I met the delightful Jill Colonna last month at a cocktail party. What delighted me most about her besides her bubbling personality was she is the author of two books on French pastry, Teatime in Paris!, her latest, and Mad About Macarons!.
Teatime in Paris! A Walk Through Easy French Patisserie Recipes is a comprehensive book about Parisian pastries and tea. Through whimsical illustrations and appealing photos, Jill maps out the top patisserie streets in Paris. Jill also shows you how to easily make and bake classic French pastries step by step such as teacakes, eclairs, cream puffs, macarons, and tartlets. Come take a sweet ride of Parisian patisserie with Jill.
Mad about Macarons: Make Macarons like the French was ahead of the macaron curve when it was published in 2010, before the mad dash into the U.S. market. Readers and reviewers have raved that this is one of the few books where the recipes actually work, as macarons are tricky to make. Thirty-seven recipes include classic flavors such as rose and pistachio but also exotic flavors such as Thai green curry, pistachio-wasabi, sticky toffee, and chocolate- beetroot. Recommendations for beverage pairings plus decorative ideas for gifts, holidays, weddings, and children’s parties are also included.
Jill also writes a scrumptious blog where she shares her travels and dessert recipes. Her last dessert recipe Upside-Down Dark Chocolate, Coffee, and Pear Cake made me swoon and want to run into the kitchen to make immediately.
Click here to order Teatime in Paris on Amazon
Click here to order Mad About Macarons on Amazon
Jill and her publisher have generously offered one free copy of Teatime in Paris to send to the U.S.
The first person from the U.S. to comment on her book at this link will win a copy.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
Each 6” X 4.25” traditional size postcard is printed on thick matte coated card stock, similar to traditional vintage postcard stock that enhances the vibrancy of every image.
Only $60 for a 6 month subscription (plus shipping)or
$110 for a 12-month subscription (plus shipping)
My offer of a 12-month subscription with an extra month free is good until October 11, so remember to order now before the offer ends.
Come experience Eye Prefer Paris live with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I personally lead. Eye Prefer Paris Tours include many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes, food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks and gardens and much more. In addition to my specialty Marais Tour, I also lead tours of Montmartre, St. Germain, Latin Quarter, in addition to Shopping Tours, Gay Tours, Girlfriend Tours, Food Tours, Flea Market Tours, Paris Highlights Tours, and Chocolate & Pastry tours.
Tours start at 225 euros for up to 3 people, and 75 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
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: 195 euros per person (about $210)
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.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.