“Let’s meet at Yamazaki for breakfast and we can talk shop.”
Can you imagine this exciting moment: a meet-up with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott? If you’ve been following le blog you’ll remember Carol, of ParisBreakfasts fame, and you’ll know just how much I adore her wonderful sketches and watercolours of sweet treats and Parisian dreams.
This was our first meeting at the end of October to talk about ze project.
We certainly did talk shop; like pastry shops, particularly pâtisseries in Paris and favourite afternoon treats, over large cups of café crème.
Yamazaki is one of my personal favourite French pâtisseries with a Japanese twist in the 16th Arrondissement Paris. There are more pâtisseries like this (and restaurants) opening in Paris (with Sadaharu Aoki being most well known) but this small boutique and tea room, at the Chaussée de la Muette, is where I popped in most often, as I worked around the corner for ten years. I wonder how many kilos of breakfast croissants that represents, plus light pastries for many an afternoon treat, or French goûter around 4 o’clock teatime… but I digress.
Teatime. That’s a word you’ll be hearing more of here. Why?
My next book is called “Teatime in Paris!” and will be released on 7 May 2015. It may seem a while away but, believe me, each teatime will fly by and before we know it, the big day will be here!
In the meantime, there’s still a lot to do. There’s the re-look of this website to welcome it for a start. My wee head is spinning with so many ideas for you on le blog, not to mention all the photos to catalogue that I’ve taken for the book. I did a count the other day and there are nearly 300 images! Not forgetting the recipes, the whole point of the book!
At our next meeting at ParisBreakfast HQ, Bear showed off some of Carol’s sketch letters from Paris as we were talking about Teatime – he even whispered word that she has a new Valentine’s sketch letter. I couldn’t think of a more perfect artist to conjure up the Parisian pâtisserie magic to finish off the look and feel of this exciting new book. Oh, I can’t wait to show you it all now!
Thank you so much for following on le blog, for buying Mad About Macarons, for being such a great support. You know, every little comment here and on the other distracting fun areas like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, mean so much. Merci beaucoup!
Are you ready? I have many behind-the-scenes snippets to share with you along this delicious new adventure. And if you have any ideas that you would love to see here, then let me know. This is your space, too!
Teatime in Paris, here we come!