Tuesday, October 04, 2011


There's nothing like browsing old Paris pics to get in a certain frame of mind. Especially when you're supposed to be drawing Place Vendome + gems + perfume bottles etc.
I've yet to ride a Bateau Mouche though I watched Audrey Hepburn ride with Cary Grant in Charade the other day.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Here's a bateaux that will make you want to dream.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Christophe Michalak's Tarte au Citron Meringuee by Susan Hochbaum,
from Susan's new PastryParis gift book.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Susan juxtaposes Paris' most luscious treasures, often in onsite settings, in a whimsical way that reflects their design, colors, ingenuity.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Bear and myself have been tussling over who is going to get their paws on Susan's book.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Bear, being the true Parisian, has, so far, the upper...hand
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Visual wit abounds. Look at the sublime repetition of forms in the Laurent Duchene's minty mousse dome sitting on a layer of strawberry jam amidst raspberry coulis whilst facing the Pont Neuf.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM Pierre Herme's macarons sit by the Saint-Sulpice fountain, just a stones throw from his shop on 72, rue Bonaparte. Clever of Herme to put his patisserie by a park full of benches for hungry shoppers.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM 'Bear stop hoarding Susan's book!'
You can meet Susan at WH Smith in Paris on October 20 at 7 PM.
Just be sure to RSVP.
There will be a pastry tasting and champers
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM I was gazing so intently at Susan's Napoleon/croissant hat, I had to run out of the house and find something to pop in my mouth. Now I know how you feel when visual temptation calls.
PASTRY PARIS BY SUSAN HOCHBAUM I'm lucky a shop nearby carries Balthazar almond croissants. Did you know this is what happens to the day-old left over croissants? They're filled with almond paste, smothered in toasted almonds and sort of squashed down. I always think they look a bit sat on...Still it tasted darn good after drooling over Susan's pictures.
Susan's book will be out on October 11, so mark your calendars and have pastry on hand for heavens sake!
BONJOUR PastryParis!


William Ternay said...

This post is a wonderful series of images over which to drool...a lot.
I pity you for having to go to Paris...and London, and be so tempted, edible or otherwise. Better bring a bib.

Murissa said...

Very fun post!
I love the Napoleon hat!
Your first sketch looks marvellous and I love how you made crowns on the top of the street lamps. That would make a very fun piece to have!

The Wanderfull Traveler

Dianne said...

Now you've got me thinking Carol! Paris -boulangeries - books - perfume bottles - Place Vendome!!!
An inspiring post as always - must go back to that beautiful city real soon!!

A Brush with Color said...

Love the croissant hat. Classic. I rode a bateau mouche once. I have a funny story about it. Your current job sounds cool. love the sketch up there!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

Finally someone who can make you understand your readers' problems!!! Good old Bear sure hit on a good thing when he found you!

Karena said...

Wonderful images and the book looks just great full of yummies.


Art by Karena

Frances said...

Carol, I am enjoying reading about the various preparations that you and Bear are taking in advance of your journey.

The bit about sitting upright overnight on travel eve really make me smile!


Nikon said...

I love the Napoleon hat, too :)
Your opening sketch is perfect.
The shot of Bear reading the book amidst all of the striped stones is very cute!

Bill said...

I would be quite happy with an almond croissant made in America. I'd be quite happy drooling over her book, too.

Karen in VA (was CT) said...

better than Bateau is the Vedettes ... catch it at the Isle de la Cite tip on Pont Neuf ... boats are smaller and nice, same price ... love the boat ride at night, never miss it ... so excited for you ... darling post


Bronwyn said...

Oh, your trip looks absolutely incredible!


Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Well I am ready to go to Paris with you...Good thing I am an excellent arm chair traveler..:))

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Oh la la... I love your first sketch Carol. I am certain your book will be full of gorgeous bits and pieces of Paris that together will tell the story of your adventure!
Enjoy it all, I know I am...~Jen

Jessica's Dinner Party said...

That book looks so incredibly whimsical and cute!

Guðný Anna said...

Just wanted to say how much I admore your blog.

Thank you for all those wonderful pictures and enlightened text!

Love from Iceland.

Katy said...

you've never taken a beateau mouche???
you must!!
sunset best, or night.
take the little one from the isle,
just under the statue of henri IV, near that lovely willow on the tip of the isle.
just by place dauphine.
you must do this!!!
love, katy

ps don't take the big boats...

K. said...

lovely photo of bear with colette's striped columns.

Susan Hochbaum said...

What a wonderful piece! Thanks so much, Carol...

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!


Karen said...

Take the 9 PM boat, last this time of year I think.
No reservation needed but get there ahead of time - it's tricky to find.
At 9 and 10 the Eiffel Tower sparkles right there in front of your eyes.
All the buildings you pass at night are magical
Really a totally different side of Paris -
Go early in stay in case of rain later.

Unknown said...

I love that picture of Napoleon with the croissant hat! I laughed out loud, thanks:D

Jerri-Ann said...

I agree with everyone that you must ride the bandeau, the smaller one at night to see the city lights on the water. I'm surprised Bear hasn't suggested it before! You will need a Sonia Rykiel mariniere ,black & white long sleeve,& perhaps the cardigan stripe cashmere with la bow in case it is chilly. Take lots of pics from the deck for us!

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

That looks a wonderful visual feast. Great photos and super review of Susan's book. Looks great. I'm going to try and come along; must show the croissant hat on Napoleon to hubby - he would appreciate that one! Also love bear decked in strips - perhaps Susan needs to be introduced to bear, too!

Amy said...

A mergingue boat. I'd hop on one with a cup of coffee and sail away to bliss!