Paris in Boston Food, Paris in Boston Places, Restaurants, Review, Travel

The best Kouign-Amann in Boston

After eating the delicious pastries in Paris, it’s tough to go back to supermarket-quality pastries. However, finding my Parisian favorite in Boston has eluded me, until I found it at Flour Bakery!

Among the Paris-worthy croissants and brioches was kouign-amann, a delectable buttery pastry that originated in Brittany, France. While not as well-known as other French pastries, kouign-amann is quickly gaining fans. It even was the topic of a Boston Globe article a couple of years ago.

Flour Bakery interior seating beautiful wallpaper

I recently stopped by Flour bakery as I had a conference nearby, and was thrilled to find that they had many different types of pastries to choose from for breakfast.

The exterior of Flour is unassuming if you’re on the lookout for typical French pastries, but once you step inside and see their selection, you’ll know that you’re in the right place!

Flour Bakery Boston Exterior

Even at 7am there’s already a queue!

Flour Bakery Boston interior

The displays aren’t as creative and artistic as patisseries in France, but I can definitely say that the displays showcase each and every scone, croissant, and muffin!

Flour Bakery pastry selection

For a small space, they offer a lot on their menu for breakfast and lunch. They even offered pastries that weren’t listed on the menu, like that day’s kouign-amann.

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Finding Italy in Boston

If you’ve ever been to Harrods, you most likely have seen their gorgeous food hall. If I were to explain it very simply, it’s an upscale food market where you can find foods from around the world. But it’s so much more than that! It is truly an experience for all the senses; not only do they have a wide variety of foods, but there are different restaurants full of delicious aromas, and the food hall itself is like walking into a jewelry box.

I felt the same way when I walked into Eataly in Boston. I know Harrods is in London and this post is about Italy, but I just wanted to set the scene of experiencing Eataly 😉 Granted, nothing can match the splendor of Harrods’ food hall, but Eataly definitely has its own charm. It can also be categorized as a food hall, but with foods representing only one country: Italy.

Eataly Boston entrance

While not located in a department store like at Harrods, Eataly can be found in a similar shopping mecca, the Prudential Center. If you can’t take a trip to Italy right away, going to Eataly might be the next best thing! Not only does this Italian marketplace have Italian coffee, they have gelato, focaccia, pizza, desserts like cannoli, and a grocery! Let’s take a look around. Continue reading “Finding Italy in Boston”

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A new bistro in Boston: Explorateur opens!

The new restaurant Explorateur opened this past Monday, and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself! I read a review by Boston Magazine, and it said that the owners were inspired by restaurants in Paris and London and the fact that places there serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, the accompanying photos were stunning! I decided to go first thing today for breakfast since I figured it would be less busy in the morning and there would a good selection of pastries and cakes on display. Without further ado, let’s have a look around!

The restaurant is conveniently located right across from the Boylston T stop. The building itself is quite beautiful, and it has an impressive history. When this building (at least the first floor) became a restaurant, windows were added to the front, replacing colorful murals.

Explorateur-Restaurant_Boston_Exterior

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The best French restaurant in Boston and learning about “Pate du Fruit”

I have eaten at Aquitaine three times now, and every time I step inside the restaurant, I feel as if I’m transported from Boston to a brasserie in Paris. Great care was taken with everything about the restaurant, from the lighting to the leather seating and table settings. Most importantly, the menu selection and food truly live up to Aquitaine’s excellent reputation!

Paris in Boston Aquitaine Boston Window

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Paris in Boston at Home, Style, Transportation

The perfect rose gold bicycle

I was walking along Newbury Street one day when I happened to see something that so perfectly captured “Paris in Boston” I literally stopped in my tracks. What’s more “Paris in Boston” than a rose gold bicycle? Maybe one with a wicker basket attached that’s carrying a baguette, Camembert, and Rosé wine! Talk about a perfect summer day 🙂

I’m very glad I didn’t end up buying a bike in Canterbury, because now that I know that rose gold bikes exist, I’m setting my sights on getting one for myself.

Paris in Boston Rose Gold Bike
If I bought a rose gold bike, this is the perfect “Paris in Boston” inspired outfit I’d pair it with:

Well, I can dream 🙂 Off to research rose gold bike prices!

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The most Parisian afternoon tea in Boston

When I visited a college friend in San Diego a few years ago, she invited me to attend her work colleague’s birthday party at the Ritz for afternoon tea. At this point in time, I was not the tea aficionada that I am now, and I had no idea of any the refined rituals afternoon tea entailed. Well, one look at the fancy setting, the carefully curated selection of loose teas, the delicate teapots and teacups, plus everyone taking their manners up a notch, and I was hooked for life!

Ever since then, I love going for afternoon tea both locally and when I travel. One of the poshest that I’ve found in Boston is at the Taj Boston. And where do you have your afternoon tea while at the Taj? Well, of course in the French Room, surrounded by chandeliers, upholstered sofas and chairs, and fine china!

Tea_Room_Taj_Boston
Image provided by Taj Boston

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Paris in Boston Places, Sightseeing, Travel

Finding Boston’s Jardin du Luxembourg

While there’s currently no park in Boston that can give Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg a run for its money, there is one park in particular that I think provides the same feeling of contentment and escape from the city.

I stumbled upon it while walking around Boston one day a few years ago, and it was like an oasis in a concrete desert. After seeing building after building, tons of traffic and horns blaring, I did a double-take upon approaching what looked like a place with concentrated trees, flowers, benches, a fountain, and a cute greenhouse looking building.

I googled this place later and learned that this park is the Norman B. Leventhal Park, located in Boston’s financial district.

Boston Norman B. Leventhal Park

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Paris in Boston Places, Sightseeing

Finding Paris in Boston: A new blog series

As far as I can remember, the first city I ever wanted to visit was Paris. I finally had the opportunity to travel to Paris in the fall of 2006 and it did not disappoint! Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was breathtaking, not to mention the beautiful architecture and the way Parisians showcase everything as if it’s a work of art. Whether it’s cheese, bread, pastries, tea, or chocolate, stepping into most shops is like stepping into an art gallery where each display is a feast for the eyes.

Interior of Stohrer Patisserie in Paris
The beautiful Stohrer patisserie in Paris

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Getting a PhD, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Ideal places to write a thesis

One of my main motivations for starting this blog was to show how it’s possible to travel AND get a PhD – and combining the two definitely helps to keep away the stress of research and writing!

While traveling, there were many places I visited where I thought were perfect for doing some heavy-duty writing. Some because it provided inspiration and beauty, others because of its impressiveness and refinement. I hope these places help you find some inspiration for finding the perfect spot to write!

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Transportation, Travel

Traveling ON your birthday

Many of us travel to celebrate special occasions, especially birthdays, but what if you had to travel ON your birthday? As in, spend most of the day on a bus, train, and plane? Sometimes the need to save money and book flights with optimal departure and arrival times results in spending a significant time traveling on one’s birthday. This is exactly what I had to recently consider when I was booking my trip back to the US from the UK. So what was it like spending my birthday basically alone, taking on various modes of transportation, and traveling over 3,000 miles? Join me as I relive this not-so-bad day!

Heathrow London to Boston Map
Just over 3,000 miles to get home! (image source: Google Maps)

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