Tag Archives: French

Joined At Last: Starbucks Brings La Boulange Baked Goods On Board

Spring 2013 saw Starbucks acquiring French inspired San Francisco chain, La Boulange Bakery and Cafe, as mentioned in my post, “San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts.” Fast forward a few months later and we’re already seeing La Boulange product line in Starbucks shops across Washington state. I was happily surprised to get the same great […]

The 4 Week Challenge: Discovery & Learning

Discovering our strengths, what comes naturally to us, isn’t always obvious nor is it always prioritized. In week 2 of my cultivation to living better, I’m revisiting a skill that I once developed, but hadn’t been paying much attention to lately. I am a bilingual English and Cantonese speaker, having been exposed to and taught […]

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe’s Croissant Affair

The name of this cozy bakery and cafe is already a dead giveaway of its French influence of pastries and coffee. But, what makes this establishment extra special is its mix of Euro-styled iron and marble interiors with regionally sourced ingredients, from syrups to coffee. It doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking for a special […]

Light Summer Recipes II – Berry Brunch

Take advantage of the seasonal fruit, especially berries for your summer meals. Here’s a simple brunch idea for those lazy Sunday’s. French toast with berries and yogurt (one serving) 1 Large egg – beat in a bowl 1 Slice of bread (I prefer whole grain, heartier and healthier) 1 Teaspoon of butter A handful of […]

Best of Downtown Seattle’s Breakfast, Brunch and Snack Spots

1. Le Creperie Voila – Breakfast If you’re a traveler looking for a breakfast that is slightly more sophisticated than that of the continental variety, then you’ll find it here at Le Creperie Voila. Situated at the Washington Trade and Convention Centre on Pike Street, you’ll find the beauty is in its fast food service.  […]

Macarons and Tea at Soirette

Once an exclusively French confection, macarons have now been embraced by the Vancouver marketplace. It has been slowly introduced by a select few pastry and tea shops around town (such as the Urban Tea Merchant and later on at Faubourg, the Bel Cafe, and Thierry) as a feature offering. But for those of you who […]

Thierry Pâtisserie Café – A Taste of France

If you’ve never been to France, but wanted a piece of the experience in Vancouver, Thierry delivers. Its part cafe, part confectionery and part pastry shop experience is created by French Chef, Thierry Busset (of 3 star Michelin, London restaurant’s Gavroche and Marco Pierre White, fame and touted by Gordon Ramsey for his pastry making […]

Falling In ♥ With London Continued: Foodies Unite!

Guilty of not having had fish and chips even once, I found myself drowning in food options. Some hot and some not, but as the Connoisseur is all about things inspiring, let’s focus on the positives, plenty here. My recommendation per day of visit: Day 1 – Tasty Indian dishes for a late dinner to […]

Ozon’s Potiche (Trophy Wife) – Fun and Witty

This recently distributed festival favorite got my attention. Catherine Deneuve plays 70’s trophy wife, Madame Pujol heiress to her father’s fortune. The reins of the family business are passed on to  Monsieur Pujol who, amidst a worker’s union uprising at the factory, is captured and suffers a heart attack. What is a homemaker to do? […]