Ladurée Love

There are still so many amazing things to post about a most recent trip to Paris. My friend and I decided it would be a great idea to get in line at Ladurée on rue Royale, not try anything, and just check out what the fuss is all about. Luckily the line was not out the door and it moved swiftly. And we were like kids in a candy store. Of course we reconsidered our “just looking” policy. Some croissants and a few Marie Antoinette macarons later – we were off to the Eiffel Tower and had a little pastry picnic – it was almost Spring in Paris after all. And for the record the palmier was the best I have ever had. Millions of crunchy flaky layers of perfection. It was my last breakfast before we all had to board the plane and return back to America. The eclairs were precision – tender pâté a choux filled with the appropriate amount of chocolate cream. There is a Ladurée in NYC – I wonder if the magic will still be the same?

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On L’Avenue

When in Paris, one of the must-stops for lunch is L’Avenue.  Although they often get a bad rap in the food department, they never disappoint – whether is it with the menu, or the SCENE! And it always is quite the scene.  Brimming with Birkins, Paris’ it-crowd dines to the nines on Avenue Montaigne, one of the chic-est streets around.  Just make sure you are dressed to impress.  And make a reservation requesting to sit downstairs, as the second level will make you feel like you missed out on the soiree.

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Clockwise from top left:

Spicy Lobster Pasta, Macaroni Pasta with Morels and Fresh Cream, Omelette with Goat Cheese and Spinach.

White HOT

White as a food trend? White HOT.

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Clockwise from top left:

The Creamy Burrata with roasted vine-ripened tomatoes at Morandi in NYC is almost as good as the scene. Almost.

Crab Toast with lemon aioli at ABC Kitchen in NYC.  You might get a quick glance of Jean-Georges too.

White Cosmopolitan at Daniel in NYC.  If anyone can bring back a cosmo, it’s Daniel.  And their lounge scene is fun thanks to the bar team.  More on that in a post soon to come!

Eggs Royale with smoked salmon and caviar at Cru in Chicago.  Livin’ the life.

Hey Upper East Siders, the roasted cauliflower with almonds will make you love Salumeria Rossi on Madison for a lavish lunch.  Just don’t forget to check your coat.

This pie will change your life.  Lush banana and vanilla goodness topped with shavings of creamy white chocolate from Hoosier Mama.  It might also make you cry, just a little bit.