Let’s eat cake

You know what I love? I’ll give you a hint, it’s in the title. But do you know what is better than cake?


Cupcakes, of course!!

I love cupcakes. I love that it’s a controlled portion of cake. I love the icing piled high on top. I love the pretty little foils that they’re wrapped in. I love that everyone seems to have their own way of eating them. They are actually the best.

Northfield is also the best. As if we weren’t cool enough for having a fantastic Indian restaurant on our main square. Or The Tavern, where you can get a killer breakfast for just $4.00. Or the new bagel shop where you can get a delicious bagel with cream cheese for just $2.80. (I’m a college student, these low prices are amazing.) No, we actually just became the best with the (relatively) new cupcake shop. Yes, you read that right. We have a shop entirely devoted to cupcakes.


I seriously think this was the smartest move. Want to make some money? Put a delectable sugar factory within 10 minutes of a college campus. And make that sugar excellent…decadent. Continue reading

Even the smallest macaron can change the course of an evening.

I was having a moment of despair and self loathing. I let myself spend all day frittering away time in the company of friends, and then surfing – reading inspiring blogs of other travelers and writers. Then I started looking at internship applications and stressed about how I really needed to start working on my résumé and the many cover letters, and the applications wherein I write about why this specific opportunity would be invaluable. Then I looked at course selections and realized that I was very mixed up and NOT going to be able to take a creative nonfiction workshop before I graduated, and things started to spiral out of control. Continue reading

Pâtisserie Pilgrimage – bread & roses

IMG_3273This is another unofficial pâtisserie pilgrimage as it was not on my original “visit” list and I did not intend to order a pastry when I sat down. That said, when a friend and I were looking to get a cup of coffee/tea, we quickly headed over to this cute café. It’s just ’round the corner from the Alliance Française and the Sweet Briar office, so it was a convenient place to go after we had finished morning classes and meetings with professors. Continue reading

Belated Thanksgiving

I suppose you can interpret that two different ways, both as this is a belated Thanksgiving post and as we celebrated a belated Thanksgiving here. The program was kind enough to take us all out to dinner, but we went on Friday night (a wise choice as dinner lasted about 3.5 hours). Thursday therefore, we were on our own.

It was very strange for me, being alone this year. It was the first year I wasn’t home for Thanksgiving and I missed my family terribly. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I love how it Continue reading

Pâtisserie Pilgrimage – Berthillon

Oh yes! You read that right! This pâtisserie pilgrim has moved on! Ready for segment 2 of my grand voyage to try all of Cakespy’s recommendations?

Friday it was absolutely beautiful outside! Sunny, warm, and clear. What does that mean? Ice cream of course! Well…maybe not always, but I thought that it was in my best interest to go. What with Paris’ reputation for cold rainy autumns, it’s best to leap on the desire for ice cream while it’s there…right?  Continue reading

La Promenade

Now that I’ve been here several days I feel like I’m getting to know Paris decently well. And let me tell you, it’s agreeing with me! The only issue I’m having, is picking what to do! There are so many things to see and do that it can be quite overwhelming from time to time. Sometimes I freeze up and don’t know what to do or where to go. That said, I know one activity that is always a good idea: walking.

Walking in Paris is necessary. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, unless your feet Continue reading

Farewell à Tours!

Our last days in Tours were lovely and leisurely. A part of me feels like I should have done something grand – like visit all the museums or bike out to the Chateau de Villandry, but I didn’t really feel like it. (Nor did I feel especially like doing my homework, but I was better about that.) I’m not usually very apathetic, but in the end, I decided that I wanted my connection with Tours to be a more habitual one, and that’s what it became.

Every afternoon, I wandered to my favorite café at Place Plumereau and ordered a café Continue reading

Chez moi

I’ve been delaying writing this post all week. And, it would seem that the delay has been a good thing, as I keep discovering new additions to make to it.

This will be the first post about French food. In fact, I have thought of so many different things to say about food, that this will be the first in a mini-series of Tours food posts. I think that it will be better than throwing a crazy long post at you where I summarize everything. Continue reading