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An Interview with Raphaële Marchal, Food Writer Extraordinaire & Author of À La Folie

Raphaële Marchal A La Folie Book

À La Folie, Stéphane de Bourgies

If there’s one name to know in Paris’ fizzing new food scene, it’s that of Raphaële Marchal. Contributing writer to the all-things-sugar magazine, Fou de Pâtisserie, and the Parisian’s go-to guide for young and creative cuisine, Le Fooding, the 26 year-old also runs her own successful food blog, En Rang d’Oignons, and contributes to many of the gastronomic events in Paris.

With names like Pierre Hermé and Jacques Genin in her iPhone contacts, it’s no wonder that Raphaële decided to write a book on pastries. À La Folie, released in Paris on November 10, presents 60 pastry chefs and their signature creations alongside the most exquisite (and mouthwatering!) photos from David Bonnier and Antoine Pesch. With recipes from Christophe Adam’s caramel éclairs to Yann Couvreur’s impeccable millefeuille, to Jacques Génin’s zesty lemon and basil tart, À La Folie is 100% sweet and oh-so Parisian.

Want to impress your husband with your culinary flair? Polish up on your French (an English translation of the book is in the works) and pull out the old KitchenAid. Ethereal Parisian pastries are your well-deserved reward.

We sat down with Raphaële over lunch at AG Les Halles to discuss her favorite sweets, her go-to pastry shops in Paris, and her Montmartre neighborhood.

Raphaële Marchal A La Folie Book

À La Folie

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Ore by Alain Ducasse: The Gastronomic Jewel Behind Versailles’ Golden Gates

Ore by Alain Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles

Overlooking the Pavillon Dufour behind the golden gates of the Versailles palace is the newest gem of the Alain Ducasse empire. Ore, the first ever full-service restaurant within the walls of the seventeenth-century palace, affords a peaceful and simple space apart from its rich surroundings.

Taking its name from the Latin word for mouth, Ore is a gastronomic experience not to be missed. The name is also a nod at the French word for gold, or, the preferred color of French monarch Louis XIV that is reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, and even in the presentation of the cuisine.

Ore by Alain Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles

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Capucine: An Italian Café and Wine Bar Tucked Away in the 11ème

Capucine: An Clandestine Italian Café and Wine Bar in Paris' Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Emma Stencil

During a warm week in April I enjoyed a last meal at Paris’ favorite Italian restaurant, Caffè dei Cioppi, before it closed its doors for good. Although long-time fans of Fabrizio Ferrara’s flavorful cuisine were disappointed by the move, the good news is that the space has reopened as a relaxed Italian café and wine bar in the hands of Stefania Melis, already known to the Paris gastronomic scene as coupled with Simone Tondo of Roseval fame.

With the change of hands, the terrace tucked away in an alley off rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine hasn’t lost any of its charm. Folding metal tables and chairs are replaced by wicker stools and round café tables. A smart green awning reads Capucine in a curly script.

Capucine: An Clandestine Italian Café and Wine Bar in Paris' Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Melissa Leroux

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Cocktails and Noshes in SoPi: Inside l’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle & Le Grand Pigalle

Rue Victor Masse: The Best of Cocktails and Cuisine in Pigalle

l’Entrée des Artistes, Emma Stencil

Paris’ best playground is at the base of Montmartre, in the once red-light district turned bohemian paradise with no end of bars, boutique hotels, and late-night neo-bistrots. The Pigalle neighborhood has been reinventing itself over the past two years with the opening of cocktail bar innovators like Dirty Dick, Glass, and Lulu White. And the quartier continues to grow with the recent addition of l’Entrée des Artistes and Le Grand Pigalle Hotel, installed just across from each other on rue Victor Masse. Two more great reasons to head to north on a weeknight in Paris.

Rue Victor Masse: The Best of Cocktails and Cuisine in Pigalle

l’Entrée des Artistes, Melissa Leroux

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A Summer Internship with HiP Paris Blog

HiP Paris is officially in search of a summer 2015 editorial intern! In Paris this summer and curious what the job entails? Our current intern, Emma Stencil, shares her experience. And for more details on requirements and how to apply, please follow the link at the end of this piece. Bonne chance! -Erin
A summer internship in Paris with HiP Paris Blog

Last August, with a passport and plane ticket in hand, I said goodbye to my family and stepped onto an airplane headed to Paris. For the next year, I would learn a great deal through experiencing French culture firsthand and through my editorial internship with HiP Paris.

The city of Paris is famous the world over for its food, wine, art, and culture, and there are always new restaurants opening, new artists and musicians to discover. As the HiP Paris intern, I get to be the eyes and ears of the city, discovering up-and-coming events and attending press cocktails and openings.

Each day, I checked the blog post schedule and uploaded text and images onto the site. Editing and resizing photos, searching for related articles to link to, and tracking down information like restaurant addresses and phone numbers were the main parts of my job, but I also loved branching out as the internship progressed, particularly enjoying reading and commenting on other Paris food and fashion blogs on behalf of HiP Paris.

A summer internship in Paris with HiP Paris Blog

I have a nice camera and was often sent on photo excursions to shoot images for upcoming blog posts. Thanks to HiP, my weekends were spent wandering the antique flea markets at St. Ouen or enjoying coffee and dessert at Parismost historic café, Le Procope, all with my camera in hand.

In addition to the blog upkeep, Ive had the time to research and write my own content. As a food-lover, Ill admit that most of my posts have been about restaurants or food events. In writing these articles, I discovered favorite Korean restaurants like Hero and Ibaji, and made friends in Parisexciting gastronomy scene.

I was lucky enough to be in Paris during the time that Erin, HiP Paris Editor, was visiting for work. I got to know her over coffee at Folks & Sparrows and amazing pancakes at Holybelly. Over the next few months, she would take me out to birthday cocktails and to lunch as a parting present before she flew back to New York. For me, the best part of being the HiP intern is working with Erica, HiP Paris Editorial Director and Owner of Haven in Paris, and Erin. Ive never worked for bosses that have been as fun-loving and generous.

A summer internship with HiP Paris Blog

With a month left in Paris, Im busy making memories, madly shooting photos of every flowering tree along the banks of the Seine, and enjoying my work. Its been my best and favorite internship experience so far and Im thankful for the opportunities that HiP has given me.

Interested in applying for an internship with HiP Paris and are a native English speaker based in Paris for the summer? Please find more details on how to apply here.

Written by Emma Stencil for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Emma Stencil. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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The Five Best Apps for Food-Lovers in Paris

Rebecca Plotnick

Rebecca Plotnick

Le Fooding

Restaurant reviews on the Le Fooding website and in the printed guide essentially decide where food-loving Parisians eat during the year. Focusing on new talent and restaurant trends, the guide is descriptive, humorous, and well-informed.

Fooding 2015, a smartphone application available in English and French, allows users to search an immense database of restaurants, cafés, and hotels, and read insightful reviews from the website. Search by category (sushi, pizza, vegetarian, wine bar, etc.) or by average price. You can access a map to locate restaurants in your area or near a metro station, and bookmark your favorites.

An amusing features lets you shake your smartphone to discover a restaurant by chance, and the news section provides in-the-know tips on hotspots and restaurant openings.

The helpful, easy-to-use application is available on the iTunes app store and Google Play for $3.99. The only con is the constant sponsor ads.

Paris apps, velib, Jean-Francois Gornet

Jean-François Gornet

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Hero: Korean Fried Chicken and Original Cocktails in Paris

Korean Fried Chicken comes to Paris' 2nd arrondissement at Hero

The dream team behind Paris’ classy and cocktail-forward Le Mary Celeste, Candelaria, and Glass hits a high note with the greatly anticipated opening of Hero, a three-story Korean canteen and bar. The small menu revisits traditional Korean street food, artfully prepared by Haan Palcu-Chang, former chef at Le Mary Celeste and inventor of the restaurant’s beloved deviled eggs.

Korean Fried Chicken comes to Paris' 2nd arrondissement at Hero

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Ellsworth Restaurant and Wine Bar: Revisiting American Comfort Food in Paris

Ellsworth Restaurant and Wine Bar: Revisiting American comfort food in Paris

Emma Stencil

Paris doesn’t lack talented culinary couples. After waving bon voyage to Barcelona-bound Laura Vidal and Harry Cummins of Paris Pop-up, the City of Lights welcomes a new venture by the charming American duo Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins. More than three years after opening successful Verjus Restaurant and Verjus Wine Bar, the pair are introducing a sister restaurant that serves up wine bar favorites (including Verjus’ in-demand fried chicken) and other inventive variations on American comfort food.

Ellsworth Restaurant and Wine Bar: Revisiting American comfort food in Paris

Melissa Leroux

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Gare au Gorille: A Friendly Neighborhood Neo-Bistrot in Paris’ 17ème

Reserve now at Gare au Gorille, a friendly neighborhood neo-bistrot in Paris' 17th arrondissement. Inventive and original cuisine at a good price.

Concealed behind an unassuming rusty metal and white tile facade is Paris’ latest culinary incontournable, Gare au Gorille. The peculiar name, lifted from an offbeat Georges Brassens song about an escaped gorilla, lends to the old-world-meets-new atmosphere.

Reserve now at Gare au Gorille, a friendly neighborhood neo-bistrot in Paris' 17th arrondissement. Inventive and original cuisine at a good price.

Head chef Marc Cordonnier and sommelier Louis Langevin are longtime friends who talked of opening a restaurant together before they turned thirty, a high school pipe dream realized this year when the pair left Paris’ renowned Septime to open their own restaurant in the 17ème.

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Le Comptoir Général: African Food, Drinks, and Dance Along Paris’ Canal Saint Martin

Le Comptoir General: Celebrating African with a Coffee Bar, Street-Style Thrift Store, Cocktail Bar, and Reggae Dance Floor Along Paris' Canal Saint Martin

Behind a street art mural along the Canal Saint Martin hides one of Paris’ best-kept secrets: the self-titled “Ghetto Museum” Le Comptoir Général. This multi-purpose treasure trove celebrates Franco-african culture through music, film, fashion, and dance, and has a steady following among in-the-know Parisians and expats.

Le Comptoir General: Celebrating African with a Coffee Bar, Street-Style Thrift Store, Cocktail Bar, and Reggae Dance Floor Along Paris' Canal Saint Martin

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