Hello, blogosphere! I've been in Paris for about ten days now and of course it's been nothing short of marvelous. All of my expectations have been exceeded. I've been eating plenty of pain au chocolat and croque madame, and drinking wine everywhere. I love this country. Forgive me for the lack of posts but I have no kitchen here and therefore cannot cook. Below are some photos of my stay here so far. Jardin du Luxembourg La Tour Eiffel et moi! I hope all of you are enjoying your summers as much as I am. A bientot! . . .
The first 24 hours in Paris have been a dream. This city is magical and too beautiful for words. I've wanted to come here for so long, I still can't believe I'm actually here. We live in the St. John's Paris Campus on rue de Sèvres in the 6e arrondissement, surrounded by patisseries and brasseries. Our first dinner out was in a brasserie called L'Horizon. We ordered two onion soups, a steak in a pepper sauce and a bottle of Rose. Everything was fantastic and relatively inexpensive. For today's lunch we decided to buy some groceries and eat at home. Charcuterie, . . .
Since I didn’t have work today, I thought it’d be the perfect time to bake something sweet and intricate; well intricate for me – we all know my fear of frosted cakes. I decided on a carrot cake recipe I’ve had marked for a while in my Abel and Cole cookbook. I followed the cake recipe exactly but slightly modified the icing. This cake is moist, soft and dense in the middle, and the icing is the perfect compliment. I always thought carrot cake was supposed to be a boring dessert but this is anything but. (Adapted from the Abel and Cole Cookbook, 2006) The cake: 6.5 . . .
My good friend Michelle invited some of us ladies over last night to make sushi. Although we are all avid sushi eaters, I was hesitant and intimidated by the hassle at first but caved eventually. She bought all the technical necessities in Chinatown, our friend Irina bought vegetables and I bought the fish. Teamwork! We had no idea what we were doing but thank God for YouTube’s how-to videos. The ingredients we prepared were fresh salmon, smoked eel, shrimp, crab, avocado, cucumbers and mango, and then each of us improvised with the combinations. The sushi . . .
My good friend Ally went to Georgia over last week, where she got to eat in Paula Deen's restaurant The Lady & Sons. She was sweet enough to send me the cookbook... with this note, LOL. The book is packed with awesome, homey recipes from the Deen family. The recipes are unpretentious and sound delicious. While flipping through the book last night, I spotted "T.J.'s Cream Cheese and Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast" which I instantly knew would have to be for breakfast this morning. I didn't have any strawberries in the house so I opted for canned peaches . . .
Earlier tonight (yesterday rather) Alen and I went to see Fuerza Bruta. Fuerza Bruta is an off-Broadway show, the nature of which is hard to describe. It is a feast for the eyes, ears, body and soul. In one hour, it demonstrates a range of human emotions through dance, music, lighting and other technological effects (giant treadmills, oversized confetti, a plastic see-through ceiling on which the dancers are splashing in water, etc.) It is dream-like yet nightmarish. And before you know it, the audience is a part of the show and dancing like no one’s looking. It’s just . . .
Hello. I hope you all had a lovely New Year’s celebration : ) Montreal turned out pretty fun. It’s a beautiful city and a great city to eat in. One thing I noticed about all the places we went out to eat is the service. The staff tends to be friendly and helpful, but to finally get the food in front of you takes forever! I don’t know if it is only so as compared to New York, or perhaps we kept choosing the wrong restaurants, but either way, patience is a virtue when it comes to eating in Montreal. However, in most cases, the long wait was quickly forgotten because the . . .