I decided to end Sweet Week 4 with a sweet read: Paris My Sweet by my friend Amy Thomas. Amy is from New York and in 2009 had the good fortune of transferring to Paris for a golden job opportunity working for Louis Vuitton. Amy is a sweet freak (in fact she writes a blog called Sweet Freak) miles beyond me and makes me practically look like an amateur when it comes to uncovering the best sweets and pastries.
Paris My Sweet is a memoir about Amy's adventures living in Paris for two and a half years, the highs, the lows, and in-betweens, all set against a backdrop of methodically and obsessively uncovering the best sweets in Paris. Not only does the book constantly compare the differences between Paris and New York, it also pits the favorite French desserts and pastries against American ones, for instance macarons versus cupcakes, madeleines versus muffins, and pain perdu versus French toast. I can so identify with her constant angst about New York versus Paris, wrestling with which is better, constantly going back and forth, then finally coming to the conclusion that maybe there isn't a definitive answer.
She covers many of my favorites- Jean Paul Hevin, Pierre Hermé, a l’Etoile d’Or, and du Pain et Des Idees, but I have learned about some new places I don't know about-Ble Sucree and Au 35. Now I have some new places to investigate for my next Sweet Week and to possibly add to my chocolate and pastry tours. The other great thing about the book is that Amy writes about some incredible sounding sweet shops in New York, many which have opened after I moved to Paris, which I will now have to try on my next New York trip. Amy smartly puts a full address list of all the Paris and New York sweet shops so you can rent a Velib bicycle and track them just like she did.
Thanks Amy for making my sweet day and a perfect end to Sweet Week 4.
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In addition to my Eye Prefer Paris Tours, we now offer Eye Prefer New York Tours, 3-hour walking tours of New York's best neighborhoods including Soho, Meatpacking/West Village & Tribeca. Tours cost $195 for up to 3 people and $65 for each additional person.Come take a bit of the Big Apple on an Eye Prefer New York Tour!
Come experience my blog ìliveî with my Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I lead. 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 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 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. www.eyepreferparistours.com
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 Charlotteís 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, and Friday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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