La Patisserie des Reves: the stuff dreams are made on

My advice here is real simple, so let’s get it out of the way straight off: do not mind the glass jars. I say that as a dessert-lover and consummate sweet tooth. I can easily imagine how cakes under glass domes might come off: cold, disincarnate, pretentious, French (not in a good way). Ever so … Continue reading

Carette: coffee, macaroons, Americans and old ladies

It’s a standard of the Trocadero area, an old-world tearoom with a reputation for pastries and macaroons. I remember an aunt taking me there for breakfast – toast for her, almond croissant for me – when I was a child. Carette has been there since the 1920s (um, not that I was a child back … Continue reading

A taste of America: Bud, burgers and brownies

Ask any Parisian what he thinks of New York, and you will be met, almost invariably, with an unadulterated rave: “J’adooooore New York!” Cue wild love-induced eyeroll and an instant list of said Parisian’s favorite NYC hangouts (they’re all in SoHo). In fact, loving New York is a full-fledged Parisian snobisme. Nobody said it better … Continue reading