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Hello folks! So sorry for the unexpected hiatus.

I was in Europe for a week during the first week of September. It took me awhile to get back into the groove of things, and I have been baking. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that any of the recipes I’ve tried so far are even worth sharing.  Hm..I think I’m in a bit of a baking slump. Don’t worry though, I’ve been researching recipes this week and I have a few that I might want to try….so stay tuned.

Since I don’t have any baking adventures to share with you, I thought I would share some pictures from my trip to Paris. I actually got to visit the shops of Pierre Hermes, Sadaharu Aoki, and Jacquines Genin.

I think a lot of people get tricked by the Hollywood image of Paris, where it’s the city of love, the smell of freshly baked croissants follows wherever you go, and all the other cliches. But in reality, Paris is pretty much New York City without all the skyscrapers. G almost got his wallet pick-pocketed and an Australian guy we met at the Louvre shared the story of his friend who got pepper sprayed in the eyes, then robbed. YIKES!

Funnily enough, the first macaron I had in Paris was at McDonalds…


..And they actually taste decent…

The first pastry stop was at Laduree, I only went in to look and did not purchase anything..


I couldn’t take any pictures of their famous macarons because photography is actually not allowed inside the store. What a shame, the store was decorated nicely. This store was inside the Louvre.

After the Louvre, we went to the Ponte Des Arts bridge where there are a ton of  “love” locks adorned on the bridge

G got us a lock for 5 euros. We signed it, locked it onto the bridge, and threw 2 of the 3 keys in the river (that’s what you’re supposed to do). Now I don’t remember where the 3rd key is!

Next stop was the chocolate shop of Jacques Genin…



As the French would say……Ohhh La La….


Afternoon tea… house pastry (back left) and 5 different flavors of cream puffs (front). It was chocolate overload…..but SO. YUMMY.

The next day, we visited Pierre Hermes to purchase some macarons.

The amazing looking pastries….but I’m here for the macarons..must resist!



Come to mama!!!


The goodies..such pretty boxes..even the bag was pretty.

Then it’s off to Sadaharu Aoki.

Macaron tree. Cute..


We got the citron tart. The lemon definitely punches you in the face.  Really hard.

Strawberry and pistachio

Chocolate…this was my favorite one. Look at all the pretty layers..

Overall the trip was fun, though a bit tiring. We also went to the usual touristy places like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

The Eiffel Tower at sunset…it sparkles every hour on the hour.


View from the top of the Eiffel Tower


The Louvre at night…

I went to a specialty baking shop and bought some passionfruit extract and chocolate..


They had such a huge selection of everything..I could’ve stayed there for hours..
There was also a bakeware shop near by and again, I was in heaven.

Funky texture baking pans…haven’t seen these in the states yet.


Silicone baking mats….another endless selection


Chocolate mold trays…they were really heavy!

I totally would’ve walked out with a bunch of goods but all of their bakeware were most definitely on the pricey side!

Here are some more miscellaneous pictures…

G insisted we eat snails (another French cliche..)….I washed it down with A LOT of white wine.


Everyone wanting a picture of Mona Lisa…

And this is where my petite-ness comes into use….I managed to squeezed my tiny self to the front and take a picture

Outside the Louvre

A thrift shop I stumbled upon….Totally. Awesome.

Not sure if anyone is familiar with the movie Amelie, I personally have not watched it, but this is the cafe where Amelie worked in the movie..

Inside…

Lastly, this is the apartment where Vincent Van Gogh lived as a starving artist.

It was nice to sight see and visit all the famous pastry shops…everyone should visit Paris at least once in their lifetime!

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