Thursday, April 20, 2023

Le Cordon Bleu, Salon de la Patisserie


Back in February, I got a request for 10 chocolate 🍫 letters 💌  

From Taste of Paris

Instead of mailing the letters from Paris

Lorie asked me to present them at their group luncheon

What a thrill it was to see my letters 💌 being ripped opened 

Happy faces! 😊 Something I usually can only imagine

We met for lunch at excellent La Maison de Jardin (close to the Luxembourg gardens).

We all got the delicious ‘Formule’ menu (29€).

For entré/starter I had Moules de Bouchot marinées, creme au Reblochon, which sounded odd (cream & mussels?) but was divine. My main was sea bream with lentilles(lower left). Dessert was classic chocolate mousse. I definitely recommend La Maison 👍
I was sitting next to Lorie. 

I mentioned I’d just come a presentation that morning at Le Cordon Bleu HQ (all in French at 9:00 am)

For upcoming June Salon de la Patisserie. 

I was doodling ✏️ the chefs…

In 2013 I went to the old Cordon Bleu for a Portes Ouvres/Open door 🚪 visit. 

It was quite different back then

Lorie said she trained at Le Cordon Bleu 🫕

👏 This is not an easy cooking school at all.

Le Cordon has a terrific gift/boutique shop. I got tea and cinnamon with vanille.

And Apricot jam (trop bon 😊) Plus their signature carryall. Will people think I attended Cordon Bleu? 

We’d had a mandarine tarte demo in the morning.

I ate a lovely carrot cake at the Cordon Bleu cafe My first in 10 years - moist and nutty 👍

Synchronicity in the Metro going home, this poster for new French TV program, 
Derrière le Tablier.

We finished our lunch with little cups of coffee ☕️ I was busy posing the cups for future possible watercolors comme d’habitude. 
I ran 🏃‍♂️ to get the bus. Comme d’habitude, it arrived immediately 👍 Bus Lucky 🍀  I went home and collapsed 😊
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                🎁  Visit my Etsy shop for Paris gifts 🎁 


  1. Anonymous5:36 AM

    A wondeful day, Carol. No wonder you collapsed when you got home. Btw, The Cordon Blue is not a piece of cake. Love, Chiara.

    1. Anonymous7:01 AM

      Thanks for confirming the rumors Chiara 👏

  2. Anonymous6:13 AM

    How lovely to watch the ladies open your wonderful posts! McKinney, Texas, is just 30-35 miles from me. Lorie's website looks very inviting; I must take a class sometime soon. Carol, thanks for sharing all the food and fun and art in Paris and France. It's such a joy to receive your e-mails.

    1. Anonymous7:02 AM

      Wouldn’t that be great ! 👏👏 Thanks so much

    2. Anonymous2:00 PM

      Oh! I'd LOVE to meet you, any fan of Carols is a friend of mine!!

  3. My husband attended Cordon Bleu as a one-day student back 25 years ago. He brought home chicken for dinner and a tea towel from the gift shop which I still use today. A very special memory. Speaking of special! I received your ballerina dancing on the pavlova from your etsy shop and all the little extras you put into the envelopel Thank you so much!. .

  4. Bonnie L8:54 AM

    Another exciting jam-packed (literally😋), day in Paris! I don’t know where you get the energy, Carol, but it is so much fun following along! Bonne journée.

    1. Anonymous9:12 AM

      Some days are jam-packed it’s true. And some days are slow as molasses. I don’t even put my head out the door 🚪 C’est comme ça 🤷‍♀️

  5. Anonymous9:11 AM

    You have shared wonderful information on LE CORDON BLEU. Mille Merci Anishka

  6. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Thank you Mary Lou for letting me know. I was tempted by those CB dish towels…but I went for the jam instead…and now it’s gone 😂


  7. What a thrill for all of you🗼❤️

  8. A super fun day- loved it and that gift shop looks very special.

    1. Anonymous8:50 AM

      French museum etc. Gift shops are the best aren’t they

  9. oh what a dreamy post!!! I loved the insights about LCB...AND especially your sketching the chefs! ;-) What a wonderful day!!

    1. Anonymous11:01 AM

      Thanks so much Roxanne ❤️

  10. What a great fit the visitors to Paris, a letter and lunch with Carol! Interesting to see and Lear about Le Cordon Bleu, hope you enjoyed your purchases and had a good rest too.

    1. Anonymous11:02 AM

      I hope we can meet up next trip Kirra ❤️

    2. Anonymous2:01 PM

      So fitting, Kirra!! Thanks Carol!!

  11. Anonymous8:49 AM

    Your posts always brighten my day, give me hope of returning to Paris (I visited in 2012) and usually make me hungry! All the best MS

  12. Anonymous11:02 AM

    I just started following you a few months ago and feel like you are everyone’s best friend. I instantly fell in love with your watercolors.
    Thank you for sharing your love of Paris and them with us. N

  13. Anonymous1:18 AM

    Carol! I stumbled upon your shop this afternoon, and I wanted to share how much I love it. Every little piece is impeccably, beautifully created. Thank you for adding your light to the world. K.

  14. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Dearest Carol! Thank you so much for this lovely post! I'll be posting to my group all about you soon too, so stay tuned and of course, I will send you the link!! XO Lorie Fangio- A Taste of


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