Coquilles St Jacques in the shell were one of the memorable culinary delights at the Bastille farmer’s market.
I’m not sure if it’s the recent rains or the need for a real vacation adventure, but I’ve been longing for Paris. The last time I visited the city of Light was in April 2009 and it was perfect. Rainy and sunny at turns, full of surprises and new discoveries.
Since I don’t have a plane ticket, I thought I’d take a little vacation of the mind by reliving some of my favorite images from the trip. I was groggy from a night spent dozing in coach as a new friend helped me navigate the Metro and dump my overpacked suitcase at the hotel.
Then we went in search of breakfast and spotted the peaks of white canopies off in the distance. We walked towards them and this is what we discovered at the Sunday morning Bastille Farmer’s Market.
Whether you’ve got a big Valentine’s dinner planned or not, I think it’s nice to be able to start your celebration at home. So I put together a gallery with some of my favorite, easy-to-make pink foods and drinks for Valentine’s Day.
Visit the recipes section at The Bubbly Girl for the Kismet Cocktail, Raspberry Royale cocktail, and the Chocolate Corks which are fudgey and moist since they start with a yeast based chocolate dough.
You could pick up ingredients for most of these recipes at Trader Joe’s, along with the super-affordable Blason Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé. The red Italian sparkler Brachetto d’Acqui is usually at BevMo or a larger liquor stores with a decent wine department.
To make the Jack Rose cocktail, add 1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur, two ounces applejack (or Calvados if you can’t find it) and the juice of half a lime to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it until your hands are really cold, then strain it into a smallish martini glass.