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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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Christmas Gift Shopping in Paris, Rebecca Plotnick Photo Prints

Holiday Shopping

Rebecca Plotnick Photography Gift-giving is one of those benevolent acts that requires several critical components to come together in order to make the perfect package: it should be creative and thoughtful, yet useful; selflessly chosen, but still reflect a little bit of you, the giver. CO TO

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Holiday Dining

It’s the holiday season and those who jump on vacation as an opportunity for international travel often flock to Paris this time of year. Neighborhoods are decorated with draping Christmas lights and window shopping is taken to a whole new level. But worried where to dine on Christmas or New Year’s? We’ve got you covered.

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Mamma Primi, New Italian Dining from the Big Mamma Group, in the Batignolles District of Paris

Mamma Primi

When searching for authentic Italian cuisine, you know you have chosen well when the chefs and wait staff can be heard passionately chattering away in Italian on the terrace during their quick break between rushes. It is understandable that Parisiens, and in-the-know tourists alike, are flocking to Mamma Primi, the newest address from Big Mamma Group.

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December 2016 Events in Paris

December Events

Elaine Sciolino & John Baxter at Shakespeare & Company, Le Food Market Marché de Noël, Marché de Noël Norvège at La REcyclerie, Fête du Court Métrage at Carreau du Temple, L’Heure Bleue at Cité de la Mode et du Design, Cy Twombly retrospective at Centre Pompidou, 42nd Street at Châtelet Theatre.

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Le Mordant Restaurant in Paris' Upcoming 10th Arrondissement

Le Mordant

Winter is swiftly arriving in Paris and locals are warding off the froid in perfect French fashion: by gathering around tables and sharing delicious, warm, homemade food. For those who haven’t perfected the art of preparing hearty winter meat dishes or those who don’t have a table big enough for all their friends, the solution to their plight is Le Mordant.

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Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

Demain: Le Film

“People are tired of hearing about what’s going wrong in the world. Everything is going wrong. Telling people over and over again doesn’t get you anywhere. So we decided to try something different instead.” Demain did not disappoint. The movie takes its audience on a two-hour journey across the globe to visit (extra)ordinary men and women who are working to bring about positive change.

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Lavomatic, Hidden Cocktails Through a Laundromat in Paris

Lavomatic

I watched as my friend approached one of the washing machines, pressed something (I’m still not sure exactly what) and, to my surprise a door swung open, not to reveal the guts of a machine à laver, but a tiny dark staircase. Speakeasy was clearly my initial thought, but in climbing the narrow staircase and arriving at the top, my expectations were overthrown. 

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Ore by Alain Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles

Ore by Alain Ducasse

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. 

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