Five Friday Finds from France: January 15th

jardin du luxembourg winter

This week I finally felt like I got back into a pretty good routine following the holidays. It took much longer than I expected, but I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features a new book on Antoinette and Gabrielle Chanel titled The Chanel Sisters, a Paris sandwich shop you need to try, an Instagram milestone for me and more!

My First Galette de Rois

my first galette de rois

I have a confession to make: until this year I’ve never partaken in the Galette de Rois tradition. It’s a bit shocking now that I think about it given that the Galette de Rois cakes (that celebrate Epiphany) are literally everywhere for the entire month of January. My excuse is I prefer savory to sweet, but now I’m hooked. It’s flaky and buttery with a creamy almond filling. What’s not to love? Here’s a recipe if you’d like to try making one yourself!

Chez Alain Miam Miam

chez alain miam miam sandwich

I have a folder on my phone filled with photos of restaurants that I want to try in Paris. Chez Alain Miam Miam has been in the folder for quite some time, but the line is always impossibly long (for me). I figured this week would be as good of a time as ever to give it a try. Even though I went in the middle of the week during a pandemic and late by lunch standards there was still a line! But it was worth it.

It’s nice that you can customize your sandwich just how you want it, which is not at all common in Paris. I picked all of the vegetables, comté, and pastrami. My only tip would be to skip the lettuce if you’re having a hot sandwich – it wilted a bit and wasn’t my favorite flavor.

The Chanel Sisters

the chanel sisters
Credit: © Marcus Nilsson

Whether you love fashion or just Paris, The Chanel Sisters is a new book to add to your reading list. I had no idea what a large role Antoinette played in her sister Gabrielle’s success but am excited to learn more. Author Judithe Little did extensive research in order to provide impeccable accuracy of Paris during World War I, which is always appreciated.

Le Voltaire in Paris Chic

paris chic

I’ve been so excited to get my hands on the new Paris Chic book. I was absolutely thrilled that the first time I saw it in person the display copy was flipped open to a photo of the bar at my favorite Le Voltaire. As if I needed another reason to buy the book. Le Voltaire is actually featured twice (and unfortunately inaccurately credited as Bar Hemingway once) but every photo in the book will have you longing for Paris. Paris Chic is definitely the new must-have coffee table book for anyone who loves Paris!

10,000 Followers on Instagram

pariswithlanden instagram

This week I hit 10,000 followers on Instagram which truly blows my mind. A year ago I wasn’t even close to 1,000 followers and was just sporadically posting on my blog. Since then, both spaces have become such an outlet for me and I’ve been able to connect with and develop friendships with more people than I ever imagined possible.

The kind messages and emails you all take the time to send mean more than you know. They truly are so motivating for me to continue to share knowing that it’s bringing so much joy into your lives. Thank you for following along!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!

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