Paris’ On-The-Beaten Paths: Supermarkets, Convenient Stores and Frozen Foods

Paris’ On-The-Beaten Paths: Supermarkets, Convenient Stores and Frozen Foods

This post is such a big throw-back. I studied abroad in Paris a little more than half a year ago, and this draft has been sitting around for the longest time. It’s time to reminiscent.


This is going to sound weird and random, but I love groceries shopping and Paris’ supermarkets are one of my favorite places to do so.

You may ask, what’s so different about the supermarkets in Paris?

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In Search of a Good Macaron: A Sweet Ending

In Search of a Good Macaron: A Sweet Ending

I spent my last day in Paris completing the search for a good macaron. Not a perfect macaron, because there is no such thing as a perfect anything. The search was not deliberate at all to begin with. I’m never a big macaron person, but the combination of being in Paris, the beautiful, pearly macarons sitting behind shop windows on the streets, and the tourist mentality that macarons are just so French has made me give in and buy a macaron from time to time.

I don’t exactly know what I look for in a good macaron. But I know it’s a good one when the shell has just the slightest crunch, and after you break into it the macaron just dissolves in your mouth. A moment it is still sitting there on your tongue, the next it is gone. A chewy macaron automatically earns a strike. I want a macaron that is so delicate it is almost fragile.

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October and November Highlights

October and November Highlights

Salut mes amis! This is a short-ish, lazy post – basically a rundown of my favorite eats and discoveries in Paris that spanned the two months of October and November. My bad for flaking out in October – my fall break trip to Italy has consumed most of it, and so I figured I could just combine the two months. Check these places out while you can – I strongly recommend everything that’s mentioned here! Arrondissements are in brackets.

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L’Avant Comptoir: A Quirky Tapas Heaven

L’Avant Comptoir: A Quirky Tapas Heaven

Third time’s the charm, and L’Avant Comptoir is the poppin’ example of that.

A popular tapas bar sitting right in the middle of the center of Paris near Odeon, this was where my friends and I have been trying to go to twice before and had reluctantly turned away because it was simply too packed. The third time, we arrived at 5:30PM on a Friday, to snatch a spot in this tiny, quirky place. There is a seafood counterpart, L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer, and the actual sit-down restaurant, Le Comptoir.

I am no tapas connoiseur, and the last time I’ve had legit tapas was… actually, never. I’ve been to mediocre Spanish restaurants, but that’s about it. This was an eye-opening, eyebows-raised experience. But in the best possible ways.

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Auguste: Casual, Chic, Classy

Auguste: Casual, Chic, Classy

When you arrive in front of Auguste, its exterior doesn’t exactly scream “restaurant.” The black door and window frames, closed window blinds and dim ambiance accentuate only a single, small detail – an electric blue sign  Auguste. If you try to peek in you’ll see nothing but a short, white wall that blocks the view of the interior. Anyone would’ve easily walked pass this place without knowing this little space hides a fine dining restaurant.

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