Go figure: as soon as Fall drops upon us, the fashion world wants to talk Spring! The whole concept is much easier though when you remember that it's not just Fashion Week but Paris Fashion Week. Just the thought of Paris has us humming Ella Fitzgerald while pulling out our crinkled, well-loved maps, and Googling "best baguette in all the land." As a tip of the chapeau, we're taking a little tour de France this week with this week's favorite pins
If there had ever been a minimalist movement in food, I'm pretty sure these Chocolate Cornflake Clusters would've been at the forefront of it. So simple they make you wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself -- until you realize that's because it takes a mastermind French pastry chef like Jacque Pepin to make something so simple yet so brilliant.
Is there anything better than a great ham and cheese sandwich? Well, if there ever was a contender, I'd say it'd be this recipe for Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding. Or Strata. Or whatever the heck you want to call it. This recipe is basically a giant deconstructed Croque Monsieur (aka ham, cheese, French Bread, and all things delicious).
Unfortunately for it, crème brûlée is so ubiquitous that it's easy to write it off as nothing special. But make it in a very shareable dish for two and infuse the cream with coffee beans, cardamom, and vanilla and you add a dash of intrigue to an otherwise very familiar dessert.