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With my girlies we decided to spend an afternoon in Champagne. None of us had been before, and after being in France for so long and also lovely champagne for so long, it was about time we made it happen. Despite the rainy and the cold, we made our way to Epernay, about an hour and a half northeast of Paris by car.

On the way to Epernay we decided to pop by Launois Père et Fils first- in Le Mesnil sur Oger. This was such a great find. A guy named Nicholas there sat with us for about two hours telling us all about the different kinds of champagne and the history of champagne while we tasted five different types of their champagne. Did I mention that it was completely free? He was ever so kind to offer our chauffer (my super nice boyfriend) 2 bottles of champagne as he couldn’t drink at the tasting. Launois Père et Fils also has a vineyard tour, cellar tour as well as a all-you-can-drink-champagne dinner that I definitely plan to do sometime. You can find out more on their website.

Our second stop was a brand a bit more commercialized: Castellane. Here we did the cellar tour, where we discovered the process of how champagne is created and stored. We also got to climb the tower for a 360 degree view of Epernay.

Our third stop which didn’t turn out really to be a stop was Moët et Chandon, which was located on the main strip Avenue de Champagne amongst many others such as Perrier-Jouët (first on my list for the next time I go to Epernay!).

You can take the train to Epernay, which is walking distance from the different Maisons du Champagne. The other city in the Champagne region which is worth a visit is Reims. There are a lot of brands to choose from so get ready to get your bubbly on.

{Photo from Coney Island, New York, Summer 2011}

I’m totally ready for some warm weather fun. Rain rain go away and carnivals, Paris is ready for you as soon as the sunshine gets here! This glimpse of wonderland is from Coney Island. Have you been? I hope your week was swell, and here is some great hypertextual goodness to bridge you to the weekend.

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Soon I will be doing my first guest post for Glitter and Ganache!

Some precious peartree flowers.

Did you see that Laura did some stuff for Tantrum Magazine?

I want to make Spring Pea Soup.

Who’da thunk it? An Instagram expo in NYC!

I’d like to reenact this to a T. Anyone in?

What says wonderful better than homemade tacos?

What a fantastic couple.

Click here to see some colorful interior goodness.

Parisians, have you been to Telescope?

This week I took my first ever cupcake class… and it was at Beauty Cakes!

Ruthy shared some of her secrets with us while we learned to make the traditional vanilla cupcake with milk chocolate icing. It was superb. With a few friends we popped on our pink Beauty Cakes aprons and attempted to make the most scrumptious cupcakes ever in Ruthy’s adorable Green Gate frenzy kitchen in her cupcake boutique in the 17th. It was such a wonderful evening filled with giggles and so much gosh darn sugar. I learned a lot of really fun and useful words.

The classes are in groups of 5-6 people, and there are specific nights designated for kids classes. This one was on a Tuesday night and started at 7pm. For 40 euros you get to learn how to make cupcakes, bring home your cupcakes that you make and decorate, and a petit snack/tea while the cupcakes are baking. It’s a fantastic time so I highly recommend it. Mille mercis, Ruthy!

I clearly have some kind of addiction to eating cupcakes.

For more info on Beauty Cakes and their cupcake classes (for kids and adults!!) check out their website, Facebook and Twitter.