The Girl Who Ate Everything

Blogging about food and whatever since 2004.

I'm surrounded by bakeries

almond croissant innards

"Je voudrais...un croissant au beurre, s'il vous plait."

"[blah blah something in French] et un croissant aux amandes?"

"Uh...[looks confused]...non, un croissant au beurre."

The woman behind the counter grabbed a croissant aux amandes from the bakery case. I handed over my €1.80 and thought, "Whatever, it's still delicious."


I think I need to write shorter entries more frequently so that I don't stare at the screen wide-eyed and slightly afraid from having to figure out how to sum up a few days in one manageable entry.

Um, anyhoo...the king sized bar of fruknott (milk chocolate with raisins and hazelnuts) on my table that Morten and Giso brought me from merry fjordy Bergen (along with two other king sized bars and a small block of brunost) has been the victim of mindless eating at all the wrong times of the day, like when the body stops converting sugar to energy and just uses it to create another un-burnable layer of fat. I've eaten more than half of the 250 gram bar in two days. My stomach says no, but the rest of me gravitates towards the sweet weegie delight. My body is stupid.

On Saturday morning Morten and Giso met me near the Trocadero by my apartment to find some lunch, but the first cafe we sat down at was so absurdly expensive that our wallets, which until that point showed no signs of life (because...they're wallets), flipped out and screamed, "YOU MUST LEAVE THIS PLACE NOW." Or maybe that was just me.

lots of red
Small Paris?

We metro-ed our way to the area around Hotel de Ville (Le Marais?) where I had been the day before since I recalled cafes, bakeries and chocolate shops exploding out of every narrow street I came across. Not really caring where we ate as long as it wasn't expensive, we settled on a little cafe where the menu was all in French, not that it takes much head scratching to figure out what "le club sandwich" is.

Giso's sandwich
huge sammich!

Giso's few feet long sandwich (er, at least more than one foot) of cheese and salad greens (don't know what kind of cheese or greens, but you can try to figure that out yourselves) tucked into a fresh baguette came balanced on a small round plate as there was no special long skinny plate for abnormally large sandwiches.

huge salad!

Morten's salad was also surprisingly ginormous. Lettuce, strips of cheese and ham, hard boiled egg, sliced tomato slices, toasts, maybe something else. Not bad.

my club sandwich mah sammich!
club sandwich

A club sandwich sounded like a very American thing to get, but in America it wouldn't be served on a fresh, crackly, chewy, paper thin crusted baguette. My long sandwich came lightly filled with lettuce, thinly sliced ham, cheese (don't know what kind), hard boiled eggs (I like em over-done, YEAH), tomato slices and mayonnaise. Aside from the awesome bread, the biggest difference I found between this basic French-made sandwich and one I would find in the US was that there was less filling. I think it's definitely better that each bite I take not result in the sandwich innards splodging out all over my hands/plate/pants. I don't know what the majority of people would say if you asked them whether the bread or filling is the more important part of the sandwich, but I would veer slightly towards the bread option. Juuust slightly. Eating bread by itself is a joy for me (it's a balanced meal, alright?), but filling on it's own just not right. It's like a salad. A salad! That may be okay for some people, but I want carbs, dammit. Surely some of your would understand.

Random photo splodge!

Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou

I still haven't been inside the Centre Pompidou, but I'm sure I'll get around to it in the next four months.

L'église Saint-Eustache
L'église Saint-Eustache

L'église Saint-Eustache is beautiful, almost to the point of making your brain explode by trying to figure out how such a grand church (not that this is the only one) could be built. But please keep your brain from exploding or else you'll disturb the deathly quiet environment. For some reason I love impossibly high arches in churches. On a random note, my favorite term for an aspect of chuch architecture is "flying buttresses". I don't care a great deal about flying buttresses themselves (they're kinda cool, I guess), but the term is funny to me. :) Yes, there's a crucial Robyn-fact for you.

foies gras place
foies gras place

Morten gleefully went into this foies gras shop in the same way that I would into a patissier.

mine, all mine!

BWAHAHA, PATISSIER! It's hard to be more than 10 feet away from a patissier when you're in Paris. Man, I'm going to be so sad when I go back to NYC.

random macaron macaron innards
macaron time!

I got a fairly awesome chocolate macaron ("un macaron chocolat" or "un macaron au chocolat"?) for 2 euros. Not too rich, not too sweet, lots of chocolate...ness. I have yet to try a macaron from a famous macaron place (don't worry, I will), but so far I'm quite content with macarons from random bakeries.

Whoa, that's a lot of flavors
31 flavors? Psshaw.

I saw this ice cream cart outside the Luxembourg garden. How that little cart contains 63 flavors I have no idea, unless it only has a few scoops of each. Or maybe it's magical.

Okay guys, this entry is taking too long to write. (Because it's too hard for me to think of witty things to say.) TIME TO SPEED THINGS UP.

Perraudin menus

For Saturday's dinner we ate at Perraudin (157 rue Saint-Jacques, 5th arr.), which was listed in my Paris eating guide as being inexpensive. I'd say it's more moderate. Perhaps the prices increased since the book was written?

jarret demi-sel aux lentilles
I got me some pork!

I ordered the "suggestion du jour", "jarret demi-sel aux lentilles", or pig knuckle (and salted butter, according to my dictionary thinger?) with lentils. Every last bit of pig muscle, so tender and flaky that it didn't need a knife, went into my belly. Only the bone and heaps of pillowy, fatty skin were left behind (yes, I have my limits). I would've preferred it to be a liiittttle bit more moist, but I still really enjoyed it. Nothing fancy. Pig. Taters. Lentils. You'll feel pregnant afterwards, but good food tends to have that effect.

forgot what this calf's head
stuff I didn't eat

There's Giso's and Morten's plates. If you want to know more about them, click on the photos. NO STRAGGLERS ALLOWED, I MUST MOVE ON.

spoons in cups

Despite feeling stuffed, we wandered around in search of dessert (the nearby Dalloyau had sadly closed by the time we were finished eating dinner) and ended up at Tabac de la Sorbonne (7, place de la Sorbonne, 5th arr), an inexpensive place with lots of outdoor seating like 10,000 other tabacs/bars/brasseries in Paris. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Giso was content with a pot of tea while Morten ordered orange sorbet and I went for the most calorific option of nougat ice cream topped with a splodge of raspberry sauce. I don't recall ever having seen nougat ice cream before, but my impression is that its a standard flavor in France. I will surely eat more of this nougat ice cream in the coming months.

Remember way back in the beginning of this entry when I said I visited Le Marais? (If not, I won't tell anyone. However, you should feel very bad about yourself. Yes.) Everywhere I turned I was faced with the words BOULANGERIE, PATISSIER, CHOCOLATIER, and other less worthy words that I didn't care about. I felt a burning, tingly desire to photograph as many storefronts as I could so that you could witness the madness that is Paris, high on carbs. Get ready to be mega photo-splodged:

IMG_3045 IMG_3049 IMG_3055 IMG_3059 Pain de Sucre pretty things bakery stuff all with butter? jewish bakery strood! ooo stuff bagels boulangerie bagels + hollywood = ... bakery caneles pain aux raisins oo, bakery no. 56029 chocs Jeff de Bruges chocs
Could I be surrounded by any more temptation?

Should I just make it my goal to photograph as many bakeries as I can? Not every bakery, as that would be impossible, but just a buttload of em? I think I could pull that off.

Speaking of bakeries, I have a request for anyone who has a copy of Jeffrey Steingarten's "The Man Who Ate Everything". Remember the chapter where he lists a bunch of addresses of awesome bakeries in Paris? (It may have been in "It Must've Been Something I Ate"; I can't remember). Well, I want that list. If someone would be so kind to type it up for me, I will try to visit as many places as I can and eat the bread...for you. DONE! That was quick! Here's the list (thanks, Serena!):

The Best Croissants:

    Poujaran, 20 rue Jean-Nicot, 75007
  • Kayser, 8 rue Monge, 75005

POUJARAN! Or...Poujauran?

i like this place
I like this place

The same Poujauran that I pass every day I go to school! The Poujauran that taunts me even when it's closed (like today)! I've already been there twice, so it makes me happy to find out that it's Steingarten-approved. You betch your bum I'm going there tomorrow.

The Best Baguettes (alphabetically):

  • Aux Délices du Palais, 60 blvd. Brune, 75014
  • Gosselin, 125 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
  • Le Grenier à Pain, 52 av. D'Italie, 75013
  • Julien, 75 rue St-Honoré, 75001
  • Raoul Maeder, 158 blvd. Berthier, 75017
  • Rollet Pradier, 6 rue Bourgogne, 75007
  • (René) St-Ouen, 111 blvd. Haussmann, 75008

Crappy crap crap, I was SO CLOSE to rue Saint-Honoré on Sunday!...not that anything would've been open then, I suppose. But still! I was close to there on Friday too! Crappy crappy crap! CRAP CRAP! Crap crap crap. [shakes fists]


During my random jaunt through tiny Parisian backstreets I randomly came across Amorino, a well known French chain of Italian gelaterias. Or maybe it wasn't so random. Perhaps, as Allen suggested, it was fate.

crem caramel and cocco
crem caramel, cocco

I got a small cup of creme caramel and coconut for €3 and quickly chomped down the gelato since it's difficult to take photos and eat at the same time. The flavors weren't intense, but I may try it again since they have so many choices and I usually prefer the smooshy soft texture of gelato over non-Italian ice cream. If anyone's curious (although you probably aren't), I had pleasantly coconut-flavored burps for the rest of the night.

Well...I'm tired. Today was my first day of school, so god knows when my next entry will be. Here are some more random photos for you:

little macarons yup, it's pretty go thing... Eiffel Tower
Paris = macarons and amazing, symmetrical architecture

Oh, and another thing!

cool, first mention in print!

Shujuan sent me this photo of a TGWAE mention in Singaporean magazine Cleo. Thanks, Shujuan and the food obsessed writer at Cleo! I think that must be my first press clipping in print! THAT IS EXCITING! OKAY?!?!? THAT'S WHAT THE EXCESSIVE CAPS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS MEAN!!! I'm lucky that one of my readers happened to tell me about it! My assumption is that there are no other press items lurking out there, but ye should tell me if there are.

Oh, and I'd love to eat in Singapore someday, in case anyone there wouldn't mind lending me their couch.


serena / September 11, 2006 7:27 PM

hi robyn,

the bakeries list is in "it must've been something i ate", & yes i can type it up for you - do you want it in the comments or shall i email you? it's past midnight here, & between you & jeffrey steingarten, i'm *hungry*!

abby / September 11, 2006 7:33 PM

Hey Robyn -- I've been reading your blog for a while but now that you're in Paris I just had to add a comment. I was there for the first time in May and I ate at the most fantastic restaurant called Chez Janou. We were practically sititng in the kitchen and had to share a table with a chain smoker and it still managed to be a great meal. I had Brandade, which was great, plus for dessert if you order chocolate mousse, they just bring by a giant bowl and you scoop out however much you want. Definitely try to make it there while you're there...

Red / September 11, 2006 8:08 PM

I absolutely love your blog and the high quality of your photos! Please don't ever close this site or I'll be devastated. Have fun in Paris and remember to update ;)

Honey / September 11, 2006 9:02 PM

ROBYN! I miss you! It looks like you're having a great time even if the french don't understand what you're saying....almond? berry? no matter! Bread my lady! It's all about bread.

Natalia / September 11, 2006 9:28 PM

Paris is a lot like how I imagine heaven. Bakeries everywhere! Only you'd never get full or fat in heaven... And that almond croissant, mmmmm... I have got to get to Paris! I'm with you on the bread versus filling. Hey, I'd still be happy with no filling and just bread. Eat some extra bread for me :)

aussieyam / September 11, 2006 9:58 PM

Robyn, I am insanely jealous! I am missing Paris heaps! Please eat a lot more than you have been, so I can at least try to be satiated by the pics.

louanne / September 11, 2006 10:38 PM

hey there. great pictures great food! definitely come to singapore, i swear you will love it. i'm in ny right now but just in case the opportunity arises, i can definitely help. :)

kate / September 11, 2006 10:51 PM

They don't teach you this in school: "Je prend une whateverdeliciousbakedgood" goes over a lot better than "je voudrais..." Use vouloir and they can smell your foreign-ness a mile away. Keep trying out the french- I've been exactly where you are and it only gets better! Promise.

kaitlin Hess / September 11, 2006 11:29 PM

my god robyn! You NEED to get a job as a professional food photographer! Your photos are so beautiful you can TASTE the photos! You really have a great talent.

youkosiren / September 11, 2006 11:43 PM

My greatuncle used to be a priest at St Eustache... and that's funny because my family's from Shanghai. My dad and I also once left our bags trapped in St Eustache and had to slum it in a teeny hotel until the church opened the next day. Ah, memories X3

I have to say, I really crave a pastry right now. Jealousy!

piccola / September 12, 2006 12:03 AM

Hey Robyn -

I'll skip the part where I tell you how jealous I am....

Being surrounded by so many bakeries would kill me. Though I'm more of a "boulangerie" (bread) person than a "pâtisserie" (pastries/desserts) person.

When fall gets underway, make sure you get some marrons glacés.

And FYI - it's "macarons au chocolat."

Keep reporting so I can live vicariously!

shukumei / September 12, 2006 12:13 AM

Hi Robyn,

I'd be happy to show you around Singapore if you ever visit. There's lots of fooding to be done here.

I haven't eaten many macarons, but I really liked the macarons from Pierre Herme, especially the Ispahan (rose, raspberry, lychee).

Kathy / September 12, 2006 1:06 AM

Ahhh! Congrats on the press clipping - it's about time the public recognize all the work you put into this blog. :)
Oh man, if I was in Paris with you, I'd make sure we dragged ourselves into everyone of the patisseries and mercilessly drown ourselves in baguettes and macarons. Oh mercy. We would leave the semester very very poor. Enjoy it while your there, you lucky pooh!

Gordon / September 12, 2006 2:56 AM

Wow! I realized after looking thru your food pics in Paris so far, that I now have a reason and a desire to go visit and try out the food! CROISSANTS!!!

Daisy / September 12, 2006 5:41 AM

Congrats on the press clipping! :D Must be funny to actually be recognized for your foodtripping.

Anyway, yes, I do think the bread is better than the filing. If there's too much filling and it spills out, I'll stare at the droppings mournfully and wish I could have eaten them.

Hope you enjoy France (Evidently, you are.), and take care on your first day of school! :D

stan / September 12, 2006 6:48 AM

You're right baguette can definitely b considered it's own meal a delicious and inexpensive way to not be hungry. Any filling is in my opinion just a bonus. Keep enjoying your trip, love the pictures although they constantly make me hungry

Nqthqn / September 12, 2006 7:23 AM

hey robyn. this is nathan - or nqthqn if you prefer. i'm living in france for a few more months with coralie -- in the alps -- a five minute drive from geneva switzerland. if you want to visit this area just let me know. oh, and if you get the chance, try to see strasbourg. i just got back from there last week and it was great.

uhh. write back or don't... so many options.

all the best on your adventure in paris.

Deb / September 12, 2006 9:39 AM

Hey Robs!

Congrats on the press mention! Above Pim, yet!! Wow, now you know you've hit the big time, at least in Singapore.

So glad to see that all the baked buttery goodness has not sapped your talent for photography. Excellent shots, there.

Also so glad to see you're having fun with your buddies. How's school?


Ani / September 12, 2006 10:56 AM

Congrats on THWAE being mentioned in a magazine. That is cool. Your site totally deserves it with the funny commentary and neat pictures. Glad you and Paris are getting along well.

Mahar / September 12, 2006 11:54 AM

Robyn! You had an almond croissant! I LOVE THOSE!!! Especially with a little Nutella. Holy crap, I miss them.

Instead of saying "je voudrais" (which is along the lines of "I want" politely), you might want to use "j'aimerais" which is more of a "I would like". I think that should get people to be nicer. At least, that's happened in my experience.

If you go to Singapore, you HAVE to swing by Manila. So there. Same time zone. Heh.

good enough cook / September 12, 2006 12:42 PM

Oh Robyn, your exuberant posts about Paris have been making me SO HAPPY. There's something intensely gratifying about see a good thing (the chance to eat a lot in Paris) happen to a nice person who is so clearly capable of making the most of the opportunity. Further proof that the universe is a good place.

Eat hard, and keep telling us about it!

Tammi / September 12, 2006 12:53 PM

Hi Robyn
I just wanted to tell you that I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I love it!! I can't wait to hear more about your adventures in Paris!

maria~ / September 12, 2006 2:21 PM

hi robyn!

congrats on your first press clipping! *yay* and it's international! oooh, u are so fancy, u! like many of your other readers, i'd like to say "merci" for your blogging because i really enjoy eating vicariously through you. take care now!


patty.... / September 12, 2006 2:38 PM

ROWR! everything looks so good and pretty. it could all be due to your wunder-full picture-taking capabilities. w00t!

Annie / September 12, 2006 2:46 PM

When you wrote about keeping bars of chocolate on your desk I immediately remembered a box of "biscuits" (chocolate-covered cookies) which I kept in my bureau drawer when I lived with a host family im London--and the international incident which was provoked when it attracted bugs. Not to mention keeping half a tin of caviar on my windowsill in the dead of winter, having been entranced by stories of MFK Fisher doing much the same thing. Well, learn from my mistakes. Bug-ridden biscuits are terrible and frozen caviar is even more unpleasant. Especially if you forget about it until spring thaw.

roboppy / September 12, 2006 6:54 PM

Whoa hey holy crap, thanks for your comments! Now I will try to most of them. Here I go. Or. I have a feeling this doesn't translate well in French, but C'EST COMMENT NOUS ROULONS. (I'd love to make that hip with the locals. Yeah, right.)

Abby: Dude...I took your advice and I WENT there. I'll have a full review later, but that was an awesome recommendation. Funnily, I didn't remember your dish recommendations, yet i went with the brandade anyway! Maybe we share the same stomach. :) And yes, HOLY SHIZZ, DELICIOUS amazing stuff. We were too full to eat dessert (and it was past 11, so we wanted to go home), but I'd definitely go back if I found anyone else who wanted to go.

Sam: But how long will I live for if I keep up this fast-paced fooding lifestyle? (Actually..I guess it's a slow-paced fooding lifestyle. But still.) Good thing I'm still young I guess, haha...I'll die before I get old!

Red: Thanks! I'll update as long as I have stomach space and a working camera. And the internet, I suppose.

Natalia: It's heaven, if everyone speaks French there. You definitely have to come here!

aussieyam: I CAN ONLY EAT SO MUUUUCH! :[

louanne: I'm pretty sure I'd love it! And it wont be like that other time I went to Singapore with a Chinese tour group when all we ate was Chinese food.

kate: Yer right, they didn't teach us that! Mrrh. It seems easier for me to just say, "Un croissant, s'il vous plait" than to precede it with anything. :P Je

Kaitlin: Aw, thanks. :) Or maybe I can be a bakery stalker?

youkosiren: Wow, that's awesome! The church is SOOO, obviously you knew that already. Did you have access to like..uh..secret church spots? If there are any? :P

piccola: I think I've been eating in between the breads and pastries. I'm too intimidated (and not really in the mood) to eat the pretty little cakes; I just want things like pain au chocolat and macarons. I can't eat whole loaves of bread, so I've avoided those as well.

"Macarons au chocolat," thanks! (And macarons a la pistache?)

shukumei: Thanks for the offer!

I haven't been to Pierre Herme yet. Yeaahrhar god everyone tells me it's awesome.

Ana: Actually, it was 63 FLAVORS! I wrote 31 as a joke towards Baskin not that funny. 63 flavors is insane!@!@#

Kathy: Thanks! All the time i waste has to mean something! ;D

You've gotta visit Paris. You'd loooove it.

Gordon: There are more reasons than that! :)

Marvo: Thank you!

Daisy: Thanks! It's pretty weird, but awesome at the same time.

My first (and second) day of school went great! I'll have less time to go fooding though, hehe.

Stan: I'd like to have a baguette (and maybe some butter or cheese) meal sometime while I'm here. :) Today I had a croissant and canele snack...definitely not bad.

Cathy: The French really like their baked goods. :) And other stuff. Their buildings are ridiculously beautiful though..damn em..

Deb: Hehe, above Pim!..or in the same arena as her. :) That is pretty awesome. SINGAPORE LIKES MEEE!

The buttery goodness only encourages me!

Today was my last meal with Morten and Giso. :( Back to being lonely! School is good so far. All two dayso fit, haha.

Ani: Thanks! I hope to get along better with Paris when my French smidge.

Mahar: With nutella? Ooh that would be nice. I think I like mind non-nutella-ed though. :) Just almond-ness.

I saw j'aimerais in my book along with je voudrais. I'll try it out!

OHH manila..yes, that is also a tasty place. I had some Poofy comics published in a music magazine there. Random eh? Maybe I can get my food blog mentioned there too, hm...

GEC: Aw, I'm glad you enjoy my posts! Whether I'm making the most of the opportunity is debatable (I'd do better if I were less afraid of interacting with French people), but I do have certain goals. Involving. Baked goods.

Tammi: Thanks for reading!

Mary Sue: Aw, pancakes are pretty cool, even when reheated. (Actually, I like em cold.)

PB: Glad to be of service! I wish you were here, then we stuffff.

Maria: De rien!

It'd be nice of you and all the other people living vicariously though me would take some of these calories out of my digestive system, but I know you're here in spirit.

Annie: Caviar on your windowsill?! okay, that sounds dangerous. To...something. A bug-less room. My chocolate has yet to attract anything, but thanks for the heads up. ;)

fuchon junkie / September 12, 2006 7:27 PM

Does the name of that bakery really translate to "Everything with Butter"? Because that's really cool. FYI don't kill yourself getting to a Fauchon macaron. The NYC Fauchon ones are airlifted from Paris everynight they tell me. And they wouldn't lie to me. I know where they live. Or work anyway, because I work above them.

jane / September 12, 2006 8:07 PM

re: the above comment, is "fuchon junkie" correct abt the fauchon macarons? I asked the midtown store if they shipped them from paris and the sales clerk said that they no longer did this. This was during the summer, when i worked in midtown and i blew all my money on Fauchon and Pierre Marcolini haha

hope youre having a great time...sure looks like it!! :D

Feng / September 12, 2006 9:22 PM

Hey Robyn, you should definitely come to Singapore! And try the innards (though not the crusty wheaty kind you're used to, but TRUE innards...) Haha I'll be more than glad to show you round too!

Kylene / September 12, 2006 9:39 PM

Hello Robyn! I lurk, but now I comment to ask if you'd like a list of recommended Paris chocolate places? I recently bought a book on chocolate, and in it is a list of chocolate places in Paris, with comments such as "good place for pain au chocolat" and stuffs. Y'know. If you'd be interested and all.

Yummie dummieS / September 12, 2006 10:37 PM

I'm so envious of all your travelling in Paris! and all the pastry and desserts are making me drool! You should come down to Singapore again tho, we do have quite a multi racial variety of food down here!

roboppy / September 13, 2006 6:39 AM

fuchon junkie: My friend said it means "all made with butter", so..yeah!..yum.

I'll still check out Fauchon here (it's got more stuff than the NYC one), but it's good to know if I get a hankering for them at home, I have a place to go. Or maybe I'll just get my fill on macarons while I'm here.

Jane: Damn, I haven't tried Fauchon or Pierre Marcolini, desipte that I've been to both. I only bought stuff to give to my mum...I'm a good daughter, right? ;)

Feng: Thanks for the offer! Asia should be my next vacation destination.

Kylene: WOULD I? ..Sure! :D And I could share it with the other readers? I already have a list of places to go, but it's an overall bakery/chocolate list without any comments. I had a great pain au chocolat today; how many more can I eat?! (Well, I could eat one every day of course, hehe.)

Yummie dummieS: Ahh, more good stuff about Singapore! I hope I get to visit.

Boots in the Oven / September 13, 2006 10:57 AM

Robyn, it's so great to hear you beginning to settle into Paris - surrounded by such awesome breadstuffs! It's cool to read about parallel experiences, since we're settling in down here in Florence... I actually did skip lunch last week because I couldn't figure out the payment or ordering system at any of the bars I passed.

It's better now, after a week of Italian classes!

oh - and we stayed at that hostel, the FIAP, in 2001 backpacking... man was that place institutional!


Clearly illiterate Fauchon Junkie no less / September 13, 2006 12:52 PM

Truly sad considering how much of job is writing for a living. Fauchon told me this during the queens blackout. They had almost no pastries or cakes b/c there was no power in their LIC facilities. But they had row after row of macarons. Maybe it was actually a true airlift. Robyn would understand.

I have to say, the empty Fauchon case was one of saddest sights of my life. Even worse than watching my boss eat plain celery for breakfast when he is doing the Atkins.

Anyway...I will be sure to run downstairs and ask them point blank later. And buy one. They are so good. Expensive, no disagreement there. But so goooooooood.

michelle / September 13, 2006 1:24 PM

hiya robyn

i am from singapore and coincidentally i buy CLEO every mth and i saw your blog web addy from that portion .just to let you know i love reading your blog. .your food experience is fantastic, its just like mine here in Singapore. i go everywhere to try and taste food till ive burnt a hole in my wallet every mth.. ive been here for ten yrs and have not stopped trying. yummy. i have yet to go to NYC to try their steaks and also to Paris to try their bakeries.. i am hungry now looking at your yummy photos.. havent eaten well in days....
add me to msn or friendster if you have one.


roboppy / September 14, 2006 9:54 AM

Girlie: I haven't learned much in my French class so far! :O I NEED HEEELLLPP! I suppose you're eating lunch regularly now? :)

Haha, you stayed at the FIAP! Don't you love those showers with the pressy thingy?

Literate Fauchon Junkie: An empty Fauchon case sounds sad indeedio. :( Although not as bad as eating plain celery (which is something my mum sometimes does!).

Maybe I will go to Fauchon this weekend.

Michelle: Woohoo, I'm glad to see the Cleo article actually brought some people to my site. :) I haven't even had a steak in NYC, hehe. Er. I should put that on my "to do" list.

Aaron from montreal / September 15, 2006 1:09 AM

felicitations avec la revue! J'aime ta blog, ca me rende toujours affamé! Bonne Chance en France cet session avec l'ecole.

Mochene / September 15, 2006 5:51 AM


Why, oh why didn't you take me with you? (Ok, besides the fact that you really don't know me). I took enough French in junior high through college to get us through any situation in France, ok, just about any situation in France. But no, I sit there, at almost 5 in the morning, unable to go back to sleep dreaming about such a great city and sighing. Why can't I ever go away? Far away. (Colorado doesn't count as it is still in these states). I wish you well and hope you adjust, but I must tell you that if you need me, just let me know and I'll sell as much as I can (did I mention that I'm poor as well? Maybe that's why I can't travel) and rescue you. Are heros allowed to bring cameras for sight-seeing?

roboppy / September 16, 2006 4:51 AM

Aaron: Oh my god FRENCH!...I think I understood it though. :) Thanks for visiting!

Mochene: I'd take ye! You like food and appear relatively harmless, hehe. You should come to test out your french, aside As of now, my French knowledge is still verytinylittlebit. And bring your camera.

ParisBreakfasts / September 16, 2006 7:57 AM

For air-shipped 2x a week Macs in NYC, try La Maison du Chocolat=they're FAB!
Hey Robyn, to pick up Fr. vite, I did a post on learning by listening to NRJ. Plus you get silly ads thrown in..Learning the words to pop songs will set you right in no time and you'll get intonation + accent thrown in. Better than watching TV, 'cause they play the same damn songs over & over + P.Diddy & Cassie. NRJ isn't just French stuff. Fun way to pick up the lang IMO
I'm loving your posts!!! MERCI

shujuan / September 18, 2006 8:20 AM

dun mention it! =D

continue the good job~~~

oh ya, let me know if you would like the magazine mailed to you so that i won't erm... recycle them.. .haha...


erin / September 25, 2006 1:42 PM

So glad you found out about Macarons (Macaroons?). A French friend told me that they are the 'flavor of France' when I was visiting there in May. The Pistacio ones are my favorite I think. Bee good - Erin

vanessa / October 15, 2006 4:02 PM

robyn, helloooooooo!!! i have been quietly blogstalking for a while here and WISH i had a friend like you here so we could share calorific gluttonous moments. burgers! baguettes! btw i'm in singapore and when i was in ny last year, almost all i did was go fooding :) i, uh, planned my days according to how many food places on my list i could cover within one area. not proud of my greediness, but oh for cones ice cream, joe's pizza and a burger shack burger again!!! when you come here i have a nice couch and a hitlist... come on. i'm tempting you. it's closer to fly here from paris than ny...

Mara / November 11, 2009 8:54 AM

Thanks both for this wonderful post and many since. I'm on my way back to Paris and would LOVE Kylene's chocolatier list if that ever came your way.

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