Posts by JessicaJ:

  • left: madeleine being served along with black tea. The tea is being poured from a white teapot onto a matching white teacup. right: Chef Molly Wilkinson poses with her new book French Pastry Made Simple. There is a table with pastries prepared by her next to her

    Living French: Versailles-Based Pastry Chef Molly Wilkinson

    I recently sat down with Versailles-based pastry chef Molly Wilkinson to discuss her life in France and all things pastry, including her new book French Pastry Made Simple. After leaving her job in digital marketing, she made the leap across the pond to study pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, and eventually start teaching her own pastry classes! While many dream of quitting their jobs and moving to Paris, the reality of the matter often isn’t that simple. From visas to job searching and yearly trips to the préfecture, Versailles-based pastry chef Molly Wilkinson has seen it all.

  • Modern French Music to Check Out Now

    Since moving to Paris, I’ve given Francophone music another chance, but this time through a more modern lens. Inspired by some of my favorite anglophone artists, here are five modern French speaking music artists worth checking out.

  • Living French: Author Pamela Druckerman on Moving to Paris & Becoming French

    To launch the series, I recently sat down (virtually) with Paris-based author and journalist Pamela Druckerman. We discussed her recently released children’s rhyming book “Paris by Phone,” what initially brought her to Paris, and how she eventually became a French citizen.

  • Expat Entrepreneurs in Paris: Boneshaker Doughnuts

    I recently sat down (virtually) with Boneshaker Doughnuts owner and head baker, Amanda Bankert, to discuss how the idea to open a doughnut shop in the heart of Paris came to be, how they’ve adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

  • 5 Expat YouTubers in Paris

    In the months leading up to my move, I watched a lot of videos from Paris-based YouTubers. Getting a front-row seat in a stranger’s life really transports you to the city they’re living in.

  • A Single’s Guide to Surviving Paris on Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day may just be the most divisive holiday out there. While many of those with an amoureux may love the opportunity to profess their love in person (and usually on Instagram too), it can be a tough day for others. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a cynic, here are six things you can do to make Valentine’s Day suck less.

  • Why I Moved to Paris During a Pandemic

    If I could go back in time a year and describe my current life to my December 2019 self, she would think I was crazy. The most notable change that last year brought for me was quitting my stable full-time job in the middle of a pandemic to move across the world, to a place I had never been before: Paris.

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