On a recent dog walk with Lenny the golden retriever that gets more attention than I do in the Palais Royal I noticed an amazing photography exhibition. They are currently renovating parts of the area and have placed on the boards covering the work photographs from renowned artist Nicolas Guilbert. If you are in town do go down and check them out they are truly fantastic and show are real side of Paris in a stunning way.
If you are coming to France and planning on heading to the Loire then I have the perfect place for you to stay. Yes the Loire valley is close to Paris and could be done in a day trip but I would recommend hiring a car and check the place out more throughly.
We recently stay on a trip at Les Pierres d'Auréle in Saint Georges Sur Cher in one of their five cabins next to the vineyard and had an amazing stay. The sunrise over the vines on your way to breakfast each morning was just breath taking. If you have your dog with you they are more than accommodating and there is plenty of room between each cabin to have your own privacy.
You can book to stay here on your next visit to the Loire through the link here!
Let's just say when it comes to something to eat for lunch I'm a little bit of a Banh Mi addict. Especially when I was living in Melbourne and we had the fabulous Anne's Pantry around the corner. They certainly knew how to make a fab Banh Mi. So here's my version which I use with left over roast pork belly whenever I do a Sunday roast.
"Best way to use a Sunday roast is a leftovers sandwich"
1 purple carrot shredded
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp caster sugar
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp whole egg mayo
100g duck liver pate
1 small cucumber sliced
250g left over roasted pork belly sliced into 1cm pieces
hand full of coriander
3 spring onions finely sliced
1 red chilli finely sliced (optional)
Check out the below video for the best baguette and Banh Mi in Paris to go with or watch whilst eating your Banh Mi
This year I created a bucket list as I thought it's a great way to set goals, aim high and mark off as you go. I mean I dreamt of going on MasterChef, learning to cook at Le Cordon Bleu and meeting a fabulous man to spend my life with and that's all happened so why can't I meet my favourite real housewife or eat delicious food in India.
So check out the link for my full bucket list here. But below as a teaser is my list of places I'd like to visit.
Last year I had the amazing experience of going to Normandy and travelling around the French countryside. It was truly magical and I can’t wait to see more and head back later in the year. For me Autumn was perfect as the weather was cooler and there was not as many people so you go to meet the locals and chat.
Normandy is full of great food from it’s apple related products, great lamb and of course the seafood most notably the Oysters. I’m a huge fan of this region based on the food alone so everything else we discovered was a bonus.
When we visited we got the train from Paris to Caen and then hired a car from there to drive around and then return to. Caen is full of great history and has a fantastic market in the streets down from Alexander the greats castle in the centre of town. Be sure to check out both of these when you go there.
We stayed at the Adagio Apartments in Caen the link to booking is below if you’d like to check it out. We had a studio apartment which was around €90 for the night and a bargain. The room was spacious with a kitchenette, separate bathroom and a very comfy bed. We didn’t do the breakfast option which made the room cheaper but the downstairs reception area was a great place to hang out and check emails and meet people. Above all for the price and the location this was a fantastic place for our needs. They had no problems with Lenny our golden retriever staying in the room. It was his first hotel experience and he loved it.
Book or click here for more information.
Adagio Apartments Caen
1 Quai Eugene Meslin, 14000 Caen
Find out more about Caen below.
A couple of months ago I wrote about the Paris bistro not being dead and Cafe De L’Industrie Paris is a prime example of one thriving. With three locations taking up no less than two different street corners this bistro has the French locals flocking to it. Now that you are in the know you will be too.
Close to the Bastille, in fact it’s just a hop skip and a jump aways as I love to say, open from 9am til 2am it’s a fantastic place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Dinner for me though is perfect with a focus on quality, fresh ingredients and a real French menu that leaves even the most jagged French food lover wanting more. From the duck rilettes to entrecôte cooked perfectly and accompanied by my favourite thing in the whole wide world duck fat potatoes.
Cafe de L’Industrie does not disappoint with it’s focus on home cooking the quality of the food considering the venue has grown to take over two other venues is amazing. Each venue has it’s own kitchen and they are all pumping out the same menu and each is just as good as the other.
For me this is the kind of place that you expect for the price and quality to be the type of French food you get and grave in the French countryside. So the fact that you can get it here in the heart of Paris so close to the Bastille is just fantastic and I’m sure a place I will be going to again and again and again.
Cafe De L'Industrie
16 Rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris
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Hi' I'm Andrew Prior and what ever I do I try to always do it fabulously. If you want fun, facts, fabulous tips on where to go, what to eat and much much more then follow me here or on youtube, facebook and instagram of course. Can't wait to show you my world! Hope you enjoy. :) Andrew