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Dispatch from Superior Pastry

Dispatch from Superior Pastry (Apr. 28) Hurry. That’s the word that best evokes my first few weeks of Superior Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.  After two terms of French pastry making, my classmates and I have finally made it to the last, highest level of the pastry diploma. Just a little over two more…

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A Week in Buzet Wine Country

A Week in Buzet Wine Country (Apr. 3) I am not a wine snob. In fact, I’m a wine idiot. But that didn’t appear to be stopping me, I thought, as vineyards and castles in shades of early-spring brown whizzed past my train en route to the Gascony vineyard where I’d be volunteering for the…

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10 Can’t-Miss Pastries at Paris Bakeries

10 Can’t-Miss Pastries at Paris Bakeries You just arrived in Paris, a little jet-lagged and bleary-eyed. But it’s 10am somewhere (here, as it turns out), and you know exactly what you want to do first: Go to a bakery!  The smell of butter and chocolate pulls you in as you approach the first boulangerie you…

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The End of Intermediate Pastry, and the Key Lime Story

The End of Intermediate Pastry (And the Key Lime Story) I can’t believe it, but somehow I just finished Intermediate Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu Paris! I’m about to be a Superior student, one of those white-clad people roaming the institute cradling 2-foot-tall sugar sculptures and 3D chocolate masterpieces they’ve just made in class. (Me?…

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How to Navigate Paris Bakeries Like a Pro

How to Navigate Paris Bakeries Like a Pro If you’re visiting Paris for the first time in a while (or ever), the simplest of shopping can be intimidating. Small spaces, curt salespeople, and a different language? It’s enough to keep me – and maybe you – curled up on your Airbnb bed sometimes. But venture out…

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Key Lime Pie: WWFD (What Would the French Do?)

Key Lime Pie: WWFD (What Would the French Do)? (Jan. 30) I really thought I’d be spending my January developing vegan and sustainable baking recipes, but that’s on hold for the moment. Because all I have time to make right now is tarts!! Our Intermediate Pastry final exam is in March, for which we’ll be…

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Nougat Noir, the Surprisingly Vegan French Confection

This predecessor to nougat de Montélimar is also a more climate-friendly alternative. It’s vegan!

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Sabotage in Paris, Part Two

Who knew one little centime could wreak so much havoc? (And other stories from disgruntled downstairs neighbors in Paris.)

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Thanksgiving and sabotage in Paris

11/28: Thanksgiving and Sabotage in Paris I’m going to show you two photos that sum up my most recent week in Paris. On the left, I’ve got a cranberry rosé spritzer in hand, surrounded by new friends celebrating an unconventional but undeniably chic Thanksgiving in the sixth arrondissement. On the right, I’m lugging a two-gallon…

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