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Les 2 Abeilles

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Located in the middle of the 7th Arrondissement, Les Deux Abeilles started at a tea-room with a tremendous charriot de desserts for sophisticated women/mothers of the Parisian left bank. The quality and variety of options on the menu, made the tiny restaurant of the Rue de l’université a must for a girls’ lunch or quality mother/daughter time.

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Washington, DC – in 48 hours

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If you think Washington, DC- you think Capital of the United States, White House,Washington Mall, Smithonian Museums and many other politics- related cultural entertainment options.

Spread out in neighborhoods from the hip and young full of students to the more conservative parts of town, Washington offers a variety of culinary options suitable for any palate.

Day 1 : Lunch at Coppi’s Organic on U Street (Adams Morgan District) 

Atmosphere set in a dim lights with a menu made of organic and healthy food with a mix of cheese, salad and juices. In appetizer portions you leave the restaurant with a taste in your mouth you want to re-discover a few hours a days later.

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Dinner at Buddha Bar on Massachussets Ave (Dupont Circle/Downtown District) 

In line with every other Buddha Bar, the one is DC is no exception. Trendy music, gigantic restaurant, amazing food, great service, and perfection in cocktails.

Day 2: Lunch at Peacock Caffe in Georgetown 

If you are nice to Mr. Weather, he will make sure the sun is out for you to have brunch at the Terrace of the Peacock Caffe. Bring your sunglasses and empty stomach to have a great time and enjoy pancakes or a lobster roll.

Dinner at the Old Ebbit Grill

Going to Washington and not having dinner at the Old Ebbit Grill is like going to Manhattan and not having a $1 hotdog in the streets.

Founded in 1856, Old Ebbit Grill is Washington’s oldest and most historic saloon where every U.S. President came to eat on a regular basis. Located in front of the White House, one block from the W Hotel, the Old Ebbit Grill is a typical American bistro serving large plates with beer, steaks, hash-brown potatoes, crab cakes…

Not as expensive as one may think, but one advice: book your table in advance!

Best Doughnuts

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There is nothing healthy in eating a doughnut (also spelled donut) but there is nothing unhealthy in giving oneself a little sweet treat (sometimes not everyday!)

Top 3 of where to find the best doughnuts.

1- 7-Eleven

As crazy or random as it sounds, the 7-Eleven convenience stores offer an amazing $1 glazed donut. Perfect with a coffee in the morning or as an afternoon snack, $1 can actually get you two of those round, sweet and tasty American treats. Eat one and offer the second to someone in need.

For you personal and cultural information, in 1963 the Southland corporation opened “seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.” in 1000 locations within U.S. Almost 50 years later, 7-Eleven stores expanded  to 44,700 stores worldwide. 

2- Krispy Kreme

When you travel to London, the department store Harrod’s is usually a required stop in your British journey. That stop comes with a refreshment: an original glazed doughtnut from Krispy Kreme located on the main floor of the store.

For you personal and cultural information, it all started in June 1937, when Vemon Rudolph bought a secret recipe from a New Orleans chef, who guess what, was French! Then Rudolph rented out a building in Winston Salem, NC and started selling the doughnuts based of the French secret recipe to local American grocery stores. 

3- Doughnut Plant New York City

Very light and airy, the doughtnut from the Doughnut Plant will not make you feel heavy or nauseous digesting a dough mixed with sugar, oil and yeast. Try it, and you will see!

 

For you personal and cultural information, Herman Isreal started working in a Minessotta bakery in 1910 before he moved to Paris. In 1918, WWI, he bakes bread for the army. It is only in 1981 that his grandson, Mark moves to New York City and starts the first Doughnut Plant based on his grandfather’s recipe almost fifteen years later. From 1994 to 1999, Mark makes doughnuts out of his Lower East Side basement where he sells the treats to delis such as Balducci’s or Dean and Deluca. In 2000, he moved the Doughnut Plant from his basement to a street view on 279 Grand Street. (Also opened on 220 West 23rd St – corner with 7th Avenue.) 

Sarabeth’s

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First located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Sarabeth’s was once a bakery and jam shop.

Over the years, the small boutique iconic for its legendary jam preserves Sarabeth’s became one of the “place to be” for brunch.

Sarabeth and her husband Bill Levine ease the pain of the “waiting time” by recently opening in Tribeca (339 Greenwich Street crossing Jay St) a large restaurant serving their delicious pancakes, home-made guacamole with chips, teas, juices, eggs… all of the necessary ingredients for a perfect brunch.

Baby-friendly, family-oriented, or post-hangover recipes… A table at Sarabeth’s will transform your day.

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Trident Booksellers and Cafe

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Located on 338 Newbury St in Boston, MA, the Trident Booksellers and Cafe offers a variety of magazines and books, from national to international publications and provides a free wifi to anyone sitting down their cafe table where you can taste an orange/carrot freshly squeezed with the best pancakes of the state!

King’s Cake (as Americans call it!)

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For your knowledge, Galette des Rois is the real name!

The tradition wants that on the Epiphany – January 6th – we cut the Galette des Rois.

The biblical meaning is when the three wise men (rois mages): Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar learn the existence of the God the son being a human named Jesus Christ and come to see him.

Nowadays, not only we cut the Galette des Rois on January 6th, but we tend to do it until the end of January.

If you go to France around that time and enter a Bakery, next to the baguettes there will be a variety of Galettes for you to chose from.

The basis of the recipe is: a pate feuilletee,  sugar, butter, almond and one egg!

The most common are “Dry” or “with Frangipane.”

Aside from celebrating a holiday, people and kids in particular love to have a Galette for dessert as there is a little game around it.

This is how you play:

You cut the Galette des Rois in slices, as you would do with a regular cake. The difference being that in the Galette des Rois, there is a little porcelain charm inserted directly into the pie.

Most of the time, people delegate the cutting part of the Galette as a majority tend to cut on the charm allowing everybody to know in which slice the charm is. The game is then ruined… or, you subtly put it back in place in the middle of the slice, and turn the plate several times in order to confuse the location of the charm!

Then, the youngest person of the group is required to go under the table.

He or she will tell the cutter or server which slice goes to whom.

Once everybody is served, the Galette can be eaten… The game is to figure out who got the charm, avoiding on choking or breaking a tooth with it!

He or she is then proclaimed as King or Queen, allowing them to pick their significant other and wear the beautiful crown (usually in paper with glitter) that you got when you bought the Galette.

The Galette is best served warm…

Tip: Turn your oven on 400F degrees (200C)- Let your oven warm up, then turn the heat off and put your Galette in for 5 minutes.

For the Best Galette des Rois Frangipane

 In New York: Go to PAYARD on 116 West Houston, New York City 

In Paris: Go to BOULANGERIE-PATISSERIE MOZART on 48 Ave Mozart, Paris 16eme

 

 

Duane Park Patisserie

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Best Bakery in Tribeca if you like french patisserie,

Delicate selection of cookies,

Impressive taste,

Extraordinary designs!

Go! Duane Park Patisserie: 179 Duane Street.

Happy Holidays!

 

For more information, visit: http://duaneparkpatisserie.com/

 

Shiller’s

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Located at the corner of Rivington St and Norfolk St, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City, Shiller’s Liquor Bar is a subtle mix between a an aluminum-style American dinner and a low-key French bistro.

The quality/price value is very good, the staff is great and the food delicious.

Ideal for small groups, late or early dinner, with a good appetite.