La Fête du Pain in Paris ~ May 12-18, 2014

La Fête du Pain takes place all over France each May, the week before May 16th, which is the Saint’s day of St. Honoré, the patron saint of bakers.  He became bishop of Amiens in the 6th century & is the patron saint of bakers. Legend has it that a miracle involving a bakers peel taking root and growing a fruit tree took place there. His death is celebrated in hopes of ensuring a good wheat harvest.  Chefs gathered here to demonstrate their techniques and share their creations with the public.

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While I was walking to see Notre Dame cathedral, I happened upon this festival which takes place directly in front of the cathedral.  I was caught quite unawares, not realizing it was going on, and just thrilled to be able to experience it.

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There is a cake in honor of this saint, the St. Honoré cake which reminds me of the famous Paris Brest pastry.  I will have to try that recipe!  The exhibit had all kinds of breads and pastries being made and demonstrated.  I saw a chef slicing apples in such neat little slices, so I determined I would buy one of his creations and taste it.  Superb!

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Paleo Pumpkin Pots de Crème in Alsace, France

A recipe I’ve got to try!

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Paleo Pumpkin Pots de Crème in Alsace, France.

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Paris First Impressions ….

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My visit to Paris last May for 5 days was a whirlwind of trying to fit in all of my favorite spots that I had read about …. I was exhausted with tired legs and feet, but thoroughly enjoyed every … Continue reading

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Overnight Train to Paris ….

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After a tearful goodbye with my daughter in Hamburg, I made it onto the connecting train to Hannover where I would catch the City Night Line train to Paris, an overnight train.  I had decided to treat myself to a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette in Lower Saxony, Germany

My daughter, at feeding time, approximately 5:30 p.m. each day….

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Beautiful Hamburg on a Little Bit of Sleep

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My first experience at jet lag in Hamburg, I hit the ground running with my daughter to see the city …. and try to stay awake all day …. And indeed, I managed to stay awake to our evening destination, … Continue reading

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Throw the Order Down the Stairs

Just about every work day, I clock out for lunch and walk down the street to a little cafe known for its excellent coffee but also has salads  and sandwiches, right down on the courthouse square.  It’s a well-known coffee house and it’s run by young people, probably college students from the nearby university.  I’ve been in there often enough now, that they know my order and say it before I can open my mouth.  I love that, it’s personal.  They have free wifi and study tables upstairs for students to do homework or prepare for exams.  And they even have sofas and easy chairs!


Photo credit: Brad Montgomery / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Photo credit: Brad Montgomery / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

I had gone there for several weeks since our office moved downtown before I was told by a friend, “Did you see her throw the order down the stairs?”  I did not see that!  lol  I was definitely going to check this out next time I went for the Thursday 2-for-1 lunch!  And sure enough, the girl takes our order, we pay for it, and she wads it up, walks over to a big open stairway heading down, and yells what ever our order was and throws it down the stairs.  I’m not sure but there may be a container down there that she is aiming for.  It’s dark on the way down!  The chef downstairs then picks it up and prepares it.  Talk about quick service!

I hope I can get served promptly once the university students come back to town in a few weeks!


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