Today is the official reopening of bars and restaurants all across France. It’s a day most people have been waiting three months for. It’s also a major step in getting back to normal, regular life (although I must admit, last week in Paris felt pretty close to normal).
In honor of Memorial Day I wanted to share this recipe for the best brioche buns. I started making these buns in Normandy and don’t think I’ll be able to go back to store-bought buns again. They’re a perfect cross-cultural food too because while brioche is 100% French, burgers and burger buns are 100% American.
I always look forward to Sunday morning in Paris. Whether I’m starting the day with a croissant sur la terrassse or an espresso au bar, I enjoy a calm and stillness that is rare in Paris. After I’m fully caffeinated (for a Sunday anyways), I like to head to Marché Raspail, my favorite Sunday morning market. I think this organic market is one of the best in Paris.
My favorite cake that Romain makes is the Pierre Hermé Gâteau Suzy recipe, a cake created by Pierre Hermé’s friend Suzy Palatin. I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m an occasional dessert eater. I much prefer savory foods to sweet, but this cake is addictive – it really is one of the best French chocolate cakes ever.
If I could only ever go to one café in Paris for the rest of my life, I’d pick Le Saint Germain. It ticks all of the boxes – great location, strong coffee, friendly people, and it’s always open. I fell in love with this Left Bank spot on my first trip to Paris. Since then, I’ve become a regular.