Peanut Butter Krispy Treats

Peanut Butter Krispy Treats Recipe


Most of what I'm going to need in the next two weeks is arranged in small piles on my bed right now. A couple dresses, cameras, and books. Film, lipstick, light meter, passport, hand wipes, ponytail holders, and batteries. I'm getting on a flight to Paris in a few hours. Pinch me, I've never been (!?!), and I can't wait. Last year Clotilde and I started chatting about swapping apartments. The idea was this - she and Maxence would come stay here in San Francisco, and Wayne and I would stay in her place in Montmartre. We settled on dates, bought our tickets, and here I am bubbling with excitement, trying to pack, doing my best not to forget my toothbrush. I made a few little airport snacks to bring along including these peanut butter crispy treats, a riff on the version I made for Super Natural Cooking.

rice crispy treats

They are made with crisp brown rice cereal (available at many natural foods stores) mixed into a hot, decadent peanut butter maple syrup sludge. I did this version with lots of chopped, toasted pistachios throughout. Also, instead of cutting them into bars, I pressed them into wrapper-lined muffin tins.

rice crispy treats

You can serve these guys to mixed crowds too. Vegans, vegetarians, and people who avoid gelatin like them in part because I don't call for marshmallows (which often contain gelatin). Instead I use a slightly obscure natural ingredient called agar agar flakes. It's a sea vegetable that you can use to thicken puddings, custards, or in this case to give the peanut butter and maple syrup mixture some binding power. You can find the flakes in many natural food stores.

rice crispy treats

We have a layover in Chicago, and I'm going to keep these right near the top of my carry-on, for convenient snacking. And no worries - while I'm gone, I'm not abandoning the site altogether. I have a couple recipes waiting on the server to share, and a new favorite cookbook list from a friend in Sweden. Hopefully that'll be enough to keep things lively around here until I get home. If you have any advice, tips, or places not to miss in Paris or Madrid, my thanks in advance. I have quite a list going for both cities, but some of my favorite spots from our trip to Tokyo were ones you suggested! xo -h

 
 
 
 

Peanut Butter Krispy Treats

Be sure to use crisp brown rice cereal and not puffed rice cereal.

3/4 cup unsalted peanut butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

2 1/2 teaspoons agar agar flakes (available at a health foods stores)

4 cups unsweetened (or lightly sweetened) crisp brown rice cereal


3/4 cup pistachios, toasted and chopped

Line two muffin tins with about 18 muffin/cupcake wrappers, and set aside.

Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and agar flakes in a large saucepan over low heat and stir constantly until smooth, hot, melted, and bubbling just a bit. Add the cereal and 1/2 cup of the pistachios and stir until well coated. Spoon two heaping tablespoons of the mixture into each muffin wrapper and press into place with the back of a spoon. Alternately, if you want krispy squares, you can transfer it to an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and refrigerate until completely cool (this also helps the agar set).

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen treats.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 5 min

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Paula from Only Cookware
September 7, 2009

What a great idea swapping apartments. Paris is one of my favorite places. If you are into museums make sure you buy the Museum pass as it will save you hours in queues. We literally walked past a mile long queue of people waiting to get into the Musée d'Orsay with our museum pass and strolled in without having to wait. Well worth it.

 

chika
September 7, 2009

oh that sounds fantastic - both the krispy treats and your european trip. you'll love it there! do head for markets for fruits and vegetables, they are beautiful. cheese and chocolate, too! take lots of photos, both of you, Heidi & Wayne... have a safe trip and have a wonderful time!

 

corinne
September 7, 2009

Paris is always wonderful and worth a trip. If you have enough time and like parks you shouldn't miss the "parc André Citroën". It's a bit far off but wonderful. And although it always sounds strange, at least to me, one absolutely has to visit at least one cemetery in Paris, the most famous being père-lachaise. Enjoy!

 

myrna
September 7, 2009

hello Heidi
I'm glad you're coming to Paris. I follow both your blogs, Clotilde and you, regularly....
I've just brought back from a trip to Bali, a bag of candlenut that I mistakenly thought were macadamia nut.
If you know how tu use that, I'd be glad to hand it over to you while you're here in Paris.
Feel free to e-mail me.
And have a good trip !

 

Sagi
September 7, 2009

Hi, - The recipe looks amazing and I am keen to try it !

Small q:
Can I substitue the maple syrup with honey or any other sweet-thick thing ?

If so - what are the quamntities of honey to use instead of the maple ?

Thanks..
Sagi
:)

 

gastroanthropologist
September 7, 2009

You'll love Paris and so great you get to do an apartment swap. My favorite bakeries are Des Gateaux du Pain and Eric Kayser. Pierre Herme is a must, esp. for their kouign aman, croissants, isaphan, macarons....you get the point.
Thanks for posting a treat for the airplane. I'm going back home to San Francisco (layover in Chicago as well) for a week in a few days so I'll be making these. And I can use up what little peanut butter I have left because I get to restock when I'm home!

 

TC
September 7, 2009

@ Myrna - candlenuts are ground to a meal/paste and used to thicken curries and sauces. They can have a laxative effect so best not to use too many until you are used to them !

@ Heidi - I have some friends coming for afternoon tea and this is a perfect addition to the planned spread. Thanks! Have a wonderful time in Paris. I look forward to reading about it when you get back :)

 

The Gardener's Eden
September 7, 2009

Have a safe journey and a fantastic trip. I am sure you will have amazing things to share with your eager audience when you return. I look forward to traveling vicariously through your stories, photos and recipes. And thank you for another great snack! Looks like a healthy treat for a busy time of the year.
All the best - Michaela

 

Gina
September 7, 2009

What a delicious snack and AMAZING trip! have a wonderful time!!!

 

Reginald @ Ceramic Canvas
September 7, 2009

Yum!

Have fun in Paris.

It's an amazing place and

I'm sure you'll love it.

PS: Amazing job on Krispy Treats.

I'll feeling inspired to get up off of the

couch and chef these bad babies up.

:)

 

Lauren
September 7, 2009

I love this spin on rice crispy treats! Your idea of pressing the mixture into muffin tins is genius.

I just made a "revamped" version the other day as well. It's so much fun to give an old treat a new makeover.

 

Jennifer
September 7, 2009

I was in Paris this spring with my daughters (one of whom is vegetarian), One of our favorite lunches was in La Marais - L'as Du Fallafel (in the old Jewish quarter). The best fallafels ever! Your order from a little window and eat standing in the street. There is always a line but they are so fast that the line moves quickly. I still dream about those fallafels! I had done lots of research before I went and this was listed over and over as a must visit- how right they all were!! Have a great trip!!!

 

Sarah-Two Blue Lemons
September 7, 2009

Beautiful muffin tin! Have so much fun in Paris!

 

Marisa
September 7, 2009

Definitely get a museum pass in Paris--not only do you get to the head of the line, but at Notre Dame, you climb up and are literally face-to-face with the gargoyles--it is a sight to see!
Do not miss the stained glass in some of the old cathedrals, either. Some of my favorite memories are gazing at all of the beautiful colors!

As for Madrid, head to the plazas and sit at a cafe drinking Sangria and people watch. So worth it, (and the wine is delicious, too!)

Enjoy your trip!

 

Rachael
September 7, 2009

I am off to Paris in a couple of weeks myself! Here are a few of my favorite spots from my last visit four years ago:

1) Chez Papa - Even if you have to wait an hour for a table (as I did), the food here is worth it. I had the most amazing salad that I still recreate at home.

2) Sainte-Chapelle - Skip Notre Dame and head here instead. The stained glass is truly spectacular.

3) La Cure Gourmande - Chocolates, candies, and biscuits as far as the eye can see...and conveniently located near the Centre Pompidou.

 

Cookin' Canuck
September 7, 2009

Wow, lucky you! Have you and Clotilde left each other a list of your favorite places to food shop? I'm looking forward to reading about each of your adventures.

These look like the perfect snacks to keep you going on the long flight. Bon voyage!

 

veggievixen
September 7, 2009

!!!

what a fabulous idea. i'm sure you'll have an amaaaaazing time, i can't wait to see some baeutiful photos!

these look good! i never would have thought to add pistachios .yummmm

 

Emily
September 7, 2009

Just follow Clotilde's book, and you'll be fine. Oh, and bring a paper bag to breathe into for the wonder that is E. Dehillerin. And I would stock up on vanilla beans at G. Detou if I were you. And smuggle back some "feves tonka" from there as well. Have a wonderful time and say hi to Rose Bakery for me!

 

Ellen
September 7, 2009

What a fun trip! I can't wait to hear about it :)

Question: I don't have agar agar flakes, but I do have both Guar Gum & Xanthan Gum. Could I use either of those to bind? I'm trying to avoid purchasing so many obscure ingredients. Thanks.

 

Julia
September 7, 2009

Heidi-
For a pain au chocolat like no other (my favorite way to eat them is to peel off the buttery layers one by one), try Le Grenier à Pain, which is in Montmartre on rue des Abbbesses (near Abbesses metro).

Have a great time!

-Julia

 

Linda
September 7, 2009

paris! you'll love it! especially montmartre! all i can say is, if it looks good, eat it! don't even think about denying yourself, be indulgent, because you'll kick yourself in the butt afterwards if you don't! have fun, be safe, eat well!!!

 

Sophie
September 7, 2009

Bon Voyage Heidi and Wayne! I hope your trip is lovely and unforgettable. If I remember correctly Clotilde lived in San Francisco a few years ago, so this will be an "old-home week" of sorts for her, right?

 

veggie wedgie
September 7, 2009

This looks so yummy! Perfect snack! Have fun on your trip!

 

Health Food
September 7, 2009

Have fun on your trip, if you stop by Denver feel free to drop by and share some of your tasty krispy treats!

 

Hannah
September 7, 2009

My husband and I visited Paris for the first time in May, and it lived up to (and even surpassed) my ridiculously high expectations. If you and Wayne like to bike, don't miss out on Fat Tire bike tours. We took an incredible nighttime bike tour of Paris, and it was our favorite part of the trip. Their website is www.fattirebiketours.com Billy was our guide and he was amazing!
Can't wait to try these treats-they look delicious!

 

Elena
September 7, 2009

Ahhhh Paris! It's the MOST BEAUTIFUL city in the world, you will not be disappointed. We also stayed in Montmartre, round the corner from the café Les Deux Moulins where 'Amèlie' was filmed, and had breakfast there every morning. After that, we literally walked everywhere, though you can get a ticket that's valid for any kind of transport for different lengths of time.
It doesn't matter where you stand: you'll always find yet another breathtaking view!
A must after you return from Paris: read 'From Paris to the Moon' by Adam Gopnik. I think I already recommended this reading before the vacations, when you wanted ideas for books to read during the summer, but I nevertheless have to insist. It is so well written, and he is so funny in his views of the Parisians...!
I wish you all the best in the best city!
Elena
from Spain

 

Doe
September 7, 2009

Someone please help!!!! I live waay out in the sticks, no health food store for miles. The only way I could get agar flakes would be mail order. What would the sub be for gelatin. I'm not even sure I can find the brown rice cereal. That's how bad it is where I am. I only have internet becuz of satellite. ( Things I do for hubby.)
But these looks so delish...I must find a way to do. Have a wonderful & safe trip. like said eat,eat,eat,&enjoy, enjoy. It's better regretting putting on weight & having overdone the splurging then looking back 10 yrs from now saying, " I wish I had done this when in Paris."

 

Lynna
September 7, 2009

Paris! That's so exciting, and apartment swapping, genius! I know you'll have a wonderful time.

These rice krispy treats look and sound yummy, unfortunately for some reason I seem to have a problem finding crisp brown rice cereal. I needed it for a recipe once before and ended up with puffed brown rice by accident. Hopefully I'll have better luck this time.

 

Claire
September 7, 2009

I agree with Rachael - the Sainte Chapelle is amazing. I spent must have been 45 minutes in there in awe of the stained glass windows.

Very touristy, but take a trip to Versailles as well. Strange but gorgeous. :) Especially make a point of seeing the mural of the crowning of Josephine.

 

monique léger
September 7, 2009

Et il ne faut pas oublier la boulangerie "poilâne" for the best bread in the world!! on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6ième arrondissement. Have Fun!

Monique

 

monique léger
September 7, 2009

Et il ne faut pas oublier la boulangerie "poilâne" for the best bread in the world!! on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6ième arrondissement. Have Fun!

Monique

 

monique léger
September 7, 2009

Et il ne faut pas oublier la boulangerie "poilâne" for the best bread in the world!! on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6ième arrondissement. Have Fun!

Monique

 

Ann
September 7, 2009

3 great little vegetarian restaurants in Madrid (in case you get sick of jamón):

Vegaviana
Calle de Pelayo 35
metro: Cheuca

El Granero de Lavapiés
Argumosa 10
metro: Lavapiés

La Biotika
Amor de Dios 3
metro: Antón Martín

Get the menú del día.

 

gastroanthropologist
September 7, 2009

forgot to mention L'ami Jean - of all the restaurants I have tried in Paris the best meal I ever had was at L'ami Jean. Not too fancy, bistro style, but amazing food. I can close my eyes and still picture the meal.

 

Melissa
September 7, 2009

I recommend Artemisa in Madrid (2 locations) when you really need a salad. With multiple vegetables. And without mayonnaise. The menu del dia often has delicious options, but the salads are worth a menu detour, particularly in a [lovely!] city where they are so scarce.

 

Have a great trip!

That will make a great snack for your trip. I also try to make food to take with me on airplanes trips. :-)

 

Elizabeth Mackey
September 7, 2009

Lived there fo two years, you will love it, what is not to love right?! Go to the best kitchen store on the planet....Dehillerin 51 rue Jean Jacques Rousseau Paris. Do not miss this place!!!

 

Another Clotilde
September 7, 2009

I was just in Paris 2 weeks ago with my intolerant-to-butter-and-cream boyfriend and his hippie/granola mother, and we all fell in love with a vegetarian hole-in-the-wall called Le Potager du Marais at 22 rue Rambuteau. It offered incredible vegetarian food, and it was the first time my boyfriend could actually enjoy a restaurant meal in Paris. It's very small so try to be there early. Don't miss on the chocolate store across the street.

 

Mrs Redboots
September 7, 2009

Have a fabulous time in Paris! I shall look forward to reading both your adventures, and Clothilde's!

Interesting - when my mother made rice krispie cakes when we were little, she always put spoonfuls of them in paper cases, like you do. For me, that is the "proper" way to make them. Also, she never used marshmallows (the English kind are horrible, only good for toasting at a campfire!), just chocolate and golden syrup. Your recipe looks good, too.

 

Camila
September 7, 2009

Paris, lucky you! Definitely most beautiful city in the world (San Francisco and Barcelona tie for second).
In Madrid don't miss the Mercado de San Miguel, a recently beautifully renovated old market with an oyster bar, a juice bar, a culinary bookstore and many other treats, you'll love it. It's right off the Plaza Mayor, easy to find. Too bad you aren't coming to Barcelona this time round, would have loved to meet up and show you around!

 

eatlivetravelwrite
September 7, 2009

What a fabulous idea - have fun in Paris - it will be wonderful to discover it for your first time!! (I lived there for years and miss is so - anything I can read about Paris helps!!!)

 

renee
September 7, 2009

I'm a faithful reader of your blog. Oddly, I leave for Paris next tuesday. I've been making my own lists for a couple of months now. I will return to a few favorites from 2005. Of course I have Clotilde's book and I'll be packing it. One of my favorite spots was the Rodin garden, I think you'll take some gorgeous photos there. Also don't miss the gardens at Versailles, we biked through them to Marie Antoinette's Petit Hameau. A small stand served amazing organic sorbet there, i chose lemon strawberry and my daughter had green apple. Unbelievable flavor. The Gardens at Giverny are a don't miss too. We took a bike tour there (fat tire), I recommend going on a weekday to avoid the crowds. One restaurant we enjoyed was sept/quinze in the 15eme. Might be a bit far for you. Also Maxim's in the Galleries Lafayette was a great spot for lunch after visiting the Garnier Opera house. The Louvre restaurant served us a memorable tartine.
Have a great time and I look forward to your posts afterward.

 

Kee
September 7, 2009

Try and make it to the Jardin du Luxembourg which is on the left bank... I found it sort of haunting in a good way, at least in the winter. It is not too far from the hotel Relais St. Germain which is a fabulous boutique hotel and right next to it they have a lovely restaurant, which unlike most hotel restaurants is adored by locals. Yummy breakfasts with delicious walnut bread, soft-boiled eggs, organic yogurt, honey, and fruit. Have fun and be sure to wear your walking shoes....!

 

Kat
September 7, 2009

Just when I'd been mooning over (marshmallow) rice crispy treats I can't have. I was considering making my own marshmallows but this sounds much easier.

I'll have to make these really soon.

 

Anon
September 7, 2009

Fwiw, Marshmallow Fluff (http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/ ) doesn't contain gelatin -- although it does have egg whites -- and makes great Rice Krispie Treats etc.

 

Mary
September 7, 2009

Enjoy Paris, you are going to LOVE it!!!!!!!!!

 

pat
September 7, 2009

ditto on Ste Chapelle and Poilane bread on Chercez Midi. Maison du Chocolates, LaDurree on Place Royale for macaroons. Don't miss Berthillon ice creams and sorbets, especially the sorbets - love the cassis sorbet. The main store is on Ile St. Louis, but there will be other places all around Paris that carry some of their flavors. Look at "Sweet Life in Paris" by David Lebovitz for Paris references in the back of the book, also his blog. Bon Voyage

 

Nan Boone
September 7, 2009

Oh Heidi, I have recommended your site to so many here in KY. I really appreciate your posts and very neat site. It's easy to maneuver around in, your prose is articulate, and your recipes are simple to read. I have not tried many of your vegetarian delights due to lack of items I can get here in rural East Kentucky, but I occasionally have the means to take a city trip, and that's when I rely on your expertise to wow some veggie friends. It's great you post what others do while giving them credit for their tried and trues. I am in awe, but also simply grateful to be able to pass along your quality site to others who are searching in the maze of food info. Cheers!

 

karla
September 7, 2009

Have fun. I don't know how long you're going to be there, but consider getting a Carte Orange for the metro. You can get them for either one week or one month, and they're totally worth it.

Definitely stop by Angelina's on the rue de Rivoli for the most decadent hot chocolate on the planet. It's an easy stop when you're at the Louvre.

You can also get some excellent North African cuisine in Paris...both Algerian and Moroccan. L'Atlas Blvd. St. Germaine in the 5eme Arrondissement is good, as is Chez Omar in the 3eme.

:)

 

Victoria
September 7, 2009

Hi Heidi, for a couple of years now i've kept your blog in my favourites as a reference for great vegetarian recipes.

As a vegetarian living in Paris now for a good few years i thought that i'd warn you that they're really big meat eaters over here and tend to hide meat in things that you kinda wouldn't expect which always annoys me, saying this there are some great finds to be had, one of mine and my (French and meat eating) boyfriend's favs is Galerie 88 just behind to the Hotel de Ville - 88, quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris, the gazpacho and split pea soup (which i want so desperately to recreate but can't seem to...) are both musts, lovely bohemian style and simple great tasting food.

I saw that someone suggested L’As du Falafel - 34, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris and i agree, you should definitely try and stop by it's delicious. Tip, at rush hours you'll wait less if you actually sit in to eat and also it's shut on Fri nights.

Enjoy the city.

Victoria.

 

Caitlin
September 7, 2009

Hullo Heidi!

I've been following and loving your blog for more than a year now, beginning when I first lived in Madrid in 2007! It's there (and, by extension, through your blog) that I learned how to cook. I'm back living in Madrid now getting my Master's, so if you're here and in need of a friendly vegetarian to recommend spots to see/shop/eat, grab a bite, or consult for directions and/or museum going, please do get in touch!

Hope your trip is fantastic. Hasta pronto!

Caitlin
email: caitlin.schiller@gmail.com
Spanish mobile: 600287276

 

Marc
September 7, 2009

If you're in the neighborhood and just want to sit down and enjoy the view, take Pont Neuf and follow the signs to where the tour boats leave. But - do not take the tour boats. Keep going through the tiniest of parks on the western end of Isle de la CIté to just sit on the edge of the island and take in the view. You'll be sitting in the middle of the marvelous Seine looking at the bridges in front, the Louvre on your right and Notre Dame behind you.

Have fun!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=paris+sacre-coeur&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.324283,82.441406&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=48.857549,2.340069&spn=0.001025,0.002516&z=19&iwloc=A

 

Liz
September 7, 2009

My two top picks have been taken, (Dehillerin, the most amazing cookware store ever, and Chez l'ami Jean for deeply wonderful Basque bistro food). So instead I'll suggest great ice cream at Berthillon, the impressive living wall and gardens at Musee de Quai Branly, and the markets, particularly the Marche des Enfants Rouge off rue de Bretagne in the Marais. Will be off to Paris before Christmas so please post your adventures!

 

nisa
September 7, 2009

If you are going to Madrid, you will be in tapas heaven! There is one in particular I recommend -- gulas! Baby eels served on toast with a garlic aioli. Sounds wierd, but it's wonderful. I had it in a great little second -story restaurant just off the plaza with the Bear statue (Plaza del Sol?? hard to remember), but I'm sure you can get it many places. Superb! Also try to find a Basque restaurant if you can. Have a lovely time!

 

Maria
September 7, 2009

I'm so glad to read that you're travelling to my beloved city: Madrid.

Here's a couple of tips:

- A place to eat: Viva la vida: it's a veggie buffet, full of colour and good vibes. Food is homemade and delicious. I'm sure you'll find a great source of inspiration!
Here's the map (also the quarter is one of the don't-miss... La Latina)
http://11870.com/pro/viva-la-vida-madrid

- Food: try "salmorejo", it's a traditional southern recipe made with tomato, bread, olive oil and garlic. It's just delicious, and great for this summer time (don't forget your summer clothes!).

- A place: there is a place that many guides don't mention but it's actually my favorite. The Debod temple park. The sunset is amazing and so is the city view from here... Here goes the map:
http://11870.com/pro/templo-debod

Enjoy your visit! And if you need some more help/tips/anything, dont hesitate mailing me.

Have an amazing trip!

 

vicki
September 7, 2009

I love Paris. My favorite restaurant: Le Souk - fine Moroccan food - search the NYTimes.com site for a review. Favorite place: Luxembourg Gardens. Close second: standing in front of the Victoire of Samothrace in the Louvre. Night cruise on the Seine is awesome. Eiffel tower at night. Le Printemps and Galleries de Lafeyette - great place to grab a lunch and view the city from above.

 

SallBR
September 7, 2009

I have lived in Paris for a little over two years, close to the Eiffel Tower, so a bit far from Montmartre area.

I am sure Clotilde will give you a series of "must-do", "must-visit" that will be a lot more up to date than mine, as I left in 2003.

Please report back, and have a ton of fun! Of course, you HAVE to go to Poilane and get one of their beautiful breads :-)

Bon voyage!

 

VeggieGirl
September 7, 2009

Have a safe flight and trip!! Those treats will DEFINITELY be great for snacking while waiting for your next plane :)

 

Jennifer
September 7, 2009

My favorite small neighborhood bistro in Paris, located near the Eiffel Tower, is Cafe Constant, 139, rue Saint-Dominique:
http://www.cafeconstant.com

And thanks for the blog, Heidi. I'm a huge fan (and a friend of your neighbor, Dan, who went up in my estimation for knowing you!).

 

Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf
September 7, 2009

"peanut butter maple syrup sludge" - i'm all over this! can't wait to try, and won't wait for my next flight to do so! the apartment swap is such a fabulous idea. i'm already looking forward to your paris posts here.... bon voyage, and of course, bon appetit ! :)

 

Karina
September 7, 2009

From September 23th, 2009 to January 4th, 2010, on the Petit Palais, will be a retrospective exhibition about Renoir. The exhibition included 200 masterpieces from Renoir.

The website of the Petit Palais (only to see it from outside its a wonderful walking trail).

http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/Accueil/p-93-Accueil.htm

 

Anonymous
September 7, 2009

Also in Madrid, the Museum Reina Sofia, will be free all days from 19:00 to 21:00 hours, also you can buy passes that includes Museo del Prado and the Thyssen Museum, the 3 most important museums in Madrid. The Reina Sofia Museum go down with its prices... so... I hope that you can enjoy it.

 

Marcia
September 7, 2009

I finally made your Healthy Cookies today and while happily eating one I discovered your new recipe in my mailbox. I'll get to this one sooner!

I've never been to Paris, but one of the first places I'll go, based on a recommendation from a fabulous artist I know, is the Delacroix Museum.

Bon voyage!

 

Meagn
September 7, 2009

Hi. I was just in Madrid recently. Head to CARRERA DE SAN JERONIMO for one of the nicest stores for blouses and jackets you'll ever find. The Extreme Collection has wonderful clothes! The Arabic baths were a real treat, but don't splurge on the massages. They were average. On Calle de la Reina there are two great bars. The shinier one has incredible drinks and old school bar tenders. For a very Madrid store head to Calle Jon de Jorge Juan and Jocomomola - very fun hip clothes. I got something on sale for 80% off and wore it all summer. Madrid was so wonderful and the best part was the food. Pimientos de Padron is a great tapas dish - fried and salted small sweet green peppers. Yum! Have a great trip!

 

Kitchen M
September 7, 2009

I'm so jealous - not only visiting Paris but also to be able to swap apartments with Clotilde! Looking forward to seeing your posts about this trip. Have a great time. :)

 

Anonymous
September 7, 2009

I love your blog, and I hate for the first comment I make here to be negative, but I wanted to mention that it is unkind and potentially dangerous to people with peanut allergies to bring peanut containing products on to airplanes. That's why they now serve pretzels rather than peanuts on planes.

I hope your trip is wonderful and I look forward to seeing a great deal of interesting news.

 

shop girl
September 7, 2009

I am sure that you are totally connected but one of my favorite memories and a little more difficult to do . . . get lost in a part of the city that visitors do not get to - stop in a bakery for the best raspberry pastry and the bookstore nearby where no one speaks english.

You have brought all of the excitement back - thank you!

 

OCVeggie
September 7, 2009

Wholey moley those look good. 600 lbs here I come.

 

Alexandra
September 7, 2009

Musee d'Orsay is a must. And if you're going to do a cemetery, skip Jim Morrison and go to the Catacombs.

 

Amy P
September 7, 2009

You will love Montmartre! - A great way to get to know the history of that artistic neighborhood is to do a walking tour: Paris Walks has a great one, in English (I have done several of their walks and always found them fascinating)!
http://paris-walks.com/
Do NOT miss Laduree for macarons, esp the one on Rue Bonapart in the 6th. Many people like Pierre Herme, but for the traditional ones you just can't beat Laduree... plus the tea room is excellent for lunch, for taking a breather from shopping (!), and for those dreamy macarons. I am posting from Paris a ce moment, in fact!
Oh and the best best BEST caramels in the world come from Jacque Genin in the northern part of the Marais: Jacques Genin
133, rue de Turenne (3rd)
Tél: 01 45 77 29 01
enjoy!

 

james
September 7, 2009

The only lead i can give you for Paris is a musical one: Ndidi Onukwulu . She's from Vancouver and i've enjoyed her in concert.
Check it out.
September 24,2009
8:00PM@SFR Studio
Paris,France
www.ndidi.ca
Love the recipes!

 

anne Muller
September 7, 2009

for the best hot chocolate you will EVER have....
LA CHARLOTTE DE L'ISLE

24 Rue St Louis en l'isle
open 2 - 7 pm thurs - sun

ask Charlotte to take you into the kitchen.
check out photos at www.annecam.blogspot.com ...april 30 ..for pics

 

karla
September 7, 2009

I'll also add that you'll be there during Ramadan and probably for the Muslim holiday of Eid. (Sept 20th). As France has a large Muslim minority--you should definitely seek out the special dishes and treats available for the holidays. Often times, anybody who is hungry can just show up for Iftar...the meal that breaks the fast at sunset. Try the beautiful Mosque de Paris. As for special treats, basboussa (semolina cake), konafa (shredded filo like dessert), qataif (filled pancakes), etc. are all delicious. :) There's an Arab World Museum in Paris... and they sell delicious sweet mint tea in their cafe. Institut du Monde Arabe... www.imarabe.org

 

Sandra
September 7, 2009

I love the idea of the muffin papers. No sticky hands! Can't wait to try this. Have a great stay in Paris.

 

Suzanne
September 7, 2009

Paris - the world's favorite city!! How wonderful you are going to see it.

If we return we would not miss 2 things:

1. A concert at Sainte Chapelle, Louis the IX little chapel when Notre Dame was too much. It's a short walk from Notre Dame and worth seeing for the architecture and stained glass. They do almost nightly small ensemble concerts bathed in the beauty of amazing stained glass. For more info: http://www.classictic.com/en/Les-Solistes-Francais/10054/71494

2. Behind Notre Dame on St. Louis Island just over the bridge is a small cafe noted for their gelato. We never did have the gelato, but their hot chocolate, served with pitchers of steamed milk and melted chocolate for you to mix at the table was amazing. Utterly amazing.

Paris is difficult to put into words. Enjoy - whatever you choose to do.

 

Alta
September 7, 2009

Wow, what an awesome idea and great opportunity for both you and Clotilde. And these krispy treats! I am going to HAVE to make these, they look so irresistible!

 

Nick
September 7, 2009

Oh my, you've won me over with these beauties. Have a great time....I need to make some overseas friends, that's a great idea!

 

Carol
September 7, 2009

Casa Patas was recommended by a Spaniard for true flamenco (not the tourist type). It was so incredibly emotional and the highlight of our trip. Also, if you can squeak in a side trip to Toledo (hour south of Madrid) it's very romantic. Paris - it's all good!

 

Beth
September 7, 2009

Have a wonderful time! I just spent the summer in Paris and have so many suggestions, I'll try to limit myself to only the creme de la creme.

First, for ice cream you must have Berthillon on Ile St Louis! Absolutely the best ice cream I have had in my life. You can get it at the actual Berthillon place or one of their neighbors. My favorite was chocolate. And they close rather early, so check the website if you can before you go.

My favorite restaurant is Chez Prosper, which is near Place de la Nation, can't remember the address. Great food and fun atmosphere. Although honestly I'm a meat eater and speak French, so I don't remember just how vegetarian-friendly and English-friendly the menu was. Their specialties are "composed salads" which may have ham in it, but I imagine you could ask to just leave that out. My favorite salad is the salade chevalier and it doesn't have meat, just toast with three kinds of cheese, sauteed potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers. And they serve Berthillon ice cream here, so if you can't make it to the mothership, you can get it here!

Also, a few non-food suggestions: if you like Monet and impressionism, then you really should check out the Orangerie and the Musee Marmatton Monet. I think both do the museum pass, which is totally worth it if you're going to visit multiple museums a day a couple days in a row. Try to go to the Orangerie on a nice day because the Water Lilies are lit with natural light and it is GORGEOUS when the sunlight comes streaming through the skylights. The Musee Marmatton Monet is in the 16th and not near any other tourist attractions I can think of, but totally worth it. Also, blissfully uncrowded! Three rooms of Monet in the basement, the ground floor is Mr. Marmatton's collection of non-Impressionist mostly paintings and the top floor was a photo exhibit, although that may have changed in the month I've been away.

Again, have a wonderful time and enjoy the food! Can wait to see what you post about your trip. Sorry I'm a little long-winded.

 

Arlene
September 7, 2009

Dorie Greenspan's website for all-food-Paris (Poilane, Pierre Herme, etc, etc, etc).

http://www.doriegreenspan.com/paris.html

 

alyssa
September 7, 2009

I DEFINITELY agree with the other reader who suggested Pierre Hermé, it is an absolute must! Hands down best macarons...Yes, even better than Ladurée (although they now have a cool, but expensive bar on the Champs-Élysées worth a look)

... and if you are a fan of Alain Ducasse but don't want to break the bank at Plaza Athénée or at Jules Vernes in the Eiffel Tower, check out Spoon right off the Champs-Élysées on rue de Marignan...

http://www.spoon.tm.fr/public_en/actualite/index.htm

Amusez-vous bien!!

 

Stephen Roden
September 7, 2009

What ever you do, try try the Grand Marinier crepes that the street vendors sell. It's such a decadent, but inexpensive treat!

DON'T WORRY!....It's not like eating " street meat" from a vendor in North America.

Salut!....

 

Akila
September 7, 2009

Oh, how wonderful! These treats look simply divine. If you are in Madrid, my best suggestion is to find the tapas bars that are off the tourist tracks in the small side streets. You need to wander a bit to find them but they serve the most delicious food at cheap prices. Have a fun time!

 

Cecilia
September 7, 2009

Apart from San Miguel market, which has already been recommended by Camila, I think you should go to Parque del Retiro - lovely for a stroll or a pic nic!
Also, Plaza Santa Ana is a nice spot, touristy but still enjoyable...
On the food front, I agree, salmorejo is very, very good, also gazpacho...another specialty from the south worth trying is mojama, the top quality one comes from a place called Barbate (Andalusia). It's made on the same principle as jamón, but it's cured tuna. Very tasty! Wish you a wonderful time!

 

marissa sophia
September 7, 2009

Hi Heidi,
I first learned about you & your site from Pam Hunter exactly two years ago. As time progressed looking at your site became some sort of religious rite I needed to do daily and it amused me that just now as I read that you were going to Paris I became giddy inside anticipating a whole new batch of French-inspired recipes from you. Bon voyage!
-marissa

 

Hopperjas
September 7, 2009

I've done a similar recipe from Organic Valley but I used Agave Syrup (instead of maple or honey) which has a much lower glycemic index. I also added some type of dehydrated fruit such as raisons, cranberries, or really anything.

 

cynthia
September 7, 2009

Wow! I am so envious!!! I'd suggest the Fat Tire bike tour for Paris neophytes. It is so much fun.have a great time. September is the best month to be there.

 

Kirst_girl
September 7, 2009

This looks great! I live in Japan and agar agar flakes are readily available. I will definitely be making these in the fall. My mom used to use shoestring potato chips but crisp brown rice cereal is more up my alley.

 

Karina
September 7, 2009

Have a great time in Europe!

We loved Paco Roncero's restaurant in Madrid, La Terraza del Casino de Madrid. Amazing.

Enjoy!

 

Divya Trivedi
September 7, 2009

OMG! You're going to LOVE Paris. And Montmarte is probably the best place to stay at in Paris.
Have a fabulous time!

 

Daniele mills
September 7, 2009

Oh my gosh. I haven't been to Paris since 2002 but a few things I loved (besides EVERYTHING),
BHV on Rue de Rivoli, lowbrow prices on fun brands like Petit Bateau. Institute du mond Arab. The building face is made of tiled apertures that respond to sunlight.
Die and go to heaven at E. Dehillerin.

Oooh I wish I could go Right Now. Have a great trip.


 

Jil
September 7, 2009

Kosher marshmallows (those marked with an official kosher symbol, not "k" are never made with gelatin and are often vegan because they're made with agar. (Sometimes they're made with a fish-based product, so check the label.)

Enjoy Paris!

 

Sara
September 7, 2009

I've never been there, but you must go to Rose Bakery (or at least meet its owner.) Rose Carrarini's cookbook "Breakfast Lunch Tea" is my all-time favorite! Enjoy!

 

Jen
September 7, 2009

Of all the veg restaurants in Paris, my fave is Au Grain de Folie, right in Montmarte:
http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=864

Enjoy!

 

Peggy
September 7, 2009

I wanted to try your granola bar recipe, but I didn't have any rice crisp cereal on hand. Then I saw this recipe and thought what a shame I still don't have any rice crisp cereal. This afternoon I took my mother out for a little drive and decided last minute to stop at Fields. Low and behold of all things they were selling boxes of BROWN rice crisp cereal and organic to boot. Well who would have ever thought they'd be selling that. Usually one can only find the less than generic type of stuff. It was a very nice surprise, so I think that means fate would like me to try your recipes out. Now I'm just missing the agar agar and also need to restock the PB. Can't wait to try these lovely treats as I was never big on marshmallows.

Doe - you can probably sub in any rice crisp cereal. I don't want to advertise but say Rice Crispies.

Sagi - I've read some of Heidi's other recipe/posts and usually I think you can sub honey for equal amounts of maple syrup. Just flavour would be slightly different I think. I wonder if it changes how sweet the treat would taste too?

 

Lillian
September 7, 2009

Heidi - Been a longtime reader and finally am posting a note, thanks for your great blog and have a fantastic trip! In addition to Poilane, Laduree, Pierre Herme, L'as du falafel... I would definitely add Mariage Freres for tea; the Boutique Maille at place de la Madeleine for an incredible array of mustards; La Maison du Miel (nearby); and Androuet fromagerie. At any supermarket, Bonne Maman confitures in flavors we don't always see in the U.S. -- chestnut-vanilla, fig, and milk jam (like dulce de leche). I've also gotten some nice teas at Hediard (near Fauchon in pl. de la Madeleine). Try to squeeze in a trip to Monet's gardens in Giverny, too!

 

La Fleur de Paris
September 7, 2009

Bonjour Heidi!

When in Paris (where I live!) make sure to stop at Rose Bakery, 30 rue Debelleyme in Le Marais - for brunch or lunch, you'll love it.
Here's my blog, you'll see all of my favorite restaurants:
lafleurdeparis.blogspot.com
Or you can come and cook for me here ?
:)
Have fun !

 

Amanda
September 7, 2009

I echo the suggestions to visit Sainte Chapelle and the Rodin Museum/sculpture garden, two of my favorite spots in Paris. While it's been far too long since I was last there and specific restaurant names have long since escaped me, memories of galettes (buckwheat crepes, with savory fillings of brie and whatever else sounds yummy) are still present and highly recommended.

 

Gemma
September 8, 2009

You should definitely go to the garden in the mosque in Paris for mint tea and cakes. It is a beautiful sheltered spot and you can go and look at the Arabic Institute afterwards which is an incredible building. Have a great trip!

 

Ford
September 8, 2009

For a fairly unique bar right in the centre of tapas bar central, Huertas, try La Venencia‎. It sells only sherry and a few southern tapas.
C/ Echegaray 7, a few streets north east of Plaza Sta Ana.

 

Mila
September 8, 2009

One of my fav spots in Madrid is "Las cuevas de Sesamo" on calle del Principe, 7. All they have there are pitchers of sangria, and it's the best I've ever had.

A great veg restaurant is "La isla del tesoro", by the Bilbao metro, Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 3

 

jenna
September 8, 2009

We are always in love with the vegan sweets due to my son's anaphylaxis from all things cow-derived. YAY. Beautiful and yummy and agar-agar friendly. Agar flakes are usually hard for me, but not this time!

 

Ayelet
September 8, 2009

Definitely check out Artemisa in Madrid! It has some amazing vegetarian Spanish food.
Templo de Debod is also a great, not very touristed place to go in Madrid. And Toledo is so worth a side trip--getting lost in the twisting alleyways and sidestreets is unforgettable, especially on a beautiful Spanish day. Enjoy your travels!!

 

Rachel
September 8, 2009

This is also a wonderful after school treat! Appropriate as it is the first day of school. I really enjoy your blog. Enjoy your trip.

 

dolly
September 8, 2009

in madrid be sure to go to the tapas bar "jose luis" (there are a few of them sprinkled around the city) and if you have time, take an excursion out of the city to see "el escorial" the home of ferdinand and isabella. - impressive place. If you are in Madrid on a weekend, check out the flea market. have a great trip!

 

shila
September 8, 2009

These treats look so amazing that I want to make them right away even though I'm on vacation. The hardest decision for me when leaving for my trip was what to pack for a decent airplane lunch. I am sure these will make my next airplane trip (perhaps even the return flight?) more pleasant.

Thank you!

 

Puks
September 8, 2009

Go to Cafe Chinitas in Madrid to watch a great flamenco show! Y mucho vino!

 

Traci
September 8, 2009

My husband and I went to Paris on our honeymoon last year. When I read your post today it made my heart heart! We miss the city so much...you will definitely fall in love. Be sure to check out a little area known as Bercy. I'm pretty sure the Metro stop has the same name. There is a precious shopping place that used to be a shipping/trading area years ago (old stones and train tracks still in place). Check out Olivier @ Co. for the best olive oil you'll ever find. Visit the Eiffel Tower at night. Starting around 9 or 10:00 PM, the tower sparkles every hour, top of the hour, for about five minues.

 

cheryl
September 8, 2009

Maceo-- has an amazing veg tasting menu-- wonderful wonderful wonderful-- enjoy your trip!

 

WitchPilgrim
September 8, 2009

dear Heidi, I'm so excited for your Paris adventure!! I recently went for the first time, too, and it was everything I hoped it would be. DEFINITELY go to Veronique Mauclerc's boulangerie on the Rue de Crimee in the 19th... There you will find the most delicious, dense walnut bread as well as the most magical pastries ever-- I had a flaky, croissant-like, coiled fig pastry topped with pistachios. I'll never forget that pastry. And you can eat your spoils in the nearby Parc des Buttes Chaumonts-- it's a veritable fern gully!!-- complete with old stone bridges, moss, and even a waterfall that you can walk behind!! It's the perfect place for some photographs. Have so much fun!!! Can't wait to hear about your Paris...

 

Angelia McGowan
September 8, 2009

What a wonderful idea! Paris was our first Overseas trip, it is simply breathtaking. There is so much to take in, every part of the city is beautiful. We were there when France was in the world soccer cup, and had just won a big game. It was late at night and were stranded across town from where we were staying because the train stops at night. We vowed not to take a taxi, and enjoy a midnight walk through Paris amongst all the screaming fans, fireworks, and wonderful energy. It was an unforgettable experience!

 

Sami
September 8, 2009

I am living in Dubai, Dubai is Dubai and no other country will match with it, either in cold or in hot.

 

Heidi
September 8, 2009

Keep the suggestions coming! They are SO helpful. Between recommendations from you all, Clotilde, David, and Dorie - there aren't enough hours in the day. We've been all over the place since we got here. The weather is stunning, the food amazing, and I'm keeping track of all the highlights to share as soon as I get back. Oh, and taking lots of pics. My camera is getting quite a workout - it loves getting let out of the house ;)....

Au revoir for now, -h

 

Anne
September 8, 2009

Heidi,

The peanut butter krispy treats look amazing!

As for your trip to Paris, I recommend visiting the Musée de l'Orangerie at the Place de la Concorde. The collection isn't as large, but it houses Monet's water lily murals. I also recommend visiting Mariage Frères tea shop in the Marais or in the sixth arrondissement, near Place Saint-Michel (both locations also have a tea room that serves a great brunch or lunch). Finally, although there are so many beautiful gardens in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg is still my favorite place to take a stroll. (Maybe I'm biased because I live just around the corner from it.)

Enjoy Paris!

--Anne

 

Shannon
September 8, 2009

Seek out the Place des Vosges, in the 4th arrond. It's the oldest planned square in Paris and has a cafe with really excellent hot chocolate or a lemonade (I was there in December!). I heartily second the rec's for Saint Chapelle and le Marais (Place des Vosges is in/near the Marais). Add the Pompidou to your museum list too! Keep having a wonderful time!

 

Harmony
September 8, 2009

Hi Heidi - My mom and I are going to Paris in early October. I bought her Clotilde's book on great places to eat in Paris for her bday in July. I'd love to hear of any recommendations you have when you get back.
bon voyage!
Harmony

 

Abigail
September 8, 2009

I've made these before and my kids love them. To decrease the glycemic load I used agave syrup and it worked great : )

 

Melanie
September 8, 2009

Here's a different idea on experiencing the beauty of St. Chappelle. Take in a violin concert at night. I saw Vivaldi's Four Seasons in there, and it is by far one of my favorite memories of Paris. They usually have a few different types of classical concerts - sopranos, harps, orchestras, during the week. Enjoy!

 

RiverWhispers
September 8, 2009

Brilliant idea turning this recipe into cups instead of bars!

Have a wonderful time in France!

 

sallykate
September 8, 2009

When I lived in Paris 15 years ago vegetarian places were hard to find -- my favourite, which is still going AFAIK, was "Le Jardin des Pates", on rue Lacepede in the 5e arondissement near the Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes).

It's a pasta restaurant rather than a veggie place but it certainly used to do fantastic vegetarian pasta.

Enjoy!

 

Barbara
September 8, 2009

Bonjour, Heidi!
If you like (love!) food, you are your going to love Paris! What a beautiful city. After seeing Paris in 1977, I have always said that everyone must see Paris before he/she dies.
My one bit of advice: Just walk. Walk everywhere you can--down the streets, alleyways, through the parks.... You will be amazed by the surpises you will find around every corner. I am so glad you are going to Paris. She is one of my favorite cities. I would go back in a minute, if I could. And, so will you!
Have fun. Bring back lots of good stories!
Barbara--

 

Emily
September 8, 2009

I loved to hang out and take in the people-watching at the Centre Pompidou and Sacre Coeur. If you go inside Pompidou you must go to the top level - there are great views from the escalators on the way up and from the top level itself. If you're up for it AND you have access to bicycles, one of the most fun off-the-beaten-path things I did was to take a bike ride up the canal (it's in the northeast corner of the city, starting in the 10th arrondissement), turning around at Parc de la Villette and going back down until we somehow ended up on Rue des Rosiers in the Marais. There we stopped for sandwiches (I had pastrami - yum!) from Sacha Finkelsztajn - a deli with a yellow storefront - which we ate in a nearby park on Clos des Blancs-Manteaux. And last but not least, walking along the Seine is always beautiful, not to mention good exercise!

 

Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife
September 8, 2009

On your way to the Eiffel Tower, walk down Rue St. Dominique. It's not the most direct from the center, but it has the best cheese shops and boulangeries, and is very atmospheric. My favorite one is on the left hand side as you head for the Tower, Boulangerie Julien. Fantastic sandwiches and pastries for carry out, which is exactly what you want. Like many Parisian sandwiches, these are light on fillings by American standards. It hardly matters, as the bread is so good. But you can buy an extra one to bulk up the fillings, then feed any extra bread to the sparrows whilst sitting on the park benches in the vicinity of the Tower.

The Grande Epicerie was, to my mind, gorgeous but oddly disappointing for a serious foodie, when it came to eating. Nice loose leaf teas there though.

Have fun and travel safe.

 

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September 8, 2009

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talia
September 8, 2009

we just got back from a trip to spain and we adored madrid! the champiñones from casa toni off of plaza santa ana were delish! also make sure to try the tiny little green peppers, i think they are called pimientos de padrón. we were going to get these peppers at a place called the golden ear (Oreja de Oro) but they were closed that night. we did have these peppers in barcelona and they were amongst our favorite spanish treats!

we also had a layover in paris for 10 hrs and took the RER train to paris to see the eiffel tower and go to laduree for macarons. the bitter chocolate and pistache flavors are to die for. they also have more exotic flavors like rose petal. hope you make it there. it was worth the trip!

 

Naomi Rabkin
September 8, 2009

do you think other nut butters (almond, sunflower) could be substituted successfully? I want to make these for my 16 month old

 

Jan in STL
September 8, 2009

Having taken a vacation cooking school class at LaVerenne when it was on the Left Bank, we used had a stainless spice box with 5 separate cup compartments (black + white peppercorn / coarse + fine salt / whole nutmeg) with a slide-in nutmeg grater. You can find it at E. DEHILLERIN, Paris; although expensive, it has been more than worth every penny. I will try to email you 3 photos.

 

Heather
September 8, 2009

If you're going to visit the bakery Poilane, as suggested in a couple of the comments above, you must have lunch at Cuisine de Bar, right next door.

http://www.theparistraveler.com/cuisine-de-bar/

Have a great trip!

 

Jenna H
September 8, 2009

This sounds like a deliciously toothy treat! I can't wait to try this, mostly because it sounds tasty but also because it would be a great way to get my husband to eat nuts, since he doesn't usually! hope you have fun in Paris!!
But please please never bring these or any other peanut foods on airplanes. My mom is incredibly allergic to peanuts (to the point that she starts getting hives when she so much as opens a bag of regular Hershey chocolate chips because they also make a peanut butter chip) and with her asthma, one of these on board could kill her, or someone like her :(

 

Glenn @ InventedCity
September 8, 2009

Paris -- Home Exchange! I spent 6 weeks on a swap 3 blocks from Place D'Aligre outdoor farmers market. . All of which was the inspiration for InventedCity. -- Enjoy!

 

Mary
September 8, 2009

Definitely get the museum pass; if you haven't left yet you can order before you go from the Rail Pass people.

Just stop at any ol' pastry (can't spell in French), bakery, vegetable stand, restaurant -- one of my most memorable meals was an Ethopian off on a side street with another being fresh bread, an avocado purchased from a Bengladeshi street vendor, butter and fantastic pepper (just ground black pepper that was so pungent) from a small market.
Take time to sit and watch and just take it all in -- lots of benches in the Tulleries (sp??) and people galore. Don't forget to look up when walking -- delights in the architecture and gargoyles.
Have fun in the city of my wishes, Mary

 

Heavenly! I should have made these last week when i was on vacation with friends. Instead I did your chili lime popcorn - big hit!

 

Nancy
September 8, 2009

If you love Monet, then L'Orangerie and Musee Marmottan are musts in Paris (the Musee d'Orsay has few Monets). The Marmottan was not on the Museum Pass when I was there a year ago and a little hard to find. But it is so worth it - the "L'Impression Soleil Levant" is there along with many other water lilly and garden paintings. The large scale paintings at L'Orangerie are so awesome that I just sat and took them in with tears in my eyes for their beauty. La Sainte-Chappelle has very beautiful stained glass windows and taking in a concert is definitely worth doing. Just walking, observing people, buildings and stores is a great way to spend time. Enjoy!

 

Miranda
September 8, 2009

These look awesome!!!

 

Maya@ Maya's Kitchen
September 8, 2009

Ooh, lucky you! Paris is such a beautiful city. Don't miss the ice creams at Berthillon! Worth the long lines!
And the airplane snacks look great! I'm taking a long trip in a couple of weeks and may just have to make these to take along...

 

Robin
September 8, 2009

Get Paris Par Arrondissements... it's a small book you can carry everywhere. It's essential as you can look up metro & bus routes everywhere by street/district. And take the bus instead of the metro sometimes so you can see where you are going (everywhere is a treat there!) Paris is a great walking city... you can easily walk most of the city. Enjoy! I look forward to hearing about your finds!

 

Anjani
September 8, 2009

You simply must go to Angelina, and have their hot chocolate. I learned about it on the plane to Paris from the air hostess and she was RIGHT. Here is someone's blog, with great photos. It is out of this world.

http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/2008/04/angelinas-mont-blanc.html

 

Karen
September 9, 2009

Bonjour Heidi!

I've never posted a comment before (just always been too shy), but I've been a reader of your blog for a few months now. I just wanted to send you a wholehearted "merci beaucoup" for inviting all of us into your colorful, delicious little corner of the world!!! You really have inspired me to learn how to cook and to experiment with different ingredients to make recipes just a bit more nourishing for the body, mind and spirit. I was so excited to hear that you were coming to visit Paris for the first time! It will be absolutely magical for you and Wayne!!!

While I can't officially call myself a Parisian, I live close enough to walk into the capital. I definitely second the great suggestions everyone else has so generously offered, and will just add one more because I just discovered it this past Saturday. No doubt you can probably get great Breton galettes and crêpes in California, but I just had a fabulous meal at the Breizh Café in the Marais (109, Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris) on the wise recommendation of David Leibovitz. Their savory galettes are made with organic buckwheat flour and fresh seasonal ingredients and they have a list of practically 20 different artisanal ciders. The dessert crêpes are enough to just make you melt in ecstasy (especially when drizzled with salted-butter caramel!). My husband (who is Breton) said they were the best he's ever had (and he takes his galettes and crêpes very seriously!)

Oh and if you're feeling up to braving the streets of Paris on a bicycle, try out the "Vélib", the public bike-rental system with stations all over the city. It's the second-loveliest way to see the city (with walking being number one!) Happy travels!

 

Cynthia
September 9, 2009

I go to Madrid all the time for work, and, though I don't eat meat, I still adore the food there. There are two absolutely fantastic tapas places you have to try right near each other in the La Latina area, which is the hotspot for tapas. One is on Cava Baja, the main tapas street, and it's called Taberna el Tempranillo. There are only like five tables, so unless you get there relatively early (around 8:15/8:30), you'll probably have to eat at the bar. It's so worth it. Traditional food, top top quality. Try one of the toasts, it's the first thing on the menu, with setas (wild mushrooms). For more creative and unusual tapas, head over not too far from there to Juana la Loca. I went there on my own one night and two days later with a local. So good.
AND if you're right near the Prado, then Estado Puro is new and great. The chef is one of Ferran Adria's guys, so he plays with food a bit, and this is his much more affordable restaurant recommended to me by a local foodie. The deconstructed tortilla espanola was great.
Enjoy the food!

 

Melanie Christensen
September 9, 2009

Welcome! I live just outside of Paris - and am surprised that such a "foodie" as you hasn't been here before! Especially enjoy the markets - but I'm sure your Parisian friends have already pointed you in the right directions.
As for the recipe - good choice before your trip, since both peanut butter as we know it in the US and maple syrup are hard to come by in Paris. The most available peanut butter is in cans, and is almost pure peanut purée - actually healthier (less sugar and fat) and I think tastier than the US stuff - though also much thicker and grainier. Maple syrup is expensive and only available in small bottles. A shame - since a trade deal should be workable between France and the syrup-producing francophone province of Quebec! Oh well - France has plenty of goodies to compensate for a few less-available ones! (Another one - cream cheese - although a NY expat friend of mine has perfected the French version of the NY cheesecake without it - and no, I won't give away her recipe!
Bon voyage - et bon appétit!

 

tracieMoo
September 9, 2009

this looks like a yummy treat. thanks for sharing the recipe!
I've never been to Paris but it sounds fantastic to me!

 

Gareth
September 9, 2009

Recipe looks great, I'm going to buy peanut butter specially for it.
When you're in Paris the Rodin Museum is fantastic, it's tucked around the backstreets but well worth finding.

 

Nutmeg Nanny
September 9, 2009

These look awesome and delicious. I bet you will have a blast in France...have fun!

 

shireen
September 9, 2009

this recipe looks good and easy peasy.
thank you for the stacks of recipes.

 

zee
September 9, 2009

Heidi, absolutely LOOOOVE the pictures, esp with the green-purple pistachios.

I also wanted to share with you a traditional Indian recipe which is very similar to this and uses only jaggery (very nutritious) and rice puffs (same as rice cereal). Here is one link:
http://www.nandyala.org/mahanandi/archives/2006/11/30/borugula-murmura-laddu-homemade-rice-jaggery-crispy-sweet-from-india/

(or google for: jaggery murmura or jaggery muri)

But I love the idea of putting peanut butter and pistachios in it. Thank you and love your blog as usual.

 

Siobhan
September 9, 2009

Do I need to put the agar in? I avoid using it and have never found a substitute that isn't made from gelatin or seaweed, which I also avoid. Will they just not hold together?

 

Mary Ellen Wessinger
September 9, 2009

I'm so jazzed that my two favorite food bloggers are house swapping. Take some time to get out of Paris, go to Versailles for the immensity of it, especiallly the hameau de Marie Antoinette, and/or Giverny. Once you've seen the paintings of the water lilies, go see the waterlilies. If you'd like to have dinner or an outing with a Californian now living in France, drop me a note! For food, I'm sure you know about the fresh food markets. There is a Sunday organic market on Boulevard Raspail. Have a wonderful time. Paris is the most visited city in the world for good reason.

 

reduce belly fat
September 9, 2009

This sounds great I can't wait to make it. Paris is great! I went there when I was 16 years old and I had a great time.

 

JudyK
September 9, 2009

I recently got turned onto your site and blog and have made several of your recipes and have absolutely loved every one! I cannot wait to try the new snack one as well. This site has been a blessing in my life...thank you so much!

Best Paris Wishes!

 

Andrea
September 9, 2009

A pet peeve about word usage. Why has the word "of" in "a couple of" started to disappear? For example, here you have "a couple dresses" and "a couple recipes." It really bugs me. Otherwise, I appreciate your site and hope you have a great trip!

 

mikey
September 9, 2009

not sure i can find all the ingredients but i def. wanna try them!

 

wendy
September 9, 2009

I just made these for my daughter's birthday with macadamia nut/cashew butter and extra cashews since we're avoiding peanuts and it came out great! Thanks for the wonderful recipes Heidi.

 

Agathe
September 9, 2009

FROMAGES

Here are two cheeses that you should try. I never been able to find them in the Bay Area, so every year, when I go back to France to visit my family, they feel like a special treat.
-Beaufort
-Chaource: way better then brie, which is over-rated in CA. Pair it with Champagne rosé!

 

BScott
September 10, 2009

I enjoyed the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris over the Louvre and the Pompidou.
http://www.marmottan.com/uk/index_uk.asp
Incredible museum of Impressionist Art.
Short walk from Metro: Muette station
Information: http://www.marmottan.com/uk/informations/index.asp

 

Nancy
September 10, 2009

Oh boy - Paris! I've been several times over the years and this is actually my favorite time of year to visit.

I love the neighborhood markets and the cheese... oh. my. good. lord... If you are not knocked back a little on your feet from the divine stinky-ness as you enter a cheese shop, you haven't been to Paris!

Enjoy!

 

Winnie
September 10, 2009

These look like a wonderful treat!

Have a wonderful trip...

 

barb
September 10, 2009

there's a great outdoor market on wed and sat a few blocks from Kleber Ave (towards the arc d'T) and if you do the Eiffel tower - get there by 9 am.

 

Amanda
September 10, 2009

I'm a fairly new and inconsistent follower of this wonderful blog, but when I saw that you are in Paris for the first time, I had to stop and comment! I studied abroad there for a year in 2004 and most recently went back this April (and got engaged)!

Don't miss going to Place des Vosges... it's this amazing courtyard near the Bastille and St. Paul and is too often missed. Take a good book (or just people watch), a baguette, some fromage and enjoy!

Another favorite is lunch at one of the cafes near Place St. Michel (great people watching) and a nighttime walk through the nearby St. Severin area, where pedestrians roam the cobbled streets.

Enjoy!!

 

heidih
September 10, 2009

Flavored tea is really well executed in France. The main shop of Mariage Freres has about a hundred different teas you can see and smell. They are located in a great section of Paris. There are many wonderful flavors; I particularly like the black Tea des Fete and the green Tea a L'Opera.

 

Genevieve
September 10, 2009

Eyewitness makes a great Paris guide with loads of pictures, historical tidbits, and detailed maps. Also, The Abbesses metro is the deepest in Paris - it's a must (and also helps compensate for the divine foods!). Paris is absolutely amazing - we can't wait to go back and we've just returned! There are also a lot of lovely places to sit and have a packed lunch along the riverside.

 

JC
September 10, 2009

These look great I might have to try them for my up and coming trip. Thanks for the inspirations.
Paris ideas: You have to go to Mi-Va-Mi. 23, rue des Rosiers, Paris, 75004
48.8574512.358965
Location:Betw Rue Vielle du Temple and Rue Pavee
Cheap but the best gyro style sandwiches! If you like turkey that is my favorite one! Order at the outside window and then walk to the park to enjoy!

Googlemaps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=23,+rue+des+Rosiers,+Paris,+75004&sll=48.857395,2.359065&sspn=0.000889,0.00239&ie=UTF8&ll=48.858461,2.358949&spn=0.007115,0.019119&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

 

Christina
September 10, 2009

These sound absolutely amazing. Have a great time in Paris!

 

Susanna
September 10, 2009

Oh Montemarte is such a fabulous neighborhood. We found a little brunch place there , it was near the sacre couer but I have no idea of the name or exact location. If you're walking up the big hill a little to the south of the sacre couer and you come to a street with an outdoor cafe that has views overlooking the entire city before you, then that was it. 12 E for some seriously fresh eggs, fresh squeezed juice, fruit salad, coffee, crossiants with the best orange marmalade, and of course the delicious bacon they have over there. Best meal of my trip. Also figure out the bike borrowing system- so worth it to be able to bike around Paris!

 

amanda
September 11, 2009

You should definitely go to the Arc de Triomphe and do the climb inside. It's a little expensive (5 euro or so when I was there a couple years ago), but the view is worth it - 360 degrees, and you can see all the crazy driving going on in the giant traffic circle down below!

When you go to the Luxembourg Gardens, make sure to visit the sister Statue of Liberty.

A picnic next to the Eiffel Tower is also neat, but be forewarned that there are a lot of very pushy people begging for food or money.

 

Rebecca
September 11, 2009

Have a wonderful and safe trip--can't wait to hear all about it! I love that you bring healthy snacks on the plane, finding good snacks while traveling is always a challenge!

 

jenny
September 11, 2009

aha.. Mouth watering treats, I can't go on reading this post. Well I can't stand the thought of not having a peanut treat right now. I love your blog very much and it will definitely go into my recipes list.

 

Christi
September 11, 2009

Wonderful recipe. I made it the day after I got it. I substituted toasted pumpkin seeds for the pistachios and about a tsp. xanthan gum for the agar agar as I couldn't get that. They were a big hit.

As the French would say, "Miam!"

Bon Voyage!
CJ

 

Gracie
September 11, 2009

I love Montmartre!!! Very Funky and Fun.

Yum! I am going to make these this weekend.

Thanks.

 

Alex
September 11, 2009

The treats look yummy...but I have to admit, I'm more excited about the house-swap! What a fantastic idea to swap with a fellow blogger!

Best part is, neither of you likely has to worry about having a properly stocked kitchen!!

J'espere que vous vous amusez bien en Paris! Bon voyage!

Alex

 

Bellini Valli
September 11, 2009

You will absolutely love Paris!!!! But I am headed to San Francisco for my first time and I am equally excited!!

 

Mama Tawn
September 11, 2009

My three year old daughter and I made these today for a Kaffe Klatsch at school. They were so yummy and loved by all. Thank You! Have a wonderful time in Paris;0

 

flavorkings
September 12, 2009

Hi, Heidi.
I just found your site about an hour ago, it's 4:19am est and I was going to bed but got hooked. Great site. The pictures, recipes and the writting are beautiful. I just got into the food scene about a year ago and reading blogs and blogging about a month ago and now I have found some good inspiration from you. You made those treats look so good I went and got the peanut butter and just scooped it right out of the jar! Mmmmm! Gotta try this one. Thanks. Enjoy Paris!

 

Lisa W
September 12, 2009

You will love Paris.
The markets are unforgettable.
There is a funky little salon de tea on the Isle St. Louis. La Charlotte en L'isle serves a chocolat chaud better than Angelina -- though Angelina's is quite good, no doubt. You can hear Madame in the kitchen banging pots and pans as she melts the chocolate. It's is so rich and thick, it is served in a teeny pitcher with thimble-sized glasses. It's a charming, higgedly piggedly kind of place.

 

Anonymous
September 12, 2009

Could I substitute the Agar-agar with Arrowroot?

 

harcoutbreton
September 13, 2009

Waaa you're so lucky, someday I'll have my turn

 

Melissa Gutierrez
September 13, 2009

These cups are too yummy looking not to make. They're also ridiculously easy, it looks like. Have fun in Paris! I've never been, so take pictures please!

 

Stephanie
September 13, 2009

I love this recipe. I've tried rice crispy treats with brown rice and peanut butter "sludge" as you call it before, but I never thought to use agar agar flakes or pistachios. And I love the idea of pressing them into muffin cups.

I am linking to this recipe from my site. So smart.

Have a fabulous time in Paris!

 

karen
September 13, 2009

Have a wonderful time in Paris! I know you have many places to go but I have to suggest a visit to Mariage Freres. (there are 2 or 3 around, I went to the one in Le Marais) I admit to being a tea junkie so I planned it as a bit of a pilgrimage but it was so worth it. Lunch was divine.

 

Linda
September 14, 2009

I cannot wait to try this! Thanks so much for the vegan friendly recipe. I've just found this blog and pleased that I did. Hope you're enjoying your trip!

 

Bryan
September 14, 2009

these are just plain delicious.
trying to clear out the pantry of nearly-empty jars of stuff, i used about a third each of maple syrup, wildflower honey, and malt syrup.
was happy to try the agar flakes this time (once again Rainbow Co-op comes through!), though next time i might try adapting with the agar powder i found behind the honey...

did without the cups and made, then cut, a square pan of these.
so good!

 

Lilith Wyatt
September 15, 2009

Le Caveau Des Oubliettes was one of the highlights to my oh-too-short flit through Paris 6 years ago. It's a FABULOUS JAZZ BAR in the Cartier St. Michel, I believe. It's underground from a pub with sod rolled out as a grassy floor.

Bonne Voyage!

 

Anonymous
September 16, 2009

Wow--these look great! And I hope you have an amazing time in Paris! I personally fell in loe with the markets in the 16th.

Also, when you come back of course, I would love to hear more about agar agar, as a vegi I would love to more about how to use it, ways it cooks etc.

Thanks!

 

Katharina
September 16, 2009

Oh wow! I definitely want to make these. The addition of pistachios just seems perfect.. maybe I'll throw in some dried cranberries or sultanas.

 

Anonymous
September 17, 2009

Ok, the agar subst. is bril - i - ent! Aaaand, peanut butter breath in public places knocks me over as much as garlic breath does! Sorry! I would be kind and use almond butter if traveling. But Gosh, these sound soo good! And mmm...Paris and Madrid, wow.

 

KL
September 19, 2009

I suggest the Musee Marmottan Monet. A small museum sometimes not listed in guide books, but if you like Monet, worth a visit. They have a great collection of his work in the basement (!!)- darker colors, and larger size than the painting he's well known for- really great stuff!

I have made crispy treats similar to these- with rice puffs, peanut butter, honey and rice syrup, and some chocolate chips for flavor- and they set at room temp just fine (on hot days they melt in your hand, but that's part of the fun ;) ). What does using agar agar add- does it make them hard? Just wondering, thanks!

 

Sarah
September 20, 2009

My husband and I just got back from an apt swap in Paris (from NYC), and loved Clotilde's suggestions on her website. Two of our favorite restaurants were Clos des Gourmets right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower and Rotisserie de Beaujolais on the Seine on the Left Bank. Have fun!!

 

michaela
September 22, 2009

we just returned from our trip to france which was my birthday gift. so many great places to eat and shop and see!!! i'm going to post some photos on flickr and on my blog. have a great trip!