Comedy, Springtime and my failed attempt at baking

On Monday night, I started the week off on a fun note but going to see How to Become Parisian in an Hour. This is the best selling show in Paris and it wasn’t hard to see why. Within five seconds of arriving on the stage, Olivier Giraud had the audience (a mixture of French and overseas visitors) in fits of laughter. His impression of Parisian life and encounters in the metro, restaurants and shops was so spot on that it was hard not to find it hilarious. Honestly, Paris is such a great city but there are aspects of living here that do sometimes get to me such as the miserable faces in the metro every morning or the rudeness of sales staff but Olivier explained this so well that at the end I nearly empathised with them (I stress ‘nearly’!). This show is a must see for anyone visiting or living, or even passing through Paris but I would say it is particularly relevant to those who have been in Paris long enough to no longer be amazed by the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower and the one sided view of Paris we experience as a tourist. 

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During the week, I went to the park by the Champs Elysée and enjoyed the warm weather. I was amazed at how suddenly Spring had hit the park. Suddenly there were cherry blossoms that seemed to have bloomed out of no where and flowers of every colour planted all around. 

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It was especially nice on Tuesday so decided to walk home.

Yesterday, I attempted to make brownies as I was at home sick for the day and had planned to come back to work next day with yummy Nigella inspired brownies for my colleagues. Everything was going to plan until firstly, I realised I was 100g out of butter just as I had melted the butter and chocolate together. After running out to the shop across the road, I managed to throw the remaining butter into the mix without any trauma. I continued by adding the eggs and the sugar, then the almonds and walnuts. After folding the mixture into the mini baking tray I had bought specially (as I have a mini oven) the ultimate despair took over as I attempted to slide the tray into the oven only to realise it didn’t fit! I must have turned the tray diagonally, hexagonally, vertically but alas it was not meant to be…I then transferred the mixture to the smaller tray I had (which is really supposed to be a “crumb tray’, bunged it in the oven and hoped for the best. When I took it out 25 minutes later (the recommended time) it appeared to be cooked on the outside and “gooey” on the inside just as the recipe stated. However, even when left to cool, it remained “gooey”…even this morning when I opened up the plastic container I stored the mound of gloop in…so alas, no brownies for my colleagues today 😦 And my hopes of becoming a domestic goddess will just have to wait another while longer…Image

 

How deceiving!

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I tried

So yea…it’s fair to say I’ve sickened myself off chocolate now without having eaten any of it. Plus I’ve to get a refund on that baking tray now…

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St Patrick’s Day in Paris

Hi all,

It’s safe to say this has been the most exciting St Patrick’s week I think I’ve ever had (since I went to the Dublin parade with my Dad as a child). On Sunday night, we “greened” or lit up the Moulin Rouge in green to celebrate the Irish national holiday of St Patrick. Two rows of dancers (a mixture of Can Can girls and Riverdancers) put on an exciting ‘mélange’ of the two dances whilst the Moulin Rouge glowed in green behind them. To witness the over the top glamour of the Can Can dancers with the understated elegance of the Riverdance was a fantastic contrast that just seemed to fit at the same time.

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Before greening

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After greening

Yesterday, the festivities really kicked off as we had a press lunch at Semilla restaurant to celebrate the best of Irish cuisine in partnership with Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland and some of the best Irish chefs and producers who came to share their skills with a group of journalists, bloggers and Michelin starred restaurant owners. After we had done our bit meeting and greeting (and giving out shamrocks) we had the chance to sit down and have a taste of some delicious Irish stew (the BEST I’ve ever tasted)!!!

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We then hopped on the RER A and arrived at Disney. The weather had just took a 180 and was looking to be a glorious day. We picked up our passes and headed for the rides. I went on Space Mountain (for the second time), was even more nervous as I knew what to expect but was actually not as scary the second time…although was just as exciting! After that, I was feeling a bit more brazen, especially as my colleagues persuaded me to go on Thunder Mountain (which terrifies me as it’s outside) but then they coerced me by drawing my attention to the children in the queue, saying if they could do it I could…all I can say is I will NEVER do that to my child. I cried like a baby and when we looked at our photos at the end I couldn’t see my face as I was clinging to my poor colleagues arm in absolute fear. Although saying that, I’m glad I did it and came out alive.

The illuminations at Sleeping Beauty’s castle began just as it fell dark and it was nothing short of spectacular. We had expected it would be turned green and that there might be a few fireworks but we were never to be fully prepared for what was in store. It was too breathtaking to put into words and too mesmerising to capture on camera. But here’s an attempt…

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There weren’t just fireworks, but actual FIRE that was so strong it left smoke rings in the air and brief blankets of warmth, which was much welcomed by the crowd, considering how cold out it was. The illuminations weren’t just amazing to look at but were extremely moving as a compilation of Disney classics such as The Lion King, Brave and Aladdin were projected onto the castle. The creativity, enthusiasm and tremendous effort Disney had gone to for this show was touching and left everyone feeling reminiscent of either their own childhood or that of their children’s, with whom they would have shared memories of of Disney’s most magical moments in film.

Hope you all had a lovely green St Patrick’s Day.

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