Things you may spot during an early morning in Paris:
A local patisserie overflowing with Parisians, fresh baguettes tucked under one arm; early risers on their usual commute to work, some taking the Metro, some cycling outside in the fresh air; couples and friends perched on wicker chairs outside of gloriously red cafes, sipping on strong espresso before beginning their day.

 

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And if you were about last weekend, you could have spotted me and my other half, wandering around at the crack of dawn trying to find petit dejeuner… (or brekkie as we know it here)

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We were staying in the gorgeous & theatrical Sasha Hotel near Pigalle. Early Sunday morning we scoured the streets for breakfast, passing the warming patisseries, tempting us in with the aromas of fresh pastries flowing out onto the pavement.

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Despite briefly living in France during my younger school years, this was actually my first time staying in Paris – and I loved everything about it. The city scene is both busy and beautiful, with incredibly old buildings and sights around every corner; yet never overwhelming. It is somewhat calmer, and has a much slower pace than London (certainly more so than New York) and so it still holds familiar traits of the small town France that I know so well.

And on that Sunday morning, after much indecisiveness, we settled on Cafe Indiana, falling in love with its iconic Parisian style; the royal red decor and wicker seating.

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French breakfast anyone? I’m a sucker for freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly baked bread.

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…But we couldn’t leave it at that. Eggs, bacon and sausages on the side will also do just fine, thank you…

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It’s important to have a big breakfast if you plan on walking a lot. We used public transport twice over 3 days, and realised that you see more of the city if you walk rather than traipse underground on the metro.  Download Google Maps to your phone and it will be your new best friend (and some comfy shoes)

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Of course, whilst in Paris, one must go up the Tour de Eiffel. Not exactly Parisian, but a tourist must do!

The views are breathtaking and well worth the wait. However, the queues are often long so buy a ticket in advance if this is something you really wish to do.

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And after too much tourist-ing, I think a glass of champers is in order.

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Luckily, the Hotel Sasha offers champagne every night for all guests… *fistpumps*

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Anyone who knows me will know that I am a massive pancake lover. I often crave a visit to The Breakfast Club restaurants just to eat their pancakes, even for dinner.

Their “Pancakes and Berries” menu item comes out topped with berries, syrup and whipped cream on top. Mmm. Another personal favourite of mine is the pancakes you can buy at Bills. With strawberries, blueberries and tons of maple syrup, I am surely in heaven.

However, rather than spending a good £7-£10 on a few pancakes, why not try making them at home yourself?

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With just a few ingredients and some practice, you could be having yummy pancakes whenever you wish! (Although, maybe not advised for health issues…) I do however, try to make my pancakes quite healthy usually, because I tend to eat them whenever I can! This recipe I am about to provide has lots of fruit, however there is some sugar within the actual pancake too – so I’d advise sharing the recipe and maybe not using this recipe all the time; although its still probably better than those sugary box cereals you can buy.

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Now, for the pancake ingredients:

1. 135 grams of plain flour

2. 1 teaspoon of baking powder

3. Half a teaspoon of salt (Not always necessary)

4. 2 Tablespoons sugar

5. 130 ml milk

6. 1 egg

7. 2 tablespoons of melted butter or olive oil

To serve with the pancakes, I added:

Homemade raspberry sauce; raspberries; blueberries; strawberries. You can also add some maple syrup if you wish.

METHOD:

  1. Mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk, then whisk in your melted butter.
  2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork or a whisk, beat until the batter is smooth. Now let the batter stand for a few minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil or butter – I used some Frylight 1 Cal Spray to make it a little healthier (and it tastes the same!). Now add a ladle of batter slowly, trying to ensure the thick batter is a small circle. When the top of the pancake begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.

For my raspberry sauce to serve, I simply crushed some raspberries in a bowl and then heated the result over a saucepan until a sauce. Some people like to siv it first to get rid of raspberry bits; but I like those!

Pour the sauce (or maple syrup) over the stacked pancakes, then scatter your fruit at random. Voila! Delish.

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At my University in Roehampton, London, there is such a diverse and international bunch of students, and thanks to coming here I have made so many friends from all around the world.

However, when the year ends and summer arrives – we all have to say goodbye to those who are abroad and part ways for a good few months. Earlier this week we had to say goodbye to our friend travelling back to Norway, and so we decided we would go and have one last meal together in Central London until September – and what better meal than breakfast time?!

We travelled into Soho, and came across the cutest little corner café named ‘Toi & Moi’ selling a variety of breakfasts just down on a small side street.

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They sold mixed fruit smoothies, iced lattes in cute jars and all of the food sounded so damn good. From a full English breakfast, bacon sandwiches to pancakes with maple syrup – they seemed to have it all.

I am a true pancake lover at heart so I went for pancakes, bacon, egg, maple syrup on the side and a big iced coffee to wake me up.

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Overall the food and drink here is so worthwhile, and the look of the café also improved our visit. The décor is really trendy, with flowers on the front tables, teapots hanging from the ceiling and by the front window they have designed some rustic barrels into stools. Not sure if its just me but I definitely have a weak spot for cafes and restaurants that are looking quirky and creative, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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I definitely will be eating out more and showing ones that are worth the show! So this was my first post on food in London, I have posted the link below to the café if you wish to visit yourself.

Lots of love,

Bethany xx

https://foursquare.com/v/caf%C3%A9-toi–moi/548488c0498ebc92c597ccc2

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