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last days in paris

Posted in dates with M.Goût, paris on September 22, 2009 by fenny widjaja

 

 

macaron au marron from boissier

macaron au marron from boissier

 

5 more days n im going back to indo for good. so what have i done on my last days?packing and eating….lots of eating….poking my stomach *boink*boink*

l’atelier de Joel Robuchon – had dinner with 2 of my friends (they are the ones who taught me how to be a food expert.think i have graduated from foodsnob101 and foodsnob102 with flying colours. but who is going to help me get thru the foodsnob103 and so on??!!T_T) . the food was excellent.going back there wih mom n bro tomorrow, actually
aubergine,mozzarella,semidried tomatoes
aubergine,mozzarella,semidried tomatoes
 

bonemarrow

bonemarrow

 

suckling pig as my main

suckling pig as my main

 

choux, vanilla ice cream, choc. sauce - nothing can go wrong

choux, vanilla ice cream, choc. sauce - nothing can go wrong

 

more of  patisserie des reves
brioche feuillette

brioche feuillette

 

des gateaux et du pain
pistache griotte saint honore

pistache griotte saint honore

 

ice cream @martine lambert. definitely the best in paris!!!!
shop looks simple, taste says anything but that!

shop looks simple, taste says anything but that!

 

l’ami jean. bistro of the year. lives up to its name. a bit annoyed with the reservation problem.reserve for dinner @22.00(would like to have it earlier but couldn’t coz it was fully booked).arrived @ the restaurant n had to wait until 22.30 to be seated.like their service despite all that. the place was full n hectic but the staffs still managed to joke around. they offer tasting menu:2 entrees, 1 main , 3 desserts…3 DESSERTS??!!!!didn’t know what they will bring out(only the chef knew), but we wanted to be surprised. my friends n i immediately took the offer. everything was amazing. best bistro dessert i ever had, too bad can’t finish them all…
one my foodsnob101 and foodsnob102 teacher’s (i have 2 teachers, remember?) comment: “hmmm…we don’t know what we are eating, but it taste good….”
entree1:emulsion de cepes with crouton n chives

entree1:emulsion de cepes with crouton n chives

 

sardine,beef terrine(maybe?)with grilled peaches n ham

 

the only explanation i can give, it's pork...with some veggies...

the only explanation i can give, it's pork...with some veggies...

 

dessert1melon soup with mint n peanuts(?)

dessert1melon soup with mint n peanuts(?)

 

dessert2:best riz au lait!!!!!!!!!!

dessert2:best riz au lait!!!!!!!!!!

 

banana,chocolate, caramel sauce(?), with lemony taste with 2 meringue sticks...not very good description

banana,chocolate, caramel sauce(?), with lemony taste with 2 meringue sticks...not very good description

 

sadaharu aoki

tarte au citron

tarte au citron

 

cojean
colourful juices

colourful juices

 

la cantine de troquet- had more pictures, but unable to post them.dunno why ..maybe i have had to much food…?
girolles(spelling mistake?) n jambon cru
girolles(spelling mistake?) n jambon

paris-5months

Posted in paris on June 29, 2009 by fenny widjaja

i have been in paris for 5 months. school is done n intern is starting next week. i started reading on my earlier entries in the blog and realised that i didn’t really share much of my feelings as i arrived in paris for the 1st time. @that time, i was really scared. everything seemed foreign! until now, i still don’t speak french, but my listening improved a lot. i was really homesick. almost decided to go back to Indo that time but i am glad that i forced myself to stay. my experience here is really worthwhile.

i made friends in school n often go out with them which kinda helped me get rid of my homesickness. chef always boasted on how diversed our class was. we were 10 and from 10 different countries. i myself think it is amazing. it means that we have 10 different cultures. i get to know more about how people in different countries think n act.

as i know more places here, i try to enjoy myself as much as possible. when i felt bored @ home, i can sit in the park or  just have a stroll…although i am starting to enjoy myself in paris, i still miss home.

i actually miss school now. i miss saying ‘bonjour/good morning’ when i go to school in the morning, seeing my friends and asking how they are doing, seeing chef doing silly stuff during demo, hearing him say ‘ c’est quoi ca???’ or ‘ qu’est-ce que tu fais???’ no one to tell me what to do when i’m in doubt, no one correct me when i do something wrong…

i am going to do a 3-month intern n then return home. my next plan is to have a food business.thinking of salon de the. am i ready? i don’t think i will ever feel ready. but if i am always scared to take the 1st step, i don’t think i will ever move forward. my skill is not good enough. i will just have to be more creative and make use of what i’m good @. i heard chef said something about different strong points different people have and it’s about how they use them to the fullest. i strongly agree.

carl marletti, take 2

Posted in dates with M.Goût, paris on March 27, 2009 by fenny widjaja

the whole class went to the flour mill this morning. we were supposed to leave paris at 6.45, but we left at 7.they say that the french are usually 15 minutes late ( a surprising fact!!!).  i finally had a good look of paris in the morning. it was my first time looking at the the city under the bare sky since i usually take metros to go around(looks gloomy n lots of time accompanied by smells that awakens you from your sleepyness… ). we took 1h30 to get to the mill.it was a really nice place. but i don’t get  much infos there. partly because the representative spoke in french n partly because it was too cold and i got a brainfreeze…

flour-mill

we left in the afternoon. n on our way back to paris, i kept thinking about cakes, but could not decide which pastry shop to go to. still hadn’t made the decision as we reached paris n got down from the coach. i took the metro without knowing where i was going n i was still thinking where should i buy my cake. decisions, decisions, decisions…finally i decided to go back to carl marletti. my first visit to the shop gave me a really great impression, that’s why i decided to go back there again.

the shop really didn’t make me feel intimidated.it was a nice feeling.the man waiting behind the counter (the same guy as the one who served me when i first came, n i think he is the only one serves…no other staff?!) was still as friendly as ever. i intended to buy just one cake ,’lily valley’, but then i was tempted by the ‘marie-antoinette’. so last minute decision, i bought both.

left:lily valley, right: marie antoinette

left:lily valley, right: marie antoinette

i decided to have marie-antoinette for my after-dinner dessert since i was in the mood for macarons. i wanted to feel a bit more sophisticated, so i made myself a cup of lemon tea(one of the cheap brands teabags from supermarket).  my first bite of the cake…fireworks in the sky, me sleeping on petals of roses, sounds of raspberries bursting in mouth, classical music playing in my ears. formula for the macaron shell popping out in my head: crunchy outside + soft inside = parfait! as i sip my tea, i saw myself  living in the old european times where people were waltzing in the ballroom n orchestra playing.TOTAL EXAGGERATION THERE!

the cake is similar compared to Pierre Herme (PH)’s Ispahan. the difference is that it doesn’t have litchi flavour in it. ispahan is  a wonderful cake, but after trying marie antoinette, i now feel raspberry-rose combo is much better than framboise-litchi-rose.three is a crowd.

i begin to think that it is best to have tea to accompany your cake. according to my opinion, tea will not overpower the taste of the cake, unlike coffee or wine.instead, it will heighten the flavour. i think i am more of  a tea drinker.

my visits to carl marletti were really good ones. if the pastry kitchen is as friendly as the front-of-house(fingers crossed), i am definitely going to try my hardest to have my stage there >_<  

the tea-cake experience really made my day. i’m so HAPPY now!!!!!!can’t wait to try the ‘lily valley’. maybe i should buy different tea to accompany the cake…hmmm…

beautiful paris

Posted in paris on March 17, 2009 by fenny widjaja

here are some pictures of paris that i would like to share. i took them when i go sight-seeing with my mom an sister. they spent 2 weeks here. those weeks flew really fast. they went back to indonesia yesterday.

looking at these pictures reminds me of the good memories we spent together in paris. i really miss them(mom n sis) very much…

 

 

lardoise

we ate in a french restaurant. it was really small, but we spent 33euros for a 3-course meal. that’s quite a good price. i just took a picture of a dessert i had.

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i was taking picture of my mom n sis inside the metro. what i want to highlight is the lady. it’s a common sight in paris to see people “ngamen”(don’t know what’s in english) in the metro. as i stay longer in paris, i get to think more about life. there are people who had to sleep on the streets at night because they don’t have a place to go home to. and i saw them opening their thin matresses just outside the grand magasin that sells expensive goods that we sometimes do not even need. it is a real heart-wrenching sight.

 le tour eiffel

le tour eiffel from below. i remember it was very cold that day and it was raining in the morning.

le tour eiffel

another picture of le tour eiffel from different angle. there were many people on that day.

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black&white pictures always works. i think this picture is very romantic.

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a picture of the arc de triomphe. it was in the late afternoon. we were waiting for the lights to be turned on, but i guessed we were too early…

we went to more places than is in the pictures, but i just realised it that i didn’t take enough shots…which is way too late. but i still have another 6 -9 months here…so i’ll take more good pictures.

yay!!!!internet!!!

Posted in paris on February 23, 2009 by fenny widjaja

i have internet n lovin’ it. it is unlimited and FAST!(i’m not sure how you define a FAST internet)but compared to indonesia, this is fast.

i am using an internet 3G(i think this is how it’s called-HEY, i don”t have any clue about internet!)and apparently, only BOUYGUES telecom offers an unlimited usage. the staff in the store was very helpful n put up with my BROKEN french.poor him…..^^

i would like to get something like neufbox,freebox or bbox.they are really good!they  offer internet+TV+free calls to certain countries….BUT i don’t have landline, which makes it difficult to apply. to cut the long story short, i decided to get 3G internet instead.

week 2

Posted in paris on February 19, 2009 by fenny widjaja

I have been in paris for 2 weeks now. Getting used to the life here finally. The school is very intense. Hands-on classes goes for 5-6hrs daily.but it was fun.and I learn a lot.
As the saying goes “practice makes perfect”.the class has been making tarts for 2 weeks now.n there is a really big improvement I believe.our instructor is really nice as well.he really know how to create a happy environment,which is very important if we work in the kitchen.
I really hope I have what it takes to be a pastry chef.

bonjour

Posted in paris on February 11, 2009 by fenny widjaja

finally I’m able to update my blog!
I have arrived in paris for exactly one week now..it is not as intimidating as what many people told me.
Some things I have learnt:
1.yes it’s true the french don’t smile a lot,but not because they hate you or anything.it’s just them being them.
2.You’ll be treated better if you show some effort in speaking french.
3.It’s not really hard to open a bank account here.as long as you made the right person!I happened to meet the wrong one.
4.The apartment are really small n old,mostly.I live in an apartment with spiral staircase n creaking wooden floor.
5.There are starbucks n mcdonalds
6.Boulangeries,confiseries n patisseries almost in every corner.there are 3 or even more below my apartment
7.The supermarkets sell many kinds of cheeses n decent freshly baked breads.
8.Traffic is scary.they don’t really follow rules…but strangely enough..they don’t honk at each other.
9.Tv shows like ‘grey’s anatomy’are being dubbed.
10.Some systems are confusing.you have to wait until early march to get a monthly metro ticket.you can’get it inthe middle of february..