In London for a few days. We were staying in Notting Hill, where it turns out the Jamie Oliver juggernaut continues -with a new venture that has opened near Notting Hill Gate tube station.
Part cafe/cooking school there also a retail section offering pre-made meals, takeaway and larder.
Recipease brings Jamie’s philosophies about cooking to life. There are cooking classes for kids and adults.
There is delicious pre-made meals you can take away and cook at home. There is tip notch breads and condiments made on site and a whole host of Jamie branded products.
The coffee was excellent We shared a non gluten-free bacon and egg roll – which was ok, but nothing outstanding. Maybe we chose wrong. The next visit we had spicy Guacamole on toast (which was delish) along with creamy mushrooms on toast, which was lovely. Both of these serves were huge and offered good value.
Unfortunately gluten-free options were very limited – ie nothing.
The atmosphere though was great, and we enjoyed our experience. I wouldn’t suggest you traipse across the city just to come here but if you are fan of Jamie Oliver (and frankly who isn’t) and desperate for a great coffee then I recommend.
Coffee – 5 out of 5
Atmosphere – 5:5
Gluten free – nope
Wifi – yes
Newspapers – no there’s cookbooks!
Jamie Oliver’s Recipease
Notting Hill Gate (just near the tube)
Gotta be one of the best deals in Paris for breakfast. Formula meal 11€ ($17 AUD) includes boiled egg, toast soliders to dunk in the molten yolk, a croissant, toast with jam and a choice of coffee or thick hot chocolate + fresh orange juice. Besides the breakfast there is free wifi, fantastic friendly staff and best of all – an authentic Parisienne atmosphere. Five stars.
Ps I’ve given up on cappuccino and having espresso with a dash of milk and sugar.
Also given up on trying to find gluten-free options!!
Newspapers: yes (French)
38 Rue de Bretagne
3 arrondissement, Paris
This month, my kitchen is in Paris. It has been a fantastic experience exploring all the culinary delights of this food obsessed nation, whilst staying in our rental apartment in Le Marais.
Apologies that I am writing this from iPhone therefore can’t quite work out the usual text then photo format for this post!
In my kitchen … are some beautiful tomatoes full of flavour. I don’t understand why we can’t have tomatoes like this in Australia. It is so unfair.
In my kitchen … some totally divine local Parisienne strawberries. It is not an exaggeration to say I have never tasted strawberries like it.
In my kitchen … Is some French sea salt. Looking forward to bringing a kilo of this home with me.
In my kitchen …is a tin of Mariage Feres tea – very expensive even in France, apparently this is tea without equal. The best you can get.
In my kitchen … Is some Comte cheese slices to have with baguette or the most incredible (non gluten-free) sourdough from our local bakeries. Poilane and Du Pain des et Idees (both famous in Paris) are close by.
In my kitchen is some butter that I got from the local fromagerie. Why can’t we get butter like this at home?
In my kitchen … I have the obligatory French minerale water and vin rouge. When dining out the wine is actually more expensive than the Perrier!
Lastly in my kitchen … I have from Greek total yogurt. If you follow my blog, you will know I am obsessed with this stuff – so had to buy a few tubs when I saw it in my local deli – even if I am in France !!!!
So that’s it for this month. Head over to Fig and Lime Cordial to check out what is happening in other blogger kitchens this month. Au revoir!
Exploring the streets of Paris, we came across these delectable little morsels.
Meringue topped with cream and rolled in chocolate flakes – or nuts depending on the flavour.
Will be one of the things I dream about when I leave this city. Divine.
Just saw the most amazing array of magnificent bottles of mineral water on the shelves of Le Grande Epicerie de Paris in St Germain.
My initial reaction was wow – partly due to the impressively beautiful packaging.
Unless you live in a location that has unsafe or undrinkable water is there really a need to pay for it? By the time it has been packaged and transported is it really any better than the stuff that is free out of a tap?
Looking a little closer I saw a bottle of rare glacier water selling at 12€ ($17 AUD) and it made me think that the world has in fact gone crazy!!
For any Australian in Paris, at some point the search for good coffee will ensue – and most likely end in a pilgrimage to Montmartre to Kooka Boora Cafe.
Apparently owned by an Aussie, KB Cafe is serving up Grinders coffee and although there is no skim milk – I am very happy to be sipping the best coffee I’ve had since we arrived.
They do some great fresh juice and I even see Vegemite on the menu. It’s a cute little place, with good wifi and lots of Aussie tourists
Sufficiently caffeinated, I am now about to tackle the stairs around Sacre Coeur to see the spectacular view over Paris and soak up the picture postcard atmosphere around the Montmartre village. A bientot!
Coffee: 5 out of 5 by Paris standards
Atmosphere: 4 out 5
Cappucino cost: 3.5€
My first coffee in Paris – an espresso with milk mousse called a mokato. It is widely said that France has terrible coffee. And so far I have to agree – that reputation is correct.
This coffee has put hairs on my chest!!!!
Coffee: 1 out 5
Newspapers: don’t know doesn’t matter, could understand them anyway
Bar Du Marche
Rue Vielle Du Temple
Le Marais (4th arr), Paris