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The Art of the Soufflé: Finding the Best of a French Classic in Paris

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best souffle in ParisCarly Jayne

Editor’s note: By the time we get to February springtime feels so close yet so far away! These grey days of winter seem longer than ever and we all need a remedy for another rainy day. Enter the Soufflé. This French classic is the culinary equivalent of a ray of sunshine- bright golden and warming all over. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, simple or elaborate, we’re sure you’ll find a soufflé a votre goût at our favorite Paris soufflé specialists.

There is no dish quite so comforting, so sophisticated or so damn difficult to prepare as the soufflé. Ranging from sweet to savory, traditional to contemporary, this classic French dish can be presented as an appetizer, a main dish, and even moonlights on some menus as a dessert. The soufflé is not only versatile, it is also elegant, mysterious and puzzling. What is it? And more importantly, how do you get it to rise and stay that way?

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Shopping Break: Our Favorite Paris Lunch Spots Near Le Bon Marché

Best restaurants near the Bon Marché

Mamie Gâteaux

Aristide Boucicaut opened the world’s first department store in the 1850’s. Le Bon Marché was an instant and enduring success, changing shopping habits (and the neighborhood) forever.

Best restaurants near Le Bon Marché

Mamie Gâteaux 

The magnificent Hôtel Lutetia was built across the street to host out of town shoppers, and restaurants opened to feed them. Little has changed in the last 150 years and there are still a lot of great lunch options in the area, making it hard to choose just one!

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Café Varenne –  Although they all have similar menus, not all cafés are created equal and Café Varenne is a cut above the rest, using fresh, quality ingredients for simple, seasonal meals. Continue Reading »

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July Events in Paris: Wanderlust, Film Festivals and Nomadic Pianos

Project Play Me – Pianos all over Paris  to be played! (My Little Paris)

La Bouffe

Chez Aline: Delphine Zampetti, former chef at Le Verre Volé, recently opened this new resto. Don’t let the “chevaline” sign deter you, Chez Aline is a great spot for an affordable and simply delicious lunch.

Delphine Zampetti (right) (Sifu Renka)

Wanderlust: Everything (okay, almost everything) we could want in a space: outdoor terrace, cinema, restaurant, bar, club and even yoga. This hip new spot in the 13th has something for every mood. Continue Reading »

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Saint Germain’s Best Kept Secrets: Living On The Rue du Bac

Last Spring, Maggie was lucky to spend some time in Haven in Paris’ gorgeous Rue du Bac 2-bedroom. A relative newcomer to Paris, she made the most of her expat status by seeking out the hidden gems her wonderful neighborhood had to offer. She shares a few of her favorites with us here…

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I adopted the Saint Germain neighborhood up and down Rue du Bac as my home away from home earlier this year. Eventually, to my delight, the neighborhood started to adopt me in return! After seeing my smile amidst the sea of scowls over and over again in the long lines in their shops, the local merchants actually started to smile back, even if it was ever so slightly.

Each vanishing grimace assured me it was okay to start feeling at home. And I did, quickly. As an American girl in Paris, I knew the quickest way to appear even remotely French would be to build up my arsenal of Parisian necessities, all within the few blocks around my apartment. To that end, I hereby share what I think every aspiring local Parisian woman needs:

Saint Germain Paul Louis Courier Rue Du Bac ApartmentPaul Louis Courier Apartment, near the Rue du Bac (One & Only Paris Photography), Erica Berman

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A Visit to Le Marché aux Puces (The Paris Flea market)

When I said I was moving to Paris for three months, those who know me well were worried for me. I’m a city girl, so adapting to the hustle and bustle of this little métropole (metropolis) wasn’t a concern. They knew I’d adapt eventually, and I totally have.

My friends, my family and (especially) my husband were all concerned that Paris would prove to be a frenetic playground on which I’d wield my stash of credit cards. They were worried I’d arrive with two suitcases and return with seven, stocked to the brim with pricey designer fashions and cool vintage finds. I promised everyone, especially my husband, that I’d closely monitor my passion for shopping (including my ongoing quest for the perfect handbag), focusing on the bare necessities and perhaps, from time to time, a great deal.

Marché aux Puces

Of course, while visiting Le Bon Marche, I lost myself for a moment. Everything was so pretty that I almost convinced myself that a soft blue scarf with a €245 price tag was, in fact, a steal. Whoever said you could find a steal in Paris was either a true local or a very well informed touriste (tourist).

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To ensure I fit into one of those categories, I paid an initial visit to Le Marché aux Puces in Saint-Ouen. Continue Reading »

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