city of lights

. A few weeks ago … This following text I wrote at the gate at CDG, waiting to board my flight home to Beirut. It is with a tear on my eye I am leaving Paris. I just love the time I am  privileged to spend in the City Of Lights. But for me it…

vienna calling

. It has been almost 30 years since I left Vienna. I lived in many a interesting place. But … I am a Chef, a Chef Patissier, and people do not understand that somebody does not want to live in Vienna, especially if you COME FROM THERE. Don’t understand me wrong. I am quite happy…

tokyo macaron yaki at le salon du chocolat

Last week there was the Salon du Chocolat held in Paris. It was by accident rather than design that I was in town at the time. I am normally not somebody who has the need to attend consumer fares. But I figured since I am in Paris, might as well pay it a visit. Between…

Pâtisserie Viennoise

. There is a little treasure in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Just down the street from the med-school on 8 rue de l’École de Médicine, 75006 Paris, is Pâtisserie Viennoise. It is a charming little place I must have passed twice before I actually noticed it. There is Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel on…

Who’s strudel is it anyway …

. Apple Strudel Apfelstrudel – Stroudel aux pommes There is hardly a pastry dessert in the world whose fame can match that of the old Viennese Apple Strudel, and quite appropriately, it is not the easiest thing in the world to prepare! But have no fear, nothing can stand between you and the perfect Apple…

ChefThomas

CHEFTHOMAS   Chef, with over thirty years of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people. I like to produce my goods using the freshest and best natural ingredients. This is to ensure that…

Paris Walkabout

It was raining again last night. Kept the air fresh I suppose. But we got out anyway. Just on the corner where we are staying in Rue Malar is the Chocolatier Michel Chaudun. Unfortunately closed for the summer. Guess who this one is. I found this street-sign just a couple of blocks down the road….

Paris

Three days in Paris. Tomorrow morning I am on my way to Paris. This is a trip inspired by Adam from ParisPatisseries and David Lebovitz who wrote “The Sweet Life in Paris” amongst other “must have” cook books. Based on their blogs I have compiled a list of “must visit” Patisseries. This list will be subject…

I am from Vienna

I am from VIENNA ­­­­ The Pastry Paradise – A Little History – The world’s finest pâtisserie comes from Vienne”, as France’s great chef, the late Fernand Point, once said. The genius of the Restaurant de la Pyramyde in Vienne, a city south of Lyon, did not mean his own Vienne but the Austrian Vienne…