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Macaron Day Paris 2021

Complete Guide to Macaron Day Paris – 2021 Edition

Boutique locations & opening times to help you plan the perfect Parisian spring weekend around macarons for a good cause! The GOOD NEWS is that during lockdown in the Paris region, patisseries & chocolate shops remain open
Dubarry French Cauliflower Cream SoupJill Colonna

Dubarry Cauliflower Cream Soup

The crème de la crème of French soup - with a hot royal romance behind it which simmered away between King Louis XV at Versailles and Madame du Barry.
Montmartre macaronsJill Colonna

Montmartre Chocolate Pastry Walk

Join me for an online stroll on my self-guided Montmartre walk - with less tourists. Taste the artistic ambience, macarons, madeleines & chocolate - and perhaps leave 'Absinthe'-minded!
air-conditioned Paris tea salonsJill Colonna

Air-Conditioned Paris Tea Salons

Find a listing of the coolest Parisian tearooms during a summer heatwave. An update to my extensive list of tea salons in Paris.
Béarnaise SauceJill Colonna

Béarnaise Sauce – Recipe & Origins Near Paris

Ooh the simple Béarn-ecessities of life! This sublime French sauce is so easy to whisk up - did you know it was invented where Louis XIV was born near Paris?
Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle Roof VisitsJill Colonna

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chateau Roof Visit (Paris Day Trips)

A taste of royal history from the birthplace of Louis XIV, Debussy and some culinary origins too. Only 30 mins from Paris. Plan ahead your rooftop visit May to end September.
10 reasons to visit HonfleurJill Colonna

10 Reasons to Visit Honfleur, Normandy

A virtual see and do - and eat! - in this romantic French town & what makes it such a popular getaway - only 2 hours' drive from Paris
Poire Belle HeleneJill Colonna

Pear Belle Helene – A Parisian Musical Story

When dessert was inspired by Helen's 'beautiful pear' (pun intended). This classic Parisian dessert was created by France's legendary chef, Escoffier, inspired by a French soprano singing Offenbach in Paris
Hottest Paris Food Tour #parisfoodtour #paristravel

The Hottest Paris Food Tour

A great introduction to traditional French foods for your trip to Paris, enjoyed in relaxed restaurant settings in the lovely Marais.
Renoir Walk Chatou Carrieres Cave HousesJill Colonna

Renoir Tour: Chatou – Carrieres-sur-Seine

Join me online for this Impressionist Renoir Walk starting at Chatou in les Yvelines (just 10km west of Paris), along by the Seine & discover the medieval town of Carrières-sur-Seine with its troglodytes cave houses.
Top 10 Halloween Macaron IdeasJill Colonna

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

Are you trick or treat? No matter 'witch' one, find your ideal macarons to party as Mad About Macarons celebrates its 10th reprint on its 8th birthday! Thank YOU for all your support and joining the fun.
Denise Acabo A l'Etoile d'Or Paris chocolateJill Colonna

Paris Chocolate Golden Star, Denise Acabo – A l’Etoile d’Or

Ready for a healthy dose of contagiously cheerful chocolate-induced endorphins? Meet the golden star of chocolate in Pigalle.
Teatime in JapanJill Colonna

Teatime in Japan

Join our discovery of traditional sweet treats (wagashi), ice creams and a traditional tea ceremony learning some Japanese culture along the way
Carol Gillott Champagne Patisserie Salon ParisJill Colonna

Champagne and Patisserie Salon – Paris 2018

The most arty, bubbly and deliciously sweet Parisian event with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott
Perfect-Porridge-HamperJill Colonna

Perfect Porridge Hamlyns Giveaway

How do you like YOUR porridge? Tell us before midnight 16 July 2018 and you could win one of three prizes from Hamlyns of Scotland.
French gourmet meal delivery near Paris

Monsieur Fine Bouche: French Gourmet Meal Delivery near Paris

Homemade top quality menus delivered to perfection in just 40 mins from Chatou to St Germain-en-Laye. Get €10 off your 1st order!

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