Paris Est Amour: 3 Cafes We Loved

LES DEUX MAGOTS   The name originally belonged to a fabric and novelty shop at nearby 23 Rue de Buci. The shop sold silk lingerie and took its name from a popular play of the moment (1800s) entitled Les Deux Magots de la Chine. Its two statues represent Chinese “mandarins,” or “magicians” (and “alchemists,” depending upon one’s philosophical point of view), who gaze serenely over … Continue reading Paris Est Amour: 3 Cafes We Loved

Paris Est Amour: Our 3 Favorite Pastry Shops

Here at Dello Mano, we’re such advocates of handmade luxury food and products. While Dello Mano style is about refined rustic cakes and produce, Paris contines to provide us with inspiration in our commitment to handmade edible luxury. Paris is everything we dreamed about and more! The Parisian flair for creative artistry and distinct taste for opulence are such great influences, that we decided to share with you our love for the city of lights in a series we’ll be calling Paris est amour. Let’s get started with our favorite pastry shops:

LADURÉE

Laduree Entrace
Entrance to Laduree in Paris

Brief background:

In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller founded a bakery. After a fire, the bakery was transformed into a pastry shop in 1871, with popular painter Jules Cherét in-charge of the interiors.  With a combination of Parisian-style cafés and French patisserie goodness, the company opened a tea room for women and became one of the pioneers in the area. Ladurée brand further rose to fame when Pierre Desfontaines (grandson of Louis Ernest Ladurée) thought of taking two macaron shells and joining them with ganache filling. The recipe for the ‘double-decker’ has not changed since then. Ladurée has been recognized as a French luxury sweets maker and the brand has also branched out to chocolates (Marquis Ladurée) and candles and home fragrances (Beauté Ladurée).

Fun Fact: The sweet treats Kirsten Dunst was eating in the film Marie Antoinette were from Ladurée, as chosen by director Sofia Coppola.

What we loved: The elegant interiors showed true Parisian flair. Together with the dainty packaging and fine china, it was a very luxurious experience. Of course, the  delectable sweets are amazing. The Strawberry cake in the picture below has to be one of the most precious edibles we have ever seen. We loved too the secrecy. With much fuss about no photography it has to be one of the most photographed food shops in the world.

Must-try products: strawberry tarts, pistachio pain au chocolat, St. Honoré, world-famous macarons (flavors like Fleur d’oranger, licorice, cassis and chocolate yuzu)

Locations: Ladurée Houses can be found in several countries across the globe and is increasing as I type this note. For a complete list of locations click here.

Laduree Interior
Laduree – the glamorous interior
Laduree strawberry
Laduree – most exciting cake.
laduree raspberries
Laduree Raspberry cake enjoyed by team Dello Mano

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15 Ways You Know You Are A Brownie Snob

1. Your child’s favorite snack is brownies and milk.

2. Your wedding cake was made of brownies.

Dello Mano Wedding Cake
Shane and Tammy Stefanutto

 

3. To you, brownies don’t just make for great snacks or desserts; you also know that they make any other dessert better.

Dello Mano Brownie Sundae
Dello Mano Brownie Sundae

4. You know exactly which brownie flavor goes best with coffee….. or beer

Beer and Brownie
Beer and Brownie Tasting

 

 or champagne or wine

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5 Kitchen Mishaps That Changed Food History

Kitchen accidents happen now and again. But the results aren’t always burnt food or inedible concoctions. Take a look at the humble beginnings of 5 food items now enjoyed worldwide:

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The delicious cookie recipe came about in 1930, when Ruth Wakefield, ownder of Toll House Inn substituted baking chocolate with smashed pieces of semi-sweet chocolate bar for the cookies she was baking. The result was a scrumptious batch of cookies with chunks of chocolate that soon became a hit in the Whitman, Massachusetts area.

Dello Mano chocolate chip cookies

2. Popsicle

Did you know that this frozen treat has been around since 1905? As the story goes, Frank Epperson was making a soda water mixture. He accidentally left the mixture on the back porch overnight, with the stirring stick still in the container. Epperson was amazed to find the frozen soda water on a stick that he shared his creation with his friends. These days, popsicles come in so many formulations. But perhaps the best thing about it is that we all can make them at home!

3. Sandwich

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Luxury Is A Red Door

I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a red door that I didn’t like.

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Our beautiful Dello Mano Red Doors

The RedDoor Bali is a magnificent escape, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa is an indulgent retreat, those red doors in Scotland are simply pleasing to the eye.

RedDoor Bali

 

A peek at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

 

Suffice it to say, I find red doors quite fascinating, inviting and majestic—for some reason. What is it about red doors that make it so luxurious? I did a little digging and here’s what I’ve found…

In Chinese tradition, red is the color of luck and happiness.

In Feng Shui and in early American tradition, a red front door means “welcome”.

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5 Ways To Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is that one special day of the year when the most important women in our lives are celebrated. It’s always nice to give our supermums a restful break. After all that our mums have done (and keep on doing) for us, isn’t it about it we give back?

We’ve rounded up 5 ideas you might want to try. Take a look:

1. Start the day right with a great meal.

As a child, my siblings and I would let mum sleep in and bring her breakfast in bed. Sure we left the kitchen in a big mess and we served her a burnt toast (or two) but she loved it nonetheless!

Check out some recipes at myrecipes.com

When was the last time you made mum a meal? Bring out that inner chef in you and whip up something extra special for the most important meal of the day. Not a kitchen wiz or don’t have the time? Don’t fret, treat mum to Dello Mano Cafe for breakfast or lunch instead. She’ll love the ambiance and the meals that are fit for a queen.

Crepes anyone?
Eggs Benny with spinach and prosciutto

2. Schedule a spa date

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15 Chocolate Facts

Oh chocolate ! It is undeniably one of the most loved food in the world–from bars, luxury brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries and gift boxed chocolates–everything just seems better with chocolate, don’t you agree?

But did you know that chocolate actually has a very rich history? Take a look at some of the most amazing facts about our favorite sweet treat:

1. The scientific name of cocoa tree is Theobroma Cacao, Greek for “food for the Gods”. But the word chocolate actually comes from the Aztec term “Xocolatl” meaning bitter water.

cocoa bean
Deb our Brownie Master went to Africa – obsessed with learning everything about chocolate and brownies

2. Chocolate has been very valuable through history. The Aztecs believed that the cocoa beans are gifts from their god Quetzalcoatl and used them as currency (10 beans = a rabbit, 100 beans = a servant). In the American Revolutionary War, chocolate was used to  pay the soldiers.

3. The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry. His company Fry & Son eventually merged with Cadbury.

4. Most of the world’s chocolate supply comes from Latin America (15%), Asia (17%) and Africa (68%). 33% of the global supply actually comes from Côte d’Ivoire in Africa.

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