Best of October

Amsterdam

Amsterdam As A Family

French children had a school break in October, and we decided to spend a week in Amsterdam.

It’s a city Maxence and I are quite familiar with, having spent a number of long weekends there over the years, pre-kids. We were delighted to find it is a very family-friendly city, and we had a wonderful time strolling along the canals, exploring local playgrounds, dodging the bicycles, and spotting as many Fiat 500’s as we could.

Some highlights were:

  • Renting our own boat to sail along the canals,
  • Visiting the Nemo science museum,
  • Having dinner at Café Restaurant Amsterdam,
  • Shopping for food at the organic market on Noordermarkt,
  • Stocking up on delicious and gorgeously packaged chocolate at STACH food,
  • Marvelling at the amazing organic salads served at SLA,
  • Finding a wonderful local sitter so we could have a couple of evenings to ourselves! ;)

For many more tips and recommendations, check this Instagram post where readers contributed their own favorites.

Tasting Paris

Tasting Paris Audio Bonus!

Just before we left, I spent a whole day with my producer recording the audio bonus that I will be offering you if you pre-order my cookbook Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like A Local.

It’s an audio programme in which I take you along my favorite market street in Montmartre to do some food shopping together. We had a lot of fun recording it, the food vendors played along brilliantly, and I loved the experience of approaching every moment, every interaction with my ears wide open, and noticing the unique soundscape of my neighborhood.

I will have more opportunities to remind you about it when it is edited and available, but you can pre-order Tasting Paris right now to get the audio bonus when the time comes.

Media Mentions

I had two really nice mentions in October, both of them in French :

  • I was profiled in Le Monde, and shared my famous yogurt cake,
  • I appeared on Le Tube, Canal+’s show on media, to talk about my podcast. (October 21 show; I appear around minute 36:00.)

5 Fun Links For You

  1. The most entertaining essay I’ve ever read about *not* cooking. Now I want to go and read everything Taffy Brodesser-Akner has ever written.
  2. 30 Days At Sea — a timelapse video.
  3. What factors play into making delicious chocolate?
  4. Dorie Greenspan writes about dinner parties in Paris.
  5. If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, as I am, you may find this roundup of writing prompts useful.

What About You?

Any fun activities and finds for you this October?

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