Did you know it was Éclair Week at Fauchon?
I didn’t know till last Saturday when I was giving a Chocolate and Pastry Tour. I suffered through almost 90 minutes of my tour clients tasting chocolates, caramels, and macarons from the top pastry and chocolate shops, happy and smiling on the outside, while miserable on the inside because I couldn’t taste a morsel because of my recent high sugar count.
Once I stepped into Fauchon, the situation was exacerbated, as I practically drooled over the endless rows of glistening éclairs with their almost cartoon like colored veneered tops. As my tour clients were pondering what flavor they were going to sample, I noticed the other side of the counter had a section of savory éclairs with flavors such as foie gras and strawberry, Chevre, fig, and nut, and salmon tartare with Yuzu cream. The dream of indulging in one of these beautiful babies was now becoming a reality. I couldn’t get one till I finished my tour, but the split second I said goodbye to my clients, I dashed back to Fauchon. I chose the hot pink colored salmon, mango, and grapefruit éclair and it tasted better than it looked, which was almost impossible. The smooth salmon and the sweet bits of mango and tart bits of grapefruit wrapped in the crisp perfect choux was heaven on earth/out of this world. Best of all I didn’t feel any guilt, as it was sugar free and just as yummy and satisfying as the sweet éclairs.
This is the seventh year of Éclair Week and there are 36 flavors including wild strawberries with lime, Paris Brest, strawberry and pepper, coffee and cardamom, coconut and lemongrass, and the Mona Lisa (stuffed with chocolate almond cream, which I wrote about a few years ago. Click here to read).
Éclair Week at Fauchon
30 Place Madeleine, 75008
My Paris Apartment for Rent
I am renting my fabulous Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul metro, from November 30 to December 16, a total of 17 nights. It's a spacious one-bedroom 750 sq. ft. loft style apartment with 12 ft. ceilings, decorated in chic Mid-Century Modern furniture and sleeps two people in a Queen size bed. Amenities include washer/dryer, 16" flat screen TV, dishwasher, internet connection/Wifi and free long distance calls to the U.S. The apartment is located on the second floor with a large elevator.
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I LOVE the mini éclair on top of the big éclair
My next Christmas tree
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour