Thursday, April 20, 2023

Lunch with A Taste of Paris, Le Cordon Bleu, Salon de la Patisserie


Back in February, out of the blue, I got a request for 10 chocolate 🍫 letters 💌  

From Lorie of A Taste of Paris

Lori leads culinary tours to Paris & Provence

And teaches cooking lessons (including macarons) in McKinny, TX.

Instead of mailing the letters from Paris

Lorie wanted me to be present at their group luncheon on Tuesday and hand out the letters in person!
What a thrill it was for me to see my letters 💌 being ripped opened 

The happy faces! 😊 It’s 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 can definitely recommend La Maison for lunch  👍
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 the upcoming in June Salon de la Patisserie. 

I was doodling ✏️ the chefs of course…

Back 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 the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu 🫕

Bravo Lorie 👏 This is not an easy cooking school at all.

By the way they have a terrific gift/boutique shop. I got the tea and cinnamon with vanille.

And Apricot jam (now gone 😊) Plus their signature carryall. Will peep think I attended Cordon Bleu? 

Lorie was taking her group for a cooking class that night at Le Cordon Bleu. What a fab trip! We’d had a mandarine tarte demo in the morning.

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

Thanks to synchronicity, in the Metro going home, this poster for a new French TV program, 
Derrière le Tablier.

We finished our lovely lunch with little cups of coffee ☕️ I was busy posing the cups for future possible watercolors comme d’habitude. 
❤️ Thank you Lorie & A Taste of Paris group ❤️ for  making my day. What a wonderful experience 🤸‍♂️
I ran 🏃‍♂️ to get the bus. Comme d’habitude, it arrived immediately 👍 Bus Luck 🍀 I went home and collapsed 😊
Please share Parisbreakfast with a friend.
🎁  Visit my Etsy shop for Paris gifts 🎁 
 Now to run 🏃‍♀️ to the Sarah B. show at Petit Palace


  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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