This morning I visited this brunch place in Paris. This cute restaurant with its wonderful food and charming ambience is located in the heart of the St. Germain area. After reading so many good things about it, I decided to go and try it myself. I enjoyed some coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, delicious omelette and pancakes…super yummy, I love this place! If you are in Paris, make sure you go for some Eggs & Co.
11 Rue Bernard Palissy, 6ème arrondissement (Paris)
The two nail care products that I couldn’t live without, are the Cream Abricot from Dior and the butter london nail file. The Dior abricot cream is very rich and nourishes and conditions cuticles. I bought this cream a few months ago and my nails have become so much stronger and my cuticles almost disappeared. The cream can be applied and massaged into the base of the nail pre- or post-polish. You can buy the cream for around 22 Euros at Sephora. The price seems a bit shocking for the tiny amount that you get. However after 2 months of daily usage I can say that it will last for a very long time.
My favorite nail file is from butter London. I love all their nail products and I appreciate that the company is not using any animal testing for the product development.
Yesterday I went to an antique book market in Paris and was lost in there for hours. After digging through stall after stall, I found exactly what I had been looking – antique fashion magazines. I bought 2 editions of the fashion magazine “Le Petit Echo de la Mode” from 1947 and 1948. With a little bit of patience and luck you might find some real treasures at affordable prices. Some of the booksellers are specialized in old fashion books which are truly amazing. I also found some pretty publications of “La mode Pratique” from 1907 with sketches of women’s fashion to frame.
The antique and used book market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm throughout the year in in the former horse market at 104 rue Brancion next to the Parc Georges-Brassens. 60 booksellers present their changing wares and treasures.
Fake Fur is probably the biggest trend this winter, and I absolutely love it! It’s warm, it’s cozy and it looks nice. Until now, I have always been a little afraid of fur jackets, as it can be a hard look to pull off. But paired with some basic pants and top and the right accessories, it can give you a look that is laid back and elegant at the same time. I especially love this fur jacket from nelly.com. fabulousfur.com also offers a large selection of beautiful and cruelty free high quality fake fur jackets.
Top and Purse (Zara), Jeans (Stella McCartney), Shoes (debenhams.com), necklace (Accessorize), Coat (Nelly)
I want to dedicate today’s blog post to one of my favorite cakes/desserts – Zuccotto.
The very first Zuccotto is believed to have been prepared in Florence in the 16th century. Naturally, the popular dessert has evolved considerably over time and today there are many different ways to prepare Zuccotto. To me, Zuccotto is a delicious summer dessert which consists of a tasty cream surrounded by sponge cake that gains zest from a tiny bit of liqueur (of course the liqueur can be replaced by any kind of juice). Although this cake looks impressive, it is quite easy to make.
These pictures were taken while I was making my very first Zuccotto and the result was very yummy! Since then I have made many more Zuccottos for all kind of occasions and every time numerous people come and ask me for the recipe.
The following recipe is my personal favorite among the many recipes you can find on the internet.
preparation time: 1 hour + 6 hours cooling time
servings: around 12 pieces (you will need a plastic bowl that fits 2 liters)
for the sponge cake: 5 eggs, 2 table spoon hot water, 100 g sugar, 1 pinch of salt, 120 g all purpose flour, 30 ml rum (can be replaced with juice), 70 ml Amaretto liqueur (can be replaced with juice)
for the filling: 100 g sugar, 100 g roasted and chopped almonds, 50 g meringue, 400g dark chocolate, 1 l cream, 80 g roasted hazelnuts, 50 g confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to sprinkle
preheat oven (180° C)
whip eggs, water, sugar and salt for 4 minutes until foamy
gently fold in flour
set 5 tbsp. of dough on a baking sheet and spread to a circle of 20 cm (diameter)
spread the rest of the dough on a baking plate covered with a sheet (rectangle)
separately bake the circle as well as the rectangle for approx. 10 – 12 minutes
set sponge cake aside and allow it to cool down
cut a circle of 30 cm out of the rectangle
place a cut from the outside of the circle to the center (this makes it easier to place the cake in round bowl)
put the cake in a bowl that fits 2 l and make sure that the cake fills the bowl all the way to the top
you can use the left overs of the sponge cake to stuff any holes in the bowl
take 70 ml rum and/or amaretto to soak the cake
caramelize the sugar and add almonds
spread out on a baking sheet, allow it to cool down and chop coarsely
chop 100 g chocolate coarsely
whip the cream until stiff and put 1/3 of it aside
add hazelnuts, confectioner’s sugar, caramelized almonds, meringue and chocolate to 2/3 of the whipped cream
fill the mixture into the bowl until it covers the sponge cake completely
put a hole in the middle and put it in the fridge
gently melt 300 g chocolate
stir half of the remaining 1/3 of whipped cream in the melted chocolate
add remaining whipped cream and fill the mix into the hole and even it out
cover the bowl with the round sponge cake circle and soak it with the remaining 30 ml of Rum and Amaretto
set the bowl into the fridge for at least 6 hours
turn the cake upside down on a plate and sprinkle with cocoa powder
Dior has dedicated an entire exhibition to my favorite perfume – Miss Dior!
66 years after Christian Dior presented his first collection, Le Grand Palais Paris will open its doors to the Miss Dior exhibit, titled “Esprit Dior, Miss Dior”. The exhibit is a homage to Miss Dior and visitors will be able to see vintage photos, historical manuscripts and the Miss Dior inspired art work of 15 female artists. Shirin Neshat, Carole Benzaken and Joana Vasconcelos are among the artist that have been invited by Dior.
I can assure you that I will be the first person knocking on the doors of the Grand Palais on November 13th. Stay tuned for my pictures and impression of the exhibit.
The exhibit will take place in Le Grand Palais from November 13 – 25. Free entrance.
A little while ago I discovered this amazing hair product…I wouldn’t want to miss it anymore..A few drops of Kérastase and my hair gets super soft and shiny. Even though it is not the cheapest product you can get, it is worth its money and the best hair product I have tried so far!
Last season I was completely in love with statement necklaces, and I still am! But I have found a new obsession – statement earrings! I love wearing them with pretty much everything. My only styling rule is: no other jewelry! All of these earrings can be purchased via baublebar.com. My favorite pair is the one combining blue, coral and green. I find them absolutely gorgeous.
When I left Toronto in 2011 to move back to Europe I had a minor panic attack when I realized that I might not be able to eat another Cinnabon in my life. I adore these fluffy swirls of dough with their unique smell of cinnamon and perfect cream cheese frosting. Back in Europe I tried many copycat recipes until I had recreated them close to perfection.
recipe (serving: 15 rolls)
dough: 60 ml water, 1/4 l milk, 100g melted butter, 1 1/4 eggs, 1tsp. salt, 120 g sugar, 550 g flour, 7 g dry yeast
filling: 200 g light brown sugar, 5 tsp. cinnamon, 110 g magarine
frosting: 110 g cream cheese, 110 g margarine, 225 g powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp lemon flavor
remove one large egg from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature
melt butter, add water and mil and let it cool down
add remaining ingredients
remove margarine from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature
in a small bowl, mix the born sugar and the cinnamon
roll and stretch the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle (38 x 61 cm)
spread the softened margarine over the dough and then evenly distribute the sugar and cinnamon mixture
starting at the far edge roll it up tightly toward the clean edge, trim the left and right ends of the roll
cut the roll into 15 pieces (3.8 cm each)
place 5 rolls into a baking pan with parchment paper, cover it with a cloth and let rise for 1 hour
bake at 154° C for 15 minutes.
for the frosting: place cream cheese and margarine into a mixing bowl, blend it for 6 minutes (slow mixing), whip it for 10 minutes (medium speed); slowly add the powdered sugar and flavors
put the frosting in the fridge and frost the rolls while they are still warm
These cinnamon rolls are best when they are still warm but the smell of them in the oven makes it impossible to wait until they have cooled down anyways 🙂
Forever 21 is continuing on its European quest by opening a 27,000 square foot store in the center of Paris. As I have been traveling out of town last week, I was not able to go to the shop opening last thursday, but today I finally got the chance to check it out. The shop is located on the popular Rue Rivoli and offers mainly women’s clothing but also features a collection for children. Those of you who know Forever 21 from other countries might be surprised as the French collection has been slightly adapted, focusing on more premium offers.
To me, it is amazing to see how Forever 21 is becoming so popular in Europe without indulging in huge advertising campaigns. The brand mostly relies on word-of mouth and some social-media activities and is still growing at a fast pace. Besides Paris, another store has opened in the UK and almost at the same time the first Forever 21 shop has settled in Munich. I am excited to see at which pace Forever 21 will continue to expand throughout Europe!