Sunday, October 21, 2012
Growing my waistline by reading.
That trip served only to fuel my love of Paris, as well as traveling in general. Each year after I would try to figure out a way we could save enough money to go back. We saved up and made it back one more time in 2006 after my daughter was born.
There are some awesome blogs out there just dedicated to show their love of Paris. I followed the very talented Oh Happy Day! as she moved to Paris for a year, while I strategized how I could somehow get my husband to transfer over there for work (yeah, not going to happen). I tend to pin every picture I see of Paris while I'm browsing the endless images of Pinterest. I buy every book I see about the city of lights. Anthropology must make a killing on people just like me as they seem to have a new book on Paris every time I go in there!
I recently stumbled on this new book when browsing for a new read on Paris. I can't recommend it enough. It is more than just a taste-testing of all things sweet in Paris. Her journey while working in Paris is something that I can only dream about but her honesty with how life really is being an outsider in the city she loves is completely refreshing and brings a reality to this fantasy we all have in our minds about Paris. It doesn't stop her from loving Paris even more and it only made me want to pack my bags and leave today!
Since I can't just pack my bags today, I settled for the next best thing...searching my city for some of the sweet treats she talks about in the book. First up, the famous french macaroon! I have only found 3 places in my entire city that sells them...and out of the 3, only one that makes them fresh on location. Yesterday I stopped in to Luli's Cupcakes as soon as they flipped the sign from closed to open. I ordered one of each, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, coconut and lemon.
The strawberry and lemon were the winners of our little taste test but really, there were no losers.