Beef Bourguignon Sloppy Joe
Friday August 22nd 2014, 9:56 am
Filed under: Bourgogne/Burgundy,food and drinks

Remember the massacred French recipes I mentioned previously? Here’s a new one:
sloppy joe beef bourguignon
I give you my new food invention… (drum roll) the Beef Bourguignon Sloppy Joe! (with red onions and melted cheese). You’re welcome.

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Jacques Genin Fondeur en Chocolat
Thursday April 18th 2013, 5:01 pm
Filed under: chocolate,food and drinks,paris,pastries,tips,travel tip

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Jacques Genin Fondeur en chocolat. Try to come here during tea time and grab a praline millefeuille or whatever pastries they happen to have on hand. If they ever have the Paris Brest, get that! (However, I’m not sure if these are available during tea time.)

I’ve tried only four kinds of pastries here but by far my favorite is the Paris Brest. We ordered a large one a day in advance to take with us.

It can get crowded and you may have to wait in line. From my experience the best time to arrive is around 4pm. I’ve showed up several times about an hour later than that and it was impossible to get seating.

Mr. Genin’s hot chocolate is the best I’ve had so far in Paris. After an experience with his version, all others pale in comparison. I’m not sure if this is a curse or a blessing.

Try everything! You won’t regret it.
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Pâtisserie Philippe Rigollot, Annecy


With all MOFs (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France) you encounter in France, you will only experience unrivaled excellence, which is why we love checking them out as often as possible. The pastries and confections of Philippe Rigollot, who is not only a MOF but also a Champion du monde de pâtisserie, blew us away during our last visit to Annecy. I thought I’d share some photos with you. We tried all the flavors of the macarons, chocolate and five different pastries (not enough!). We noticed that they ran out of the Paris Brest every time we stopped by so make sure to grab one of those.

Tarte Mr. Smith

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L’Encas Bio, Annecy
Thursday March 28th 2013, 4:33 pm
Filed under: food and drinks,organic,restaurants,Rhône-Alpes


If I lived in Annecy, I’m sure I’d be a regular at L’Encas Bio, an organic restaurant that’s tucked away in the Vieille Ville somehow distanced from wandering tourists yet right smack inside the historic area.

Specializing in delicious, healthful light fare, they offer fruit juices, smoothies, ice cream, quesadillas, vegetarian meals, soups, wraps, salads and more.

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How to Score Big Flour Tortillas in France
Sunday March 03rd 2013, 5:28 pm
Filed under: daily life,food and drinks,products,tips


At some point in time (I don’t know when because I wasn’t paying attention), the kebab places in France branched out and offered kebabs wrapped in flour tortillas (they call galettes) or inside the usual pita pocket bread. It made me realize that big tortillas were available in France somewhere! I had to find some for me to use at home. These are the large, flour tortillas that you’d find wrapped around a yummy burrito somewhere in the Mission district in San Francisco. You know, the gordos! They seemed impossible to find in France. The small, dried out tortillas in the supermarkets here just don’t do the trick.

So how can you get these tortillas since they still do not offer them in the markets? The most logical answer: your kebab place!


I got these (in the photo) from our kebab guy. They’re labeled as Dürüm ekmeği, which I think means (durum) wheat flour (wrapping) bread in Turkish. There are 18 halal tortillas and there are no trans-fats and they are easily freezable according to the packaging. Just make sure you place parchment paper in between each tortilla when freezing. I measured them (yes I have a ruler!) and they are 12 inches in diameter. Exactly one foot! Hmmm.

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