I am so excited to welcome my good friend (and bridesmaid!) Lisa to Paris Month! I really wanted to get her take on something Paris-related since she grew up in France. We met almost 4 years ago through work and she constantly amazes me with how good her English has become, not just in casual conversation but in business as well. I can’t imagine moving to another country, not fluent in that language and managing as successfully as she has! I’m thrilled that she has written a guest post for me, for Paris Month!
Lisa has recently started a food blog called Rosé et Pamplemousse. In collaboration with her friend, also named Lisa, they met while taking some baking classes and became fast friends. Their love of the culinary arts has inspired them to create a blog to document and share this passion with others.
Really happy to celebrate Paris this month! Born and raised in France, I moved to Canada about 6 years ago. Not Canadian yet and still very French, I enjoy comparing both lifestyle and pointing out both the small and big differences.
Paris is truly unique and I recommend to everyone to experience this city at least once in your life.
I didn’t grow up in Paris but I find the city truly special and unique. It is a beautiful touristic city but not only that…Paris lives and breathes through art, fashion, and history. A city of tradition & passion.
Walking in the streets just makes you feel you are part of something incredible; you remember a movie you love, a song, or put your mood differently like you can accomplish every dream.
So you ask me: What is so different? Yes, women are really chic and bakeries are in every corner, but more than that it is a way of living in the moment, and this is something every French person really embraces.
We sit down for coffee (not take out from Starbucks), eat our lunch in restaurant for 2 hours with colleagues every day, enjoy longer vacations and just the moment. We take our time, which probably drive North Americans crazy when they come for visits. Our stores close at lunch time, and you can’t go grocery shopping on the weekend. It is not about convenience but an art of living, and traditions that people are so attached to.
But what I really miss is the culinary lifestyle – it is almost a religion in France; Fresh products, quality of the ingredients, and a true obsession for flavours and tasty combinations.
I just started a blog with a friend of mine that I met during a pastry class here. I wanted to learn the secrets of baking, and how to recreate at home what I miss every day. Let me tell you that croissants have even more butter than what you imagined.
So here are my top 3 French sweet pastries:
- Millefeuilles : probably the hardest dessert for North Americans to pronounce. Millefeuilles means 1000 sheets, supposedly 1000 sheets of puff pastry…This dessert is assembled with different layers of pastry cream and puff pastry (one sheet of puff pastry , one layer of cream) and topped with fondant. This is a cake I will have every year for my birthday.
- Pain au chocolat (and not Chocolate croissants, croissant refers to the shape of the pastry, a half moon, pain au chocolat have a more of a rectangle shape) : This is definitely my go-to pastry on the weekend. I still do that here, wake up on the weekend, walk down the street to the closest bakery ( I am lucky enough to have 2 very close by), the day can start! I love when they are still warm so the chocolate is melting at each bite…I actually learned on how to make them at my class, see picture, that was my first attempt, I am definitely not an expert yet but it but it was close enough.
- Tartes aux fruits or fruit tarts : I have very simple tastes, no fancy mousse, soufflé or crèmes, one of my other favourite is fruit tart, strawberry or raspberries make it to the top. I love the texture and the sensations. You get the crispiness of the sweet crust, with the punch of the fruit and then the creamy texture. Heaven!
Share with me in the comments what are your favourite 3 now 🙂