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Paris in Black and White and More Brioche

After seeing these gorgeous rare color images of Paris in the early 1900’s  today, I simply had to go back to my Paris photos and share some black and white ones that I love.

There’s something about bicycles that makes me happy. To me they are reminders of carefree days pedaling along bumpy gravel roads on the Alberta prairies as a child and equally bumpy cobbled roads cruising through Amsterdam as an adult.

I’ve never cycled through Paris though, for I’m afraid I’d crash into something whilst craning my neck to look at some gorgeous building or enticing cafe.

I love the parks of Paris with their wide, white pathways perfect for ambling and glossy green benches perfect for sitting.

This park was the site my friend Amy and I chose for a break one sunny Autumn afternoon after purchasing a box full of tarts and pastries at a nearby patisserie.

Paris cafes always, always make me smile, especially when there’s an empty table on the sidewalk just waiting for me and a dear friend to sit at and talk for ages over cups of strong coffee and plates of cheese-filled crepes or crispy roast chicken.

I like the statues placed around Paris, and always wonder who made them and who the model was and what the story is behind them. I especially liked this one providing shelter to a cheeky bird on a windy day.

And I always sigh thinking about a Paris apartment. Looking up at the embellishments on the walls and the balconies near the top provide fodder for some very happy daydreaming.

I’d love to rent a top floor one someday, and have dinner parties on the roof-top terrace on warm Autumn evenings.

I’ve also been thinking of Paris because I’m on a brioche-making-kick.

Last time I told you about the brioche studded with dark chocolate, and today I’ll share a photo of my latest attempt: brioche with chunks of dark chocolate covered marzipan.

Oh my. I had it for breakfast this morning and felt well and truly spoiled. I think I added too much marzipan (is there such a thing?), for the top of the loaf emerged with some rather large marzipan-filled crevices, but I’m not complaining. It may look a bit wonky, but it tastes like a little slice of heaven.

You can find my brioche recipe here.

What are your favorite places or things to daydream about?




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Lauryl - No, there is no such thing as too much marzipan!!! 😉

bellini - I imagine that the first loaf didn’t last long so another was needed to make bread pudding.

Krista - I quite agree, @48863519405b297f7368332c765306b8:disqus 🙂

Krista - It sure didn’t, @openid-160865:disqus 🙂

Justine de Jonge - Such a wonderful, gorgeous post Krista! And that brioche looks amazing. It looks perfect to me 🙂

Krista - Oh thanks, @google-119c2cee80d4ff8a6f3916096ddfc8dd:disqus 🙂 Sometimes the “ugly” bread is the best of all. 🙂

mlleparadis - ohhhhhhhh maaaaannnn! that’s a brioche! hey girlfriend: thx for sharing!

Cathy - Krista your Paris photos are just beautiful. And another successful brioche recipe, well done to you. I don’t have any particular favourite places or things to daydream about.

Krista - You are so welcome, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus 🙂 So glad you like it. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, dear @wanderingsheila:disqus xo I’m so happy with the brioche. I’ve been intimidated by it for a long time, but not anymore!! 🙂

Zita - Oh, I love the black and white photos of Paris. They make me want to go there!

Joanne (eats well with others) - Paris is just as pretty in black-and-white as it is in color! WHat gorgeous photos!

Lindsay Hogg - great pics! That brioche looks amazing

Andrea and John - Oh YUM!! That looks heavenly…

GetACarHire - Black and White Paris pictures remind me of Audrey Hepburn’s movies. Yours too are exceptional. And goodness, that brioche looks so heavenly.

Krista - Audrey Hepburn movies are lovely memories indeed, @twitter-745072692:disqus 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Andrea!! I had a slice before dinner last night and it was ridiculously delish. 🙂

Krista - Thanks so much, @twitter-82747769:disqus 🙂 I was so happy with how it turned out. 🙂

Krista - Isn’t it so unbelievably beautiful, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus ? Sigh. 🙂 Hopefully we will both get to go adventuring there one day soon. 🙂

Krista - I love them too, @8cf970e92012658e9594670690ccec44:disqus 🙂 Wouldn’t it be fun to meet up there one day? 🙂

tallyeddings2000 - I love your recipes! Thanks for sharing this one… so yummy!

Krista - Thank you, @google-5c6c81121b8f9778f4ea701915b862a2:disqus 🙂 I’m SO glad you like this one too. It’s definitely one of my favorites. 🙂

Jamie - Oh, Krista, to be totally honest with you…. I see so many photos by so many friends of Paris but yours are so lovely and romantic. Could be the black and white gives them a dreamy look. Could be the way you shoot them makes me see them through your eyes. But whatever the reason, they are charming. Thanks again for another wonderful voyage.

Krista - That means a great deal to me, @71eb07213759ab4e5611e1dd9f1df8a7:disqus . 🙂 I’m so glad to have captured something beautiful to you in a city that must be so familiar.

lisa | renovating italy - Oh I could dream about a Parisian Apartment that’s for sure, especially back in my art student days. I’ve never had a brioche so you are inspiring me already LOL sending lots of love and your gorgeous black and white images brightened my day xx

Jeanne @ Cooksister - Love Paris… It hold so many fantastic memories for me, from my first visit as a child with my parents, to a whirlwind 2 days there last summer. Love that you make brioche in a cast-iron pot – like we often do with bread back home in South Africa!

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