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Lately I’ve been slightly drowning a bit. Transitions are in the happenings and I’ve been trying to find motivation to get out and do things on the weekends, to maintain the social aspect of my life and discovering cozy new places in this fantastic city. I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to go to places that are just good at what they do. Places I can go away from home where I can just enjoy myself with no expectations of awesomeness or from hype. Just genuineness. It’s not as easy as it seems, eh? I find myself going somewhere because that is where everyone is going and sometimes after I leave, I think to myself, “I wonder if I’ll go back there”. How sad is that? Marlette stood out to me in many ways for its genuineness, so I had been quite anxious to check out their café for a little while, especially since I find their mixes so precious and clever. This particular day in question was filled with sun rays and surprisingly warm temperatures, so rolling out of bed to go and stroll through the 9th and see some girlfriends seemed like a bright idea.

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Café Marlette is a the new kid on the block of the rue des Martyrs, mand seems to be on everyone’s “to stop by” list lately. Marlette is at its origins a little brand sold across Paris, with little kits for baking delicious things (including gluten free kits!), created and run by 2 sisters. Their café features a section with all they’ve got to offer, and also a place for a delicious little breakfast. Lali, Faye, Anja and I decided to go one weekend morning.

We saw that it opened at 10am, so gave ourselves rendez-vous at this time (I am that asshole who is totally not in the mood to wait at a busy place), but we quickly found out that the kitchen only opens at 11am (not sure if that was communicated somewhere? I couldn’t find it). This little misunderstanding actually turned out for the best as the little fresh as can be breakfast menu was just perfect : a hot bevvie (coffee from Coutume), fresh juice, a fromage blanc or other little sweet treat, and a pastry of choice for 12 euros. I’ll just mention here that their banana bread is what the French would call a “tuerie”, incredibly delicious. As 11 o’clock rolled around and the wave of brunchers came in, we realized that the little breakfast was just we needed and that the brunch actually didn’t really seem worth it’s buck.

I’ll save my brunch frustrations in a later post.

I’d like to go back to Café Marlette for a goûter, a little snack and coffee with a dear one. The space is illuminous and minimalistic, cozy and modern, with precious finishing touches every left and right.

Check out Lali’s review on Café Marlette here.

Café Marlette
51 rue des Martyrs, 75009
Tél: 01.48.74.89.73
Métro: Pigalle (12/2), Saint Georges (12)

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I like my weekends to involve wandering the streets, discovering and tasting new things. In a bustling city like Paris, where new places pop up left and right, my ‘to try’ list on Yelp gets longer and longer and longer and more often than not I am a bit late to give the fab trendy new places a whirl. One Sunday afternoon with two lovies, Faye and Ylenia, we decided to give L’Eclair de Génie a try. We hid from the rain under the arcades of Les Archives Nationales, where we gave our picturesque éclairs a tasteroo, and then ran in the rain to the cozy Loustic for a little warm-up and stellar chai tea latte. Winter has been a bit off this year, back and forth between rainy days with chills and Spring-like days with sun rays. Sweets are most perfect in both cases…

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See Faye’s post on this lovely afternoon here.

Eclair de Génie
14 Rue Pavée, 75004
Tél: 01 42 77 85 11
Métro: Saint Paul (1)

It’s a little trip down memory lane, of a wonderful and brief afternoon stroll in downtown Denver one summer day. This type of stroll is nothing without the candy store at Writer’s Square and a beer or five at one of Denver’s many craft breweries. Candy and beer, this is going to sound a bit cliché, are two of my favorite things. Tangy sweets and hoppy beers. Colorful candy shops and refreshingly delicious beers always brighten the grayest of days. I tend to find my favorites in shops like this, rock candy, candy buttons, flavored tootsie rolls… it was one of those moments where one stocks up on unnecessary amounts of candy before we headed up the mountain for the rest of the weekend. My daydreams of little Denver treasures continue…

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Pancakes-by-Olivia-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-05If you’re looking to spice up your classic pancake mix a bit, this is exactly what you need. This is a little recipe that my lovely friend Olivia made for me one morning after a sleepover to go with our epic green smoothie.

Once your traditional pancake mix is prepared, mix in the following ingredients:

- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Then let the batter sit for an hour or so, and proceed to your classic pancake making extravaganza. If you don’t have, or aren’t in the mood for maple syrup, mix together some natural yogurt, frozen raspberries and honey for a flavorful topping.

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Café Madam Latte Goodness- De quelle planete es tu - 1Café Madam is a staple on rue Saint Denis. The fact that it’s run by a mother-daughter duo makes me love it even more.

You’re guaranteed a smile when you walk in, and will immediately feel the cozy relaxation in the atmosphere: white walls and tables with bold lettering on the walls, precious succulents, sweet treats under glass bells and little bowls of rock sugars to drop into your coffee. Their perfectly toned yellow espresso machine always catches my eye as soon as I open the door.

You may recognize this spot from the Cleopatra’s Bling launch party.

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Café Madam
150 rue Saint Denis, 75002
Tél: 01 40 39 01 45
Métro: Réaumur Sebastopol (4)