French Inspiration: Paris Secrets {frugal food, part 2}

happy new year, blogbuds!
Let’s hightail it outta here and git to
gittin to Paris for a few yummy finds
like these:

(For Yummy Finds {Part 1}, skedaddle here.)


Yummy Find #6
Paris Bakeries Are a Gift from God.

Of course you know this already.
After trying every baguette in town,
Eric Kayser easily won for the best.
Hearty. Complex.
C’est impossible to duplicate.

I was cuckoo aussi for Eric Kayser croissants.
And his chocolate chip walnut cookies,
pain au chocolat, and apple crumble muffins.
(don’t get me started…effects of an extreme bakeover
linger still. Oui. A baked goods from God hangover).

Take away quiche, baguette sandwiches,
and prepared salads…a low cost meal to go.

Yummy Find #7
Parisien Target.

Monoprix is a smart source for
groceries, kitchenware, and even clothing,
with many locations in Paris.

I bought Speculoos cookies,
Speculoos spread (cookie butter),
dark chocolate covered
Speculoos (you get the idea),
beautiful wooden spoons,
and wee baby-like spoons perfect
for delicate devourage of yogurt.
This just in:
Apparently, I won a Trader Joe’s giveaway here,
and it includes a jar of cookie butter!!! Thank you Becky!

indeed, my cookie butter deserved a photo shoot with her hunky companion.

Yummy Find #8
Luxurious Berthillon Magic.

We were defenseless against
those charming carts on the street.
Though we didn’t spot many peeps wolfing down
cones from Berthillon while strolling,

via paris4travel

Try all the flavors…while you are in Paris,
you may as well taste the rainbow.

btw, i could’ve taken pics of these eggs all day!

Yummy Find #9
But Of Course, Outdoor Markets!

My husband especially liked the Bastille one.
I was more drawn to vendors selling vintage bling,

but that didn’t stop me from asking
eggs, cheese, and fruit to
French sausages were uncooperative
about saying fromage so you won’t
see many uptight links grinning back at you here.

Yummy Find #10
Sugared Brioche:
Petite Dejeuner Pastry of Champions.

No disrespect to eclairs.
But one of my favorite tastes of Paris
(and one I will attempt to replicate)
was a sugared brioche served at Les Orchidees

a tenderlovely, breakfast rave party* for your mouth
with sexy carmelized crispy goodness on top and
dangerous potential for extreme bakeover.

*i have never heard of a breakfast rave party,
but i am ready to show up if you invite me to one.

That is enough yum for you, me, and our
muffincroissant-tops for now.

Expect more ‘extreme bakeover’ and ‘breakfast rave party’
posts from this twisted blogger in the future.

Peace to you right where you are.


To find more frugal Paris Yummy, go here.



  1. January 1, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Happy New Year, pretty lady. Wishing you all great things for the year ahead….great times, good health, more travel, lots of laughs and an abundance of love. You deserve it!
    You are killing me with these posts!! All my faves, pastries, cheese, fruit, chocolate…I feasted on an Eric Kayser chocolate log last night:) Yes they have one in NY, but I know they taste better in Paris, lol.
    Fun fun fun….cannot wait till our bloggers conference there:) Cheers to the new year.

  2. January 1, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    God you're killing me here I haven't had breakfast yet and now I'm finding all I want is to lick my monitor screen….;) but I won't! Michele Happy New Year to you and your family I wish you the very best for the coming year!


  3. January 1, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    I am drooling! Happy New Year Michele! I wish you & your family nothing but the best in 2013:). Thanks so much for your support this year and all of your kind words! Jen

  4. January 1, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    Oooh, la, la! I am totally drooling after looking at all of those wonderful looking photos! Aren't Parisian patisseries the best? I love going to the markets too, and mixing in with the locals. Oh, and ordering a Nutella crepe and eating it while walking down the sidewalk. Now that is my idea of heaven! Bonne Annee!

  5. January 1, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I don't know about the rest, but I know about Eric Kayser. The café in Lisboa is one of a kind 🙂

    Happy new year !!


  6. January 1, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Just had to come back and let you know i just about polished off the Eric Kayser chocolate roll on my blog today (ONLY because I hate to waste AND we know its totally dietetic right)? It was worth every decadent bite:)

  7. January 1, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    YUMMY! Michele, these are great photos. I'm in need of a walk down the vegetable isle at my natural foods market.. BUT might have to have something crusty, chocolate filled, salted.. any of the above (I'll have to find a substitute for the real deal!)

    Happy New Year .. and all the best in the coming year! xxleslie

  8. January 2, 2013 / 1:44 am

    lick the screen! free licks all day!


  9. January 2, 2013 / 3:18 am

    I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

  10. January 2, 2013 / 3:25 am

    Heading to Paris in June. Making note of all the wonderful places and yummy treats that you recommend. Can't wait! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  11. January 2, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Just back from our trip to London and Paris for the holidays. It was fabulous. Both cities are so festive at Christmas. Love your photos and all the delicious treats…you take me back to last week in Paris. Happy New Year!! Heather

  12. January 2, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Ohhh my gosh… I can almost smell the butter. I would probably die of starvation in France, because i'm totally lactose intolerant and everything is some version of cheese and butter, which i LOVE and can't have!!! Why does everything look so much better over there? What is that?


  13. January 2, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Happy New Year gorgeous lady!!!
    You're always teasing me, every time I come to your blog I'm dying to get back to the magical place. The French know how to create and they're true artisans!

    Best wishes to you and yours!

  14. January 3, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Just started a nourishment
    plan today {i.e. I'm keeping
    hubby company on a diet},
    so these images were a lovely
    way to feed my soul without
    adding carbs to my belly : )

    I hope 2013 has started out
    well for you, gorgeous soul.

    Happy, happy!

    xo Suzanne

  15. January 3, 2013 / 3:38 am

    So excited I got Rosetta Stone for Christmas.. and I will Parlais Vous Francais soon I hope!! I love seeing these posts it makes me so eager to hit Paris!!!
    xo Karolyn

  16. January 4, 2013 / 4:18 am

    great now i am hungry, a mean sweet tooth hungry! loved this post michele and did not want it to end, hope there are many more parts to come. somehow i missed part one, off to visit that post
    cheers to you!

  17. January 4, 2013 / 9:02 am

    So pleased to read about my town ! so interesting to have the outside point of view of somebody who doesn't live in your country.
    Je te souhaite une belle et douce année 2013 plein de joie et d'heureuses surprises.
    Bons baisers de PARIS

  18. January 4, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I'm seriously craving everything right now. YUM! I can graze on bread, pastries and cheese all day…..especially in Paris. A French baguette fresh out of the oven is divine!!
    Happy New Year, Michele!

  19. January 5, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    Happy New Year my lovely girl – I am in love with 'breakfast rave party' and now I simply must have one despite not entirely being sure how one goes about it. When I figure it out, you're invited. xxx

  20. January 5, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    ok, now I want a treat! Happy New Year, Michele (did I already mention we both are the 1 L version of Michele?)

  21. January 5, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    Looks and sounds divine!! Thanks for the peek:)
    Hope you have a wonderful start to your year!
    Thank you for the sweet congrats!

  22. January 5, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    I'm ready to go!!! What a great fun tour! I have wanted to go to Paris for years and years… but Bobby has no interest! I need to go on a girls trip! Wanna come?

  23. January 6, 2013 / 3:42 am

    I love visiting PAris and have been going once a year for at least 30 years! I simple cannot get enough of all of the wonderful treats! I love Monoprix! And Bon Marche Grand Epeciere, and so many more wonderful food halls.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Happy New Year

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