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Easter is a holiday I grew up only celebrating the all-American-commercial type of way. It was a day filled with family and close friends, epic Easter baskets carefully crafted and well thought out by my mom, egg painting and plastic egg filling for the big hunt, Easter candy corn binging and Charlie Brown. One year my sister and I even got Furbies for Easter, which was pretty intense. I have random blurry memories of huge fields in the mountains with tons of kids and someone dressed up in a huge bunny costume. I would wear pastels dresses and Keds and feel so delighted to look under rocks and behind trees for the colorful hidden eggs.

Easter now is something still close to my heart. The tradition part of it has stuck with me, despite having never grown up with the true reason for celebrating Easter (oops). Even when far away from actual family, brunches with girlfriends and now my in-laws have always been added to the agenda. An excuse to whip out all things pastel, treats both savory and sweet, and some good company.

This Easter at the in-laws it was a laid back lunch out in the sunshine, which already was a blessing in itself. It was a weekend of relaxing outside of the city. I had needed some family time. And as you know if you’ve been following my blog for some time, this spot if a paradise in itself. With some beer from the region and epic grub, it was a hearty weekend even topped with a game of Monopoly.

On the gloomiest day in the world this house would still be precious as ever to me, but with the sun rays and colorful camellias, daisies, wisteria and nasturtium, it truly felt like Spring. The only things missing in my book aside from my Colorado family were Jell-O and Brach’s Easter Candy Corn. I hope you all had a magical Easter.

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I discovered this place through a colleague, despite having studied all four years of my Bachelor’s degree only 5 minutes away. Lunches are crowded and reservations most certainly needed, but pop by a late afternoon after a stroll along the Seine and have a high tea if they’ve got open tables. You’ll feel as if you’re in a farm house paradise far away from the hustle bustle of Paris. The hometown feel screams ladies who lunch, and they’ve got a killer hot chocolate to lure you in in the winter months.

It’s open from 9am to 7pm, best for lunch and high tea. The back room is like an indoor courtyard, with heaps of light and the perfect ambiance for a slice of tart with your favorite tea.

Les Deux Abeilles
189 Rue de l’Université, 75007
Tél: 01 45 55 64 04
Métro: Alma Marceau (9)
Reservations needed

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yelp-paris-at-loustic-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-30These photos are a bit old, but I had forgotten how much I like them. I feel like they capture the evening so perfectly. There was a Yelp Elite event at Loustic last summer, a cozy coffeeshop that I adore, and the evening tones made the place even more precious with an inverted atmosphere. There was wine, cheesecake, coffee, homemade marshmallows and more at this magical evening. The Yelp Elite crowd is a fantastic one, we all come together around one common point despite our different career paths and stories : grub in Paris. It’s a sense of a community. Loustic was the perfect spot for this place because it is that special café where you go and feel like a local. You get the “hey how ya doin’?” when you walk in, and a sense of comfort and coziness. It’s not everyday you come by this type of place.

Lately the time has flown, and I have had little time to sit and relax and organize my photos to share with you guys here on the blog. Going through these photos made me realize how fast the months have gone by (and year!) and how the photos are still just as much worth sharing. The Spring season is coming and going here in Paris, not quite sticking yet to prepare for summer. I’m anxious for summer evenings on terraces and café doors open to let in the fresh breeze. That with a cuppa, sure does sound like my kind of paradise.

More on Loustic, which is also a part of my Paris Guide.

deck-donohue-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-001“Something’s brewing in Montreuil…” is what seems to be the initial headline on the subject of Deck & Donohue (source). Indeed, something is brewing over in Montreuil, and it’s fantastic. After checking out the founders, Thomas and Mike’s, brew blog AND having the perfect timing as they opened shop officially in March, I knew I had to pay a visit. Last week I traveled across Paris’s borders to the eastern suburb that is Montreuil. Thomas & Mike greeted me with a smile as I entered their magical craft brewery. The space is pristine – it’s new and the equipment is plopped in the middle as it should be. It is filled with light with an industrial touch, and the natural sun rays make for a stunning and delightful space to get their craft on.

After giving their Trouble #6 a tasteroo, the two showed me their set up and explained the 4-1-1 to their beer magic. The space may seem small, but it’s where they do it all – brew, fermentation, bottling (that is semi-automatic) and packing. We sipped their beers on a little metal table I had the pleasure of tasting all of their gamme, each of which has something different to offer. You can also go to visit their headquarters on Saturdays from 10h-15h to taste their beers, it’s certainly worth the trek.

Deck & Donohue currently has 4 beers : Mission Pale Ale, Trouble #6, Monk and Indigo IPA. All divine. As a hoppy beer fan and an IPA fanatic, their Indigo IPA did just the trick for me. They will also have a seasonal beer to top the list this year.

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France is the sister country of the magical Belgium, the land of delicious Abbaye beer and brewers of all kinds, also the source of inspiration where brewers such as those that started New Belgium Brewery in Colorado (also, heaven). Their know-how has been a staple in the world’s beer making, and if you haven’t been to Belgium already, you probably should. France always had the access to incredibly delectable Belgian beers, and also has countless breweries in the regions across the land, but for some reason their own artisanal beers just aren’t as well known in the capital as they should be. But this is all changing. Beer shops are popping up left and right featuring more and more French and other European beers, and even sometimes a little je ne sais quoi from the good ol’ USA.

In fact, changing so much that there is the first ever Paris Beer Week this year, in May.

Deck & Donohue‘s beers (bottled or on tap) are served in places like Holybelly, Cantine California & Les Trois 8… You can get them on shop shelves like at Moustache Blanche, and I have a feeling they will be more and more present in the months to come.

Something about supporting local production is so satisfying!

Follow Thomas & Mike on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know on where to find their delicious beers.

Deck & Donohue
71, rue de la Fraternité
93100 Montreuil

frenchy-to-go-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-11A real hearty and savory breakfast in Paris is hard to find. Mostly because this is usually associated with brunch (aka overpriced fixed menus that are only served on weekends). Breakfast is an important meal of the day, and sometimes a tartine with jam or yogurt just won’t cut it.

Luckily, Frenchie To Go opens early on weekdays, so a savory breakfast is possible BEFORE work… How great is that? They’ve got a bacon sandwich, which has quite a bit of bacon, I’m not going to lie, but you can add cheddar and an egg if you’d like for a couple of bucks and it becomes the perfectly complete breakfast sandwich. Plus, Frenchie To Go, a hotspot near Sentier that is packed during lunch, is never packed before work (at least when I’ve been), it’s basically perfection. The only downside about going in the morning is not being able to get one of their beers, as they’ve got quite a fine list! Other breakfast options: homemade granola, bacon scones, pastries.

With a little cuppa and one of these bad boys, we started our day with a bang. The donuts sure were tempting.

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Frenchie To-Go
9, rue du Nil, 75002
Métro: Sentier (3)