One of the favorite stops in Paris this year was L’Éclair de Genie. Éclairs are always a must-eat for me when in Paris. Most of the French bakeries in the US just don’t make them very well, either producing a pâte à choux that is too dry or a cream filling that tastes artificial. In Paris, you can find good éclairs at nearly every patisserie, but I’ve never seen éclairs quite as beautiful as the ones at L’Éclair De Genie.

We visited the booth inside Lafayette Gourmet. I wish we had time to visit one of the standalone boutiques, but we were in Paris for such a short time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take too many photos, as the booth was consistently crowded.

The display of éclairs was breathtaking and it was very hard not to choose getting them all. I was trying to be discreet with my photo-taking as some of the other booths didn’t allow photos. I think it probably would have been okay here though because I’ve since read posts taking many photos of the display case.

Coffee Soda

This homemade, do-it-yourself coffee soda is so simple to make and a really fun way to enjoy your coffee.

Last weekend I was having lunch with my friend CC and she ordered a bottle of coffee soda, which she generously let me sample. She commented that we could probably recreate it at home, which is what I ended up doing.

I’ve made this several times now, with different coffee variations. I did it with espresso shots using my Nespresso machine, concentrated cold brew and also regular strong brewed coffee. If you’re a coffee drinker, it’s definitely worth trying out.

This low carb meal is a guilt free way to enjoy pasta with tomato sauce.

I’ve finally gotten into the zoodles trend. Between the summer heat and watching  American Ninja Warrior, I’ve been motivated to eat better and have been craving lighter dishes. Enter zucchini noodles.

For those who haven’t had it, it makes a lot of sense. Zucchini is firm enough to easily spiralize into long strands of faux noodles. Zucchini also soaks up the flavor of whatever it is cooked with.