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Tijuana Art Show

Tijuana Art Show

Last week we were back in Tijuana, Mexico again. We just couldn’t stay away. This time, we came for an art show by Waste Not, Want Not that was supposed to take place at a gallery called Local 29 on Pasaje Rodriguez. I wanted to […]

Pâtisserie Arnaud Larher and around Montmartre

Pâtisserie Arnaud Larher and around Montmartre

On our last day in Paris, we wet back to Montmartre, had lunch at Gontran Cherrier, and went for dessert at Pâtisserie Arnaud Larher. Once I was inside this shop, I was completely enthralled with the myriad of choices. Verrines, eclairs, chocolates, spheres, candies, and […]

Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki + stencil art

Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki + stencil art

Garden at Versailles

We made the trip to Versailles and stood in line with throngs of other tourists.  I was far more impressed with the furniture, art work, and rooms here at Versailles than I was with Château Chenonceau (Amboise) and the hall of mirrors was even more extravagant than I imagined.

Bamboo

Afterward, we headed back to the city and to the Boutique Lafayette Gourmet. It was time to get a bite to eat and there were many choices to drool over. I got completely side tracked and instead of buying lunch, I found something far better-  Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki. They had brilliantly colored chocolates, macarons, and small cakes. I instantly wanted one of everything. I was also feeling experimental so I didn’t go for my all time favorite, chocolate. Instead, I chose the Bamboo which is a biscuit joconde layered with green tea cream, and chocolate ganache.

Chiboust

I guess we were attracted to green this day because we also got the green tea chiboust. This has a chocolate sucree shell filled with azuki bean paste and topped with the chiboust and bruleed top.

 

Cassis Chocolate

Later, we went to Aoki’s actual shop on Rue de Vaugirard and picked these up to enjoy later. I have to say, this cassis and chocolate joconde was every bit as good as it looks.

 

Chocolate Caramel

Last but not least, I did end up with some chocolate. I couldn’t resist.

 

Here’s some fun stencil art we saw along the way.

Paris and Pierre Hermé

Paris and Pierre Hermé

There were  many destinations that I was overeager to see in a day. This is vacation after all, so let’s do some planned stuff and then.. let’s just get lost.   Louvre and Tuileries First on the day’s agenda was a trip to the almighty […]

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Welcome to my new blog! I’m happy to reveal La Couronne, a blog showcasing a few of my favorite things: food, travel, art, and anything else that sparks my interest. For those of you who have been following my dessert blog, I hope you like […]

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