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Summer Wanderlust: A Photo Trip Through the French Riviera

HiP Paris Blog, South of France, Sivan Askayo, Villefranche-sur-Mer

When I’m not traveling on assignment, I often choose my travel destination from a picture I see of a place, a picture that fuels my curiosity.

HiP Paris Blog, South of France, Sivan Askayo, Menton

While the pursuit of visual pleasure is a common motivator for many, I find it to be a particularly strong motivator for photographers.

HiP Paris Blog, South of France, Sivan Askayo

We see a picture of a place and the next thing we know, we are on a plane, on our way to take a better photo.

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The Sweet Life: Japanese Pastry Chefs Are Making Waves in Paris

Japanese Pastries, MORI YOSHIDA, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Mori Yoshida

Walking through the streets of Paris, past famous monuments and cult patisserie shops, it’s hard not to notice the lines filling up with tourists. The Japanese, in particular, have become huge fans of French sweets in recent years, thanks in part to the now-global reach of brands like Ladurée.

Japanese Pastries, MORI YOSHIDA, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Mori Yoshida

The influence between the two cultures is far from one-sided, however. Asian ingredients and flavors are no longer rare on French menus, as French chefs and patissiers are won over by the restraint and precision that dominate Japanese cuisine – a refreshing alternative to over-the-top traditional fare.

Japanese Pastries, Ciel, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Ciel

This symbiotic relationship has not escaped the pastry arena in Paris. Among the most popular pastry shops in Paris today, you’ll find more than one Japanese star leaving its mark on French and international palates. Continue Reading »

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