Les Fermes de Gally

Les Fermes de Gally
Les Fermes de Gally

 

 

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Les Fermes de Gally

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Les Fermes de Gally - This was one confident bird!
Les Fermes de Gally – This was one confident bird!
Les Fermes de Gally
Les Fermes de Gally
Les Fermes de Gally
Les Fermes de Gally

 

Les Fermes de Gally
Les Fermes de Gally

Growing up, I never had imaginary friends, but in my adult life, I have plenty of imaginary homes. In addition to my beach house and mountain cabin, I have a French country home.  A girl can dream, right?!  And when I need touch of inspiration, I trot off to Les Fermes de Gally.  It has everything you could possibly want for  a picture perfect chateau and manicured gardens, including gorgeous show roosters, adorable chicken coops, rabbits, garden goodies, housewares, decorations, and more.

I love to stop by Les Fermes for a touch of lunch at their cozy country café followed by some retail therapy. I especially like to go out at Christmas time to pick up a tree.  Not to mention, they have a great food department with a wide selection of regional goodies and locally grown produce.

If you have little ones, you can certainly make a morning of it. Visit the farm animals, pick your own seasonal fruit, and a finish off the day with a few sweets at the café.  Keep in mind, the café is small and it seems to always be busy at lunch.  You can call ahead for a reservation.

Les Fermes is about 20-30 minutes by car outside of Paris, on the edge of Versailles.  If you like the French Country home look – you will love this place.  Leave your Chanel heels at home, though!

http://www.ferme.gally.com/

Twelve metro stops to a different world – a field trip

 

 

Saravana Bhavan
Saravana Bhavan

 

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One thing I love about the city is being transported to another world in a matter of minutes. This week I went from Paris to India, all for the price of a metro ticket, no jet lag, and no lost luggage. Gone were the boulangeries, the creperies, the Zara’s, and the Gaps. Instead I was welcomed with saris, bangles, fruits I couldn’t name, and the smell of curry wafting down the street. If you are craving a change of pace and some good Indian food – La Chapelle is the area to find it. I shared a lovely vegetarian lunch with some friends at Saravana Bhavan (http://www.saravanabhavan.com/) followed by grocery shopping at a local market. It was seriously another world – fruit from Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, and India to name a few! It was a feast for the senses. I mean, where in the Wilson Market am I going to find banana blossoms to cook??

If you feel like you need a guide or some guidance, check out this article from the New York Times: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/lumiere-india-in-paris/

If you are like me – I was overwhelmed by the variety of ingredients. I ended up with mangustan (delicious Sri Lankan fruit with reported great health benefits), amazing smelling fresh curry leaves, plus a few other goodies. And what to do with the banana blossoms you bought on an impulse?? Check this out: http://www.thekitchn.com/ingredient-spotlight-banana-bl-120394

 

Not a croissant: Aki Boulanger

Aki Boulanger - Matcha Melon Pain
Aki Boulanger – Matcha Melon Pain

 

Aki Boulanger
Aki Boulanger

 

Aki Boulanger  - Matcha Cake
Aki Boulanger – Matcha Cake

 

Aki Boulanger  - Matcha Melon Pain
Aki Boulanger – Matcha Melon Pain

 

Aki Boulanger - Blanc Matcha Azuki
Aki Boulanger – Blanc Matcha Azuki

 

Aki Boulanger - Blanc Matcha Azuki
Aki Boulanger – Blanc Matcha Azuki

I know, I know, say it ain’t so, but sometimes you want something that is not a croissant.  Sometimes you just want green tea or red beans right in your pastry –  MMM!   Right now, I am reading a funny travelogue about a trip through Japan (Hitching Rides with Buddha by Will Ferguson) and I was inspired to stop by a Japanese bakery that I had heard about ages ago: Aki Boulanger.  I forget how, but this place came to my attention about two years ago, yet I never visited.  I stopped by about a month ago, but alas, it was August and the doors were firmly shut for vacances.  So – today I had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and stroll over to Rue Sainte Anne. I was not disappointed.

I didn’t know what to order, so I picked out three simple things with green tea: Matcha Cake, Blanc Matcha Azuki, and Melon Matcha.  All delicious.  The matcha cake and melon matcha bread were as I expected: sweet treats with the earthy flavor of green tea.  I sliced into the blanc matcha azuki and to my surprise: red beans! (I know – azuki should have given it away, but I didn’t notice that until I read my receipt later.)  I felt like I won a prize!  Super yummy.  I did not see the Marbré Azuki Matcha bread, so I will definitely go back in search of that, plus sample some other things.

Although I took my items to go, there are tables outside and small lunch tables on the inside. It looked like a nice spot to stop for a tea or coffee if you are in the Opera/Pyramides area.  In addition to the Japanese baked good items, there were also traditional French items and a few lunch items.

Special bonus, the Rue Sainte Anne is lined with different Asian restaurants that I am dying to try – so if anyone is up for a lunch out please let me know!

 http://akiboulanger.com/

Aki Boulanger
16 rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Paris
Métro : Pyramides – Ligne 7, 14
Bus : 21 , 27 , 29 , 68 , 95 , 81