Everyday Life in Paris

What’s a croissant au beurre?

Until last week, I thought I knew what a croissant was. Anyone who has lived in France knows that late spring is full of jours fériés, that is, bank holidays. For many, a five-day workweek is rare at this time of year. This means we’ve been frequenting our local bakeries, and enjoying lazy mornings, more […]

Paris Pastry Shops

I’m the kind of person who always needs a goal. I can’t go aimlessly for a walk, or get out of bed without first thinking up some sort of morning project. Sébastien would claim this is part cultural. “Breakfast in France is simple,” he said the other day as I carried a crate-full of food to the table. […]

A New Look

The Tomato Knife’s taken on a whole new look. Revamping my blog has been one of my pre-occupations as of late. Considering I only seem to find time in random spurts, it’s taken me too long to get it looking the way I want. Bear with me as I continue tweaking here and there, and let […]

In Search of Kale at the Marché Gros-la-Fontaine

Last Friday was a miserably gray and rainy day in Paris. Little Buddha and I braved the weather and went to explore the farmer’s market Gros-la-Fontaine. It’s a nice little outdoor market situated between rue Gros and rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine in the 16th. The reason I wanted to check out this particular market was because kale […]

Happy May Day!

It’s “la fête du travail” in France. In the US, we don’t celebrate Labor Day until September, but here it’s the first in a happy series of “jours fériés” throughout the month of May. May 1st is a national holiday in most European countries, and there seems to be quite a lot of history surrounding […]

Buckwheat Pancakes (Recipe)

I just finished off an entire batch of these pancakes. Okay, I made a slightly smaller recipe than the one listed below, but still! I can justify by saying it’s already noon and I hadn’t eaten anything all morning. Little Buddha woke up with a very dirty bottom and needed a bath ASAP. Baby baths […]