Friday, May 23, 2008
... all in a span of the 4 months i've been here. in the name of worker's rights, it's apparently a common occurence in europe. just hearing the S word makes us jump to our feet, praying that it won't happen on the day we need to travel. when you really get hit by the inconvenience of such strikes, sometimes you'll appreciate singapore's strict laws a little more.
it can really be quite a pain in the ass! imagine getting all excited about a holiday, with train or air tickets booked, hotels waiting, only to be told that you have to stay at home and lose some money because of a strike. suayamakalaosai!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
the thing about paper is that precious chocolate sticks to it.
rich & creamy chocolate mousse inside
La Boulangerie Julien
this is the address i got from the website:
75 r St Honoré 75001 PARIS
this is the store which i went:
24 (?) r St Martin 75004 PARIS
Thursday, May 15, 2008
the premier of chian and fang's food trail in paris has to start with a bang, which is why we'll talk about nothing but macarons today. according to wikipedia, a macaron is a french pastry dating back to the 18th century, made of egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar. sounds simple enough, but apparently it is extremely difficult to make good macarons.
a grand total of 2 macarons in our bag
even the paper bag looks so grand
absolutely delicious caramel flavoured - my favourite
crunchy on the outside, smooth and fragrant on the insidewe also bought the croissant because we've never seen such a shiny croissant before. seriously, i think they waxed their pastries before selling them or something. it didn't disappoint either, was extremely fluffy and tasty!
laduree! laduree!i'm in love with macarons now. fang was so sweet to surprise me with a box of them on the last day, the rest of the flavours were all super duper yummy too!
pretty box, pretty macarons, pretty good way to end a trip
75, avenue des Champs Elysées - 75008 Paris
Monday, May 12, 2008
other than the eiffel tower, which is really gorgeous when it twinkles every hour, i think the other attractions are a little overrated. the louvre is HUGE, monstrous to that effect, but maybe because i'm more of a contemporary arts person, my trip to pompidou gallery was more enjoyable. i think paris is romantic only if you're visiting with your lover, and you do nothing but sit by the seine (river) or one of the huge jardins (gardens), whiling the day away with some crepes and wine.
perhaps it was due to the public holiday, but there were TONS of people everywhere. it was so crowded i could hardly figure how it could be romantic standing under the eiffel tower with thousands of others and hawkers walking pass every minute trying to sell you a miniature tower, chanting "one euro one euro one euro".